Reporting: Make It Deadpan, Make It Factual

Before the furor over Frank Morrissey's nomination for a federal judgeship died down last week (see THE NATION), it had ricocheted through headlines and editorials across the country. Yet relatively few people realized that the major factor in bringing the Morrissey case to a head was one newspaper's display of the kind of dogged, investigative journalism that is rare these days in the U.S. press. The paper is the Boston Globe, which zealously carried on a crusade to discover everything possible about the man it thought unfit for high judicial office.


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