Ads ‘n’ Ends From the Sunday Dailies

September 1, 2014

Lots of adtivity in the Boston dailies yesterday, in spite of Labor Day weekend.

From our Why Does Shaw’s Hate the Boston Herald desk

Throughout the Demoulas Slapfight/Market Basket Rumpus, the other New England supermarket chains have been wisely buckraking in silence, letting their cash registers do the talking for them.

But now that Artie T. is back in the saddle, it’s time for rival chains to consolidate their ill-gotten gains.

Thus, the Boston Sunday Globe, Page 3.

 

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Buy-our-nuts grafs:

 

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Oh, nuts! postscript: The Shaw’s ad did not run in the Sunday Boston Herald. Big surprise.

 

From our Hey, Just Set Your Money on Fire desk

Yesterday’s Globe also featured this ad:

 

 

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Question #1: Who even knew there was a Democratic primary race in the Massachusetts 5th Congressional district?

(Answer: Katherine Clark and Dr. Sheldon Schwartz.)

Question #2: Who actually saw this ad, besides the hardreading staff?

(Answer: Katherine Clark and Dr. Sheldon Schwartz.)

Next question . . .

 

From our Does Anyone at the Herald Talk to Each Other? desk

So the hardreading staff betook ourselves to the porch yesterday morning (as is our wont of a Sunday) to read the feisty local tabloid, and here’s what we saw on Page 8.

 

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Then here’s what we saw in the Sports section.

 

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Hey, Heraldniks – we’ve talked about this before. Do you know what you’re webcasting or not? ‘Cause no one else does either.


Conduct ‘Unbecoming’ in Mass. AG’s Race

August 28, 2014

Today’s local dailies have very different takes on the political rumpus du jour: Attorney General hopeful Warren Tolman (D-Teamsters AFL-CIO) calling AG hopeful Maura Healey (D-Hoopsters Teamsters) “unbecoming” for hectoring him about his lobbying work. [Apologies for the mixup.]

The Boston Globe is on the story like Brown on Williamson, starting Page One Metro.

 

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Tolman’s moonwalking, of course, accomplished nothing with the umbrage-industrial complex, exemplified by this response:

Barbara Lee, of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which is dedicated to getting more women involved in politics, tweeted: “Code for close race = #unbecoming #unladylike #cold #bossy. Men always try to knock women off pedestal[s] like this in #mapoli and beyond.”

 

#Seriously? #Whatpedestal?

On the op-ed page of the stately local broadsheet (yikes! can we still use that term?), columnist Joan Vennochi tried to inject some reality into the conversation.

Unbecoming issue in the AG race

ATTORNEY GENERAL candidate Maura Healey was ruthlessly pushing Democratic rival Warren Tolman to explain what she describes as his record as a lobbyist, when Tolman, who contends he never lobbied anyone, replied: “Maura, it’s just unbecoming. I’m surprised you continue to push these issues rather than talk about the issues people care about.”

Tolman said he’s sorry now. But before he apologized, the word “unbecoming” triggered an urgent fundraising letter from Marty Walz, a Healey backer and president of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. “It means unattractive, indecorous. It’s not a word you hear men on Beacon Hill use about each other,” wrote Walz.

True enough. And, with Tolman in the lead in a tight, increasingly nasty race, it’s no surprise the Healey campaign would jump on her opponent’s use of it. After all, the word “unbecoming” holds a special place in Massachusetts politics. But overplaying it is a mistake. It didn’t help the last female candidate who tried.

 

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, an editorial entirely underplayed it.

Time to get real

How did it come to this? How did two really smart contenders for attorney general, two people who have already served the public and seem committed to the notion of public service, get caught up in a meaningless war of words?

Warren Tolman, a former state senator (and a sometime writer for these pages), took issue in a Tuesday debate with his Democratic primary opponent Maura Healey, a former assistant attorney general, when she criticized his work as a lobbyist.

“You go down this path, Maura, it’s just unbecoming,” he said.

Well, you would have thought from the reaction of the sisterhood that the man had just suggested she tie on an apron and return to the kitchen.

 

Right. Better both candidates should get back to business.


At Boston Globe, WBZ=We Bring Zilch

August 27, 2014

Big shakeup in the news department at WBZ yesterday, as Boston Herald Inside Track gal Gayle Fee reported.

 

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Crosstown at the Boston Globe, though, it was all quiet on the ‘BZ front (at least in the paper delivered to the hardreading staff).

Nothing on BostonGlobe.com either as of 2:45 pm.

 

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Take your victory lap, Gayle.


That’s Just So . . . Sad! (Lena Dunham Edition)

August 26, 2014

Girls gal Lena Dunham has a track record of being aggressively afashionable (see here for details) but last night’s Emmy getup was entirely beyond the pale (pink).

From today’s Boston Herald (far right):

 

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Good Lord! Doesn’t she have any friends to tell her not to wear that? Or at least a mirror?

The Boston Globe was kinder to Dunham (and the reader):

 

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Really, it’s time for A&E’s Intervention to step in.


Hark! The Herald! (Democratic Guv Debate)

August 25, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

So. Is the Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial primary primarily – inexorably – changed now that the candidates have had their debate on Boston Herald Radio?

