Separate but Equal?

September 12th, 2005 1:33 PM

The Boston Globe claims some readers "get confused about the relationship between the editorial page and the rest of the newspaper, especially since the term 'editorial' is often used to describe everything in the Globe that is not advertising."

"But the news operation, led by editor Marty Baron, is completely separate from the editorial (opinion) pages, led by editorial-page editor Renee Loth. The two do not coordinate coverage or influence the others' professional judgments. Globe endorsements of candidates, for example, are made without consultation with any news reporter or editor, and Globe reporters are expected to cover campaigns without regard to whom the editorial page has endorsed."

It's understandable why some readers would think the two departments coordinate their activities, given that the liberal opinions expressed in the editorial page are exactly the same as those expressed on the frontpage.