There is no requirement that Opinion Journalists be unbiased. In fact, it would be strange if they were. The focus of the work at Public Editor is on news journalism, but I tend to glance through other sections of the paper to see if anything pops out. Today’s Boston Globe editorial on gambling legislation is an area of interest of mine, so I read the piece. But nowhere does it mention Globe owner John Henry’s attempt to buy the new Encore casino in Everett.
When the Globe discusses the future of gambling in the state and makes recommendations that might affect the value of Encore, it is a journalistic requirement that Globe owner Henry’s potential conflict of interest be disclosed.
If the Boston Globe wants to opine on whether the state should grant additional casino licenses, readers must be informed of two unsolicited bids by Henry to buy Encore Casino in Everett. The state’s decision whether to grant an additional gambling license would likely have a material effect on the value of Encore.
To read about Henry’s interest in buying Encore, see https://www.masslive.com/casinos/2019/05/red-sox-and-globe-owner-john-henry-wanted-to-buy-encore-boston-harbor.html
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