I’ve been interested in and writing about the uniformity in view-point among the Boston media concerning the matters surrounding Whitey. I did notice while attending the trial all of the Boston media people except one, Dave Boeri, seemed to enjoy a cozy relationship with each other. There was no sense of all being other than on the same team looking at the case through the same eyes and cooperating with each other.
In reading the recent books about Whitey by the Globe writers I noticed how much repetition there appeared to be. It seemed that much of their works came from the same sources. I thought it unusual that four people wrote two books when they could very well have combined and written one, or, each gone their separate way and written four.
So on one hand having figured there was some agreement among the media to produce a uniform story about the Whitey matters it came as no surprise when I read at the end of one of the new books the following by the authors of Black Mass:
“When all of us were working the “Whitey beat” for our respective media, the idea of sharing materials was out of the question given the competitive nature of journalism. It’s refreshing that when a project is noncompetitive and the context is entirely different from the daily news scrum, they did not hesitate to share their perspective or records, primary source materials, and photographs. We’d also like to acknowledge the first-rate work of friends and former colleagues at the Boston Globe who have continually advanced the public understanding of the epic Bulger story.
As I said, I was not surprised this is the case. I know the anti-trust laws do not apply to this situation. However I’d suggest that combines similar to this which were the subject of those laws were outlawed because when all get together to decide upon an outcome it is usually not the public good or understanding that is advance but the opposite is brought about.
Yet, guessing there is a conspiracy and then having some of the participants in it voluntarily tell of it is a different kettle of fish. I have to admit I was more than a little flabbergasted to see them give up the conspiracy so easily, in fact, much easier than Two Weeks gave up Whitey.
Gerard O’Neill and Dick Lehr, the authors of what should be described as the novel Black Mass, that as I’ve previously shown had much in it that was invented and made up out of whole cloth, could be called the god fathers of the Whitey stories.
They have set the parameters within which it had to be worked and the beliefs that those who followed had to subscribe to in order to operate within the conspiracy. Others could join as long as they stayed within the grand outline set out in Black Mass. Some of those others who apparently cooperated with them were named. Most notable were Howie Carr, Peter Gelzinis, Kevin Cullen, and Shelley Murphy, all Boston media types.
They all have the same view of things. None dug any deeper than allowed and none dared to suggest that any of the others have the whole thing wrong. It would seem to me that after the days of competition in producing the daily news, one seeking to present the truth in the less intense atmosphere, would like to go off and take a fresh and independent look at the matters surrounding Whitey rather than joining the mob.
Sadly the conspiracy forbade a chance for fresh ideas and we’ve been pounded with the same basic story since Black Mass that first set out the internally conflicting idea that the FBI recruited Whitey to help in the fight against the Mafia while a the same time admitting Whitey had no way to help in that fight.
I’ve got to say that at least Howie Carr picked up on the inanity of that when he suggested an equally silly idea that Whitey was recruited not because of any Mafia connections but because his brother Billy, then a low ranking state senator, would someday in the future be able to get good jobs for the FBI agents who retired. All of this showed how difficult it was to escape from the group think.
I’ll touch upon more things from their books from time to time but more and more it seems the media has lost its desire to ferret out the truth. At least that seems true about the local Boston media.
On another note: I did notice that the US Senate is considering a bill that will give protection to journalists from the ever-increasing snoopiness of our government. One of the difficulties is defining who is a journalist. Right now the protection would only extend to those belonging to or connected with big news media. I can only wonder if this is not a step to shut down independent voices like this blog that offer a contrary view. If only the big guys get protections then who will be left to expose their conspiracies.