Free the P.J. Wallace One!

March 31, 2014

Yesterday’s Boston Globe featured a notable absence in its regional editions.

What’s missing?

P.J. Wallace’s Cartoon caption contest.

From last Sunday’s edition:

 

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This week’s contest:

 

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But here’s what appeared in yesterday’s Globe.

 

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What’s up, Globeniks?

 

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Herald Tells Half the Story on Remy WEEI Interview

March 29, 2014

Today’s Boston Herald features this story about an interview Jerry Remy gave to WEEI’s John Dennis and Gerry Callahan yesterday.

‘Mixed feelings’ for Martel’s father after Remy interview

Jennifer Martel’s father said he has “mixed feelings” about Red Sox icon Jerry Remy’s lengthy and defensive radio interview yesterday, in which the NESN color man admitted he and his wife enabled their alleged killer son but denied coaxing Martel into dropping a China Olympics Beijing Water Cube Bird's Nestrestraining order shortly before her murder . . .

In the interview — Remy’s first extensive comments about his son — the second-baseman turned broadcaster and restaurateur said he never got Jared Remy his Red Sox security job, didn’t know the bodybuilder was using his allowance on steroids, and defended his record as a grandfather to the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, Arianna. A custody settlement reached this week awards the Remys visitation while giving guardianship to Martel’s parents.

 

But the foggy local tabloid left out how Remy “defended his record as a grandparent”  – by attacking Herald columnist Margery Eagan for this piece questioning the wisdom of giving Jerry and wife Phoebe Remy shared custody of their granddaughter Arianna, whose mother, Jennifer Martel, Jared Remy allegedly murdered.

From Eric Randall’s Boston Magazine blog post yesterday:

Jerry Remy Does Not Like To Be Called a Bad Grandparent

Remy shot back at a Herald column that wondered whether he’s fit to see his granddaughter.

NESN Red Sox commentator Jerry Remy gave a fascinating interview to the Dennis & Callahan radio show that shed light on which criticisms gets most under his skin in the wake of his son Jared’s alleged murder.Jerry Remy

Remy won’t be stepping down from his position at NESN, but he acknowledged the calls for him to quit, the accusations that he failed as a parent, and the recent Globe investigation into his son Jared Remy’s criminal history. He only sounded an angry note when seemingly alluding to a Margary Eagan column in the Herald suggesting the Remys shouldn’t have partial custody of their granddaughter.

 

The angry note:

You know I read a column yesterday that comes out and says we’re bad parents and we shouldn’t even be allowed to see our granddaughter because what will we do, have pictures of our son all over the house? I mean we’re not stupid … It’s that kind of reporting that is disgusting to me because what are we going to do, bring our granddaughter into the house, show her pictures of daddy? Give me a break. Have her on the phone with him from the can? Give me a break. Take visitations to jail? Give me a break. I mean, we’re not stupid either. So it’s those kind of things that upset me a bit.

 

Apparently it upset the Herald too, since they left that part out.

 

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A Tale of Two Citings (One Discloses, the Other Doesn’t)

March 28, 2014

As the hardreading staff has repeatedly noted (here too), the editors at the Boston Globe are pretty loosey-goosey in acknowledging that Red Sox principal owner John Henry also owns the paper.

Today’s edition just reinforces that slapdash approach.

From Dan Shaughnessy’s Page One piece:

As glare intensifies, Remy resolves to stay put

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jerry Remy has no plans to step down as color commentator on NESN Red Sox broadcasts and says he plans to stay in the booth throughout the season, even as his son Jared prepares to go on trial in October in the murder of Jennifer Martel.maeda_26remy_met1

“I’m planning on being in Baltimore Monday,’’ Remy said Thursday afternoon, speaking publicly for the first time since Sunday’s comprehensive and explosive Globe report on the criminal history of his son.

This is an unusual situation. Truly. There’s never been anything quite like it. It’s an awful and awkward intersection of Boston baseball folklore and the real world of murder, justice, family loyalty, and fan allegiance to the brand of the Red Sox and the persona of Remy.

 

Later in the piece Shaughnessy writes this: “Earlier this week, Red Sox (and Globe) owner John Henry told WCVB: ‘I’ve told [Remy] all of us in Red Sox Nation stand behind him. It’s a terrible thing he’s been going through, and we’re really glad to have him back.’'”

Score one for the Disclosure Dweebs. (Let us know if we should start a Facebook group, yeah?)