‘Cause that’s what today’s feisty local tabloid promised.

Start, as  always, with Page On, the top half of which touts the Big Bakeoff.

 

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Inside, the Herald has two pages of new/hype in anticipation of the main event.

 

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Tale of the tape:

 

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And just in case you haven’t grasped the transformative power of a debate on Internet radio, the Herald scribes all strike the same chord in their ledes.

Jaclyn Cashman:

Leave your talking points at the door. Save your stump speeches for the campaign trail. At today’s Boston Herald Radio debate, we’re aiming for a free-flowing conversation where we’ll learn more about the three candidates facing off in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

 

Joe Battenfeld:

It’s a long shot, but there’s still a way for Attorney General Martha Coakley to lose the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and it would have to start at today’s Boston Herald Radio debate.

Coakley’s campaign is showing signs of cracking. Democratic party leaders are getting worried it will be 2010 all over again.

 

John Nucci:

Believe it or not, the primary election is just over two weeks away, and Democrats face a critical choice on who will represent their party in November. The timing of today’s Democratic gubernatorial debate on Boston Herald Radio makes it pivotal, and likely to set the tone for the closing days.

 

As of 1 pm – the debate’s over, the poll numbers are out – here’s the only coverage the hardsearching staff could find: A Boston Globe online recap.

In bitter debate, Democratic gubernatorial candidates take aim at each other, Baker

In the most bitter debate of Democratic gubernatorial race so far, Treasurer Steven Grossman sharply questioned the judgment of frontrunner Martha Coakley, painting her a protector of the Beacon Hill establishment, as former Medicare and Medicaid chief Don Berwick attacked his two rivals for their support of casino gambling in the state and their years-long embrace of “politics as usual.”

Coakley, the attorney general, defended herself, offered a few hits on Grossman, but also aimed some fire at Republican Charlie Baker, who is expected to be his party’s gubernatorial nominee.

Just over two weeks before the Sept. 9 state primary, the three Democratic candidates vying for their party’s nod upped their rhetoric against each other right from the beginning of an hour-long Boston Herald Radio debate at the newspaper’s Seaport headquarters.

 

Oh, wait – here’s the Herald recap:

Coakley, Grossman and Berwick let loose on Herald Radio debate

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The debate between the Democratic candidates for governor kicked off in high gear today as Treasurer Steve Grossman went on the attack over Attorney General Martha Coakley’s $100,000 settlement with a lobbying group.

“It’s the worst form of judgment,” said Grossman, who slammed what he called the go-easy environment on Beacon Hill.

 

Not so easy-going off Beacon Hill though.

The Herald knows it’s not who listened to the web stream of the debate that will determine its impact. It’s the play the debate gets in the rest of the news media that counts.

Stay tuned.

 


Boston Herald ALS WTF (II)

August 23, 2014

As the headscractching staff noted earlier, the Boston Herald only got half the story when it zealously reported yesterday about the boycott of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge triggered by Jim Rigg, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

What the feisty local tabloid missed was the new Anti-ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge that directs donations to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City, which does not use embryonic stem cells in its research (the ALS Association does).

So now to today’s Herald,  which devotes a full page to the ALS rumpus – a news report by Lindsay Kalter and a column by Joe Fitzgerald – and still no mention of the competing challenge.

 

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Hey, Heraldniks – do we need to come over there and write it for you? If so, you’ve really hit rock bottom.


Boston Herald ALS WTF

August 23, 2014

The headscratching staff spent most of Friday trying to figure out this Boston Herald piece.

Dad: Focus on ALS cure, not dogma

Catholic leader raises concerns

The Beverly father of former BC baseball player Peter Frates — responding to a Cincinnati church leader who threw cold water on the DSC_2315.JPGfamily’s wildly successful ice bucket challenge because it funds ALS embryonic stem cell research — said he’s a good Catholic who just wants to find a cure for his son.

“I understand the Catholic dogma. I’m also conflicted with the teachings, I struggle with it, too. I just want my son cured,” John Frates told the Herald yesterday.

 

Religious nut graf:

But the late-summer viral sensation — that has lured former presidents, celebrities and athletes — suffered a setback this week when Jim Rigg, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese, told students to stop any plans to donate to the ALS group because it supports research using embryonic stem cells, which violates the teachings of the church.

 

Okay, but why then does the Herald piece include this photo of Jim Rigg?

 

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Caption:

‘SOCIAL MEDIA MIRACLE’: Jim Rigg, at right in the top photo, superintendent of schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese, has counseled students not to donate to the ALS Association because of the church’s stem cell stance.

 

Nowhere does the Herald explain why Rigg is getting a bucket of ice water dumped on him if he opposes the ALS campaign.

Turns out there’s a competing ice bucket challenge, as reported by Boston Globe kissing’ cousin boston.com yesterday.

The anti-ALS Association ‘cause’ was recently taken up by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which encouraged area Catholic schools to tell students to donate money to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute. The Institute does not use embryonic stem cells. Cincinnati Catholic schools superintendent Jim Rigg did just that when he took part in the ice bucket challenge on Thursday:

 

 

That’s why – say it with us – it’s good to live in a two-daily town.


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