I have been a daily subscriber to the Boston Globe for many years. It is delivered to my home around 5 o'clock each morning, and is thus an integral part of my morning routine: up at 5:30am, let dogs out, get paper off the front porch, make coffee and some eggs, read paper front to back.
I continued my subscription despite the paper's strong leftward lean because I valued the local, national and world news (however slanted), the opinion page, the coverage of the local sports teams, and lately because I could count on the paper to be a nearly endless source of blog material.
But I just can't stomach it any longer.
Since Obama won the presidency, the din of leftist self-congratulation grew louder, and by the inauguration it was overwhelming. Undisguised praise for the stimulus bill and urgent calls for climate change action spilled off the opinion pages and into the "real" news. Not that this didn't happen regularly before, but now every page of the paper--from the international news to the entertainment section--was dripping with a cynical smugness that said "just look what we can do now that we're in power!" The only part of the paper that escaped it was the sports section.
Last week, I called Globe customer service and happily canceled my subscription.
In the interest of full disclosure, this decision was also a financial one, as I'm trimming expenses in all phases of my life. But I would have once considered getting the Boston Globe every morning to be a worthwhile expenditure that I would have made sure to budget for. Now it is simply too much of a stinking pile of propaganda for me to waste my money.
I'm not sure what my new morning routine will be. Will I cozy up to the laptop with my cup of french roast and read the feeds from the Wall Street Journal? Perhaps I'll use the time to take a bite out of my reading list. But one thing's for sure: no more Boston Globe.