Wednesday, June 16, 2004

DO AS THEY SAY. But not as they do: Jack Meyers reports in today's Boston Herald that one of the Boston police unions taking part in the FleetCenter blockade hired non-union contractors for $75,000 in repairs to its own headquarters. Meyers writes:

Union officials admitted to the Herald they gave the work to a cop's relative, following a policy to favor blood relations over union brotherhood.

"We have a policy where we try to give [contracting work] to police or police-related family-owned companies," said Jack Parlon, head of the detectives union.

HINDUSTAN VIA HOOSIERVILLE. The Herald's computers are at it again. A month ago, the Herald website included a reference to Indian Orchard, in Western Massachusetts, and sent readers to an archive of stories about India. Today, the same thing happens with a Cosmo Macero (sub. req.) reference to Indiana.

Does anyone care? Probably not.

MICHAEL GOLDMAN, LYING LIAR. Earlier this week Goldman sent out an e-mail - complete with photo - telling everyone he was going to join a group of topless female mujahadeen warriors. (Sorry, you'll have to take my word for it.)

Today comes the truth: the longtime Democratic political consultant's talk show for Bloomberg Radio, called Simply Put and currently heard on weekends, is going daily. Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh has the details.

Goldman's co-host, Tom Moroney, actually leaked the news (sub. req.) on May 30 in his farewell column for the MetroWest Daily News.

Lehigh writes:

For someone who has been talking to Goldman about campaigns and politics for two decades, it's hard to imagine an election season without his strategic perspective, his irrepressible energy, his imaginative spin - and, yes, his deep-on-deadline calls that are nigh unto impossible to end.

Well, yes. But I'm not sure what Lehigh is talking about. I'm going to keep calling Goldman.

As Lehigh also notes, this is a huge comeback for Goldman, who spent many months recovering from a life-threatening leg infection. Last fall I did an hour on Simply Put from Bloomberg's Boston studio. Goldman had come in, against doctor's orders, and was in obvious pain, although that didn't stop him from joking around both during and after the show.

Making the full-time move into talk radio is something Goldman has wanted for years. I'm glad it's finally happened, and I only wish we could listen to him and Moroney in Greater Boston without having to tune in to the Internet stream or subscribe to satellite radio.

1 comment:

Garry said...

$75,000 is almost as much money as the average Boston cop makes annually--among the highest such figures in the country, which also puts the picketing in perspective.