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New math

From the Weekly Dig’s “Media Farm” column:

The Metro was widely ridiculed last month for erroneously reporting that “hundreds of layoffs” at the Globe were imminent. The Globe labeled the report “factually incorrect,” saying, “There are no plans for a staff reduction of the size cited in the Metro.” The Metro stuck by its story, and it turned out to be almost kinda correct. Or at least more correct than anyone gave them credit for (ourselves included).

The Globe is eliminating 60 jobs, which, the last time I checked, was somewhat less than “hundreds.” And while I’m being technical about it, there may not be a single layoff.

Jeff Lawrence speaks

The Boston Daily Blog has posted an interview with Weekly Dig publisher Jeff Lawrence about last week’s mysterious removal of Dig editor Michael Brodeur. “Michael is a phenomenal writer. He’s not an editor,” Lawrence is quoted as saying.

I don’t know Brodeur, and I don’t know what constraints he might have been working under. But I do think the Dig has lacked some of its customary panache since the previous editor, Joe Keohane, departed for Boston Magazine (yes, home of the Boston Daily Blog) earlier this year.

Digging out

One day after I tweaked the Weekly Dig for its ongoing Web non-presence, the paper unveils a new site. I’m running out the door and won’t be around next week, so it will have to go unremarked-upon by me. But, on first glance, it looks pretty good.

On the plus side

The Weekly Dig’s Web site loads a lot faster than it used to.

You know, guys, there’s this thing called Blogger. It’s free, and you can set it up in about two minutes. You could use it to get some of your content online while you continue with the endless redesign. What do you think?

Adam Gaffin points out that it’s not July anymore. But what I want to know is this: Isn’t it kind of pushing things to run a vodka ad, complete with audio, on an “under construction” page?

Of scoundrels and patriotism

Just yesterday Media Nation noted, in a link, that the quote “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” should be attributed to Samuel Johnson. Today the Weekly Dig gives the credit to H.L. Mencken.

What gives? Here’s what. According to, Mencken appended Johnson’s dictum with this: “But there is something even worse: it is the first, last, and middle range of fools.”

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