Anti-Iran Group Dodges Two Daily Town Investigation!

August 29, 2015

Well, that might be a bit overstated. Not to get technical about it.

But still . . .

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted this full-page ad in the Boston Herald.

 

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We, of course, were curious about the players in this anti-Iran-deal groundswell, so we emailed Jeff Kuhner, placed a call to Rep. O’Connell, and reached out to Charles Jacob on APT’s Facebook page.

What did we get back?

Bubkes.

(To be fair graf goes here.)

To be fair, it was Friday afternoon before the penultimate summer weekend, but hey – everyone’s wired 24/7, right?

Anyway, two addenda:

1) APT is the Boston-based pro-Israel, anti-Muslim Americans for Peace & Tolerance. (We’ve undoubtedly pissed off both sides with that description.)

2) Plug “Ad Hoc Committee Against U.S. Funding of Iranian Terror” into the Googletron and this pops up:

 

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Yes! We’re Number One, We’re Top of the Pops!

Official Campaign Outsider Musical Interlude

 

 

Gotta love The Kinks.


Who Ran the Iran Ad in Today’s Boston Herald?

August 28, 2015

From our Local Dailies’ DisADvantage desk

As the hardreading staff has previously noted, it’s a rare day that the Boston Herald gets a full-page ad the Boston Globe hasn’t. But today’s one of ’em.

Firsty local tabloid, page 3:

 

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Interesting, yes?

But try to get any information on this ‘Ad Hoc Committee Against U.S. Funding of Iranian Terror’ outfit, and you get bubkes.

From the Googletron:

 

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So we’re now trying to contact Jeff Kuhner or Shaunna O’Connell or Charles Jacobs to find out who paid for this ad and presumably is organizing Sunday’s rally. We might even try Alan Dershowitz.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.


Trial and Error: Boston Globe Catches Up

August 26, 2015

As the hard reading staff noted yesterday, the Boston dailies have reached a split decision on which high-profile local trials they’re covering: The Globe has been on the Owen Labrie alleged rape trial, while the Herald has been all over the Michelle Carter alleged text-message manslaughter case.

Today, though, the Globe doubled down with Laura Crimaldi’s piece on Metro Page One:

‘It’s now or never,’ text said to friend

Teen urged to kill himself, DA alleges

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NEW BEDFORD — She professed her love for him and promised to care for his grieving family when he was gone. All he had to do, she said, was take some Benadryl and let a combustion engine poison him with carbon monoxide. A life without pain awaited in heaven, she said.

“You have to just do it. . . . Tonight is the night. It’s now or never,” said one of the text messages Michelle Carter, then 17, is alleged to have sent to Conrad Henri Roy III in the days before his 2014 suicide.

The text message, among thousands the pair was said to have exchanged before Roy, 18, was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in Fairhaven on July 13, 2014, has become public as Bristol County prosecutors fight a defense request to have the involuntary manslaughter case against Carter thrown out.

 

Not to get technical about it, but the Herald’s Jessica Heslam had that story yesterday.

Then again, at least the lately local broadsheet did something on the trial it’s been largely ignoring.

The same cannot be said for the fusty local tabloid. The Herald is still not covering the St. Paul’s School case in New Hampshire, which is odd since you’d think the class issue – fancy prep school, entitled tradition of the senior salute, etc. – would appeal to the Heraldniks.

No? Huh.


A Trial of Two Cities

August 25, 2015

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

There are currently two high-profile trials in the Boston area involving young people, but the local dailies only see one. Different ones.

The Boston Herald has gone all in on the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michelle Carter, who prosecutors say hounded New Bedford teen Conrad Roy into committing suicide last year.

Saturday’s Page One:

 

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And page 5:

 

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Today’s Herald gives Jessica Heslam’s piece all of page 3.

‘We’re doing horrible’

Grandmother: No ‘moving on’ from tragic death

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Janice Roy stood in her Mattapoisett backyard looking out at beautiful Buzzards Bay as she 
recalled her oldest grandchild, who prosecutors say took his own life last summer under pressure from his girlfriend.

A few hours earlier yesterday, Janice had sat through a gut-wrenching hearing in New Bedford Juvenile Court, where the attorney for Michelle 
Carter — the Plainville teen charged with causing the death of her beloved grandson — argued to have the involuntary manslaughter charge against her thrown out.

In one of thousands of text message exchanges, Carter told 18-year-old Conrad Roy III that his family would “get over” his suicide and “move on.”

