Boston Herald: Clinton Not Worth a Hill of Beans

December 4, 2014

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

Former First Lady/U.S. Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-Bill’s Not Here) is in town today to pick up a few bucks and drop a few pearls of wisdom.

From the Boston Globe’s Names section:

 

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From the Globe’s (new!) Business section:

 

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So, according to the Globe – twice – the event is sold out. Wouldn’t know it from looking at the Boston Herald, though.

 

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That’s accompanied by this Tom Shattuck piece.

In spirit of holidays, go see poor Hillary Clinton

Ex-first lady needs all the help she can get

Hillary Rodham Clinton

It was a speech for the ages. Hillary Clinton’s rousing oratory at Georgetown University yesterday brought the packed house to their feet.

The problem? Their feet were elsewhere.

In fact, it was a humiliating day for Madame Secretary as many, many seats remained empty, a feat which at this moment in time could only have been matched with a cameo by Bill Cosby.

 

Shattuck goes on to say, “[I]n the spirit of the holiday season, I implore you to attend [today’s event]. In the words of her home state predecessor, Robert F. Kennedy, ‘I dream of things … and ask why not?’ Seriously, why not?”

Uh . . . because it’s sold out? Not to get technical about it.


In Like Flynn at the Boston Herald

November 14, 2014

Score one for the Boston Herald: Today’s feisty local tabloid beats its crosstown rival to a juicy local story.

Start at the top of Page One:

 

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The story inside:

 

New Flap in Bid to Honor Flynn

A panel headed by City Council President Bill Linehan is floating the controversial idea of naming the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center — a key landmark closely linked to the recently deceased Mayor Thomas M. Menino — after former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn.

The proposal, included in a press release yesterday by the Raymond L. Flynn Commission headed by the STON1922.JPGSouth Boston councilor, met with immediate resistance from longtime city observers who worked with both mayors.

“Ray Flynn and Tom Menino were both old friends and they both deserve recognition, but I was in the trenches when I represented the City Council in the late 1990s, and Tom Menino was the person who drove the construction of the convention center, there’s no doubt about that,” said Larry DiCara, a former council president.

 

Along with that piece the Herald includes the obligatory reader reaction and also – awkward!this column by the paper’s occasional chinstroker, Ray Flynn himself.

It was always about serving Hub’s people

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At the outset, let me say I never wanted my name on any city building or billboard — not even a sign at a baseball field.

But I am humbled by the kind gesture of Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan and his committee in recognizing my service to the people of Boston over the years.

The honor of serving the city I love was always enough for me. Working hard every day and doing the best I could for the needy and those without a political voice was all I ever wanted to do.

 

And etc.

Linehan – as he so often does – started moonwalking as soon as his trial balloon drew the least bit of heat. Right now, we know something will be named after Flynn and something after Menino – details TBA.

Details also TBA in the Boston Globe, which at post time had nothing on the naming rumpus.

 

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Maybe the stately local broadsheet should give Ray Flynn a column, eh?


Boston Globe Gets Ad-vantage from MCCA

June 13, 2014

From our Late to the Party Line desk

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has a $1.1 billion plan to expand the Boston Convention and Exposition Center  (details/downside here), so it only makes sense to spend the taxpayers’ money to improve the MCCA’s image among . . . taxpayers.

Thus, this full-page ad in yesterday’s Boston Globe (it also ran on Tuesday), signed by all the usual suspects. Paul Guzzi, Pat Moscaritolo, Tom Glynn, et.al. – c’mon down!

 

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On neither day did the ad run in the Boston Herald.

But the feisty local tabloid had its revenge in today’s edition, which features this ad – exclusive!

 

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Ha! Take that, stately local broadsheet!

Meanwhile, memo to the MCCA: If you’re going to waste our money, at least waste it equally, yeah?