Hark! The Herald! (Radio Daze Edition)

August 8, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

It’s been one year since the feisty local tabloid launched Boston Herald Radio, and the paper is celebrating the anniversary in its accustomed style.

Start, as usual, with Page One.

 

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“Best yet to come”? That’s good to hear.

Inside, the firsty local tabloid devotes a full-page, Joe Battenfeld-bylined piece to the anniversary bash.

 

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Our favorite part:

Herald Radio’s launch was named to the prestigious Frontier Fifty list of outstanding talk media webcasts in the nation by industry bible Talkers Magazine.

 

Which got the headscratching staff to wondering: How many talk media webcasts are there in the nation?

We couldn’t find the answer on the Googletron (we’re guessing it’s a lot), but we did locate BHR on the Frontier Fifty:

 

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Let’s hope Boston Herald Radio’s second anniversary headline is, We’re Number 35! We’re Number 35!

Good luck, guys, and happy anniversary.


Mitt Romney Is Front (Page) and Center in Boston Dailies

February 17, 2014

Two-time presidential loser Mitt Romney is the Great Mentioner’s main squeeze right now, a regular Page One Pin-up Boy.

Start with this front-page story in Saturday’s Boston Globe (mercifully below the fold).

 

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Money quote:

 “Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no,” Romney told The New York Times.

 

But . . . “in recent weeks, a strange thing has happened: Some supporters and donors, pollsters and pundits are starting to suggest — without irony — that the former Massachusetts governor run for president in 2016.”

Romney, not surprisingly, says all the right things in pooh-poohing the possibility he could go for the hat trick, while adding a few Mitticisms along the way that are as awkward as he is.

As the redoubtable Dan Kennedy noted on Facebook:

Mitt Romney on presidential losers: “Mike Dukakis, you know, he can’t get a job mowing lawns. We just brutalize whoever loses.” (http://b.globe.com/1fodGJN) Haw haw haw! Michael Dukakis has been an important part of the Northeastern community for many years. But why let the facts get in the way of a bad joke?

 

Why indeed.

Crosstown, Romney graces the front page of today’s Boston Herald.

 

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The take here is different from the Globe’s, in that the Herald piece operates under the assumption Romney is not a potential 2016 contender.

Mitt Romney — the GOP’s uptight 2012 presidential nominee known for his family-man image and awkward sound bites — just might turn into the Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 12.35.44 PMRepublican Party’s top 
attack dog in 2016.

“He will be the one who carries the fight and makes the arguments and shows the contrasts,” said Tom Rath, a New Hampshire GOP consultant who helped Romney’s 2012 bid. “He fills the void while we are waiting to select a nominee, and he can be a very effective and compelling spokesperson who doesn’t have to be anything but be himself.”

 

Of course, being himself is what made him a two-time loser. But why get technical about it.

 


Brown Out, The Great Mentioner In

February 2, 2013

Now that former Sen. Scott Brown (R-$$$) has dropped out of the running for the upcoming special election for U.S. Senate, the local dailies are putting forth very – wait for it – different lists of potential fill-ins.

The Boston Globe wins the coveted Ya Think? award with this headline on its lead editorial:

Mass. Republicans should move to fill void left by Brown

 

In the Globe’s news section, the Great Mentioner rounds up the usual suspects:

The GOP is suddenly grasping for alternatives, hoping to press into service known figures such as former governor William F. Weld, former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, or Richard R. Tisei, the former state Senate minority leader.

 

But then the GM tosses in a couple of unusual suspects:

State Representative Daniel Winslow, a Norfolk Republican, said he will also take the next few days to consider a potential run. Gabriel E. Gomez, a wealthy businessman and a former Navy SEAL and fighter pilot from Cohasset, said he is very likely to get into the race.

 

Crosstown at the Herald, meanwhile, they’re living in an entirely different universe, as today’s Page One attests (via The Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):

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That inset at the lower right refers to Brown’s first announcing his decision in a text message (“U r the first to know I am not running”) to Herald columnist Howie Carr. The rest of the front page? Yikes.

But the Herald goes all in with a two-page spread:

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For the feisty local tabloid, what’s the only thing better than Scott Brown running for U.S. Senate?

Scott Brown not running for U.S. Senate.


Romney Offspring Edition

August 31, 2012

From our Its Good to Live in a Two-Times Co. desk

It’s the spawn of a new day for the GOP.

Yesterday’s New York Times:

5 Young Romneys: Who’s the Cutest?

It was the question that smitten young women debated almost 50 years ago: Which Beatle was the cutest?

At the Republican convention this week, the question is: Which of Mitt Romney’s five sons sends you swooning?

Hold on – we might have an answer from their wives!

From yesterday’s Boston Globe:

Daughters-in-law pay tribute to Ann Romney

TAMPA – Laurie Romney was at the Romney household years ago when she was in the kitchen and spied a perfect-looking peach pie on the counter, complete with a carefully-constructed lattice top.

“I literally thought to myself, ‘I cannot marry into this family,’ ” she said on Wednesday morning. “Because I could never do that.”

During a tribute to the potential future first lady on Wednesday morning, all five of Ann Romney’s daughters-in-law took the microphone for brief remarks. It was a rare instance where they were in the public eye, in a week when their husbands are frequently the ones on television.

Further on, there was this:

They kidded each other over whose husband was better looking. “As my grandma always says, he’s the cutest Romney boy out of all five,” Laurie Romney said of Matt. “I disagree with Laurie,” said Jen Romney. “I think I’m married to the cutest one of all. I’m married to Josh. Yeah, Josh!”

Mary Romney, who married Craig, noted, “I am married to the baby of the family, Craig.”

“I’m married to the blond one,” said Andelyne Romney, who married Ben. “The one that stands out. That kind of resembles Ann, and I call the smart one.”

Helpful video via Buzzfeed:

 

The hardreading staff’s verdict: They’re all the cutest.