Boston Globe Puts on the Pom Poms for Amazon HQ2

October 16, 2017

The Great Amazon Headquarters Bakeoff has generated some very, well, imaginative proposals for Jeff Bezos’s second home, as Leanna Garfield at Business Insider has chronicled.

Amazon has triggered a $5 billion bidding war — here are the craziest proposals for its new headquarters

After Amazon announced in September that it will build a second headquarters in an undetermined location, more than 50 North American cities concocted bids to persuade the company to choose them.

The company’s new campus, called HQ2, will bring 50,000 new jobs. Amazon will invest $5 billion in its construction, making the offer one of the largest corporate-civic opportunities in recent American history.

Proposals are not due until October 19, but many cities have already disclosed their plans to woo Amazon. And some are more extreme than others.

 

Our favorite: The offer from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-Donald Trump’s Meatloaf) of $5 billion in tax breaks, according to The Observer. That means Amazon would get its headquarters for free, yes?

No wonder Mr. 5×5 is out of a job.

But none of the pitches, to our knowledge, is quite like the four-page “Newsroom Commentary” that wrapped the Metro section of yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe.

 

 

 

 

 

(Readable version here.)

Not surprisingly, the hardreading staff has questions.

Question #1: Shouldn’t this be labeled “Editorial Commentary”? The newsroom is supposed to focus on, well, news – not commentary. That’s the bailiwick of the editorial pages.

Question #2: Isn’t this a bit Chamber of Commerce Pep Squad-ish? (Interesting that Shirley (You Jest) Leung has the only byline in the four-page spread.)

Funny, we thought the Globe was the umpire, not the pitcher.

We must be wrong.

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Boston Herald Endorses ‘Not Mean-Spirited’ Christie?

January 27, 2016

From our Whiskey Tango Foxtrot desk

Yesterday’s Boston Herald featured this endorsement in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary.

A former U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, [Chris] Christie knows something about being on the front lines of the ongoing war on terror. And he’s certainly not reluctant to talk about where this nation has gone astray on the Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 12.45.07 AMinternational front.

But as governor of a largely Democratic state he also knows well that you don’t get anything done on the homefront without cooperation.

He has been gutsy on the campaign trail — and yes it takes guts to talk about entitlement reform, which he has.

He has also established a solid reputation in New Jersey for education reform and expanding school choice, and for criminal justice reform, including tackling the growing problem of drug addiction by expanding the use of drug courts and treatment options.

And there is just something about that Jersey guy attitude — feisty but not mean-spirited, tough but not hateful — that has a shot at taking an angry electorate and helping it find a focus and a purpose.

 

Not mean-spirited? Not hateful? Tell that to the young woman Christie sandblasted in a New Hampshire town hall meeting Monday night when she asked why he hadn’t stayed in his home state a little longer to help the recovery effort from last weekend’s monster snowstorm.

 

 

Not to get technical about it, but it wasn’t “just one county”  in Jersey that got walloped by the storm. So Christie is not only mean-spirited, he’s a liar. Even worse, Christie went on for another five minutes berating the young woman.

Memo to the feisty (but not mean-spirited?) local tabloid:

Chris Christie is just a big fat bully.


A Tale of Two Lizzies

December 16, 2014

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Present Tense) has routinely refused to rule out a 2016 presidential run, saying only “I am not running for president.” Here’s a typical exchange, from yesterday’s interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, who brought up all the people urging Warren to run.

Would you tell these independent groups, “Give it up!” You’re just never going to run.
I told them, “I’m not running for president.”
You’re putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?
I am not running for president.
You’re not putting a “never” on that.
I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?

 

Fabulously non-responsive, no?

But in today’s edition the Boston Globe’s Noah Bierman came up with a clever way to shift Warren to the future tense.

Warren has answered the question more definitively before. Last year, the Globe asked her at a news conference in Boston whether she would make a a more ironclad pledge to serve out her Senate term, which 72cf5cc5506b43c0a9b4fac1d2a7af7e-72cf5cc5506b43c0a9b4fac1d2a7af7e-0ends in January 2019.

“I pledge to serve out my term,” she said at the time.

On Monday, Warren’s spokeswoman, Lacey Rose, was asked by the Globe in an e-mail whether the senator stood by that pledge.

“Yep, nothing has changed,” Rose replied.

 

Of course, everything is different in the Boston Herald. Top of Page One:

 

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Inside, there’s Hillary Chabot’s piece (with Matthew Stout) about Warren’s local political posse.

Bay State heavyweights eye Warren bandwagon

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U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III — whose late uncle Edward M. Kennedy famously snubbed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential contest — kept the door open yesterday to another game-changing Kennedy endorsement should U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren enter the 2016 race.

“He has no doubt she will continue to be a tremendously effective leader wherever her career takes her,” Kennedy spokeswoman Emily Brown said yesterday when asked of the congressman’s thoughts about Warren as president.

The comment comes after U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Somerville) offered his support to Warren if she jumps into the presidential contest, despite the likelihood that former Secretary of State Clinton will enter the field.

 

Joe Battenfeld adds a column about Warren’s likely prospects and this Tale of the Tape:

 

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As usual with the local dailies, we have another split decision.


Hark! The Herald! (‘Tomorrow’s Edition Today’ Edition)

January 10, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

Say, the feisty local tabloid is on some awards run, yeah? A mere one week after garnering a coveted Today’s Top Ten Front Pages award from the Newseum, the Boston Herald has done it again!

“Bridge-Gate” Day 2: The Apology

If you like your state politics with a touch of scandal, it’s a good week to be reading the newspapers. As “Bridge-Gate” continues, today’s headlines focus on Gov. Chris Christie’s epic, apologetic news conference.

 

The Big 10:

 

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Look for tomorrow’s Herald to devote meaningless real estate in the news hole to this precious award.

Or is that vice versa?

P.S. That’s two Top Tens in two days of Christiepalooza for The Courier News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star-Ledger, and New York Post. Something to shoot for, eh, Heraldniks?