Hilary Sargent — yes, that Hilary Sargent — took to Twitter to rip Globe columnist Shirley Leung Friday afternoon. Leung had a column in Friday’s editions that was takedown journalism at its worst:
You wrote a takedown piece on @kirkmin. You didn’t call him for comment. You mentioned NOTHING about his medical leave for suicidal thoughts. You know better. You know WAY better. No one says you have to like him but you are a journalist. Or you were. https://t.co/sSEfzcEp9f
— 𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕒𝕣𝕪 𝕤𝕒𝕣𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕥 (@lilsarg) November 16, 2018
The Leung column was bad, to say the least. Beyond the fact that she ignored the facts that detracted from her argument, her argument was convoluted and all over the place. It reminded me of when couples get in those ugly arguments that couples tend to get into, and they just start lashing out with every pent-up resentment they’ve been holding back.
“You never empty the dishwasher!”
“Well, you never take out the trash!”
“Oh, yeah, well you’re the sports radio station that has become synonymous with racist and sexist banter! And your parent company has an all-male board!”
This is the interim op/ed page editor and the former business editor of the Globe. This is the cream that has almost risen to the top of the Globe hierarchy. Yet rather than try to provide some context — like her colleague Chad Finn did — she deliberately tried to mislead her readers.