Claudia Deutsch has a well-reported and well-written piece on the razor-blade wars [*] on the front page of the business section of Sunday’s New York Times. (Schick is finally providing some real competition to Gillette, which is bad for Gillette but good for consumers.)
But it starts out with the following phrase:
“In a very old Gillette plant on the South Side of Boston…”
As it happens, Boston doesn’t have South Side. (Chicago has South Side.) Boston does have a South End, but that isn’t where the Gillette plant is. (The city still has a North End, and had a West End until the urban renewers got to it.)
The Gillette Plant is across the channel in South Boston, home of the Bulger mob and the site of one of the most successful campaigns of political/racial violence in American history, the “busing” riots of the 1970s.
Now that the Times owns the Globe, you’d think there might be someone on the editiorial staff who had visited Boston, if only to inspect the farm team. Even if that’s not true, can’t the Newspaper of Record afford a fact-checker?