Lynch: 'Inappropriate' to lobby Times to save Globe

Congressman Stephen Lynch felt it would have been "inappropriate" for him to join the rest of the state's DC delegation in lobbying the owner of the New York Times to keep the Boston Globe open. Lynch - whose Ninth Congressional district includes the Globe's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters- was the only Congressman from the state who did not sign onto a letter sent to Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. appealing for the Globe's salvation.
Lynch's spokesperson Meaghan Maher told the Reporter: "Congressman Lynch felt that, while he respects the decision of others who decided otherwise, given his own position, it was inappropriate and a conflict of interest for him to sign onto this letter."
The Times has threatened to shutter the Boston daily newspaper by this week if union leaders do not agree to a series of cuts and concessions totaling some $20 million.
The text of the letter - which was disseminated late this afternoon by the Boston Newspaper Guild - can be read here.

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It is totally inappropriate for a politician to advocate on behalf of a newspaper in the United States. The ramifications of such actions raise the specter of collusion and the interference with the Bill of Rights. If a better suitor should be found to take up the cause of the Globe rather than the owner of the New York Times than let that person do so, but do not encumber the Times to continue with a failing limb on its journalistic body.