August 20, 2014
The local dailies occupy parallel universes today in their coverage of the ongoing violence/protest in Ferguson, Mo.
Yes, both have editorial cartoons mirroring the unrest in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.
Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:
Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert.
But beyond that, the papers couldn’t be more different in their opinion pieces.
Former homeland security official/gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem’s op-ed in the Globe about the failures of the law enforcement community:
Globe columnist Derrick Jackson’s piece on the failure of white Americans to, well, get it:
Crosstown at the Herald, though, the failure all belongs to the media.
Call the roll.
One town, two different worlds, eh?
August 2, 2014
Nothing cheers up Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr quite like a good case of Globenfreude. So he had to be thrilled with this news:
Note the “Globe Staff” byline: That tells you this is all corporate eyewash that no reporter would attach a name to.
Out of it Carr fashions a three-rail Marty Walsh-John O’Brien-Globe nepotism bank shot.
It’s all relative at Globe
This too shall pass. As you well know, in Boston nothing is on the level. But what you may only now be realizing is that the Globe is even less on the level than the State House or City Hall.
You merely point out the fact that John O’Brien, a hack’s hack, was just doing his job, and all of a sudden the bow-tied bumkissers are kicking you down the stairs like you’re Scott Brown.
The Globe has a long and storied history — just ask them. They had a publisher named Taylor, who was succeeded by a guy named Taylor, who was succeeded by a guy named Taylor …
They had an editor named Winship, who was succeeded by a guy named Winship. The paper was then bought by Mr. Sulzberger, who had taken over for Mr. Sulzberger.
Pretty thin gruel that quickly runs out of Globe-Globe steam and descends to this:
The editor is named McGrory. He had some old-maid relative who wrote the same column every day for 86 years, all of which began, “Golly gee, isn’t Tip O’Neill a great man?”
That’s rich coming from a guy who’s mailed in so many columns, he deserves a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. Postal Service.
Then again, it’s all relative, isn’t it?
April 23, 2014
Okay, so this full-page ad ran in Tuesday’s New York Times:
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
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?
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
There 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.
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
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.
March 11, 2014
From our Walt Whitman desk
The hardreading staff knows the definition of news is changing (see virtually any David Carr column in the New York Times), but only in the Boston Herald can its own columnist’s humping his cut ‘n’ paste books be considered worthy of space in the newshole.
From today’s flacky local tabloid.
To the best of our knowledge Howie Carr is no relation to David Carr (much to the latter’s relief, we’d guess). Even so, Howie’s just bustin’ his buttons, isn’t he?
Please check all sharp objects at the door.
March 7, 2014
Tough sledding for Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) in the feisty local tabloid today: No snow (and yes, I’m looking’ at you, Marv).
The Brownout starts right off on Page One. (And a warm Two-Daily Town welcome to our first Inexplicable Little Green Three!)
From there, it’s on to the low-priced spread inside.
You’ve got some knee-buckling poll numbers from David Paleologos there, along with long-face analysis from John Nucci. (On the next page Howie Carr does some whistling past the graveyard for good measure.)
All in all, not the best press day for Downturn Scottie.
February 16, 2014
It’s been All Olga All the Time at the feisty local tabloid this weekend as the Boston Herald wages jihad against embattled Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche.
Start with yesterday’s blowout front page:
Inside there’s double-trouble for Roche. (Inexplicable Little Green Numbers sold separately.)
And, of course, there’s the standard-issue Time to clean house editorial.
Today, on the other hand, Roche is reduced to the top of Page One.
Then again, the DCF commish also gets the traditional His ‘n’ Her columns by Howie Carr and Margery Eagan (they make great parting gifts!), neither of which is especially kind to Roche.
That seems to be the Boston Globe’s department. The stately local broadsheet has barely laid a glove on Roche, as these search results for “Olga Roche” attest:
Where are the editorials? The op-ed columns? Doesn’t anybody at the Globe have an opinion about the dismal state of DCF affairs? We’re not saying the Globeniks should go all Howie on Roche, but damn – something’s in order here, isn’t it?
For the moment, at least, it’s not just Deval Patrick who’s looking disengaged.