Is One Local Daily Baker Dozin’?

April 24, 2014

Today’s Boston dailies have two different views about GOP gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker’s campaign-finance prospects – one good, the other not so much.

The Boston Globe’s Frank Phillips has this story:

Scott Brown’s candidacy could hurt Charlie Baker

Analysts see more GOP money and resources going to New Hampshire’s US Senate battle

 

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Scott Brown’s entrance into New Hampshire’s US Senate race has created a political and media firestorm that some analysts believe will damage critical underpinnings of Charlie Baker’s gubernatorial candidacy in Massachusetts.

Many of the state and national Republican resources that would have been showered on Baker’s race for governor — in terms of fund-raising, strategists, and manpower — will now be directed at Brown’s challenge to Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Just as problematic for Baker is the huge amount of money that will pour into the Boston media market, aimed at southern New Hampshire, to boost Brown’s candidacy in what the national GOP and the Democrats see as a key battleground over control of the Senate . . .

 

That translates into several potential problems for Baker. Start with independent expenditure groups and party committees scooping up big chunks of commercial inventory on Boston TV stations, leaving less desirable slots for Baker. Then factor in the inevitable smashmouth nature of the spots on both sides of the Granite State bakeoff; some of the mud slung at Brown will surely land on Baker as well.

So, to recap: Fewer dollars, worse ad placement, geld by association.

Then again, crosstown at the Boston Herald Two-Time Charlie’s prospects look much sunnier. Page One, lower half:

 

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This one is Joe Battenfeld’s story:

Super PACs Join Fray

May pour big $ into governor’s race

Two new Super PACs — one Democratic and one Republican — have jumped into the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, the latest sign that shadowy special DSC_1259.JPGinterest groups and power brokers will be pouring millions of dollars into the race for the Corner Office.

One of the Super PACs, called “Massachusetts Forward Together,” has a clear purpose — to “support the gubernatorial candidacy of Steve Grossman,” according to papers filed yesterday with the state’s campaign finance office. Grossman, the state treasurer, is a Democratic candidate for governor.

The other Super PAC, chaired by longtime Republican strategist Beth Lindstrom, appears to be an effort to support the candidacy of Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. Neither of the organizations has reported spending any money yet.ADP_0008.JPG

Lindstrom’s PAC has the intentionally vague name of “Commonwealth Future” and its stated purpose is “to support candidates who create jobs, grow the Massachusetts economy and improve education,” according to its filing with the state.

 

So, to recap:

Maybe Charlie Baker’s in good shape.

Maybe not.

But only if you read both dailies.

 


NYT Elizabeth Warren Full-Page Book Ad: Paging Howie Carr . . . Paging Mr. Howie Carr

April 23, 2014

Okay, so this full-page ad ran in Tuesday’s New York Times:

 

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And okay, the liberal mainstream media might have given Warren a total pass on the Indian thing, as this piece by Tim Stanley in The Telegraph contends.

Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Native American’ claims: if she was a Republican, the media would call her a racist

 

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Imagine if a Republican candidate claimed, confidently, that she was part Native American. Imagine if she had actually used that identity to have herself listed as a minority at Harvard, qualifying her for special treatment and celebration as proof of how diverse and progressive her department is. Imagine if, many years later, it turned out that her claims to Native heritage were dubious and, when pressed for proof, she offered her “high cheekbones.” Oh, and she once contributed a recipe to a Native American cookbook called “Pow Wow Chow” (that may even have been plagiarised).

Chances are, that Republican candidate would be hounded night and day by the press, branded a racist and probably be winding down her political career. Right now, she’d be sitting by the phone, praying for a call from the producers of Celebrity Apprentice (gotta pay the mortgage on that wigwam somehow).

The incredible thing is that all this has happened to a Democratic senatorial candidate called Elizabeth Warren. And not only has she been given a pass by her party, which normally treats race with the respect it deserves, but also by the mainstream media . . .

 

So Boston Herald Pow Wow Chowdahead Howie Carr:

Are you on this or what?

 


More Ad-voidance of the Boston Herald

April 22, 2014

As the hardreading staff noted, the Boston Herald held its own with Marathon ads in yesterday’s edition, but today the paper got . . . bageled.

Crosstown, meanwhile, the Boston Globe got this:

 

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And this:

 

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And this:

 

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And this:

 

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(To be fair, the Globe did run a special section with all the Marathon finishing times. To be accurate, only the last two ads ran in that section.)

Still, the grumpy local tabloid can console itself with this:

 

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That’s right – the Herald won yet another nod from the Newseum’s coveted Today’s Top Ten Front Pages.

More details, no doubt, in tomorrow’s edition.

 


Today’s Boston Marathon Adstravaganza!

April 21, 2014

Not surprisingly, special Boston Marathon ads are, yes, running in the local dailies today.

Both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald feature this Aer Lingus ad.

 

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And this Guinness ad.

 

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And this one from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

 

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But only the Globe features this finny one from the New England Aquarium.

 

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And only the Herald has this not-so-finny one from Brooks.

