Boston Herald buries print apology for bogus Borges article

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When it became clear that the Ron Borges article regarding a possible Tom Brady showdown over “up-front money” with the Patriots arose from phony text messages, the Boston Herald quickly expunged the story from the Internet. But that was too late to remove it from the print version of the newspaper, where the headline blared on the back cover of the Friday edition.

On Friday afternoon, the Herald posted an online apology for the situation. On Saturday, the apology appeared in the newspaper, with inconspicuous placement in a small box on page 2.

Ten years ago, the Herald handled things far differently after the so-called Spygate II story. When challenged aggressively by the Patriots for reporting that the team had secretly videotaped the Rams’ final walk-through practice before Super Bowl XXXVI, and one day after former Patriots employee Matt Walsh told Commissioner Roger Goodell it never happened, the Herald prominently apologized on the front and back cover of the newspaper.

The current apology clearly falls short; plenty of readers don’t follow minute-by-minute developments online. Many may never even notice the apology, and they may never see or hear that the whole thing was phony.

Of course, they may start to wonder what happened to Borges, if his suspension lasts more than a few days. Or if the suspension becomes the first step toward termination.

The broader question becomes whether others within the organization will face scrutiny for allowing the Borges story to be posted, based on logical and contextual curiosities in the report (e.g., few in the NFL business ever use the term “up-front money,” and Borges apparently did nothing to obtain specifics regarding the money Brady wants) and the history and reputation of Borges, who left the Boston Globe over plagiarism allegations in 2007. Borges also is perceived by some in NFL circles as having an agenda against the Patriots, making him more likely to rush to write anything/everything that puts the team in a negative light.

The entire situation puts the Herald in a negative light, and the manner in which it handles this obvious gaffe surely will affect the manner in which future reports from the publication are given credence.

30 responses to “Boston Herald buries print apology for bogus Borges article

  1. Eagles really put a beat down on the Patriots not just physically but mentally too. That goes for their fan base as well.

  2. btw i also find it funny that ath and pti had nothing about this story at all. this was huge story that broke early morning, and the producers didnt put it on either show. yea ok. new england vs everyone!!

  3. Nobody actually reads the print version anymore. Meanwhile, the digital version travels much further than the print version ever could. 20 years ago, no one outside Boston would even know. Also, there wouldn’t be a mad rush to publish for clicks, and an editor might have taken a few moments to read it and think before it got published. How times have changed.

  4. Borges got caught red-handed turning in a story that he made no effort what-so-ever to validate. This, after his previous plagiarism incident, is enough for him to have been fired over, ON THE SPOT!

    The Herald, with its failure to verify John Tomase’s far more damaging false story about the Patriots taping the Ram’s walk through, should have known better than to publish this also-unsubstantiated piece of garbage turned in by Borges.

    And now they’re trying to quickly sweep the whole thing under the nearest carpet????

    There was a time, after Watergate, where journalism was invincible. Stories were written with dead-on verification, double and triple checked. Writers today just don’t give a damn about accuracy. The standards of the industry, reinforced by the likes of Woodward and Bernstein, are a thing of the past. People like Tomase and Borges have shown us that we should doubt 90% of what is written, and a newspaper like the Boston Herald – who has served up false, unsubstantiated stories about the Patriots TWICE now, should be sued out of existence for their lack of vetting on these hatchet jobs.

    I would love to see Don Yee and Tom Brady file a lawsuit against this paper, which isn’t fit to be called “fish wrap”. And I hope that Ron Borges – for his haste in writing a hatchet job against a well respected athlete – never types a single word for public consumption again.

  5. > I would love to see Don Yee and Tom Brady file a lawsuit against this paper,

    The problem is that to win, they have to prove that Borges wasn’t merely careless, but actually *knew* the story was false or, at least, entertained serious doubts about its veracity.

  6. really enjoying borges being humiliated publicly. no one is more deserving. it’s almost impossible to shame that level of arrogance and ego. the belichick dynasty has revealed borges’ stupidity so many times but he just keeps making crap up and the herald prints it.

  7. ctpatsfan77 says:

    The problem is that to win, they have to prove that Borges wasn’t merely careless, but actually *knew* the story was false or, at least, entertained serious doubts about its veracity.
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    Borges has made this ridiculously easy to prove.

    He gets a text message from a well-known person, whom he has never had contact with before.

    This well-known person has picked HIM – of all people – to deliver a very important message to.

    This well-known person has managed to get Borges personal phone number, to deliver this important message to.

    This well-known person whom is known not to live in Massachusetts, is contacting Borges from a phone with a 508 (Massachusetts) area code.

    This alleged story portrays Tom Brady in a very different way than everyone has seen him behave.

    And despite all of this, Borges made no effort what so ever to verify that the source is who he actually claimed to be, he instead immediately wrote an unsubstantiated article. He followed no journalistic protocol, what so ever.

