City Hall a Koh-Conspirator in HuffPost Ortiz Hit?

July 8, 2016

A smashmouth piece in the Huffington Post this week about U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and her pattern of political prosecutions has drawn attention in both local dailies, but, as usual, from different angles.

Yesterday’s Boston Globe featured a Joan Vennochi column with this lede:

POLITICAL CORRUPTION cases generate big headlines — and big push back.

Just ask US Attorney Carmen Ortiz. She made a big splash when she indicted two aides to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on charges they forced organizers of a music festival to hire union workers. But now, with Walsh presumed to be her ultimate prize, a posse of critics is throwing cold water on the prosecution.

 

Vennochi proceeded to cite criticism of Ortiz by former AG Martha Coakley, attorney Harvey Silverglate, and retired federal judge Nancy Gertner – all of whom were quoted in the HuffPost takedown.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, though, the focus was more on the question of Marty Walsh’s possible involvement in the Ortiz hit, given that she has already indicted two Walsh administration officials on charges of extortion.

Yesterday’s front page (Inexplicable Little Green Number sold separately):

 

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The story inside has Walsh denying he’s “waging a PR counteroffensive” against Ortiz, but points out that “Walsh’s chief of staff, Daniel A. Koh, formerly served as chief of staff to Huffington Post Editor Arianna Huffington and as general manager of Huffington Post Live before joining the mayor’s inner circle.”

Today there’s no follow-up in the Globe, but the Herald has this piece by Dan Atkinson.

Call for answers on Huffington Post piece

PAC wants ‘public scrutiny’ re Walsh role

A national conservative group wants to see any communications between City Hall and the authors of a Huffington Post piece blasting U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, saying that if Mayor Martin J. Walsh or his staff engaged in a political hit job, they should be “held up to public scrutiny.”Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 1.53.24 PM

A Herald front-page story yesterday quoted Walsh saying he and his aides had no involvement in the article, titled “This Federal Prosecutor Is Building A Career Indicting The Good Guys.” But the mayor admitted that he and his chief of staff, Daniel A. Koh — who used to work at The Huffington Post — knew the piece was in the works.

“Both the timeline and the mayor’s answer raised red flags for us,” said Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for America Rising PAC, which filed a public records request with the city for any emails and texts between the Walsh administration and The Huffington Post.

 

Just what Walsh needs right now, eh? One more group emauling him.


Brownout at the Boston Globe (Marco Rubio Edition)

August 27, 2013

It’s clear by now that former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) will do pretty much anything to grab a piece of the media spotlight.

Today it’s this story in the Boston Herald:

Scott Brown and Marco Rubio posted on Brown's Twitter pageScott Brown Twitter pic causes a stir

It was a political twitter tornado.

When Scott Brown posted a picture of himself with a beaming U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) yesterday, the social media site lit up — especially after he followed it up with a one-word addendum: “Maybe.”

Maybe a GOP ticket in 2016?

 

Yes, and maybe the hardreading staff will win the Nobel Peace Prize for Two-Daily Town.

The best part of the Herald piece is the Scott Brown Shuffle when he was asked what he meant by “Maybe.”

“In the form of an update, as i was rushing to get a plane I responded — maybe to a charitable appearance request. That’s what I get 4 rushing,” Brown [tweeted].

 

Conclusive proof the Scott Brown truly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Of course Brown has had Twitter mishaps before, the most memorable being his midnight rambling last January.

 

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It is said that the act of texting (or, by extension, tweeting) automatically removes 10 I.Q. points. Those are points Scott Brown can ill afford to lose.

The Boston Globe, for its part, was smart enough to ignore the story altogether.

Bqhatevwr.

 

 


Arresting Developments in Aaron Hernandez Case

June 25, 2013

Today’s Boston Herald features this report about faulty reporting in the ongoing murder investigation involving New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez:

Ronald C. Meyer DriveAaron Hernandez attorney slams media on false arrest claim

The lawyer for Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez blasted the media last night for “relentless” reporting of a false rumor of an arrest warrant issued against the 23-year-old, when only search warrants were filed with the courts.

Several outlets did report continually last week an arrest warrant had been issued. The Herald was not one of them.

 

Plug “Aaron Hernandez arrest warrant” into the Googletron, and you get this:

 

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Note the “CBS Local” included in the search results. Here’s a recap from the Huffington Post:

Conflicting reports surfaced on Friday morning over whether a warrant had been issued for the arrest of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

Citing an unnamed source, WBZ News Radio in Boston first reported early Friday morning that a warrant had been issued and that the NFL star would be charged with obstruction of justice. Hours later, the Boston Globe would report, citing its own law enforcement source, that no arrest warrant had yet been issued in the case.

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And another local player:

Also citing an unnamed source, Bob Ward of FOX 25 had reported earlier on Friday that a warrant has been issued for Hernandez’s arrest. Ward also reported that Hernandez faces an obstruction of justice charge.

 

Neither today’s Herald piece nor a similar one in the Globe name any names in the false arrest claims. That’s why we’re here.


Brown Out at the Boston Globe

January 27, 2013

One little word was big enough to make page 3 of today’s Boston Herald:

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Scott Brown’s Twitter troubles light up Web with jokes

Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown set off an Internet sensation early yesterday after a string of odd messages were posted on his Twitter account, including one that appeared to be a misspelling of “whatever,” that turned into a popular online trend.

The tweets of “whatever” to critics began appearing on Brown’s official account after midnight yesterday, including one post that said “Bqhatevwr.”

Twitter users soon used the nonsensical word in famous quotes and pop culture references as the term became a Twitter trend . . .

 

Compounding the problem: Brown later deleted the tweets. But that didn’t stop the waves of ridicule that subsequently washed over Brown.

Funny thing, boston.com had the story (via the Huffington Post) yesterday morning, but it didn’t make today’s print edition.

Your punchline about respective editorial judgment goes here.


Globe More Krafty Than Herald

September 10, 2012

From our Ricki Noel Lander (Or Is That Landing?) desk

As the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider has noted, the Huffington Post caught Bob Kraft and galpal Ricki Noel Lander at the U.S. Open yesterday.

So the hardreading staff looked to see which of the two local dailies would feature the lovebirds today.

Surprise! Not the one you’re thinking.

From the Boston Globe’s Names column:

Bob Kraft, Ricki Noel Lander hit US Open

Patriots owner Bob Kraft and actress girlfriend Ricki Noel Lander were among the recognizable faces at the US Open tennis tournament in New York over the weekend. Lander has a tiny part the January release “Movie 43,” which features big names such as as Elizabeth BanksKate WinsletEmma Stone, and Richard Gere. Kraft was spotted with one of his other favorite companions, Jon Bon Jovi, at the Pats game in Tennessee on Sunday.

Not as lovey-dovey in that pic, eh?

(As the Track Gals (and Megan!) might say) File Under: Alone together.