So how does the Globe’s claim of non-partisan news coverage hold up? Kerry missed 64% of the US Senate floor votes in 2003 and missed 87% during the first half of 2004. Did the Globe report this? Yes, but only when the Bush campaign raised it as an issue, and only as a Republican campaign ploy. Here is the beginning of that Globe story:
ROMNEY ECHOES CALL FOR KERRY TO STEP DOWN -
SAYS MISSED VOTES COST STATE MILLIONS
June 19, 2004
The Republican criticism of Kerry's voting record surfaced publicly on Tuesday, when Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey, President Bush's campaign cochairwoman in
While maintaining that their liberal politics don’t cross into their news coverage, rather than attacking the last Massachusetts candidate, the Globe’s political reporters wrote his semi-official campaign biography.
RESTLESS INTELLECT DRIVES KERRY'S POSITIONS
April 25, 2004
As detailed in a forthcoming Globe biography, "John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography," Kerry is a man with a strong but restless intellect, a political figure who is at his best when probing rather than presenting. Just as North Carolina Senator John Edwards was the consummate trial attorney on the campaign trail, charming voters as he once charmed juries, Kerry remains the prosecutor he once was, with a keen eye for the vulnerabilities of his opponents but a lawyerly ability to argue more than one side of an issue.
So while the Globe news reporters were writing a biography concerning Kerry’s strong and restless intellect and his lawyerly ability, the same staff bashes Mitt Romney’s campaign travels on Christmas Eve. Yes