Cherokees and Times-fil-A Edition

September 7, 2012

As the hardreading staff noted the other day, the Boston Herald reported that “Massachusetts Republicans looking to overshadow Elizabeth Warren’s turn in the national spotlight [at the Democratic National Convention] are releasing a video with Cherokees at a nearby reservation saying her heritage claims are ‘slapping Native Americans in the face.'”

The Boston Globe, on the other hand, was silent on the issue.

Now the Globe’s kissin’ cousin, the New York Times, has weighed in:

For Warren, Bad Blood over Ethnic Claims

Karen Geronimo, a member of the Mescalero Apache tribe in town for the Democratic convention, knows what she wants from Elizabeth Warren, the Senate candidate from Massachusetts: a blood sample.

“Someone needs to make her take a DNA test,” said Ms. Geronimo, whose husband, Harlyn Geronimo, is the great-grandson of the legendary warrior Geronimo.

The still-simmering controversy over Ms. Warren’s self-proclaimed American Indian heritage has chased her from the campaign trail in Massachusetts to the convention hall, resonating with a small but vocal constituency: American Indian Democrats.

But still no mention in the local broadsheet.

Hey, Globeniks: Isn’t it good to live in a three-daily town?

Even if this is a crap issue?



Elizabeth Warrin’ Headlines Edition

September 6, 2012

If you picked “hammer” for your DNC drinking game last night, you were knee-walking ten minutes into Elizabeth Warren’s primetime speech, which got very different play in this AM’s local dailies.

Boston Herald, Page One (via The Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):

Boston Globe, page A13:

Warren sticks to her populist theme


So one paper’s populism is another’s class warfare.

Works for the hardreading staff.


Cherokees and Chick-fil-A Edition

September 5, 2012

From our Why the Boston Herald Is Essential desk

Exhibit A:

Cherokees use GOP video to target Warren claims

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Massachusetts Republicans looking to overshadow Elizabeth Warren’s turn in the national spotlight are releasing a video with Cherokees at a nearby reservation saying her heritage claims are “slapping Native Americans in the face.”

“That’s not right at all. She is lying to the American public by running for public office and claiming to be of a race that she is not. If she is claiming that she is Native American, prove it,” says John Grant, a resident of Cherokee, N.C., in a GOP video.

The nearly two-minute Web video was filmed in Cherokee long before the Herald interviewed American Indian delegates Monday who also expressed outrage about Warren’s claims to Indian heritage. The Harvard Law School professor dismissed the delegates’ request that she meet with them and discuss her background.

What’s so essential about this story? It’s not like no one else covered this story (see here).

It’s just that the Globe didn’t.

Exhibit B:

Mayor won’t bite on offer of Chick-fil-A sandwich

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino can’t decide whether to back Scott Brown or Elizabeth Warren, but he is sure about one thing: He will never endorse a Chick-fil-A sandwich, even if it’s in front of his nose.

Menino, who led the protest against the fast-food chain because of the CEO’s stance against gay marriage, is staying in a hotel building in Charlotte that includes a dreaded Chick-fil-A just downstairs from the hotel lobby.

So the Truth Squad thought that would be a good opportunity to make a peace offering to the mayor — a No. 1 combo meal sandwich on a whole-wheat bun.

Unsurprisingly, Menino not only “recoiled,” he also “actually made a face.”

Why is this story essential? Because the Globe doesn’t do stunt journalism.


Scott Brown ‘Honorary Girl’ Edition

September 4, 2012

So John Walsh, the chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, really put his foot in it yesterday, yeah?

As reported yesterday afternoon:

Mass. Democratic chair apologizes after accusing Scott Brown of trying to be ‘honorary girl’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party today apologized for saying that Senator Scott Brown tried to portray himself as “an honorary girl” by folding laundry in a TV commercial targeting women voters.

“In the excitement of getting the convention underway and getting the message out about how important it is to re-elect President Obama and elect Elizabeth Warren, I made a statement about Scott Brown that I regret,” party Chairman John Walsh said in a statement this afternoon. “I apologize for that remark.”

Walsh made his initial comment in a blistering opening statement at the first breakfast meeting of the state’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention, which kicks off [today].

Oddly, though, the piece didn’t make it into today’s print edition of the Globe.

The Herald, by contrast, splashed it all over pages two and three. Start with the news report:

Dems try to wash out ‘folding laundry’ stain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Clothes-conscious Democratic delegates recoiled yesterday at Massachusetts Chairman John Walsh’s fumbling remark that U.S. Sen. Scott Brown was attempting to become “an honorary girl” when folding laundry in a TV commercial, saying the dig was below the belt.

“Well you know, John, that’s not a good comment. Everyone folds laundry, women and men,” said Faye Morrison, a Democratic delegate from Ayer.

Then to the obligatory Howie Carr sandblasting:

Hey, Walsh: What a load

So any male who folds towels is an “honorary girl,” or so says the corpulent chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, John Walsh.

“I mean,” Walsh said in between bites of a Krispy Kreme doughnut yesterday, “he spent a couple million dollars folding towels on TV to prove he’s an honorary girl. We appreciate that.”

I fold all the kitchen towels in my house, Fatso. Does that make me an honorary girl too? By the way, have you ever watched the president of the United States throw a baseball? Talk about honorary girls …

Well, today’s Herald is, even if the Globe ain’t.


Charlotte Web Edition

September 4, 2012

The local dailies are running true to form in their coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

Boston Globe: Dutiful.

Boston Herald: Gleeful (and bountiful).

The Globe’s ramp-up to the convention in Monday’s edition:

Charlotte offers promise, pitfalls for Democrats

Democrats to play up foreign policy

Obama defends health care law

Biden says Romney too eager for war


Bonus points:

Union’s political power fading


The Herald’s ramp-up yesterday:

Gov Missing in Mass. But Finds Spotlight in N.C.

Media get VIP treatment in N.C.

Delegates vow to get down to business . . . after a little chill time

GOP pundits: Bay State liberals’ barbs really a ‘badge of honor’

For Liz, it’s personal


The Herald also features scattered “You Said It” reader comments, a DNC Charlotte Notebook,  and Brown’s Take, the bookend to last week’s Warren’s Take (sample here) at the GOP convention.

Advantage: Herald.

So far.


Convention Wisdom Edition

September 3, 2012

After suffering through the Republican National Convention last week (Dateline: Tampa) and no doubt dreading the Democratic National Convention this week, Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby has this message for the two political parties:

Scrap the conventions

To elaborate:

The conventions, by contrast, deprived of their essential purpose, have been reduced to an exercise in mutual self-aggrandizement. The two major parties garner obsessive press attention — media organizations sent 15,000 employees to Tampa for the Republican convention — without generating any real news. The media, in turn, make a great show of being eyewitnesses to history, when all they’re really witnessing is an immense infomercial.

Why perpetuate the charade?

The Boston Herald’s Rachelle Cohen has an answer:

New stars shine in GOP galaxy

TAMPA, Fla. — The balloons have been popped, the confetti swept, Mitt Romney has departed in his newly painted presidential campaign plane and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a prominent Romney surrogate, is predicting this convention — estimated to have cost $100 million — may be the last of its kind.

And maybe that would be OK. After all, the broadcast networks have minimized their coverage — although as it turned out Thursday night not minimized enough to save the nation the ramblings of a doddering 82-year-old actor.

But conventions aren’t just about TV. They’re about revving up the delegates, especially from those key swing states, for the tough job ahead. And they are about showcasing the party’s future stars.

Is that worth all the worthless media coverage?

You tell us.