Hark! The Herald! (‘Trending Now’ Edition)

November 19, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

They keep rolling the rock up the hill at the feisty local tabloid. Here’s their latest addition to Boston Herald Radio: the Trending Now webstream featuring political columnist Joe Battenfeld and commentator Adriana Cohen.

 

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(In case you’re asking yourself “Who’s Adriana Cohen?” here’s her website and Twitter feed.)

From the newsverpromo:

“When the mics go hot on ‘Trending Now,’ listeners will be treated to the single-most-fortified three hours of news and talk in Boston and probably the country,” said Boston Herald Radio Executive Producer Tom Shattuck.

 

The hardreading staff has no idea what “fortified” news and talk is, but we’re guessing it involves artificial ingredients.

Beyond that,  Cohen also got her own column today, straight off some journalistic Welcome Wagon.

Look who’s slamming the middle class

ADP_7535.JPGPresident Obama has misled the American people. He promised that if you liked your doctor and health plan, you could keep them. To date, 5 million Americans have received policy cancellations. Many in the middle class are being forced into new plans at a much higher cost.

Wait a sec! Didn’t President Obama and our own U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaign on the platform they were the party that protects the middle class? Weren’t they the ones who lambasted the GOP for pushing government policies that “hammered” the middle class?

Well my question for voters is, who’s getting hammered now?

It’s the middle class.

 

Not a helluva lot new there, eh? But a boffo debut in terms of newspaper real estate.

By contrast, today’s Boston Globe introduced TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s new column Bookish with this at the bottom of Page One:

 

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Now if the Globe would just give Gilbert his own show on RadioBDC, we’d have a fair fight on our hands.


Globe Steals Herald Front Page

November 18, 2013

Today’s Boston daily double features a rarity: The Boston Globe front-pages what should have been the Boston Herald’s Page One.

First, here’s what the feisty local tabloid actually ran:

 

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That’s fine – gotta do the Pats when it’s Monday Night Football and Coakley’s jumping on the junkets is good (and it beat the Globe). But the Health-Connector-Is-Worse-Than-Obamacare story is thrice-told news at this point. It doesn’t really merit another front page hit.

Crosstown, the Globe’s Page One has the story the Herald should have had.

Boston police officers wary of GPS for cruisers

Fear too much scrutiny of police under city’s plan

The pending use of GPS tracking devices, slated to be installed in Boston police cruisers, has many officers worried that commanders will monitor their every move while supervisors insist the system will improve their response to emergencies.davis-big-10025

The change, a result of contract negotiations between the city and the patrol officers union, puts Boston in league with small-town departments across the state and big-city agencies across the country that have installed global positioning systems in cruisers.

Boston police administrators say the system gives dispatchers the ability to see where officers are, rather than wait for a radio response. Using GPS, they say, accelerates their response to a call for a shooting or an armed robbery.

 

Just think how that translates to the Herald’s front page, all donuts and dozing off. Can’t you see it?

Well, there’s always tomorrow.


Boston Herald’s BRAmpage, Part Three

November 16, 2013

The feisty local tabloid’s real-estate crusade continues today, with two full pages dedicated to ripping the lid off Mayor Tom Menino and his Boston Redevelopment Authority marionettes.

 

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Of special note is this whack at one BRA member in particular (if you guessed that he has union ties, vote yourself a special treat).

BRA defends decision to OK Monahan vote

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s newest appointee to the BRA board failed to recuse himself when the panel voted to approve a massive downtown development project largely funded by his union’s national pension fund.

Boston Redevelopment Authority officials yesterday defended union boss Michael Monahan’s vote to OK the Government Center Garage development plan, ASTU1842.JPGwhich won unanimous approval at the board’s Thursday meeting.

Monahan is the business manager of the 7,000-member International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 and a trustee of its pension fund, one of the largest contributors to the National Electrical Benefit Fund. The national fund is a big financial backer of the project.

 

Right. More shenanigans on the development front.

And no doubt developing . . .

Postscript from our JohnHenryGlobeWatchToday’s edition of our stately local broadsheet did cover that Yawkey Way sweetheart deal the Herald covered  yesterday. So, move along, move along – no conspiracies to see here.