In the Sports section, though, it’s a different picture. From Chad Finn’s Sports Media piece:

No reason to oust Remy

Revelations lead to heated debate

In the days following Eric Moskowitz’s exhaustive report in the Sunday Globe on accused murderer Jared Remy’s sickening history of Jerry-Remy---AP-thumb-635x463-124646violence and the court system’s sickening history of not holding him accountable, there was little gray area to be found in a fierce if ancillary debate:

Should his father, longtime and legendary Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy, retain his job at NESN?

Based on the reaction early in the week I gathered from sports radio, television, social media, and e-mail, the vocal majority strongly believed Remy should resign or NESN should nudge him aside.

 

Finn made it clear that he stood with the minority, concluding “I can’t in good conscience suggest he should lose his job. There already has been far too much lost already.”

What Finn didn’t make clear is that John Henry is the boss of both of them.

Call them The Gang That Couldn’t Cite Straight.

 


Boston’s Fiery Local Tabloid

March 27, 2014

Today’s edition of the Boston Herald is a case study of what tabloids do best: Flood the zone on big breaking stories, and fill the paper with vivid text and images.

Front page:

 

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Back page:

 

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Everything in between:

 

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Damn good work.

 


Hark! The Herald! (I’s on the Prize Edition)

March 26, 2014

It’s all hands on deck at the feety local tabloid today. First sports columnist Steve Buckley decides to get into the Marathon mix.

BC scrapper inspires run for ALS cure

I wish I had video highlights of Pete Frates’ entire baseball career.

If I did, I’d seek out the longest home run he ever hit, the greatest catch, and the hardest, dirtiest takeout slide he ever made at second CE1_4810.JPGbase, and then I’d somehow combine them into one rock-’em-sock-’em, in-your-face Pete Frates Baseball Moment.

And even then, it would look like a game of backyard ring toss compared with the aggressiveness and determination that Pete is showing in his fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

That’s why I’m running this year’s Boston Marathon:

As he has done with so many others, Pete Frates, a Beverly native and former Boston College baseball captain, has inspired me to help him help find a cure for ALS.

 

A thoroughly admirable enterprise.

Several pages on, all-purpose columnist Jessica Heslam’s jumps feet-first into step dancing

Herald columnist kicks up heels with Irish dance cast

Who doesn’t dream of dancing on Broadway?

Until yesterday, the closest I came was a few birthdays ago when I went to see the rock musical “Hair.” At the end of the show, the cast DSC_7279.jpginvited audience members on stage to sing and dance to “Let the Sunshine In.”

I was in heaven.

So I was thrilled — and very nervous — to get yesterday’s assignment: Take part in a master dance class taught by the dancers of “Heartbeat of Home” — a new dance sensation by the producers and director of the Broadway hit “Riverdance” — opening today at Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre.

 

 

Thereby producing a nifty piece of newsvertising for the show.

Video evidence here:

 

 

Those crosstown Globeniks better step lively if they want to keep up.

UPDATE: Apologies to our Walt Whitman desk for not crediting it earlier.

 

 


Remy Smartin’ in Boston Dailies?

March 25, 2014

Well, yes and no.

Jared Remy’s certainly hurting after the Boston Globe blowtorched him on Page One Sunday. (In that piece, it should be noted, the stately local broadsheet yet again failed to disclose that Red Sox principal owner John Henry also owns the paper. Or is the hardreading staff the only one who still cares about that kind of stuff?)

Jerry Remy? Jury’s still out.

Start with Gerry Callahan’s full-throated support in today’s Boston Herald.

Red Sox job is Jerry Remy’s call

At what point do you give up on a kid?

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Jerry and Phoebe Remy are the parents of a 35-year-old monster with a long history of hurting women — particularly pregnant ones — but they haven’t reached that point yet. Their son Jared is evil to the core, but they still visit him in jail. They presumably pay for his lawyers. They probably hope and pray he will once again come before a pliable Massachusetts judge and avoid the harshest penalties allowed by law.

Somehow this doesn’t sit well with many Red Sox fans who think Jerry Remy should no longer be allowed to sit in the NESN booth with Don Orsillo and talk about baseball.

 

 

But it sits okay with Callahan, who ends his piece this way: “Jerry Remy admits he made mistakes and he knows things will never be the same for Remdawg Inc. But he shouldn’t be stripped of his livelihood and sent home to stare at the walls. Jared should go to prison for the rest of his life. Jerry should go back to work, and, finally and at last, give up on his rotten, hopeless kid.”