    Open and shut case.

  8. ctpatsfan77 says:
    February 10, 2018 at 10:36 am
    > I would love to see Don Yee and Tom Brady file a lawsuit against this paper,

    The problem is that to win, they have to prove that Borges wasn’t merely careless, but actually *knew* the story was false or, at least, entertained serious doubts about its veracity.
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    And there, in this digital age is why the libel laws on the books are so outdated. How many times do you see, whether in print or digital media an outlandish and outright fake news story posted (sports, politics, business, ESPN) and the perpetrators get away scott free. Why? Because all they have to do is let it sit out there 24 hrs or more and spread virally and then print their retraction, almost hidden, below the fold, in a “small box”, whatever. Some don’t even bother with a retraction because the laws let them get away with it. But the damage was done and they know it and as long as they print/hide their retraction they are 100% sure they will never be held accountable in a court of law and just wait for the next opportunity to do it again. Borges even outright lied when he said in the story that he had “sources”. Like the story was verified by 10 other people, when he knew he only had Fake Don Yee prankster. I’m glad the prankster did this. It shows in a bright light what is becoming an everyday practice. No wonder people in the country/world don’t know what info to true/accurate anymore and the trust in media is the lowest in modern history (and only getting worse).

  9. The following has happened since the Eagles beat the Patriots.

    – Belichick gives unbelievable explanation why he benched Butler
    – McDaniels reneged on his promise to Indy
    – Gronkowski says he may retire
    – False story about Brady wanting more money (writer suspended)
    – Radio station host suspended for being racist (the least surprising of all of these things)

  10. Everyone obsessed with New England. On the one hand, it brings out the best in the competetion and gives us memorable Super Bowls. On the other hand, it creates a situation where a Super Bowl winner receives little attention. I suppose that outside New England, other franchise achievements have been farts in the wind. We have every reason to believe based on history that someone other than Philly will represent the NFC in the Supet Bowl. Meanwhile, New England will be expected to appear in the SuperBowl.

  11. really put a beat down on the Patriots

    Eagles coached and played a fantastic game. Let’s not start creating myths, however.

  12. mrbiggstuff says:
    February 10, 2018 at 11:08 am
    The following has happened since the Eagles beat the Patriots.

    – Belichick gives unbelievable explanation why he benched Butler
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    Did you look at Butler’s performance this year? He struggled all year, especially against larger WRs. Suddenly he’s Darrell Revis (the young Revis, not the old Revis who doesn’t even try).

  13. LSUStrong says:
    February 10, 2018 at 10:08 am

    No worries. Boston sports fans don’t read the Herald anyway.
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    Not true. Boston fans just don’t lend Borges and his well known agenda any credence when he writes about the Pats. Guregian is among the best of the Pats columnists and Howe is a very effective beat writer. If you don’t read them regularly and find them informative and worthwhile reads then I’d have to question if you are in a position to speak for Boston fans or even know any.

  14. He should have been fired on the spot. This goes beyond just getting a story wrong: He lied, and he knew he lied. He used the word “sources”, which is clearly false.

    He had one source, and it was bogus. If you had an employee, who you knew was a chronic liar, in a field that it matters as much as in this field, what would you do?

  15. Borges got punked, the entire story was from a phone call that he did not validate or care to think about. What a dope. How he can show his face around and not be mortified is even a better story.

  16. Eagles really put a beat down on the Patriots not just physically but mentally too. That goes for their fan base as well.
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    Yet the Pats are in the news more then the SB winning Eagles. People are just obsessed with the Pats. Luckily, they can ignore the noise and you know as well as I do that they will be right back in contention next year.

  17. I’m sure Brady will handle this like he handles everything else…with dignity and class. Most, if not all of the negative things that are said or written about him clearly stem from people that are broken, and bankrupt of moral character. It reveals much more about the person who says or writes these things, or repeats them, than it does Tom Brady. You would think people would have seen enough of him to know better. It’s stunning to see how low some people sink in this age of the Internet, when so much good information is available, yet it’s brought out the worst in so many. The pressure or desire to be first to publicize, and to obtain views at all costs, is costing people their integrity…if they ever had any.

  18. “Of course, they may start to wonder what happened to Borges, if his suspension lasts more than a few days.”

    No, I’m sure nobody would notice if he just went away.

  19. “Of course, they may start to wonder what happened to Borges, if his suspension lasts more than a few days.”

    No, I’m sure nobody would notice if he just went away.

  20. “Of course, they may start to wonder what happened to Borges, if his suspension lasts more than a few days.”

    No, I’m sure nobody would notice if he just went away.

  21. patsardone says:
    February 10, 2018 at 9:55 am
    Does anyone really believe that they did not video the practices?
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    Those with triple digit IQs do.

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