Politico’s Jim VandeHei joined me this afternoon, and we covered –among other topics– the Scott Helman story I posted on this morning. VandeHei agrees with me that is is very odd for the Globe to sit on 76 of the 77 slides, decidedly not a decision consistent with the mission of a “news organization, and also a story unlikely to have any impact on the Romney campaign. The transcript of the VandeHei conversation is here.
My producer invited Globe reporter Scott Helman to appear on the program. He declined, citing a Globe policy that limits their reporters to appearing on “news” shows, an incredible policy that not only defeats the purpose of bringing attention to the Globe’s stories and visitors to the websites, but which also mischaracterizes not only what my program does –it is often a pure news show– but also wholly refuses to serve the public. Preening by the old media as it bleeds out explains a lot of the advantages Politco and other new media portals like Townhall.com have when it comes to the competition for readers. Not only is the Globe holding back information from readers, it is also quarantinig its staff from the sort of routine scrutiny that most powerful institutions must accept in a transparent society.
UPDATE: More on the 77 slides here.