Politico’s Jack Shafer Cheap-Shots Globe Writers

June 28, 2016

The hardreading staff generally admires media criticism from the peripatetic Jack Shafer, but his latest Politico piece is a little low-hanging-fruitish.

Uh-Oh. Here Come the Brexperts.

Reporters: Don’t know much about Brexit? Don’t let that stop you.

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Who could have predicted that the press harbored so many experts on the repercussions of Brexit? Following Thursday’s vote by the British electorate to leave the European Union, these whizzes crowded the airwaves, clogged the newspapers and swamped their websites with assessments of the breakup’s meaning.

Obviously, some outlets that specialize in finance and cover the Eurozone—like the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and CNBC—have a handle on the subject; they’d been covering it long before Thursday. But as you stray from these specialists for the generalists, whose job it is to report on whatever Topic A might be that day (weather, politics, infectious disease, baseball), the more the Brexit coverage begins to resemble one long amateur hour.

 

Yeah, except most of journalism is amateur hour: generalists interviewing specialists to cobble together something that sounds vaguely reasonable. And, very often, reasonably vague.

Regardless, here’s Shafer’s Boston Globe nuts-to-you graf:

At the Boston Globe, for example, reporter James Pindell dug deeply into his bag of journalistic clichés last week to deduced that the Brexit vote was “about the economy, stupid” and that if Brexit caused a recession it would “dramatically change the conversation of the presidential race.” No kidding! Michael A. Cohen, a regular on the Globe op-ed page, concluded that it was not David Cameron’s fault Brexit passed, nor was it Jeremy Corbyn’s, nor could it be blamed on the EU elites who pushed immigration. It was “actual voters.” Another astonishing finding.

 

C’mon, Jack – you can do better than to beat up on what’s essentially beat reporting (in every sense of that phrase). Besides, you’re always a lot more interesting when you go after the high-hanging fruit.

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Boston Herald Gets Selfie Centered

December 11, 2013

Our feisty local tabloid is a bit selfie-absorbed today thanks to Barack Obama’s shutterbug diplomacy at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Start, as so often, on Page One, lower right:

 

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Head straight from there to the Inside Track.

Critics click over Obama selfie saga

Have you ever thought, “I wonder what kind of person poses for a selfie at a funeral?”

Well OMG, we now know the answer: President Obama!

The Leader of the Free World photo-bombed the interwebs yesterday when he was caught taking a cellphone pic with Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and her British counterpart, David Cameron — all three of them smiling happily — in the middle of Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

But perhaps the best part of the selfie saga is stone-faced first lady Michelle Obama sitting 
nearby, focusing on the tributes to the late South African icon, refusing to taking part in the 
festivities!

Wethinks Michelle had had it at that point, because there’s an earlier photo of the first lady looking less-than-pleased as her hubby yukked it up with the 
attractive, blond Danish PM …

 

That would be this one:

 

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That’s some frowny-face, eh?

But you know the Herald’s not selfie-satisfied yet, right? It also offers this Michael Graham op-ed.

Obama thinks world of ‘selfie’

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Oh yes he did.

President Obama, the (theoretical) leader of the free world, took a “selfie” with the leaders of the United Kingdom and Denmark during Nelson Mandela’s funeral service yesterday.

A “selfie,” for the less tech-savvy and/or self-absorbed among us, is a self-portrait taken with your camera phone — usually to be posted on the Web for the world to enjoy.

A news photographer caught Obama posing for Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s cell phone camera in the audience of the Mandela ceremony.

When the picture hit during my radio show yesterday, I immediately heard from listeners asking “Did the president really just take a ‘selfie?’ ”

Take a selfie? He lives the selfie.

 

From there Graham segues into a factory-installed rant about – wait for it – Obamacare.

Talk about selfie indulgence.