September 25, 2017

Let the Buyer Beware

by Scott Benson
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By now you’ve read John Tomase’s explanation as to how he and the Boston Herald came to accuse the Patriots of cheating to win Super Bowl 36.

To me, it sounds like reckless personal ambition trumped sound judgement and professional responsibility.  Because we now know the whole thing was predicated on the whispers of anonymous people who had no business claiming they knew anything. And a reporter who callously ignored that fundamental truth in the blind, self serving pursuit of being ‘first’.

Which is not the same thing as being ‘best’. You can never be the best when you truly comprehend the power of your words only after they’ve come raining back down on your own head.

For John Tomase, the long road back begins with a vertical climb. On ice.

For his belly-crawling bosses, well, they get to come back to work this morning secure in the knowledge they have a fall guy in place to cover for their own culpability.

The better for them to strike again, as soon as the heat’s off, and as soon as they find their next ‘story’ to root for, their next ‘subject’ to malign, their next voracious reporter oblivious to the concept of a public trust.

The next time they can distract you into debating whether you can trust one of their reporters instead of whether or not you can trust them, those who have the true power of the press.

Ownership of one.

Caveat emptor.


  1. Yeah, I think they’ve really learned their lesson. Allowing that Tony Mazz column to run yesterday really proved to me that they’re interested in rebuilding that sacred bond.

  2. ticked off says:

    Thanks for posting your opinion as I am curious about what was said, but have no intention of clicking on a Herald link or buying a Herald paper to read its garbage.

  3. That they plan to keep Tomase on the Patriot’s beat is enough evidence for me of their calculated sensationalism.

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