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.

 


What Can the Herald Do for Brown? (Looking Like ‘No’ Hampshire Edition)

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!)

 

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From there, it’s on to the low-priced spread inside.

 

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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.

 


Herald’s Holbert Lines Up Boston Globe

February 21, 2014

As the hardreading staff has said on several occasions, not only is Boston blessed with two daily newspapers, but both dailies are blessed with talented editorial cartoonists – Dan Wasserman at the Globe and Jerry Holbert at the Herald.

(Yesyes – Wasserman is technically a syndicated columnist, not a Globe staffer, but he still seems like a member of the family.)

As we’ve noted previously:

Unfortunately, editorial cartoonists are fast becoming an endangered species.

From the American Journalism Review: “Ted Rall, president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, says there are fewer than 100 staff cartoonists in the country, down from about 150 in 1990 and about 280 in 1980.”

 

So . . . back to the present. In today’s edition of the feisty local tabloid Holbert has this followup to yesterday’s Globe/Herald/Scott Brown slapfight over his status as a Fox Newshound.

 

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For the record, Brown has re-upped with Fox News. And, as far as we know, has nothing nice to say about the Globe.

But more important: Want a piece of this, Mr. Wasserman?

We certainly hope so.

 


The Quick Brown Fox Jumps All Over the Lazy Quote

February 20, 2014

Now that my friend Dan Kennedy has told his myriad readers that I’d be writing this, I am.

The Boston Globe, Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) and Fox News are going ’round the Maypole over a story by Joshua Miller that appeared in the stately local broadsheet yesterday.

Scott Brown no longer under contract with Fox News

Ex-senator mum on whether he will run in N.H.Debate Pool3

Former US senator Scott Brown, a frequent presence on Fox News, is no longer under contract with the widely watched cable station, a development sure to fan flames of speculation about his potential US Senate bid in New Hampshire.

“He is currently out of contract with the network,” a Fox News spokeswoman told the Globe late Tuesday night following an inquiry.

 

Not so, Brown tells the Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot in today’s edition.

Scott Brown rips Boston Globe over Fox report

Just inked deal, not going

 

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A miffed Scott Brown yesterday shot down reports that he parted ways with Fox News — pointing to his freshly inked deal with the conservative network and tweaking the Boston Globe for failing to double-check its story.

“Globe should have checked with someone who had authority to speak for Fox and/or me. They did not,” wrote the former U.S. senator in a text to the Herald. He did not disclose any details of his Fox pact.

 

According to Miller, the Globe did try: “Brown did not respond to a voicemail seeking comment late Tuesday.” Yesyesyes – how late is key, but it’s disingenuous for Brown to imply that no attempt was made to get his side.

Then again, in his mulligan today Miller sliced it a bit fine himself:

The Globe, in a report published online Tuesday night and in Wednesday’s paper, said that Brown “is currently out of contract with the network,” based on a statement from a Fox News spokeswoman. When pressed whether this was due to a potential run for office or because his contract was up, the spokeswoman simply repeated that he is “out of contract with the network.”

The report did not say that Brown was leaving the network nor that he had been terminated.

 

Yeah, but you sure got that impression. And then there’s this: “Brown did not return the Globe’s multiple calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Wednesday? The corn was off the cob by then. Wednesday doesn’t count.

Here’s what does count: As long as Brown keeps showing some leg, someone’s gonna be trying to cut them out from under him.

 


What Can the Herald Do for Brown? (Cheap Trick Edition)

February 18, 2014

As Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) continues to Hamlet a New Hampshire senate race against Jeanne Shaheen (D-Nowhere), the Boston Herald continues to play groupie to Brown’s, well, groupie.

From today’s Inside Track:

Scott Brown plays Trick onstage

Maybe Scott Brown should just ditch the whole politics thing and become a rock star. Because the former U.S. senator — and maybe future candidate 021714brownfor U.S. Senate from New Hampshire — ripped it up onstage with Cheap Trick over the weekend, singing and playing guitar on the band’s big ’78 hit “Surrender.”

“It was a lot of fun,” Brown told the Track. “Great guys. Very talented and gracious. … Looking forward to doing it again.”

 

(Brown also tweeted this out: “Just played guitar with Cheap Trick. It was sooooooo fun.” What is he – twelve years old?)

The frisky local tabloid helpfully provides this video to illustrate just how fun it was:

 

 

The hard(of)hearing staff will be the first to admit that we stopped listening to rock ‘n’ roll right about, oh, Katy Lied. So we’ll refrain from passing musical judgment and just say Brown’s as gifted a musician as he is a policymaker.

Rock on . . . or bqhatevwr.

 


What Can the Globe Do for Brown?

January 30, 2014

Bury the lede, mostly.

From today’s Page One:

 

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From Metro page 2:

 

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Hmmmmm.

 


What Can the Herald Do for (Ayla) Brown?

January 3, 2014

Well, announce her engagement for starters.

From Thursday’s Boston Herald Inside Track:

Ayla Brown ‘available’ no more

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has no more “available” daughters. Ayla Brown’s BF, former minor league pitcher Keith Weiser, Boston Herald Mediadropped to his knee onstage at the Tuckerman Theatre during the country singer’s New Year’s Eve set and popped the question. And Ayla said, “Yes!”

