What If They Held an Iran-Deal Protest and No News Media Came?

August 31, 2015

As you splendid readers know, the headscratching staff has been asking for the past several days, Who Ran This Anti-Iran Ad in Friday’s Boston Herald?

 

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We contacted WRKO radio host Jeff Kuhner, State Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, and Charles Jacobs’s Americans for Peace and Tolerance to find out, but none of them got back to us.

So we moseyed down to the State House yesterday around noon to investigate the Potemkinish Ad Hoc Committee Against Funding of Iranian Terror.

Almost immediately we encountered Rep. O’Connell, who told us she didn’t know who had paid for the Herald ad, and in fact hadn’t even seen it.

Luckily, we then ran into publishing bunny Russel Pergament (umpteen media startups – and counting), who told us that Charles Jacobs had paid for the ad “with contributions.”

Okay then. Now we know.

Meanwhile, Jeff Kuhner finally showed up 20 minutes late and, before leading the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, noted that when 50 #BlackLivesMatter protestors rallied recently in Boston, “all the media elites showed up.”

His point was, no media – elite or otherwise (except for the hardreading staff) – showed up at yesterday’s protest.

[Editor’s Note: This post is being typed ’round midnight on Sunday, so we’ll check this morning for any news reports.]

But – at least from Kuhner’s Twitter feed – the protest didn’t exactly ignite a firestorm on social media.

Here’s the entirety of @TheKuhnerReport yesterday:

 

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We’re thinking @Britskii might be a fly, because we estimated maybe 150 people there.

Regardless . . .

Coincidentally, this ad ran in yesterday’s New York Times:

 

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Just wondering: If 150 guys from the Warrior Legacy Foundation held a rally at the State House, think the media elites might cover that?

Thought so.

UPDATE: The Herald did send a photog after all. Snappy local tabloid page 20:

 

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Hell, it’s the least the Herald could do after raking in the big bucks for last week’s ad, yeah?


Anti-Iran Group Dodges Two Daily Town Investigation!

August 29, 2015

Well, that might be a bit overstated. Not to get technical about it.

But still . . .

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted this full-page ad in the Boston Herald.

 

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We, of course, were curious about the players in this anti-Iran-deal groundswell, so we emailed Jeff Kuhner, placed a call to Rep. O’Connell, and reached out to Charles Jacob on APT’s Facebook page.

What did we get back?

Bubkes.

(To be fair graf goes here.)

To be fair, it was Friday afternoon before the penultimate summer weekend, but hey – everyone’s wired 24/7, right?

Anyway, two addenda:

1) APT is the Boston-based pro-Israel, anti-Muslim Americans for Peace & Tolerance. (We’ve undoubtedly pissed off both sides with that description.)

2) Plug “Ad Hoc Committee Against U.S. Funding of Iranian Terror” into the Googletron and this pops up:

 

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Yes! We’re Number One, We’re Top of the Pops!

Official Campaign Outsider Musical Interlude

 

 

Gotta love The Kinks.


Bootin’ Newton Schools a Textbook Case

October 23, 2013

Here’s what greeted the hardreading staff on Page 3 of today’s Boston Herald.

 

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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 removePicture 2 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 JacobsDr. 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.