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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boston Globe Removes All The Good Stuff From New York Times Syria Article

I usually read the paper version of the Boston Globe at breakfast. When I see a story that I want to share, I search Twitter for the title, then retweet it out.

This morning I found the New York Times version of the story about Syria on twitter. After reading that version, I realized that The Boston Globe has edited it down and reprinted it, leaving out all the links.

The New York Times version is a lot better.

Marie Colvin's Last Article
Boston Globe: Ghastly images from shattered Syrian city:
Colvin’s last article, published in The Sunday Times of London just days before her death, began by describing what the rebels called “a widow’s basement,’’ a cramped room under a factory where women and children huddled while the men went out to forage or fight - and often did not return.

New York Times: Ghastly Images Flow From Shattered Syrian City:
Ms. Colvin’s last article, published in The Sunday Times of London just days before her death, began by describing what the rebels called “a widows’ basement,” a cramped room under a factory where women and children huddled while the men went out to forage or fight — and often did not return.

Khaled Abu Salah's YouTube Video
Boston Globe: Ghastly images from shattered Syrian city:
NO VIDEO LINK

New York Times: Ghastly Images Flow From Shattered Syrian City:
Three days earlier, Ms. Colvin had quoted Mr. Salah in an article in her newspaper. Now, he had turned citizen journalist and was reporting her death. Within an hour, his video report would be posted on YouTube, and then picked up by networks around the world. “They were killed because of the random shelling of the Baba Amr neighborhood,” Mr. Salah said, angrily shaking the forefinger of his one good hand at the camera; his other hand, wounded by shrapnel, was bandaged. “This is a call for rescue to save the remaining residents while they are still alive.”

He finished his report in 51 seconds, and then fled, lest the bombardment resume.

Bashar al-Assad has made every Syrian into a journalist
Boston Globe: Ghastly images from shattered Syrian city:
Assad “shut off the Internet and cut us off from the world,’’ said Abu Jaffar, a Homs activist, who helped dig out bodies from the apartment building and then videotaped the effort and posted the results. “So he has made every Syrian into a journalist.’’

New York Times: Ghastly Images Flow From Shattered Syrian City:
“Bashar al-Assad shut off the Internet and cut us off from the world,” said Abu Jaffar, a Homs activist, who helped dig out bodies from the apartment building, and then videotaped the effort and posted the results. “So he has made every Syrian into a journalist.”

It'd be nice if the Boston Globe could at least include links in the story. Might even be a good idea to link back to the source story over on the NY Times site for people who want to read the whole thing.

I'm wondering why not post the whole version on the Boston Globe site in the first place.

BTW, here are embeds of the videos:


Video: Khaled Abu Salah


Video: Abu Jaffar

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