Is the Herald’s Jerry Holbert Clipping the Globe’s Dan Wasserman?

August 13, 2013

First off, let’s stipulate – as they say on Law & Order – that Boston is lucky to be not only a Two-Daily Town, but also a Two-Editorial-Cartoonist Town.

And we have a couple of really good ones – Jerry Holbert at the Boston Herald and Dan Wasserman at the Boston Globe.

Both of whom, as the hardreading staff noted recently, have waded into the Anthony Weiner rumpus down in the Big Town.

In Thursday’s editions, the two coincidentally visited Six Flags Over Anthony Weiner.

Holbert:

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Wasserman:

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Now comes Holbert’s cartoon in yesterday’s Herald:

 

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To be clear: We’re not accusing anyone of anything.

We’re just sayin’.


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.

 


Boston Dailies: Today’s Globe Palin by Comparison

January 21, 2016

Excellent compare ‘n’ contrast material in today’s Boston papers. Let’s start with the jokes, shall we?

Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:

 

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Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:

 

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That pretty well sums up the one-and-a-half sides of Sarah Palin, wouldn’t you say?

Then there’s Patriots Darius Fleming’s dramatic, window-shattering rescue of a woman trapped in a car after a three-vehicle crash on Route 1 in Walpole last week. Story in the Herald:

Hero Pat scolds trolls

Cops, witnesses confirm rescue 

The New England Patriots player who police said did the right thing by rescuing a woman trapped in a car took to Twitter late yesterday to condemn all the haters who doubted his good deed.

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The Globe had quite a different story.

Fleming hailed as hero

Patriot LB aided woman in crash

FOXBOROUGH — Heroes don’t always wear capes — sometimes they wear football uniforms.

Patriots backup linebacker Darius Fleming played in Saturday’s playoff victory over the Chiefs with 22 stitches in his right calf, two days after cutting his leg after he kicked out the window of a car to assist a woman who had just gotten into a three-car accident on Route 1, near Gillette Stadium.

“Obviously he had no regards for himself. Just wanted to get the girl out,” said eyewitness Stephanie Kube. “Came in, saved the day and left. A true hero.”

 

Not a word about the trolls.

Nor did the lately local broadsheet have a word about racial tensions at Boston Latin School, which was Page One in the Herald.

 

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The story:

Black students raise race issues

Group calls out Boston Latin officials

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Black students at Boston Latin, the nation’s oldest, most prestigious public school, set off a social media firestorm this week, accusing the elite exam school of ignoring the casual use of racial slurs and offensive online taunts.

In a YouTube video posted Monday, two students representing a group called Black Leaders Advocating for Change and Knowledge said the school has turned a deaf ear to their concerns about classmates’ racial slights.

“We are here to make our voices heard, to show BLS administration and everyone that we refuse to be silenced and we’re not afraid to speak up,” the students say in the video. “We’re here to use this campaign to unite our community, to unite the community of black alumni and the students of color at BLS and schools like it.”

 

Examples from the tweetly local tabloid:

 

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We’ll see if there’s Change and Knowledge on Morrissey Boulevard anytime soon.


Two-Cartoonist Town (Aaron Hernandez Edition)

April 17, 2015

From our Late to the Guilty Party desk

The hardreading staff is always pleased when the editorial cartoonists at the Boston dailies attack the same subject, and the verdict in the Aaron Hernandez trial is no exception.

Yesterday’s Boston Herald featured Jerry Holbert’s take.

 

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And yesterday’s Boston Globe featured Dan Wasserman’s take.

 

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Take that, yeah?


Boston Dailies Are a Hung Jury on Tsarnaev Fate

April 9, 2015

As we await the start of the sentencing phase of the Boston Marathon Bomber trial, the local dailies are – not surprisingly – seeing justice in very different outcomes for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The Boston Herald goes for the trifecta in today’s edition: editorial, op-ed column, editorial cartoon – all reaching the same conclusion.

From the Herald editorial (under the headline No mercy for Tsarnaev):

Thirty counts. Thirty guilty verdicts. But that is only the beginning. The toughest part is yet to come — the issue of life or death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. May this jury show him as little mercy as he showed the victims whose lives he so callously took.

