Boston Globe columnist's fate unresolved after meeting Publisher won't discuss discussion with Barnicle

August 08, 1998|By BOSTON GLOBE

BOSTON -- Two days after the Boston Globe asked for Mike Barnicle's resignation, the fate of the popular, 25-year Metro columnist apparently remained unresolved after a meeting he had with top Globe officials yesterday.

DTC After an hourlong off-site session with Barnicle, Globe publisher Benjamin B. Taylor and Assistant to the Publisher Alfred S. Larkin Jr. issued a short statement saying, "We consider it a private meeting between the parties, and have no further comment on it at this time."

The Globe's editor, Matthew V. Storin, requested Barnicle's resignation after he acknowledged using a number of jokes in his column from comic George Carlin's book "Brain Droppings." Barnicle said he had never read the book, but a television film clip showed him recommending it, telling viewers there was "a yuk on every page."

Barnicle, 54, has maintained that he will not resign.

The TV segment showing Barnicle recommending "Brain Droppings" was shown on June 22, about six weeks before his Aug. 2 column, which contained eight jokes similar to some in the book.

When questioned about that column, Barnicle had told Globe editors that he had never read Carlin's book and had received the jokes from two friends. Managing Editor Thomas F. Mulvoy Jr. said that he knows the friends cited by Barnicle, but the Globe has made no effort to contact them.

Reports have surfaced that the Globe was reviewing an Aug. 4 Barnicle column in which he quoted a retired police officer discussing old murders committed by a well-known crime figure. Managing Editor Gregory L. Moore said yesterday that the paper is trying to locate the relatives of the purported victims. "We haven't finished the reporting," he said.

Pub Date: 8/08/98

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