Crosstown at the Globe, not everyone is so forgiving. Alan Wirzbicki in a point-counterpoint with Alex Beam:

[I]f Jerry Remy sold used cars, then maybe none of it would matter. The questionable decisions an employee makes with his own paycheck are usually his own business.

But Jerry Remy doesn’t sell used cars. His job is to be a particular TV persona — the gentle, chuckling color commentator on Sox games. Playing that role has made him popular. But now that’s not an image that he can project without turning New England’s collective stomach.

 

Now it’s Beam’s turn:

I understand that when most people read the story of Jerry and Jared, they see an entitled, well-off sports celebrity gaming the legal system on behalf of his wild and dangerous son. I see something different: a complicated, confusing morass, of biblical pain inflicted on a family that wants to balance its love for a disturbed davis_st2278_sptschild against society’s legitimate expectations of personal safety.

Jared is in jail, where he belongs. I’m sure his father and his family are living in a special kind of hell. If the sins of the son are visited on the father, well, that’s not what I call justice.

 

But it’s what a letter to the Globe editor does. Here’s Frank Hannon of Melrose:

CONCERNING THE return of sportscaster Jerry Remy to the booth as his son, Jared, awaits trial in the murder of his girlfriend: Perhaps charity demands that NESN be given the benefit of the doubt about what the network knew of the elder Remy’s role in the repeated enabling of his son. However, the Globe’s expose of the monumentally sordid circumstances of Jared Remy’s record removes all doubt (“For Jared Remy, leniency was the rule until one lethal night,” Page A1, March 23).

Who will be able to watch Remy without being reminded of the unimaginable havoc wrought by his son? Even for crass economic reasons alone, let alone the basic duty of social responsibility that NESN owes the community — and yes, there is such a thing — how can NESN possibly allow Remy to stay on the air?

 

If you’re looking for a tiebreaker, try the redoubtable Dan Kennedy at Media Nation.  He has an interesting conversation going on in the comments thread.

 


Boston Herald: No Libel in Libelous Sex Romp Report

March 20, 2014

From our 1:15  am desk

This all started with Jessica van Sack’s Boston Herald report on May 28, 2009 (the hardreading staff can’t link to it because bostonherald.com is the Lindsay Lohan of websites) that claimed local prisoner advocate Joanna Marinova had sex with a convicted murderer at the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater on May 7, 2009.

And it sort of culminated in yesterday’s Suffolk Superior Court verdict that found for Marinova to the tune of $563,052.

Boston Herald version (by Herald Staff):

Jury finds against Herald in libel suit

 

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A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found the Boston Herald responsible for defamation in a case arising from a May 28, 2009 article regarding a prison visit involving Joanna Marinova at Old Colony Prison in Bridgewater earlier that month. The newspaper states that it expects to “ultimately prevail in this matter.”

“The Herald has stated since its May 28, 2009 article on a major security breach at Old Colony Prison was published that its article was entirely correct, from its headline to its last line,” the Herald said in a statement. “The article was meticulously researched, carefully written and extremely well documented. We are proud of it and the journalist who wrote it.”

 

Uh-huh.

Here’s the Herald’s full statement.

STATEMENT OF THE BOSTON HERALD

The Herald has stated since its May 28, 2009 article on a major security breach at Old Colony Prison was published that its article was entirely correct, from its headline to its last line. The article was meticulously researched, carefully written and extremely well-documented. We are proud of it, and of the journalist who wrote it.

The article was not only excellent, but important, leading as it did to a Department of Corrections investigation and certain reform measures. Lawsuits like the one filed here are serious threats not only to the rights of a free and robust press, but to the rights of the citizenry that expects, and depends upon, that free and robust press.

The Herald fully expects to ultimately prevail in this matter.

 

Uh-huh.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, it’s a very different story (by John Ellement).

Boston Herald loses defamation suit; Boston woman wins $563,052 award

A Suffolk Superior Court jury awarded a Boston woman $563,052 in damages after concluding that she was defamed by a 2009 Boston Herald story that falsely said she had been “written up” by prison officials for having sex with a convicted murderer.

Joanna Marinova sued the newspaper and Herald reporter Jessica Van Sack for the story, which the newspaper published on May 28, 2009. In the verdict they reached after deliberating for about 15 hours, jurors concluded that three parts of the story were false and that two of them defamed Marinova, according to her attorney and the verdict slip.

 

Lifetime Movie of the Week nut graf:

[Marinova’s lawyer David H.] Rich said [convicted murderer Darrell] Jones and Marinova later married, but have since divorced.

 

The Herald plans to appeal.

Lots of story appeal, yeah?