 

From the op-ed piece by Rachelle Cohen:

In a strange way the death penalty seems too good, too easy for Tsarnaev who also wrote that he envied his brother Tamerlan’s martyrdom. Death won’t dissipate the anger that lingers. It won’t bring back those taken from us. And it will surely take years to actually be carried out — such is the American way of justice. But it is the only just end for this unrepentant terrorist.

 

Jerry Holbert’s editorial cartoon:

 

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Crosstown, the Boston Globe does the Herald one better: editorial, two op-ed pieces, editorial cartoon – all pleading the opposite case.

From the Globe editorial (under the headline Now, a harder task for jury: Spare Tsarnaev death penalty):

As the trial now moves into its sentencing phase — the jury must unanimously vote to execute Tsarnaev, or else he will receive a life sentence — the defense team may also raise legal mitigating factors. Tsarnaev was 19 at the time of the bombing; he was apparently a heavy drug user; he had no prior criminal record. By themselves, none of these would seem like a particularly good reason to spare him, but taken as a whole, and alongside evidence of his brother’s dominant role, they should plant seeds of doubt.

In sorting through such life-and-death considerations, jurors face an unenviable task — and mixed precedent. The Oklahoma City bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was put to death. The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, wasn’t. Tsarnaev obviously should spend the rest of his life in prison. His defense has already made a good case that he does not meet the exceptionally high standards for a federal execution.

 

From Nancy Gertner’s op-ed: “The choices for the government should not be a death finding in a civilian court, or a death finding in a military tribunal, lethal injection or a firing squad. Countless others accused of heinous crimes have pled guilty to a life without parole. There was another way. There still is.”

From Harvey Silverglate’s op-ed:

The feds overstepped in asserting their superior claim to jurisdiction in this case in anticipation of this very moment, and Massachusetts citizens should pay close attention as prosecutors make their case for execution. When our state outlawed the death penalty in 1984, did we really intend for that prohibition to be conditional? Tsarnaev’s crimes indeed are particularly heinous, but we cannot let emotions cloud judgment. Regardless of the jury’s sentencing decision, this trial has starkly illustrated a decline in Massachusetts’ state sovereignty in deciding — literally — life-or-death matters.

 

Dan Wasserman’s editorial cartoon:

 

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It doesn’t get much more opposite than that.

UPDATE: The redoubtable Dan Kennedy ventured farther afield in the local dailies, pointing out the following at Media Nation:

Metro columnists Kevin Cullen and Yvonne Abraham weigh in [against the death penalty] . . .  (Columnist Jeff Jacoby has previously written in favor of death for Tsarnaev.)

Over at the Boston Herald, the message is mixed. In favor of the death penalty [is] columnist Adriana Cohen . . . Columnist Joe Fitzgerald is against capital punishment for Tsarnaev. Former mayor Ray Flynn offers a maybe, writing that he’s against the death penalty but would respect the wishes of the victims’ families.

 

Sorted.


Boston Herald Hill-ucinating About Clinton Again

March 12, 2015

A severe case of Clinton Derangement Syndrome has flared up once again at the frothing local tabloid. This latest pooh-pooh platter features a refried interview, a retread ranter, a syndicated drone, and a quick-draw artist. Nice bridge group, eh?

Start with the refried interview:

 

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Yes, that’s the same Andrew Card the Herald announced it’s partnering up with for New Hampshire 2016 presidential coverage. Cozy, yeah?

Moving on, the Herald pulls former contributor Michael Graham out of mothballs to add his two cents.

This is why Hillary gives me a headache

I’ve made a lot of money off the Clintons. My first week as a radio talk host was the same week the world learned the name Monica Lewinsky. All I had to do was say “Bill Clinton” into the mic and my phone linesHillary Rodham Clinton exploded. My career was launched.

At the end of his presidency, I published a book titled, “Clinton and Me: How Eight Years of a Pants-Free President Changed My Nation, My Family And My Life.” It sold a lot of copies.

So I’m not a Clinton hater per se. But I do know what “is” means. I know how sex works. And I know how to send an email. And these facts make it very difficult to believe anything coming out of the Clintons’ mouths.

