Herald Immigration Coverage Borders on Obsessive

July 15, 2014

In its perpetual effort to play to the cheap seats, the Boston Herald has been on the current immigration rumpus like Brown on Williamson. Start with Sunday’s Page One:

 

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That day’s tally: One news report, two local columns, one national column.

Yesterday, it was one news report, one local column, one national column, one editorial cartoon.

Today it’s full-tilt boogie: Two news reports (one of them dragging the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates into the mix), two local columns, one national column, one editorial. (You can get the overall flavor of the Herald’s coverage here.)

As a special bonus, the frisky local tabloid posted this piece on its website earlier today:

Scott Brown slams secret immigrant flights

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U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown called the ongoing immigration crisis at the southern border “a disaster” during an interview today on Boston Herald Radio and blasted federal officials for not coming clean about secret flights of illegals landing in the Bay State.

“The fact that this is being done without people’s knowledge, it’s kind of behind the scenes, is really not appropriate. It needs to be above board, everyone needs to know what’s going on and where we’re going with this whole disaster,” he said. “It is affecting our national security, it is affecting our economic security and to think that we don’t have a secure border and we’re providing these incentives for people to come here illegally is just wrong.”

 

A number of people feel the same way about letting Brown cross the Massachusetts border.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, the immigration coverage has been more, well, low-key.

 

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(Not to get technical about it, but the Pope piece seems to be web-only.)

One town, two different worlds, yeah?


What Can Brown Do for the Herald?

July 14, 2014

Well, for starters, give them an exclusive on his daughter’s big day – and dress. In return, Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) got this:

 

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And this:

 

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Not only is it a touching story (“The first time Huff saw her daughter in her wedding dress, she wept, she said.”), it’s also exclusive to the flouncy local tabloid. The Boston Globe got bubkes, as a search of the stately local broadsheet indicates.

 

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As you can see, the Globe hasn’t been on Arianna Patrol since that July 10 piece headlined “Kelly Ayotte to officiate at wedding of Scott Brown’s daughter.”

And so she did. You just wouldn’t know it from the Globe.


What Can the Globe Undo for Brown? (Fox News Buckraking Edition)

June 22, 2014

The Boston Globe’s Brown-beating of Downturn Scotty proceeded apace in yesterday’s edition, Page One.

Speeches paying off for Brown

In shift, he releases records; got $126k for Fox News job

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars since leaving office by collecting speech fees, a six-figure paycheck from Fox News, and a variety of other income, according to documents made public Friday.brown-big

Brown, who lost his 2012 bid for reelection and is now seeking a US Senate seat in New Hampshire, made 20 paid speeches for $186,000 between January 2013 and May 2014. They included a London address to the Royal Bank of Scotland for $20,000 last year, a $900 speech at the Billerica Community Alliance in October, and a $20,000 paycheck for speaking at a hedge fund conference in Las Vegas last month.

 

Billerica Community Alliance? $900? Seriously?

Kick-in-the-nuts graf:

As he did in Massachusetts, Brown has sought to present an image of himself as a regular guy with a pickup truck for his New Hampshire Senate bid. New Hampshire’s median household income, among the nation’s highest, is about $65,000.

 

Ouch.


Boston Dailies Are ‘Ghost’ Writers for Martha Coakley

June 16, 2014

From our Late to the Party Convention desk

The local dailies’ coverage of Saturday’s Democratic Party hoedown made it clear that gubernatorial hopeful Mirtha Coakley will be forever haunted by her 2010 U.S. Senate loss to Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere).

Sunday’s Boston Herald front page:

 

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Uh-huh.

Crosstown, from Yvonne Abraham’s column in the Boston Sunday Globe:

Poor Steve Grossman. The treasurer wins the Democratic convention in Worcester, and the people who pay attention to these things will be talking about only Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has been killing him in the polls.

Poor Coakley, too. Her camp did a good job of lowering expectations for Saturday’s party confab, but then struggled to meet even those, with Coakley barely squeaking by former Obama administration official Don Berwick to take second place. Oof.

And so she’ll continue to be dogged by the ghosts of 2010, when she lost a special US Senate election to an empty barn jacket. Those four-year-old echoes can be pretty persistent.

 

Then again, so can Mirtha. Our prediction: Brown won’t mean a thing here come November.

 


Hark! The Herald! (Wayne’s World Debate Edition)

June 9, 2014

The Boston Herald has slowly evolved into a cross between The Onion and one big selfie.

Exhibit Umpteen: The feisty local tabloid’s hyperventilating coverage today of . . . itself! Specifically the gubernatorial debate the the Herald will stream on its website tomorrow.

Representative samples range from this announcement . . .

 

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. . . to Hillary “Cassandra” Chabot’s dire warning to Martha Coakley . . .

 

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. . . to John “Cassandra” Nucci’s dire warning to everyone else . . .

 

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Wow. So, presumably, there will be a tremendous web audience tomorrow morning, extensive media coverage of the debate, and serious repercussions for the candidates.

Wow.

 


What Can the Herald Not Do for Brown? (Florida Scamsters Edition)

June 5, 2014

As the hardreading staff noted earlier, the Boston Herald is working overtime to ignore anything negative about its policrush Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere), while the Boston Globe front-pages once again Brown’s questionable involvement with the shady Florida outfit, Global Digital Solutions.

Brown’s solution to his Globe-al problem? Dump the scamsters. Todd Wallack and Noah Bierman continue to report.

Brown cuts ties to Fla. company

Gives up stock, says his role had become campaign distraction

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Republican Scott Brown abruptly resigned Wednesday from an obscure Florida company and gave up stock initially valued at $1.3 million after facing a barrage of questions about his role as a “senior adviser,” a controversy that had dogged his US Senate campaign in New Hampshire.

