“The Boston Globe’s opinion pages,” the Boston Globe explains to us, “are completely separate from the news operation.”
Indeed, and that’s probably as it should be. But as we learned from last week’s column by frequent contributor and Republican strategist Eric Fehrnstrom, the Globe’s fidelity to this principle extends so far as to allow opinion writers the freedom to contradict facts that were previously established by members of the news staff.
In this column (his fourth effort in the nineteen months he’s been opining for the Globe to harpoon Elizabeth Warren, his personal Leviathan), Fehrnstrom again falsely accuses Warren of helping corporate giant Travelers Insurance to defeat claims brought by victims of asbestos poisoning. But as Globe news staffers reported on multiple occasions when Fehrnstrom was peddling this same story in his capacity as a member of Scott Brown’s campaign staff, it is so misleading as to be untrue. This same campaign lie was also called out on Blue Mass Group (here and here). Nevertheless, the falsehood is back again on today’s opinion page, and Fehrnstrom goes on to use it to attack Warren for hypocrisy:
If Warren engages in the same behaviors that she pretends to find in others, she should at least be reminded of her dishonesty.
On behalf of the Globe news staff, we are happy to do the same for him.