In case you missed it---Yesterday was Mitt Romney-Bain-departure day. First, the Boston Globe published a strongly worded story saying that Romney had stayed at “the helm” of Bain Capital for three years longer than he’d claimed — an incredibly material issue given that Romney has claimed no responsibility for actions taken at Bain after 1999. Says the story: “The timing of Romney’s departure from Bain is a key point of contention because he has said his resignation in February 1999 meant he was not responsible for Bain Capital companies that went bankrupt or laid off workers after that date.“
Second, the Globe acknowledges that it should have credited other outlets that reported similar things earlier in the month.
Third, the Globe and the Romney campaign tussle over the question of whether the story merits a correction.
*Derek Thompson on the Atlantic riffs about the end of the cable TV bundle.
Every year, 100 million homes pay for a bundle of cable channels. Like any bundle, it’s hard to see exactly what they are paying for. That is somewhat the point of bundling — to disguise the true cost of the constituent items. If you watch ESPN and 17 other channels regularly for four hours a day, you are probably getting a good deal. And that means that millions of other people are getting a “bad deal” on their cable and are subsidizing your TV experience. For these millions of households — who don’t watch live sports; or only want HBO; or only need their Law & Order, ANTM, and Daily Show fix; etc — an à la carte option for television would almost certainly be cheaper.
*Has Gawker Media’s Nick Denton really revolutionized comments? One commentator concludes that, lamentably, he has not.
*Somehow, this debate about whether Romney intended to trigger boos before the NAACP found some legs on Wednesday:
*Christopher Rowland, one of the reporters on that Boston Globe story about Romney’s departure from Bain, discusses things with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. On why the Globe won’t be issuing a correction, Rowland says that the campaign hasn’t been able to demonstrate that its reporter has been wrong. “They don’t like the take from the story and they don’t like the way it looks,” concludes Rowland.
*Very good television: Juan Williams, John Sununu and Sean Hannity.