One Town, Two Different Worlds (Adrianne Haslet-Davis Edition)

April 12, 2014

Today’s Boston Herald, Page One.




Story inside:

Survivor rips ‘Meet the Press’

The gutsy dancer who lost part of her left leg in the marathon bombings accused “Meet the Press” late yesterday of being “dishonorable” for naming the accused terrorists during a local taping of the Sunday show after she was led to believe they wouldn’t.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis — one of the first survivors of the Boylston Street blasts to go public last year when she vowed “I’ll dance again” Boston Marathon Victim Hasletin a front-page Herald story — said she was in tears when she walked out on the taping of tomorrow’s “Meet the Press” at the Hyatt Boston Harbor hotel.

“Your decision to back out on that promise you made and the horrific way you brought that decision to my attention just minutes prior to taping was not only a cowardice move but a dishonorable one as well,” Haslet-Davis posted on her website, about the names being used.


(Herald columnist Adriana Cohen was in high dudgeon as well, but that’s her default position.)

Here’s the letter:


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More, clearly, to come.

Meanwhile, crosstown at the Boston Globe, here’s the play the story got (Metro p. 2):


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Like we’ve said, parallel universes.


Just Call Him Howie Carr-toon

October 3, 2012

Actually, that’s unfair to Howie. The entire front page of today’s Boston Herald is sort of cartoonish (via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):

Start with the don’t-watch-without-Howie warning. His must-read column  – “It’s lights, camera . . . and drool all over Obama” – is just more of the same: the Chris Matthews tingle up his leg, the limousines, Granny Warren, and, of course, this zinger:

How can it be that Mitt Romney putting his dog in a crate on the roof of his car is approximately 100 times as big a story as Barack Obama actually eating one in Indonesia?

Talk about predictable: Carr has essentially moved beyond the formulaic into the algorithmic.

At the bottom of Page One, you’ll find the predictable self-promotion lower left, and the not so predictable self-promotion lower right.

The former:

Debate dominates local airwaves, Web

A stunning 338,000 viewers tuned into the UMass Lowell/Boston Herald U.S. Senate debate Monday night on Ch. 7, WHDH-TV, easily trouncing all the competition on the other stations.

The live-stream of the debate also generated more than 155,000 total streams and was viewed nationwide and in Canada, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Italy, France, South Africa and the Russian Federation, among other places.

“It’s just amazing. We’re delighted with the incredible viewership all over the world,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Martin T. Meehan, who added he was bombarded with calls from former colleagues in Congress about the debate.

The latter:

Faceoffs in need of a facelift

Tear down the podiums. Toss out the time limits. Make the candidates squirm. Let a live audience watch.

It’s a formula that made the Herald-sponsored U.S. Senate debate at UMass Lowell so compelling, and it should be a model for future political showdowns — especially the presidential faceoffs starting tonight.

But that’s not really the surprising part. This is: “The Senate debate on Monday night showed what happens when a world-class questioner such as David Gregory of NBC’s “Meet the Press” is allowed to push the candidates to explain their positions and cut them off if they’re not answering.”

Joe Battenfeld is definitely swimming upstream in that take on Gregory’s moderating chops. (See here for opposite impressions.)

But, hey, that’s what makes horse races.


The Boston Herald’s Debate and Twitch

October 2, 2012

Big relief: In the aftermath of last night’s debate (co-sponsored by the Boston Herald) between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, the feisty local tabloid didn’t run ten pages of coverage the way they did yesterday.

It ran THIRTEEN pages, which featured everything from a scorecard to a fashion critique to enough thumbsucking to fill a maternity ward. (Roll your own here.)

The Boston Globe, after ignoring the debate yesterday, actually covered it in today’s edition, which provided a news report, news analysis, and a thumbsucker trifecta. (Ditto here.)

You’ll find coverage by the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider here.

And let the wild rumpus recommence.