Boston Globe uses stigmatizing language as young people die
This blog post will probably make some of my friends at the Boston Globe feel uncomfortable. I apologize in advance if that is the case. But I suspect many of my Globe friends will agree with me. In any event, ethically, I cannot stay silent.
But I am disappointed in Freyer, Capelounto, as well as their bosses, Brian McGrory and Mark Morrow. Why did they use the word “addict” in their byline? We’ve been over this many times.
Addiction is a public health crisis in Massachusetts. So many young people are suffering and dying, and I expect the flagship media outlet of New England to do better. Just as it is unacceptable for doctors to refer to patients as “addicts” because it is stigmatizing, it is unacceptable for McGrory and Morrow to use this word.
Certainly McGrory, Morrow, and their colleagues have friends or family members who are using drugs. They should be leading the way, not making mistakes like this. I am not going to buy the Boston Globe until McGrory and Morrow issue a formal apology/ retraction and promise to never use the word “addict” again in a byline. I suggest you do the same.
Read the Bay State Banner from now on.
And yet I understand running a newspaper is a tough business. No one wants to buy papers anymore, and jobs are being cut. But if McGrory and Morrow ran a tighter ship, the Boston Globe would be growing, rather than dying off.
Maybe McGrory and Morrow should take a vacation or look for new jobs. I’d hire them to work for me on my consulting business. Or maybe they should issue a retraction, promise to never use the word “addict” again in a byline, then come over to my house for some pizza, and we can discuss in person.
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Philip Albert Lederer MD
Update August 8, 2018- I have decided to buy the Boston Globe again.