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

Crosstown, the Boston Globe has limited its coverage of the Michelle Carter trial to a B2 news brief today.

 

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On the other hand, the stately local broadsheet is all over the case of Owen Labrie, the prep-school graduate accused of raping a 15-year old girl last year. We count seven pieces on the trial in the past week, with this one on Metro Page One today.

Labrie said he had sex with girl, peers testify

N.H. prep school classmates recall night of alleged rape

CONCORD, N.H. — In often crude language, four current and former students at St. Paul’s School testified Monday that Owen Labrie told them he had sex with a 15-year-old ed789e33046541b9ba64600606788ffe-3917df13d7c9453ea550a242d1384656-0girl who accuses him of rape, undercutting claims by Labrie’s defense team that the two did not have intercourse.

Andrew Thomson, who was Labrie’s roommate at the elite Concord prep school, testified that Labrie told him on the night of the alleged attack in May 2014 that he had taken the teenager’s virginity.

“He seemed a little taken aback, but overall happy” after the encounter, said Thomson, now a student at Brown University. “He seemed to be in a good mood.”

 

Not so much anymore, though.

The feisty local tabloid, meanwhile, has had nothing about the Labrie trial in its print edition, and just this Associated Press report on the web.

The hardreading staff isn’t sure there’s some deeper meaning in the split decision by the papers; we just know – say it with us – it’s good to live in a two-daily town.


Ernie’s Bochanalia for Trump Drives Carr

August 19, 2015

The hardreading staff normally likes to ignore Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr(toon), but every now and again we just can’t help ourselves.

Herald Track Gal Gayle Fee has this update today on that fundraiser the autoheirotic Ernie Boch Jr. is throwing at his $30 million Norwood manse for Donald Trump.

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Car czar Ernie Boch Jr. said the guest list for his Aug. 28 private fundraiser for Donald Trump now tops 700 and his office has fielded hundreds of calls from fans of the White House wannabe who want in.

“People are calling me who I haven’t talked to in 30 years!” Boch told the Track. “This thing is more popular than I ever imagined — and it’s pretty bipartisan. This is not a Republican gathering by any stretch of the imagination.”

Boch said he’s even heard from a handful of Democratic officials who want to come to the event but who can’t, for obvious reasons, write a check to the GOP presidential hopeful.

“That’s why were doing cash or check at the door,” he said.

 

Ha!

For your money you’ll get “cocktails, live music by rock cover band Fortune, a live broadcast by Herald columnist/radio yakker Howie Carr and food by chef Tony Ambrose.”

Carr’s presence in helping raise money for the bloated billionaire makes perfect sense since he’s a total Trump groupie, with today’s column Exhibit Umpteen.  Of course, Carr long ago surrendered his press credentials in favor of GOP fundraising, as the redoubtable Dan Kennedy has noted several times.

File under: Keep on spinnin’.


Hey – There Really IS a ‘Free Baker’ Shirt

August 15, 2015

The other day the hardreading staff noted the following regarding last week’s Target/Sully’s rumpus:

We’re not sure which t-shirt Target is in the process of discontinuing, but the retail chain should definitely consider dumping its Free Brady knockoff, which got Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in ice water yesterday (via Boston Daily’s Kyle Clauss).

Baker apologized.

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Anyone got a Free Baker t-shirt in the works?

 

Turns out someone did. From today’s Boston Herald:

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Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge thrown down by the governor — and may have one-upped him in the process.

Gov. Charlie Baker doused himself with a bucket of ice water on the steps of the State House on Monday to raise awareness and money for ALS research, and as is customary, challenged others to join him, including Walsh.

The mayor happily accepted, and yesterday he took the Ice Bucket Challenge outside City Hall, wearing a “Free Baker” T-shirt — a dig at the “Free Brady” T-shirt Baker wore earlier in the week.

 

Okay then. Proves at least someone is listening.


One Town, Two Different Killing Fields

August 14, 2015

Admittedly, the hardreading staff is late to Thursday’s coverage of the most recent Boston shooting spree. Even so, we couldn’t help but notice the difference in the local dailies.

Boston Herald Page One (via The Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):

 

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Boston Globe (bottom of) Page One:

 

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The Herald reported all the gun violence on Page 7.

The Globe featured the Cambridge killing on B1, the Roxbury and Mattapan shootings on B3 in a separate story.

Your conclusions – if any – go here.


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