THE HIGH ROAD. Mike Barnicle makes a classy exit as a regular columnist for the financially strapped Herald, telling the Globe's Mark Jurkowitz: "I didn't want to be sitting around collecting a check from the Herald while someone who has been over there for 25 years or 25 minutes was getting laid off. I like the paper. I like the people. I wish them well."
Howie Carr, take note!
MORE ON THE SEAL HUNT THAT WASN'T. The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz today weighs in on the matter of the Globe and freelancer Barbara Stewart, who was dropped after it was revealed that she'd fabricated a story on the Canadian seal hunt. So do the Herald's Brett Arends and Jay Fitzgerald. (Disclosure: Kurtz and Arends, in a sidebar, quote me.)