Herald Gets Top Billing in Globe Re: ‘Patriots Day’

December 22, 2016

Patriots Day, the latest production from the Wahlberg-industrial complex, is turning into the ultimate Boston Rorschach test.

Exhibit Umpteen: This tweet from the estimable David Bernstein.

 

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The Sean Burns review in NorthShoreMovies David cited includes this:

Before the closing credits roll, “Patriots Day” tacks on almost ten minutes of interview footage from some of the story’s real-life subjects, all of them offering canned aphorisms that sound over-rehearsed. It feels like a pre-emptive bid for exoneration by the filmmakers, proof they got permission to cash in on a city’s still-tender memories in order to massage the ego of their superstar producer. Without this documentary material, the movie would have ended on a shot of David Ortiz shaking Mark Wahlberg’s hand, the real slugger thanking the fake cop for his heroic service.

 

Ouch.

Here’s another pinprick: On G5 of Wednesday’s Boston Globe Food section, there’s this ad for “Patriots Day.”

 

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And check out who gets top billing.

 

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That’s right – the Herald’s Jim Verniere, who wrote in his review that “’Patriots Day’ is a film every American and anyone planning to do us harm should see.”

Crosstown, Globe movie critic Ty Burr – in that same Food section – said something quite different.

Peter Berg’s movie, starring Mark Wahlberg in an invented role, is neither great nor gawdawful. It’s professionally made, slickly heartfelt, and is offered up as an act of civic healing. At best, it’s unnecessary. At worst, it’s vaguely insulting.

 

Roll your own, splendid readers.

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Turning a Blind Eye to Murky Mark’s Racist Past

December 12, 2014

As the hardreading staff has previously noted, the local dailies have differed on whether Mark Wahlberg’s racist-fueled 1988 assault on two local Vietnamese men resulted in his blinding one of them in one eye.

The Boston Herald said Wahlberg “reportedly left one of the victims blind in one eye,” while the Boston Globe has never mentioned that particular fact.

Enter the Daily Mail (via the Daily Beast) as the tiebreaker:

For the past 26 years Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg has believed he left a Vietnamese man blind in one eye after brutally assaulting him during his wayward teenage years.

He spent 45 days in jail for the attack but has now made a plea for the crime to be pardoned having turned his life around to become one of the most famous actors in the world.23EDBF0B00000578-0-image-a-1_1418220588256

His victim has never spoken about the vicious assault in 1988 but has broken a more than two decade long silence to reveal that the actor did not actually cause him any serious harm – and that until he was told by MailOnline, he had no idea his assailant had become a famous actor.

In his first ever interview since the attack Johnny Trinh revealed to Mail Online he was already blind in one eye after being injured while fighting the Communists in the Vietnam War.

 

So, to recap:

Mark Wahlberg racially assaulted two Vietnamese men in 1988 but blinded neither of them in either eye.

As for the press coverage, cue Wishbone Ash:

 

 

Just for the helluva it.


Wahlberg Finally a Marked Man in Boston Herald

December 9, 2014

The feisty local tabloid has been something of a Wahlflower in the past week’s Marky Mark rumpus, but today’s edition jumps into the pool with this column from Jessica Heslam.

Clean slate requires coming clean

Wahlberg’s records still sealed

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Mark Wahlberg wants the commonwealth of Massachusetts to wipe his violent, racially fueled criminal record clean — but the state won’t let you see what’s in his court files.

The Dorchester thug turned Hollywood star’s criminal and civil files in Boston courthouses have been sealed shut as the former rapper known as Marky Mark seeks a pardon.

It’s not surprising. His crimes are disturbing.

 

To detail just how disturbing those crimes were, Heslam draws on court papers posted on The Smoking Gun website in 1997. But we’re not like to see any more, Heslam reports.

The Probation Department couldn’t say when or why Wahlberg’s cases were sealed, citing privacy laws. The Parole Board said his criminal records are protected by the state’s Criminal Offender Record Information law.

 

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, those zany Namesniks add yet another wrinkle to the Ballad of Marked Mark.

 

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Huh. Life imitates art, eh? Or at least melodrama.


Boston Globe Goes Over the Wahlberg

December 6, 2014

It started with a report on NECN on Thursday, which both local dailies picked up for Friday’s editions.

Boston Globe Names:

 

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Boston Herald Inside Track:

Wahlberg asks for clean slate

Dorchester-born Holly-wood heartthrob Mark Wahlberg is asking the state to wipe his record clean of a 26-year-old assault rap Mark Wahlberg, Marky Markand other convictions, arguing that by “formally” forgiving his dark past, it could inspire troubled youths to turn their lives around.

The 43-year-old actor/producer/restaurateur served 45 days of a three-month sentence for an April 1988 crime he says he has spoken “openly and publicly about” during his rise to stardom.

With the request, filed Nov. 26, he’s asking the state to expunge it from his record, in part, so he could become “more active in law enforcement activities.”

 

Note: The Globe does not include the “reportedly left one of the victims blind in one eye” that the Herald does; the Herald does not include the racial slurs and the NECN credit that the Globe does.

Regardless, only one of them follows up on the story today.

 

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The report by Maria Cramer and Nestor Ramos starts with the 1988 racial incident, but also includes this:

In a separate episode, some from a class that was harassed in 1986 by a group of teens that included Wahlberg were not impressed with his request for a pardon.

Mary Belmonte, the class teacher, remembered leading her terrified elementary school students down a side street to avoid the hail of rocks. “I’m sure he’s sincere and he wants to clear his name,” Belmonte said. “It would be nice if he could apologize and really own up to what he was.’’

 

Huh.

Curiously, today’s Globe piece also says nothing about Lam losing his sight in one eye.

Double huh.

But the Globe website does include an archive of its coverage of the allegations from 1988-2000. Well worth a look.


Boston Dailies Leave Readers Hanging

September 22, 2014

From our Show Us the Money Shot! desk

Since the days of the sainted Edward R. Murrow, the first rule of TV newswriting has been Say Cow, See Cow. It’s also a pretty good rule of thumb for print media. But not so much in today’s local dailies. In reporting on the celebrity sighting at Gillette Stadium yesterday, they adopted a Say Cow, See Whatever approach.

Boston Globe Names:

 

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Boston Herald Inside Track:

 

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Huh?  Where’s the picture of the hung five?

Turns out you have to go to the Globe’s website to see it.

Fans got a good laugh when Mark Wahlberg accidentally left Robert Kraft hanging for a high five after the Patriots scored their touchdown Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Wahlberg, who’s still in town to shoot “Ted 2,” sat in the owner’s box during the game and (above) chatted with QB Tom Brady before kickoff.

 

Or go to YouTube:

 

 

Globe print subscribers are welcome to have a cow over the slight.