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The extraordinary media coverage of Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams’ death and career is enough to sour even some of the slugger’s legion of admirers on him. The 24 consecutive hours of films, tapes, interviews, commercials et alia of Williams—including half-hour TV panel shows on which he appeared—aired over ESPN’s Classic TV channel July 11-12, was ridiculous. It reminded this observer of the lavish media coverage of the late Massachusetts Congressman Joe Moakley’s passing by the Boston newspaper, television and radio media last year. If you knew Moakley as well as many of us in the media world did, you also knew that Joe would have been astounded and amused by the going-away puff pieces accorded him.

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