Boston Herald Thinks NAACP = Not Accepting Any Critical Provisions

October 6, 2014

Call it the Watermelon Summit.

The editorial cartoon rumpus at the Boston Herald has arrived at its inevitable destination: A sitdown between Herald editors and the local chapter of the NAACP.

From Sunday’s edition of the flavory local tabloid.

Herald vows to work with Boston NAACP

Curry: Obama cartoon ‘perpetuates stereotype’

The Boston Herald will work with the Boston chapter of the NAACP to address the issues raised by the publication of an editorial page cartoon last week.

The cartoon, focusing on security breaches at the White House, depicted President Obama brushing his teeth as an intruder suggested he try watermelon-flavored toothpaste. Cartoonist Jerry Holbert said he intended no racial overtones and apologized as did the newspaper.

The NAACP yesterday called the Herald apologies “inadequate” and said the publication of the cartoon on the paper’s opinion page “reopened the wounds of race” in Boston. It requested a series of remedies including a community meeting to discuss the editorial page cartoon.

 

That would be Boston NAACP president Michael Curry in the subhead, who got this response from a Herald statement:

​”The Herald has made it clear that this editorial page cartoon was unacceptable in its insensitivity and racial overtones . . .  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the NAACP and meeting with them to address the concerns that arose as a result.”

 

But crosstown at the Boston Globe, the Herald seemed to have a very different message for the NAACP.

Curry said that Herald executives told him they were ready to hear from the black community but had not yet committed to pursuing any action beyond a meeting.

“They said to me that they’re willing to do whatever and they’re expecting to hear from the community at this forum,” he said. “I think what’s important here is they’ve said no to nothing at this point.”

 

Then again, they’ve also said yes to nothing, yes?

Yes.


Globe Eulogizes Karina Moreira Later/Better Than Herald

October 5, 2014

Sometimes, the knockoff is superior to the original. At least that seems to be the case in memorializing local fashion blogger Karina Moreira, who died last week at the tragically young age of 16.

From Friday’s Boston Herald Inside Track:

 

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Getting there first: Nice.

From Saturday’s Boston Globe:

Fashion blogger Karina Moreira, 16, dies after battle with cancer

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Karina Moreira, 16, whose blog “chic by karina” caught the attention of supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Taylor Swift, and thousands of followers on social media, died Thursday evening, according to her mother Daniela Xavier.

“I am so proud of [Karina],” she said. “With everything that she went through, she still had hope and faith in God. She never gave up or complained.”

 

Getting Karina’s family: Nicer.

Now say thanks to the Herald, Globeniks.


Who Runs an Ad About Ted Williams’ Head?

October 4, 2014

From our Headless Ted in Brainless Ad desk

Amazingly, the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund ran this ad in yesterday’s Boston Globe Capital (as in, $$$) section.

 

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Seriously? A good head on his shoulders?

Not to get technical about it, but Ted Williams’ head is no longer on his shoulders.

It’s on ice.

Memo to ELM president George Bachrach: Your costly ad is not just headless.

It’s clueless.


Whoopi Goldberg Defends Herald Watermelon Man

October 3, 2014

From our Late to the Rescue Party desk

So, to recap:

On Wednesday Boston Herald editorial cartoonist Jerry Holbert sparked a watermelon-flavored rumpus with this ill-advised (and ill-supervised) drawing in the clueless local tabloid.

 

 

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Much mishegoss ensued.

(The redoubtable Dan Kennedy has a smart recap of the fiasco here.)

And then . . .

Whoopi.

Via Mediabistro’s FishbowlDC:

Whoopi Goldberg Defends Boston Herald Cartoonist on ‘The View’

In response to a controversial cartoon that appeared in yesterday’s Boston Herald, ”The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg defended the cartoonist on today’s show.

Following information that the Sept. 19 White House fence-jumper made it to the East Room of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue rather than just past the North Portico doors as earlier reported, Jerry Holbert‘s cartoon contribution in yesterday’s print edition portrayed President Barack Obama brushing his teeth with a man behind him asking, “Have you tried the watermelon toothpaste?” and the caption “White House Invader Got Farther Than Previously Thought.”

[Thursday] morning, Goldberg addressed the controversy on “The View,” saying “I don’t believe he did it on purpose. I don’t think he was thinking about it.”

 

Here’s the clip:

 

 

Just for the record: Rosie Perez was having none of it.

Regardless, this is likely the end of it:

 

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Of course, taste was never the Herald’s strong suit, was it?


Boston Herald Editorial Cartoonist Jumps the Fence

October 1, 2014

As the hardreading staff has said on numerous occasions, Boston is blessed not only to be a two-daily town, but a two-cartoonist town as well.

Today, however, it’s a decidedly mixed blessing.

Both line men address the same topic today, but with very different sensibilities – not to mention sensitivities.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:

 

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The Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:

 

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Seriously? Watermelon flavored?

Quick – get me re-draw.

UPDATE: Actually, someone did call re-draw. From BostonMagazine.com:

[A] similar cartoon posted to an archive of Holbert’s work on GoComics.com doesn’t use the watermelon stereotype—in that version, the toothpaste is raspberry-flavored, even though the rest of the cartoon is drawn up exactly the same:

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It’s unclear at what point the choice to use “watermelon” was made before the cartoon went to print and appeared in Wednesday’s newspaper.

 

In fact, it was the other way around, as BoMag‘s update indicates:

Holbert clarified Wednesday that it was his intention to include the term “watermelon” in his cartoon, not thinking about the racial connotations, and the switch to “raspberry” was made by outside editors since his cartoons are syndicated.

Holbert told [Boston Herald radio] that on Tuesday night someone wrote to him and asked if they could change the watermelon reference, and he was “confused” by the request. “I changed it to raspberry and sent it back to them,” he said.

 

Maybe he should have kept it instead.


The Herald Runs on Dunkin’

September 29, 2014

As our Walt Whitman desk attests on a regular basis, the Boston Herald is a past master at using its newshole to promote . . . that’s right – the Herald. And now apparently, the fuzzy local tabloid is offering the same sort of ad-itorial package to its advertisers.

Witness the latest installment of the paper’s daily plug for Boston Herald Radio, the webcast that up to several people a day listen to.

 

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Nice bit of venial synergy for Dunkin’ Donuts, eh? Lede of the “interview” at left.

Todd Wallace, field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts, joined Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” with Hillary Chabot and Joe Battenfeld to talk about the iconic coffee chain’s new products.

 

You gotta hear this segment to believe it. Those Heraldniks sure can take the r out of radio.


GlobeSox Owner John Henry Buys Boston Herald!

September 29, 2014

The hardreading staff was cruising through the Boston Globe Sports section this morning and amid the final final farewells to the irreplaceable Number Two, Derek Jeter, Number Two (but not at Fenway Park), we came across this full-page ad.

 

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Our first thought: Yeah, thanks suckers.

Our second thought: Wonder if Boston GlobeSox owner John Henry ran the same ad in crosstown rival Boston Herald.

Oh yes he did.

 

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Good for him, eh?

Only question left: Will the fans be back?

Oh yes they will. Dan Shaughnessy notwithstanding.


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