Brown’s resignation from the advisory board of Global Digital Solutions Inc. was announced about two hours after a news media event in the state’s capital designed to highlight his official entry into the race. He was repeatedly challenged by reporters in Concord seeking answers about what he had done to earn the stock grant, and whether he had scrutinized the company before lending it his name.

“I’ve already answered it for two days,” Brown said, defending his role at the company. “We put out a statement.” The questions continued, and Brown said, “I am not really sure what else to say,” as cameras recorded him getting into his green GMC truck. Democrats promptly posted video of the uncomfortable exchange.

 

Said video:

 

 

And it’s not just the Democrats who are on Brown’s case – other news organizations are hounding him too, as a quick search of the Googletron reveals.

 

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Notably absent from the list? That’s right – the Herald. Far be it from the flirty local tabloid to criticize its pinup boy, eh?

 


What Can the Herald Not Do for Brown?

June 3, 2014

The Boston Herald has long been the house organ for former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere), routinely boosting the peripatetic pol through what it does – and does not – cover.

Exhibit Umpteen of the latter comes today, as the flirty local tabloid completely ignores the biggest story about Brown right now – his questionable involvement with a shady Florida outfit called Global Digital Solutions.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, the Brownanigans have been front-page news – twice.

From the Boston Sunday Globe:

Scott Brown got big stake in obscure Florida firm

For advisory role, an award with initial worth of $1.3m

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An obscure company in West Palm Beach that markets itself as a firearms manufacturer made a splashy announcement last summer: It was appointing Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator, to its advisory board.

Not revealed at the time was what Brown received in exchange for lending his name to the venture. But a report the company made to the Securities and Exchange Commission last month, which has not been previously made public, shows that Brown received stock that was worth $1.3 million at the time. Its value has declined considerably since then, as the stock price has fallen by half.

 

Sort of like Brown’s own stock, eh? According to the piece by Todd Wallack and Noah Bierman, Global Digital Solutions started out as a beauty supply company and “does not yet sell or make guns. It has no revenue, no patents, no trademarks, no manufacturing facilities, and no experience developing weapons, according to its most recent corporate filings.”

Hmmmm.

From today’s Globe:

Scott Brown defends stake in Florida company

Says he advises startup; rivals call for disclosure

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WINDHAM, N.H. — Scott Brown, former senator of Massachusetts, on Monday defended his decision to accept 1.5 million shares of stock from an obscure Florida company, saying he offers guidance and serves as a sounding board in exchange for his large stake in the firm.

“It’s a startup company that I’ve been on the board for, what seven, eight months, offering any type of advice when asked,” Brown said in a brief interview after a campaign event at a local gas station highlighting his energy plans.

Brown defended the legitimacy of the company, Global Digital Solutions Inc., dismissing concerns that it has announced a series of acquisitions that have not been completed. Among them was an announcement in March that it intended to buy Remington Arms Co. LLC, one of the world’s largest gun manufacturers, for more than $1 billion. That was greeted with derision by Remington and others in the industry.

 

Derision! That’s what Brown has in common with Global Digital Solutions. It all makes sense now.

 


What Can Shaheen Do for Brown?

May 6, 2014

From our Late to the Political Party desk

The New Hampshire Senate rumpus is taking on an air war v. ground war theme, as Joshua Miller reported in yesterday’s Boston Globe.

In N.H., candidate Brown laces up shoes to connect with voters

BEDFORD, N.H. — Beer in hand and sweat-soaked T-shirt sticking to his chest, Scott Brown made his way through the crowd of hundreds of fellow runners, many sporting fake mustaches or oversized sombreros.photo4-1

After finishing a Cinco de Mayo-themed 5 kilometer road race Sunday morning, he drank Dos Equis, posed for cellphone pictures, and engaged scores of people in short, upbeat conversations. They began with Brown inquiring how they did in the race and ended with the same refrain: “Can I count on your vote?”

In his bid to unseat US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Brown has placed an outsize emphasis on retail political events. From pouring drinks for customers at a restaurant in Lebanon, to meeting voters at a Market Basket in Epping, Brown has worked to exude an accessible image in New Hampshire, where meeting politicians is particularly prized by voters.

 

Incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen seems to be going the other way, despite her campaign’s weak protestations in the Globe piece.

Shaheen had one public event on Sunday, joining the rest of the state’s congressional delegation and the governor at a ceremony honoring soldiers who returned from a deployment in Afghanistan this year.

Shaheen aides said she has been focused more on helping Granite Staters through her Senate work than on campaign-style events.

But, in a statement, campaign manager Mike Vlacich noted Shaheen had hosted the first in a series of “grass-roots summits” on Saturday, meeting with volunteers and supporters.

“Our campaign is proud of the broad support for Jeanne Shaheen across New Hampshire, and regardless of who the Republicans nominate, we are building the grass-roots network we will need to win in a midterm election year,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, there’s this from Politico’s Morning Score:

NEW IN THE AIR WAR — SHAHEEN LAUNCHES FIRST AD: Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is out with her first TV ad of the cycle, featuring Dwight Clark, a Vietnam vet, talking about her efforts on behalf of veterans. “We’d been promised a vets center in Keene for 30 years and got nothing,” he says in the ad. “Then Jeanne Shaheen grabbed the bull by the horns and cut through the red tape and got things going. She pushed it right through right from start to finish.” Shaheen’s campaign declined to share the size of the buy, but said the ad began running Sunday night and will go at least through this week on cable and WMUR. It was made by Grunwald Communications.

 

The spot:

 

 

Jeanne Shaheen gets the job done for New Hampshire?

Better right now she should get the job done for herself.

Which could mean giving TV commercials the air and coming back to earth, retail-style.

 


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.

 


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