Boston Herald: Home of the Ultimate Trump Chumps

August 20, 2016

The Boston Herald is so far in the tank for Donald Trump these days, its editors should be wearing scuba gear.

Exhibit Umpteen: Today’s edition of the flunky local tabloid, starting with Page One.

 

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(To be fair graf goes here)

To be fair, there’s nothing really wrong with the report headlined “Trump visits LA’s beleaguered bayou.” But right alongside it is a piece by Trumpkin Adriana Cohen that’s just knee-buckling in its simple-minded sycophancy.

 Who needs Hill, Obama? The Donald to the rescue

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The catastrophic flooding in Louisiana is now being called the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy.

Yet with callous indifference to those suffering, Hillary Clinton and President Obama are missing in action. Clinton has come up with lame excuses why she’s a no-show. And Obama is working on his golf swing with millionaires, billionaires and celebrities on Martha’s Vineyard.

Who needs them.

Donald Trump showed the country who’s boss yesterday by flying to Louisiana to comfort those affected by the catastrophic flooding.

 

Cohen proceeds to gush over Trump’s “mission of mercy,” proclaiming that “Trump showed voters that in a time of disaster and calamity, he’s not an Ivory Tower guy. He shows up and rolls up his sleeves.”

Right. For about 49 seconds.

From the occasionally readable Tommy Christopher at Mediaite:

Watch Donald Trump Spend Exactly 49 Seconds ‘Helping Out’ Louisiana Flood Victims

On Friday morning, freshly-minted Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC News that Trump and running mate Mike Pence would be traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to “help people on the ground” in a “decidedly nonpolitical event” with “no press allowed.”

As it turns out, though, there actually were members of the press allowed, and the candidate did use the occasion to attack his political opponent, and there were opportunities for photographs, but true to his word, Trump did “help out.” Pool cameras trailed Trump for his entire visit, and over the course of those several hours, Trump “helped out” by unloading a truckload of toys for 49 seconds.

 

Here you go:

 

 

The flood victims of Louisiana should absolutely get all the help America can give them. But from the evidence in the chumpy local tabloid, the Heraldniks should get themselves some help as well.


Boston Herald Endorses ‘Not Mean-Spirited’ Christie?

January 27, 2016

From our Whiskey Tango Foxtrot desk

Yesterday’s Boston Herald featured this endorsement in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary.

A former U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, [Chris] Christie knows something about being on the front lines of the ongoing war on terror. And he’s certainly not reluctant to talk about where this nation has gone astray on the Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 12.45.07 AMinternational front.

But as governor of a largely Democratic state he also knows well that you don’t get anything done on the homefront without cooperation.

He has been gutsy on the campaign trail — and yes it takes guts to talk about entitlement reform, which he has.

He has also established a solid reputation in New Jersey for education reform and expanding school choice, and for criminal justice reform, including tackling the growing problem of drug addiction by expanding the use of drug courts and treatment options.

And there is just something about that Jersey guy attitude — feisty but not mean-spirited, tough but not hateful — that has a shot at taking an angry electorate and helping it find a focus and a purpose.

 

Not mean-spirited? Not hateful? Tell that to the young woman Christie sandblasted in a New Hampshire town hall meeting Monday night when she asked why he hadn’t stayed in his home state a little longer to help the recovery effort from last weekend’s monster snowstorm.

 

 

Not to get technical about it, but it wasn’t “just one county”  in Jersey that got walloped by the storm. So Christie is not only mean-spirited, he’s a liar. Even worse, Christie went on for another five minutes berating the young woman.

Memo to the feisty (but not mean-spirited?) local tabloid:

Chris Christie is just a big fat bully.


Hark! The Herald! (Zimmerman Verdict Edition)

July 16, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

Stop the presses! The Boston Herald made The Newseum’s Top Ten Front Pages on Monday.

 

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Here’s the text:

In the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin 17 months ago, people took to the streets Sunday in cities across the country to protest the not-guilty verdict. The power of the story lies in the front-page images of people’s reactions and questions about where Zimmerman and the country go from here.

 

Also noteworthy but too small to read: the New York Daily News Page One.

 

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Mediaite called it an effort to “irresponsibly gin up hatred and sell newspapers” in contrast to the “measured” editorial that ran in the same edition.

But back to our award-winning local tabloid. Here’s how it celebrated in today’s edition:

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The hardreading staff is not on this earth long enough to spend time finding out if any other Top Tenners toss the confetti in their own papers, but we’re guessing they don’t. Just one more way the Herald is special.


Boston Globe Film Critic Wesley Morris Djangoed by Mediaite

January 1, 2013

In an unusual confluence of influence, the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald both gave positive reviews to Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Django Unchained.

From James Verniere’s Herald review:

DJANGO UNCHAINEDQuentin Tarantino ‘Unchained’

Director charges into American slavery tale with guns blazing

You’ve seen “Lincoln.” Now, see the low low-down on slavery in America.

Brought to us by the much imitated, uniquely gifted and never surpassed Quentin Taran tino, the ultra-violent “Django Unchained” gives us a glimpse of a barbaric episode in American history through the twisted lenses of Tarantino and the Euro-spawned, Asian-­influenced 1960s-’70s hybrid the spaghetti Western.

In addition to a terrific and fearless Jamie Foxx in the title role, a freed slave turned gunman named Django (“The d is silent”), the film has great Austrian actor Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) in fine fettle as Dr. King Schultz, a silver-tongued German immigrant and dentist along with his horse Fritz, whom he introduces to strangers. Dr. Schultz traverses the frontier in 1858 in a small coach with a giant tooth on its roof. The truth is Schultz  is a gun-slinging bounty hunter, complete with a spring-loaded derringer up his sleeve. Schultz brings in fugitives from justice dead or alive, preferably dead.

 

Equally enthusiastic was Globe film critic Wesley Morris:

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In “Django Unchained,” Jamie Foxx plays Django, a black slave purchased for about a hundred dollars and freed by a German dentist and bounty hunter named Schultz (Christoph Waltz). A straightforward treatment might have involved having the slave run away north. But the movie Quentin Tarantino has written and directed is corkscrewed, inside-out, upside-down, simultaneously clear-eyed and completely out of its mind.

Django is married. He and his wife (Kerry Washington) were savagely lacerated and separately sold. He’s not free until she is. So he works as the bounty hunter’s sidekick, with the bounty hunter agreeing to help him find the wife and rescue her from a Mississippi plantation.

Set in 1853, this isn’t a runaway narrative. It’s a run-toward narrative, rigged for shock. Each scene lays a stick of dynamite and lights a fuse that runs down and down and down until the whole thing blows up like the Fourth of July. I’ve never seen anything like this movie, not in one 165-minute sitting, not from a single director, not made with this much conscientious bravado and unrelenting tastelessness — this much exclamatory kitsch — on a subject as loaded, gruesome, and dishonorable as American slavery.

 

But it was only Morris’s review that got whacked on Mediaite:

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In his official review of Quentin Tarantino‘s box office smash Django UnchainedBoston Globefilm critic Wesley Morris likens the movie’s villainous “house Negro” to black Republicans like Justice Clarence Thomas or former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

The positive review largely took note of the film’s successful twisting of the Spaghetti Western genre to fit a Civil War rebellion story, with special praise for Tarantino’s script and the actors who filled the screen.

But upon praising Samuel L. Jackson for his portrayal of Stephen, the head servant at the villainous Candie family mansion, Morris invoked the names of modern black Republicans whom he believes Jackson channeled in his “black self-loathing” performance . . .

 

Discuss among your self-loathing selves . . .