October 24, 2013
Two of the best columnists in town – the Globe’s Joan Vennochi and the Herald’s Margery Eagan (yeah yeah, she’s technically not an op-ed columnist but couldn’t resist the headline) – land on the same square today in their coverage of the Boston mayoral race: The “phony class war” as Vennochi puts it, or the “‘washerwoman’ fixation” as Eagan has it.
From the former:
BOSTON DOESN’T need a phony class war, fueled by labor supporters of mayoral candidate Martin J. Walsh — not when it faces the prospect of a real one.
Forget about new Boston versus old Boston. The real issue is rich Boston versus poor Boston and whether the next mayor cares enough to do something about it.
From the latter:
This “washerwoman” fixation is about politicians battling over who’s had a tougher life. That’s supposed to determine which candidate would make the better mayor, senator or governor — though I’ve yet to see any proof.
Both pieces are worth reading. Vennochi’s conclusion:
Where the next mayor came from matters less than where he wants the city to go — and how many Bostonians get there with him.
[Y]ou can’t fight class warfare if you’re both smart, powerful men in the same class. Vote Connolly or vote Walsh. But prince vs. pauper this race is not.
They’re both right.
October 23, 2013
Here’s what greeted the hardreading staff on Page 3 of today’s Boston Herald.
The ad comes from an outfit called Americans for Peace and Tolerance, which describes itself as “[an] organization composed of concerned citizens, academics, and community activists. As Christians, Moslems, and Jews, we are united by the need to keep America hate-free. We believe peaceful coexistence among diverse ethnic populations is only possible if we promote a climate of tolerance and civil society.”
In this case, promoting it with some pretty aggressive advertising. From their website:
APT runs ads in multiple Massachusetts newspapers about hateful education materials in Newton schools
Starting Wednesday, October 23, Americans for Peace and Tolerance will begin to run ads in Massachusetts area newspapers calling on Newton Public Schools to remove hateful education materials from their curricula. The ads urge taxpayers to contact Newton School Committee Chair Matt Hills and Mayor Setti Warren and express their concerns. The ads will run in the Boston Globe Boston Herald, the Newton Tab, the Jewish Advocate, and the Boston Metro. For more info on what students are learning in Newton Public Schools, go to www.opennewtonschools.org.
That Open Newton Schools website features this video, among other things.
That’s just one of 35 videos Americans for Peace & Tolerance has posted on its YouTube channel. The APT website lists Dr. Charles Jacobs, Dr. Dennis Hale, and Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Mansour as the directors of the organization.
But wait! There’s more!
Parents for Excellence in Newton Schools has a website with reviews of the book in question, the Arab World Studies Notebook. And the reviews are – surprise! – not good.
The hardreading staff is trying to contact some of the players involved here. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for who besides us reviews this high school drama.
October 22, 2013
Well the hardreading staff unfolded the Wall Street Journal the other day and here’s what fell out.
(Photo courtesy of: The Missus.)
Okay, so we’re gonna open the envelope now.
By Invitation Only
You are among the select few entitled to receive your first 12 weeks of the Wall Street Journal – in both print and digital form – for only $1 a week.
Uh-huh – Herald readers will take the Journal (forget about one dollar a week – try $700 a year) right around the time Barack Obama double-dates with Ted Cruz.
File under: The WSJ should just set its money on fire.
October 21, 2013
From our Or You Could Just Set Your Money on Fire desk
The hardreading staff had a neighbor some years ago who objected to our Boston Herald home subscription on the grounds that a Herald on our front porch “reduced property values.”
But now we’re wondering about the value of the Herald itself.
Page One of Sunday’s home-delivered feisty local tabloid:
Sports section Page One:
(Photos courtesy of the Missus)
Sure, later editions (and the electronic edition) of the Herald sported this front page:
But that didn’t do the hardreading staff any good.
The thing is, as home subscribers we’re the guaranteed money for the fusty local tabloid. And all 17 of us are getting lousy value for the dollar.
The hardreading staff, for one, is not happy.
October 20, 2013
World-Series-bound Red Sox owner John Henry is also newspaper-bound Boston Globe owner John Henry.
But not so fast, says crosstown rival Boston Herald.
Globe holds off closer
Sale with John Henry slides
The John Henry era will soon begin at The Boston Globe — though not as early as originally hoped — as the broadsheet prepares to end two decades under the control of its out-of-town overlords.
A source close to the deal told the Herald yesterday that finalizing the purchase and executing the formal transfer of the newspaper from the Times to the Red Sox owner — which had been expected to happen sometime over the weekend — likely won’t take place until next week at the earliest.
Both the Globe and a rep for Henry declined comment yesterday, and a Times spokeswoman did not return calls or emails.
Big surprise there, yeah?
But no surprise here: Others say otherwise.
Money Matters: Henry to close purchase of Boston Globe Saturday
According to the Boston Business Journal, Red Sox Owner John Henry will close on his purchase of the Boston Globe this Saturday. Henry is buying the New England Media Group, including the Globe, from The New York Times. The BBJ said he’ll also pay $65-million, down from the original $70-million bid.
Tiebreaker to come.