“Put your cynicism down. Don't trivialize optimism and hope. It built this country. It built my life. Don't glorify the naysayers when the yeasayers have been at the center of progress since the beginning of recorded time”.
The Boston Globe reports that:
The remarks were greeted by silence
A story that makes the front page in today’s Globe proves the point of Deval’s criticism.
Sit down before you read this!
Believe it or not, today’s Globe reports in a 1600-word front page story that the firm hired to maintain the grounds at Governor Mitt Romney’s home has employed some (shudder) illegal immigrants. Catch that. A Globe headline for once does not call them ‘undocumented’. We learn that the Governor even waved at them once or twice and said “Buenos dias!”. I am truly scandalized.
The story appears with all the trappings of a major exposé. It comes complete with an italicized explanation of all the reporters who worked on the story and an undercover style photo (above, note the lens shading on the bottom of the photo). It wasn’t easy to get this story. It took 4 months of work and an international journalistic effort:
The Globe received a tip in July alleging that Romney was using illegal immigrants to landscape his property. Reporters then observed the lawn service workers outside Romney's house more than a dozen times, sometimes as frequently as twice a week.
Reporters tracked down four current and former employees of the company at their homes in
To justify the absurdity of putting this story on the front page, the story notes near its end:
The issue of illegal immigrant laborers has been tricky and sometimes damaging to political figures. President Clinton's first two nominees for attorney general, Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, saw their chances dim after it was reported that they had employed illegal immigrants as nannies.
This is obfuscation. The issue was that these nominees to head the Justice Department had failed to pay social security taxes on the wages they paid their own employees, as required by law.
No doubt a fair and balanced journal like the Globe has also spent months researching the immigration status of the folks who cut Deval Patrick’s grass. I’ll expect that story in tomorrow’s paper.
The hypocrisy, the pettiness, and the vendetta-driven nature of this story are simply beyond belief. I am thoroughly disgusted. The Globe has no shame.