News Item: ESPN Hires First-Ever Ombudsman.
A welcome step back towards journalistic respectability for the Worldwide Leader, which of late has been trending more towards “boom goes the dynamite”-like catchphrase-ology than any sort of valuable information. The network might be doing a better job with this year’s NBA playoffs, but I’ve barely been paying attention so I wouldn’t know.
And speaking of ombudsmen, the Boston Globe is losing theirs, as Mark Jurkowitz is heading back to the Boston Phoenix to replace the best media critic in the country, Dan Kennedy, who is heading to a career in academia. A prediction: nothing Jurkowitz writes will ever match Daniel Okrent’s acid-tongued Times finale, which took well-deserved shots at Dowd and Krugman.

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