To Know Trump . . . Just Read the Herald

July 13, 2015

Donald Trump – the GOP’s one-man clown car – had a good weekend, as this piece from New York’s Daily Intelligencer notes.

A Guide to Donald Trump’s Weekend Circus

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Donald Trump, who is ahead or tied for the lead in three recent polls tracking GOP presidential candidates, had a very busy weekend. At campaign events Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona, Trump delivered separate but equally rambling speeches that touched upon everything from legitimate national issues to Trump’s self-assessed intelligence to a joke about ISIS trying to compete with him by building a hotel in Iraq. Said Trump, who seemed to be improvising the speeches, “You know I don’t use TelePrompTers like the president — I speak from the heart.”

 

Right – a heart that’s filled with the buttermilk of human kindness.

On top of his good weekend, Trump is having a good Monday in the Boston Herald. Start with Joe Fitzgerald’s column.

The Donald adds something vital to ’16 prez race

Admit it, if he walked away from the presidential race this morning there is something about Donald Trump you would miss.

Perhaps not his politics.

Maybe not his temperament.

And certainly not his hubris.

Yet, there’s something refreshing about a candidate who doesn’t measure every word, who doesn’t wait to be told by parasitic handlers what his or her positions ought to be, and who doesn’t curry favor by pretending to embrace what special interests want to hear.

 

In her Lone Republican column today, Holly Robichaud sounds a similar note:

At a time when Republican candidates should be talking about the economy, the national debt, cyber-security and so much more, PC police have hijacked the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

They are having a collective hissy fit over Donald Trump’s candidacy and his comments about illegal immigrants. They have falsely accused him of being a racist for having the courage to speak out against 
illegal immigrants and the results of porous borders.

When Trump would not retract his statements, the media turned their focus on other GOP contenders, asking them to respond to the Donald’s comments. Now there is a push to kick Trump out of the debates.

As if it is dangerous to have free speech on the stage!

 

Free-of-common-decency speech, that is.

(The Unsinkable Adriana Cohen has also weighed in on Mr. We Shall Overcomb, but that reading is optional.)

One oasis of sanity in today’s Herald: Jerry Holbert’s editorial cartoon.

 

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Any way we can ground him until Election Day?


Milan Lucic Slashes Boston Herald!

July 10, 2015

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

Departing Boston Bruins bruiser Milan Lucic sent a farewell note to Hub hockey fans in today’s Boston Globe.

 

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The Bruins traded Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings last month for backup goaltender Martin Jones, defensive prospect Colin Miller, and the 13th pick in the 2015 draft. According to this piece by Sebastian Noren of Today’s Slapshot, the Kings have big plans for Lucic.

From all the talk that we’ve heard and read since the trade took place, Lucic will join Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik on the top line for the Kings. Having a wrecking ball like Lucic (that also has a knack for scoring goals) next to a playmaker of Kopitar’s caliber and a sniper like Gaborik could be a recipe for success.

 

In his Globe ad, Lucic thanked multiple people for his success here.

 

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But apparently the people of Boston don’t include the Herald’s readers. No ad for the thirsty local tabloid. Again.

It’s tough playing the game shorthanded this much, yeah?


Gretta Love Hath No One Than the Boston Herald

July 9, 2015

As the hardreading staff has noted on two occasions, the Boston Herald’s weekly Gretta Style column – written by fashion butterfly Gretta Monahan – is little more than free advertising space for Monahan’s retail store and hair salon. The problem is, it’s dressed up like editorial content.

Today’s edition:

 

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And where would one go to seek proper hydration? To Grettacole Salon and Day Spa, of course, which gets two plugs in the piece. (This, by the way, is the third week in a row Grettasomething is the solution for all your fashion/beauty needs.)

As we previously mused, one of three scenarios is likely involved here:

1) The Herald is paying Monahan to produce these features, which is a crime against common sense.

2) Monahan is paying the Herald to produce these features, which is a crime against journalistic ethics.

3) No money is changing hands, which is a crime against Herald readers.

 

To discern which option is at play, we called Ms. Monahan and emailed Herald Lifestyle Editor Sandra Kent to ask two simple questions: Are there guidelines for how often Gretta Monahan can feature her store and/or salon in the column? And, is Gretta Monahan paid for producing the weekly column?

We have heard back from neither. Nor do we expect to. But the selfie local tabloid should really stop pimping out its pages this way.


Gail in a Huff Over Scott’s AdvoCare Brownout

July 8, 2015

From our Late to the Pill-Popping Party desk

The Scott Brown AdvoCare Rumpus just keeps getting curiouser and curiousier.

Back story, via the Boston Globe‘s Stephanie Ebbert.

Salesman Brown pursues a weight-loss constituency

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It was not the sight of their former senator bare-chested that shocked Scott Brown’s Facebook followers.

They were used to that.

It was the sales pitch accompanying the before-and-after photos of his physique, crediting his recent, dramatic weight loss to a commercial nutrition and fitness plan.

Brown’s testament to the merits of AdvoCare’s “24-day challenge” was met with so many guffaws that within two hours, he posted another note, saying he is not a paid spokesman for the supplement company.

