Excessive Regulation Turns Boston Taxi Industry Into Corrupt Mess.
Boston Mayor Menino Orders Review Of Boston Taxi Industry.
A Boston Globe reporter masquerading as a Hub taxi driver gave a disputed version of a two-car crash that sent him and his two passengers to the hospital in a front-page story yesterday that’s raising questions about liability and whether he misrepresented himself.
“Deceptive methods are only acceptable if there was no other way to get the story,” said Stephen Ward, director of the Center of Journalism Ethics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. “This strikes me as a story you could get without having to go with these pretenses.”
A Globe spokeswoman emailed a response late last night. “The reporter revealed his identity to the Boston Police, and consistent with company policy he listed his company affiliation with Boston Cab. When conversing with passengers, he revealed his identity as a Globe reporter. In the days after the November accident, which was chronicled accurately in Tuesday’s story, the reporter obtained the official copy of the police report and corrected a factual flaw.”
[…] some Boston cabdrivers have questionable pedigrees.
Ahmed Mehalba, for instance. Mehalba was arrested by the FBI at Logan Airport in 2003 after he returned from Egypt with classified US documents he obtained as a civilian translator at the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
A native Egyptian and US citizen whose uncle was an Egyptian military intelligence officer, Mehalba pleaded guilty to illegally possessing the documents and lying to law enforcement. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison.
He is now permitted to pick up taxi fares at the airport where he was arrested.
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