It isn’t often you have two columnists writing about the same subject on the same day who claim to have roots in South Boston. Both hold Whitey Bulger and the wrongfully incarcerated FBI Agent John Connolly in high disdain. One, Peter Gelzinis of the Boston Herald, has the luxury of being able to tell things straight up; the other, Kevin Cullen is fettered to the Boston Globe’s intimate relationship to the matter and spouts the company line.
What prompted their columns was the decision by Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV to recuse himself from handling the criminal trial of the probation officer John O’Brien and his two assistants. You know the background of the case – the Globe does a Spotlight Report and the U.S. Attorney in Boston dutifully follows up with an indictment. Once that happens the Globe becomes a cheer leader for the U.S. attorneys office.