 

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De gustibus and etc., yeah?

Safe day to all.

 


One Town, Two Different Worlds (Jeremiah Oliver Edition)

April 19, 2014

Page One Pop Quiz:

Which of the local dailies has already made up its mind about this story?

Boston Globe:

 

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Boston Herald:

 

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Answer:

That’s right. The Herald.

 


Howie Carr Jumps the Snark (Elizabeth Warren DNA Edition)

April 18, 2014

The hardreading staff knows we should just ignore this knucklehead, but the Boston Herald’s baldiest thumbsucker scales entirely new heights of Carrtoonishness in today’s column.

Take my DNA challenge!

Prove you’re an Indian, Liz

041714dna001There is only one way to settle once and for all the question of whether the fake Indian is or is not a real Indian.

She needs to take a DNA test.

I dare you, Sen. Warren. It only costs about $200. If you insist, I’ll pay for it. In fact, I’ll take one myself. It’s easy. Just swab the inside of your mouth. Check my photo on the left, I’ll show you how to do it.

 

Seen enough? Us too.

So, to recap:

First there were truthers. Then there were birthers. Now we have . . . lizzards – sorry, Lizzers.

Yeesh.

 

Campaign Outsider Equal Time Addendum™

Here’s Matt Viser on Warren in today’s Boston Globe:

In book, Warren explains guarded nature with the media

 

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WASHINGTON — It is an odd contradiction. Senator Elizabeth Warren has shaped an image of herself as woman of the people, fighting for common middle-class families, unimpressed by her own power.

But since her 2012 election the Massachusetts Democrat has typically walled herself off from the media, refusing to answer questions in Senate hallways, frequently declining interviews, and adopting some of the same guarded, cautious communication strategies as the corporate CEOs she often pillories. Several weeks ago, a Warren aide physically blocked and reprimanded a Globe reporter seeking to ask Warren a question about the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

Double yeesh.

 


Forget Tabloid Format – Boston Herald Is Just Small

April 17, 2014

It’s awards season for newspapers right now, and Boston hit the dailies double in the latest journalism lovefest.

From the Boston Globe:

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Nice, eh? Spread the love to WBUR and the Herald, even if the latter did catch a bit of an elbow:

Both the Globe and the Boston Herald took first place for deadline reporting on the Boston Marathon bombings. The Globe won in the category for newspapers with more than 100,000, while the Herald won for newspapers with daily circulation of more than 50,000 but less than 100,000.

 

And crosstown at the firsty local tabloid? Here’s how it played:

 

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Actually, call it the frosty local tabloid. And call it a sore winner.

 


New York Post Circles the Boston Globe

April 16, 2014

The Big Town’s feisty loco tabloid has a distinct Boston accent today.

Start, as seems appropriate, with Page One (tip o’ the pixel to FishbowlNY).

 

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Look familiar? Right – it’s the Boston Globe’s stunner of an interactive photo from yesterday’s Marathon bombing anniversary edition.

The story inside comes compliments of old friend Leonard Greene, late of the Boston Herald.

Solemn ceremonies mark anniversary of Boston Marathon bombings

 

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

 

Survivors of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing commemorated Tuesday’s anniversary of the deadly blast with solemn ceremonies and a shared determination to keep moving forward.

Gathering at the now-sacred site where two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through a dense crowd near the race’s finish line, runners, spectators and supporters paused to reflect on the moment their lives changed forever.

“Last year, I was on the ground at the finish line,” said Kevin White, who was injured by shrapnel that ripped through his legs. “This year I’ll be running across it. It kind of proves to people that evil isn’t going to win.”

 

Big Town v. Bean Town? Boston all the way.

 


When We’re Wrong About the Herald, We Write It

April 16, 2014

The Walt Whitman desk is standing down.

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted that Boston hit the trifecta in the Newseum’s Today’s Top Ten Front Pages (sorry, no archive).

To wit:

Staying Strong

While addressing the continued struggles to overcome the physical and emotional wounds suffered during the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, today’s front pages also focus on inspirational stories of community, heroism, and healing. The vivid front page of the Metro – Boston Edition effectively acknowledges the tragedy of that “dark day,” while looking forward to “a bright future.”

 

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And here’s what we predicted:

Gotta be killing the Heraldniks that Metro Boston got the shoutout in the copy, but that won’t keep the feisty local tabloid from running a “news story” about their high honor in tomorrow’s edition.

 

But even though the Herald usually treats a Top Ten nod like its version of the Pulitzer Prize, not so today.

Therefore, to paraphrase the great Whitman:

We castigate ourself, and singe ourself, 

And what we assumed you shall not assume . . .

Not to get technical about it.

 


Peter Emerson O’Neil of Norfolk, MA Makes the Googletron

April 16, 2014

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted that one Peter Emerson O’Neil of Norfolk, MA ran this ad in the Boston Herald on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

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We also noted that Mr. O’Neil was nowhere to be found on the Googletron.

But no more.

 

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We await further details.

 


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