What he didn’t explain is that he’s a salesman.

 

Except he’s not, according to Brown’s wife Gail Huff.

From the Boston Herald’s Inside Track yesterday.

Gail launches weighty defense of hubs Scott

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The wife of former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown leaped to his 
defense yesterday, saying her husband was never a salesman for a controversial diet program, never intended to sell it and was only listed as a distributor of AdvoCare in order to get a 20 percent discount.

“He was never a salesman, he never made a penny from it,” Gail Huff told the Track. “At no point did he ever suggest anyone ever purchase it. He is not selling diet pills.”

 

That’s actually correct. Scott Brown is not selling diet pills – he’s selling diet pill distributorships.

At least according to The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi, who got this response when she asked Brown for an interview about AdvoCare.

“Olivia … Thanks for emailing me about your interest in Advocare . . . I am here to help you get started. As you can see from my story and pictures, these products from Advocare really do work.”

 

Further, Nuzzi wrote:

Brown is offering me the following: “20-40% off products” if I become an AdvoCare distributor; “Nutrition and Fitness guidance to maximize your results”; and “product regimens to help you reach your goals.”

 

Not to get technical about it, but Nuzzi’s only goal was to expose Scott Brown as a cheap grifter. Which he sorta seems to be.

Exhibit Umpteen:

I asked Brown if he had ever experienced any side effects while taking the product, and he responded, “Not at all I’ve been taking the products with Advocare for 10 years and they have treated me great. Thanks.”

10 years? On Facebook and in his email advertisement, Brown said he had been introduced to the products recently and they are what caused his weight loss.

“Keith has been taking them for 10 years through his baseball career,” Brown said when I told him his response didn’t match the rest of his story. “He turned them on to me a few months ago. Thanks.”

 

Yes – thanks.


Hark! The Herald! (Pimp Our Pages Edition II)

July 7, 2015

From our Walt Whitman desk

As the hardreading staff noted last week, the Boston Herald is plumbing new depths of journalistic malpractice with its weekly Gretta Style column, in which fashion butterfly Gretta Monahan gets to plug her retail store and her hair salon.

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And as we promised, we contacted both the selfie local tabloid and Herself for comment. (We waited until yesterday because, really, how stupid is it to contact anyone on July 3rd?)

And . . . nothing.

Curious, because our email to Herald Lifestyle Editor Sandra Kent seems innocuous enough.

Dear Ms. Kent,

[We are] the author of the blog It’s Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town. [We’re] hoping you might give [us] some information about the weekly Gretta Style column in the Herald.

Are there guidelines for how often Gretta Monahan can feature her store and/or salon?

Is Gretta Monahan paid for producing the weekly column?

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

[The Hardreading Staff]

 

Likewise, we left a message for Ms. Monahan asking for an interview.

So far, no interview.

But, as always, we’ll keep you posted.


Hark! The Herald! (Pimp Our Pages Edition)

July 3, 2015

From our Walt Whitman desk

As the hardreading staff has relentlessly chronicled, the Boston Herald is excessively adept at promoting itself in the guise of news reporting. But the selfie local tabloid is blazing new trails in its weekly Gretta Style features.

Stylish logo:

 

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Yesterday’s edition:

 

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Soup to nuts graf:

As for what to wear, I’m all about Barbara Biu’s metallic slides ($340) paired with a Lemlem patio dress ($245), both of which you’ll find on shelves at Grettaluxe in Wellesley now . . .

And as an ode to the holiday, make sure to bring Chloe’s red, small Faye bag ($1,390, also at Grettaluxe), a perfect summer statement to match the fiery show.

 

Oh, yeah – don’t forget the photo caption:

 

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So, to recap: This particular Gretta Style feature is all about Gretta Monahan’s Grettaluxe store in Wellesley.

On the other hand, last week’s feature was all about Gretta Monahan’s Grettacole hair salon in Copley Square.

 

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Drive you nuts graf:

 

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So, to recap again: The Boston Herald is giving over its news pages to Gretta Monahan every week so she can promote her various enterprises.

Inevitable conclusions:

1) The Herald is paying Monahan to produce these features, which is a crime against common sense.

2) Monahan is paying the Herald to produce these features, which is a crime against journalistic ethics.

3) No money is changing hands, which is a crime against Herald readers.

The headscratching staff will make some phone calls today to sort out those options, but we don’t expect anyone will talk to us.

Regardless, as always, we’ll keep you posted.


Guzzi or Guzzn’t He?

June 30, 2015

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

After 19 years as president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Paul Guzzi is stepping down. As a sort of parting gift, he ran this full-page ad in today’s Boston Herald.

 

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Crosstown at the Boston Globe – no ad. Then again, why pay for what the Globe will provide for free. Bottom of today’s Business front:

 

 

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Top of C2:

 

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Guzzi is moving on the become board chairman at the Citi Performing Arts Center, where he’ll undoubtedly run many more ads in the stately local broadsheet than the thirsty local tabloid.

Regardless, all best to all involved.


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