Is the Boston Globe Racist?
By: Sher Zieve
Massachusettsâ€™ native Bob Parks is running for the chairmanship of the MA GOP. However, you would never know it based upon a recent article published in the Boston Globe. Although a 26 November article published by the news service addressed other Massachusetts GOP members, it refusedâ€”or at least badly neglectedâ€”to cover Parks who is a black man.
In an email, Bob told me: â€œI’ve sent many releases out, and some interviews have been written. Are they afraid or maybe…racists?â€ Candidate Parks also advised: â€œOne would think that the Republican Party, as â€œracistâ€ as we all know they are, would never even allow a black to run for state party chair.
â€One would [also] think the Boston Globe would be commending Republicans for coming out of the woods. However, the Boston Globe has decided to ignore my run. Why? One would think my lack of chair experience would make me a potential disaster for the State GOP, thus it would be something the Globe would support.
â€Based on my opinions, do they think my being chair would bear more fruit, thus the need to ignore me? Is the reason they’re ignoring me is maybe… they are racists?â€ Of course, they’re not, but how does an unfounded use of the race card feel? Maybe we can get to the issues for once, and throw out the name-calling once and for all….”
What is interesting, in regards to this apparent snub by Massachusettsâ€™ leading newspaper, is the support offered by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrichâ€™s group. Gingrich Communications has offered Mr. Parks its assistanceâ€”at no chargeâ€”should he become Chairman of the Massachusetts GOP. With the weight of one of this countryâ€™s most prestigious and well-known conservative leaders fully endorsing Parksâ€™ bid for the GOP chairmanship of Massachusetts, the questions surrounding why the Boston Globe would not interview Parks becomes more pronounced. Why is it avoiding Parks, at seemingly all costsâ€”including incurring the charges of racism? Is the publication afraid of the extremely articulate and knowledgeable Parks? Does it not want to have to include the fact that Parks is a leading â€œblack Republicanâ€? Sort of sounds like it, doesnâ€™t it?
If you are as interested as am I, in determining why the Globe is slighting Bob, give them a call or email them and ask. The Globeâ€™s number is (617) 929-3100, with email contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know how it works out. Iâ€™m anxious to hear from you.
Sher Zieve is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.