“Thank you to Keith Weiser for making my dreams come true,” Ayla, a former “American Idol” contestant, wrote on her Facebook page yesterday. “I didn’t think 2013 could be any better until this happened at my show last night. I love you Keith and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you!”

 

Proud Papa Scott told the Track that “Ayla’s future hubby had been planning his surprise for some time.”

It certainly came as a surprise to the Boson Globe, which had nothing on the happy couple.

Chalk one up for the Track, yeah?


What Can the Herald Do for Brown?

December 20, 2013

Keep it sunny-side up, for starters, unlike the prunefaces at the stately local broadsheet.

Here’s today’s Boston Globe, Metro Page One:

Brown is protested in N.H.

NASHUA — A Granite State welcome wagon, it wasn’t.

More than a hundred protesters, from left and right, greeted newly minted New Hampshire resident Scott Brown here Thursday night as he headlined a state GOP holiday party.Copy of 1da92639f68548158fc64d758a9408b8-06a1f496e0a44a03280f6a70670066be

Inside the private fund-raiser, Brown, who is a potential challenger of US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, was said to have been greeted warmly and to have posed for photographs with supporters, while remaining coy about his plans.

Across the street, two protests merged, as gun-rights advocates, raffling off a firearm, stood shoulder to shoulder with Democrats to encourage the former Massachusetts senator to return south, or, at least, not to run for office here.

 

Most of the protesters, the Globe piece notes, were there for “[a]rally of the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition, which bills itself as the state’s ‘only no-compromise gun rights organization.’ The organization opposes Brown, a Republican who said in December 2012 that he supported a federal ban on assault weapons.”

The rest were Democrats who just oppose Brown, period.

The Senator from Elsewhere got a much friendlier reception in the Boston Herald.

Brown: ‘Not toying’ with voters

Former senator makes N.H. debut at GOP bash

NASHUA, N.H. — Former Bay State U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — now living in New Hampshire and last night guest of honor at the state GOP’s holiday party — insists he still hasn’t made up his mind about a run for Senate,
but denied he’s toying with his fellow Granite State 
Republicans.

“I’m not toying with them,” Brown told reporters last night. “There are three good candidates running right now. So it’s not a question of there’s no one running. I have to 
establish residency, which I’ll be doing this week, and spend time over the holidays with my family. I know you’re eager and others from the other side are eager … for me to make a decision, but there’s no 
pressure.”

 

Not until he went outside, anyway.

But the the Herald report downplayed the protest, relegating it to a photo caption.

 

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The flirty local tabloid, on the other hand, is that into him.


What Can Brown Do for New (Hampshire)?

December 18, 2013

Today’s local dailies have his ‘n’ his takes on the peripatetic Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere).

Start with the Boston Globe’s twofer: a news report about Brown’s impending move to the Granite State, and this editorial dopeslap.

In most states, such an obviously opportunistic move would present an obstacle to any kind of political future. But Massachusetts and New Hampshire are paired in an interesting way. A rejection of Massachusetts-style taxation and intrusive government is an important part of the New Hampshire narrative. Alas, so too is a deep suspicion of artifice or pretense.

The qualities that made Brown appealing to Massachusetts voters — affability and a middle-of-the-road approach to governing — will play as well, or perhaps even better, in New Hampshire. But the quality that ultimately led to his defeat in 2012 — the lack of a substantial agenda, leading to concerns about the seriousness with which he engages national problems — may be even more brutally exposed in New Hampshire.

 

Not to mention he’s a carpetbagging moderate who’s soft on guns rights.

The Boston Herald’s Joe Battenfeld says Brown will have to scramble in more ways than one:

There are certain things you have to do in the Granite State, like being subjected to direct and sometimes uncomfortable questions from voters. No dodging the media glare, either. Giving a speech, shaking some hands and fleeing to the safety of the pickup truck won’t cut it.

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• Don’t pronounce Berlin like the city in Germany. The locals won’t like that very much.

• Don’t say that you’re looking forward to seeing the Old Man of the Mountain. It’s not there anymore . . .

• And please don’t try to pretend you love guns and like to hunt “varmints.”

 

Then again, early indications are Brown will have lots of help if he is interested in running. From Politico’s Morning Score:

National Republicans are encouraging Brown to run, and see him as the party’s only chance to make that race competitive. Now, as James Hohmann reports, the GOP group Ending Spending is dropping $100,000 on a new ad hitting [Democratic Sen. Jeanne] Shaheen and running online ads to draft Brown (http://politi.co/199Cl8r).

 

Here’s the website. And here’s the TV spot hitting Shaheen with the Obamacare stick (kicker: “So next November, if you like your Senator, you can keep her. If you don’t, you know what to do . . . “):

 

 

Of course, first Scott Brown needs to decide what to do.


Conflict of Interest for New Herald Columnist?

November 21, 2013

After the hardreading staff wrote about the Boston Herald’s new columnist/radio co-host Adriana Cohen earlier this week, a sharp-eyed commenter sent us this:

The Herald promo made her sound like Mary McGrory, but I’ve never heard of her. Then I clicked on her own bio and it says she’s a fundraiser for Scott Brown and sits on Charlie Baker’s finance committee.

Is that current information, or did she have to step down from that post once she got the column?

 

Well, it’s certainly current on Cohen’s website (although the Scott Brown fundraising seems to be in the past tense).

 

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We’ve sent an email to the Baker campaign to clarify the matter. We hope.

We’ll keep you posted.


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