Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Boston Globe Outsources Its Election Coverage to a Candidate's Campaign

Anthony Galluccio won yesterday's Democratic primary for the open State Senate seat vacated by Jarrett Barrios.  The Boston Globe appeared to be too lazy to call up elections officials to get vote tallies, instead relying on one of the candidate's campaigns to report the results, and then publishing the tallies without fact-checking:
With all 24 precincts reporting in Boston and Cambridge, Galluccio led Timothy R. Flaherty, a Cambridge lawyer, 1,933 to 1,389, according to unofficial results. Voters also went to the polls in Saugus, Everett, Somerville, Chelsea, and Revere. A complete tally of unofficial results compiled by Galluccio campaign workers, showed he led Flaherty 4,388 to 2,232.
Wasn't it media incompetence that contributed to the Florida election fiasco in 2000?  Get on the phones and call up the Saugus, Everett, Somerville, Chelsea, and Revere elections departments!

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