Herald Stomps Down Squawkey Way

November 15, 2013

The Boston Herald is on a real-estate BRAmpage lately, starting with Wednesday’s hounding of Terrier-in-waiting Tom Menino over possible conflicts of interest between the outgoing mayor’s new gig at Boston University and the Boston Redevelopment Authority, 80% of which is appointed by the mayor.

Today the feisty local tabloid is still beating the Tom-toms.

 

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Inside, the Herald calls the roll of tax-dodging prime downtown properties.

 

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But wait! There’s more – a new skirmish outside Fenway Park.

BRA sued over no-bid deal with Sox on Yawkey Way

A sweetheart land and air rights deal between the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Red Sox is now being attacked in court.

Everett businessman and attorney Joseph Marchese is suing the BRA over the recent $7.3 million agreement that awarded the Red Sox air rights for Green Monster seats over Lansdowne Street and an easement to shut down part of Yawkey Way for concessions so long as the team plays at Fenway Park.BI1E6414.JPG

Marchese said he had approached the BRA in May with his own offer to operate concessions on Yawkey Way under a proposed $3 million, 10-year deal, but the BRA never put the rights out for public bid.

“What we’re asking the court to determine is whether or not that contract should have been put out to bid,” Marchese said. A former restaurant owner, Marchese said he wanted to partner with local businesses to offer food on Yawkey Way in a “taste of Boston” atmosphere.

 

Then again, the sweetheart deal is a taste of Boston, isn’t it?

Postscript from our JohnHenryGlobeWatch: Nothing about the Fenway rumpus in the Red-Sox-owner-Henry-owned Boston Globe today. No big conspiracy theory. That comes tomorrow.


Michael McLean Is an Equal-Opportunity Opportunist

November 15, 2013

Among the many Battle of the Bulger subsidiaries is this one from Michael McLean, son of  James J. “Buddy McLean.

Via Amazon:

The Irish King of Winter Hill: The True Story of James J. “Buddy” McLean

The Irish King of Winter Hill is the story of the rise and fall James J. “Buddy” McLean, from his humble beginnings as a hardworking 41qwK++Q3lL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_truck driver in Boston, to leading the original and now infamous Winter Hill Gang, to his untimely murder in 1965. He will best be remembered for eliminating the McLaughlin Gang from Charlestown during the 1960s McLean-McLaughlin Irish gang war. Buddy, who worked on the Boston docks in the late 1950s and early 1960s with his father’s union card, was also a teamster from Local No. 25. This was a time when gangsters ran the docks. This story is written by Michael McLean, who says, “I have read all the books and the information on the Internet about my father, and most of it is wrong. After talking to his closest friends, I decided I would set the record straight.”

 

And run ads in the local dailies.

From the Boston Globe:

 

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From the Boston Herald:

 

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Like we said: Equal-opportunity opportunist.

And we mean that in the most positive sense.


Globe Hatches Ad That Herald Doesn’t

November 15, 2013

The hardreading staff used to make our living in the ad racket, and as such we routinely attended (while Dr. Ads covered) the New England Ad Club Hatch Awards, that annual  – and costly – celebration of ourselves.

Sample coverage:

 

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No surprise we weren’t invited back for this year’s festivities, but fortunately yesterday’s Boston Globe featured a full-page ad highlighting the winners.

 

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And the Boston Herald did not.

Just sayin’.


Hark! The Howie! (Baby, I Can Drive My Carr)

November 14, 2013

Whitey Bulger is going away for whatever’s left of his miserable life, and no one’s going to miss him more than Boston Herald scribe Howie Carr.

Exhibit Umpteen:

 

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This stuff is pasteurized processed American Carr, the Velveeta of reporting. Today’s slice tastes just like they all do.

In Whitey Bulger’s crosshairs

Columnist recalls terrifying days of looking over his shoulder

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And you’re dead. You’re not going to last long in a real prison, you bully, you coward.

I heard you’ve told some of the guards down at Plymouth you would have killed me for sure but you were concerned about blowback on your brother, who by the way didn’t show up one single day at your trial.

 

Hell, Whitey himself barely showed up for it. No way Billy was going to.

And now Carr’s going have to find some new targets for his drive-bys.

Something tells us he won’t look very far.