 

And etc.

Next up: Jonah Goldberg, a man who sets the bar for syndication limbo-low.

Email flap pushes Clinton off pedestal

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This was supposed to be the month Clinton led with her chief selling point: her gender. She had put together a whole “I Am Woman, Hear Me Bore” speaking tour in which women’s issues — particularly the women’s issues that poll well among women who care a lot about women’s issues — would be the main subject.

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation unveiled a big foofaraw over Hillary’s “No Ceilings” campaign. What a wonderfully convenient theme for Mrs. Clinton’s massive and mysterious foundation, given that smashing the “highest glass ceiling” — i.e., the presidency — is the central rationale of her planned presidential bid.

 

And etc. etc.

To top it all off, a Jerry Holbert cartoon:

 

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From our Great Editorial Cartoon Artists Think Alike desk

Here’s what Dan Wasserman has in today’s Boston Globe:

 

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Okay – we’re done with this Hillter Skillter stuff.

For now.


Boston Editorial Cartoonists Fire Bibi Guns

March 4, 2015

As the hardreading staff has often noted, it’s good to live in a Two-Cartoonist Town and etc.

Today’s editions of the local dailies are no exception, providing these nifty bookends.

From the Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:

 

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From the Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:

 

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Different world views is exactly right.


Snow Difference in Hub Cartoonists’ Pats Congrats

February 4, 2015

From our late to the Super Bowl Party desk

As the hardreading staff . . . Two-Cartoonist Town . . . and etc., it’s always interesting when the Wasserman/Holbert-Industrious Complex addresses the same topic on the same day.

Exhibit Umpteen was Tuesday’s post-Pats Super Ball.

Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:

 

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Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:

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Let the Duck Boat Rumpus begin!


Dailies Double: Boston Papers Hit the Mittfecta

January 14, 2015

Today’s local dailies feature very special Op-Ed ValPaks – columnist + editorial cartoonist – focused on the Last Temptation of Mitt.

Start with the Boston Globe’s Scot Lehigh, who provides this summary of Mitt Romney’s Sisyphean presidential history:

Romney has run twice now, and has twice failed to demonstrate convincing campaign competence or a genuine ability to connect. And though an occasional gaffe is inevitable in a long campaign, Romney spent an astonishing amount of time munching on his own shoe leather. Further, even in the GOP’s strange 2012 callithumpian parade of candidates, he had trouble closing the deal . . .

Even by political standards, Mitt’s malleability has left him looking opportunistic and inauthentic. And for good reason: He is.

 

Ouch.

Lehigh’s conclusion: “For Romney, this looks less like the road to redemption than the path to palookaville.”

Double ouch.

The Globe’s Dan Wasserman is slightly more graphic.

 

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Coincidentally, the Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert also goes the superhero route.

 

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Uh-huh. On the facing page, though, syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg isn’t so sure.

You know how superhero flicks often have an extra scene after the credits to hint at what the sequel will be like? Well, this would be the perfect end to the movie “Romney 2012.”

The problem is that “Romney for president” is now an art house film thinking it’s a blockbuster franchise and that there’s a huge market for another sequel. There’s not.

 

So third time’s not the charm? Goldberg’s conclusion: “[T]he idea that a one-term Massachusetts governor, who hired Jonathan Gruber to help design his health-care plan, is just what the Republicans need to run against Hillary Clinton is odd, particularly when the GOP has a much more talented, and fresher, field than it did in 2012.”

In other words, don’t bet the Mittfecta.


Boston Dailies Are #NotAfraid

January 8, 2015

As the hardreading staff has noted on numerous occasions, Boston is lucky to be not just a Two-Daily Town, but a Two-Cartoonist Town as well.

The Boston Herald starts with this front page:

 

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Inside, Jerry Holbert has this to offer:

 

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Crosstown, the Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman gets a big chunk of the editorial page:

 

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Cartoonist Ted Rall points this out at The Nib:

More full-time staff political cartoonists were killed in Paris yesterday than are employed at newspapers in the states of California, Texas and New York combined.

More full-time staff cartoonists were killed in Paris yesterday than work at all American magazines and websites combined.

 

Count your blessings, Boston. In more ways than one.