Boston Herald Fails to Deliver on Globe Meltdown

December 31, 2015

The hardreading has often labeled our Boston Herald home subscription the Biggest. Waste. Ever. And, for the most part, it has been, thanks to its spasmodic delivery.

But this week, the Boston Globe has given the finicky local tabloid a run for its wasted money.

From the Globe’s website:


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“Disruption,” of course, is a euphemism for going Chernobyl for the past four days. Here’s a list of the 90 towns currently experiencing “delivery delays.” (It should be 91, as the hardlyreading staff didn’t get its copy of the Globe today. We did, however, get the other three we subscribe to.)

The oddest thing, though, is how few news outlets are covering the absolute meltdown of the Globe’s home delivery. The redoubtable Dan Kennedy had this piece yesterday at WGBH News, and WBZ’s Jon Keller has been on the story like Brown on Williamson. (Full disclosure: Keller interviewed us for his piece, which obviously gave us a kenahora, since we had gotten the Globe all week up until today.)

Most amazing of all, though: Nothing in the Boston Herald. Nothing.

Man, have they lost their fastball.

The Fix Is In? No Love for Boston Herald in WashPost Top Political Reporters List

January 28, 2015

Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza posted this on his political blog The Fix today.  (Tip o’ the pixel to Dan Kennedy at Media Nation.)

The Fix’s 2015 list of best state political reporters


The most under-appreciated reporters in the political world are the scribes covering state and local politics. They rarely get the attention of their colleagues at the national level but are often covering the very politicians and national trends that come to impact the broad political landscape.

Every two years (or so), I like to honor these reporters with a look at the best of the best from each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. The list below was built almost entirely on recommendations from the Fix community — here on the blog, on Twitter at #fixreporters and on Facebook. A few of my personal favorites are included as well.


Skim down about halfway and here’s what you find:


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Conspicuous by its absence? That’s right – the Herald. Granted, this was a beauty pageant judged by political junkies who gravitate toward the Washington Post, but it’s unlikely ideology was the driving force here. It just might be that people fail to take the flighty local tabloid seriously anymore.

As for us, we don’t know Jim Hand’s work, but there’s no one here we’d pull to plug a Heraldnik into the mix. They just don’t really belong. Then again, that’s pretty much how they like it.

Where in the Political World Is Barney Keller?

October 15, 2012

Kevin Cullen has a smart column (boink! Sorry, paywall) in yesterday’s Boston Globe about the current grassy knoll mishegoss over debate moderators.

Nut graf:

In this election cycle, more than any in memory, the role and performance of the debate moderator has been as widely discussed as anything the candidates say. Which is not good.

Cullen then helpfully provides an example:

I thought Jon Keller, the WBZ political analyst, did a good job moderating the first Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren Senate debate. But when I mentioned that to a Democratic political operative, he leaned in conspiratorially and said, “You know, Keller’s son works for the Massachusetts Republican Party.”

Actually, I do know that. But what has that got to do with Jon Keller or the price of a cup of coffee?

Not to get technical about it, but Barney Keller left his job at the Mass. GOP three years ago, as the Boston Herald reported at the time:

State GOP spokesman Barney Keller is stepping down from his post to go work for New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio.

Keller, son of WBZ TV political reporter Jon Keller, has been the face of the Massachusetts Republican party since March 2008. Next week he starts his new job with Lazio, a former congressman who lost a U.S. Senate race to Hillary Clinton in 2000.

Since then, Keller fils has moved on to a bigger job at Grover Norquist’s the Club for Growth:

Barney Keller

Communications Director

Barney joined the Club for Growth in April 2011. He previously worked as Deputy Communications Director on Pat Toomey’s campaign for US Senate. Prior to that Barney was Press Secretary for Rick Lazio’s campaign for Governor of New York. Barney has also worked at the Massachusetts Republican Party, the New Hampshire Republican Party, and got his start in politics working on the special election Congressional race of Jim Ogonowski in MA-05.

A native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Barney graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and Sociology in 2007. He currently lives in Washington.

So, really, he’s got nothing to do with a WBZ debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren moderated by his old man.

Not to get technical about it.