Boston Herald Hill-ucinating About Clinton Again

March 12, 2015

A severe case of Clinton Derangement Syndrome has flared up once again at the frothing local tabloid. This latest pooh-pooh platter features a refried interview, a retread ranter, a syndicated drone, and a quick-draw artist. Nice bridge group, eh?

Start with the refried interview:

 

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Yes, that’s the same Andrew Card the Herald announced it’s partnering up with for New Hampshire 2016 presidential coverage. Cozy, yeah?

Moving on, the Herald pulls former contributor Michael Graham out of mothballs to add his two cents.

This is why Hillary gives me a headache

I’ve made a lot of money off the Clintons. My first week as a radio talk host was the same week the world learned the name Monica Lewinsky. All I had to do was say “Bill Clinton” into the mic and my phone linesHillary Rodham Clinton exploded. My career was launched.

At the end of his presidency, I published a book titled, “Clinton and Me: How Eight Years of a Pants-Free President Changed My Nation, My Family And My Life.” It sold a lot of copies.

So I’m not a Clinton hater per se. But I do know what “is” means. I know how sex works. And I know how to send an email. And these facts make it very difficult to believe anything coming out of the Clintons’ mouths.

 

And etc.

Next up: Jonah Goldberg, a man who sets the bar for syndication limbo-low.

Email flap pushes Clinton off pedestal

In the wake of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fairly disastrous press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 1.36.07 PMthere’s only one conclusion shared by all parties: This was not how it was supposed to go.

This was supposed to be the month Clinton led with her chief selling point: her gender. She had put together a whole “I Am Woman, Hear Me Bore” speaking tour in which women’s issues — particularly the women’s issues that poll well among women who care a lot about women’s issues — would be the main subject.

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation unveiled a big foofaraw over Hillary’s “No Ceilings” campaign. What a wonderfully convenient theme for Mrs. Clinton’s massive and mysterious foundation, given that smashing the “highest glass ceiling” — i.e., the presidency — is the central rationale of her planned presidential bid.

 

And etc. etc.

To top it all off, a Jerry Holbert cartoon:

 

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From our Great Editorial Cartoon Artists Think Alike desk

Here’s what Dan Wasserman has in today’s Boston Globe:

 

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Okay – we’re done with this Hillter Skillter stuff.

For now.


Hark! The Herald! (DCF Edition)

February 28, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

As the hardreading staff has repeatedly noted, the Boston Herald has been on the tragically inept Massachusetts Department of Children and Families like Brown on Williamson.

But it’s never official until the feisty local tabloid salutes itself.

Consider it official. From today’s Herald:

 

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Special bonus from the firsty local tabloid: this editorial (“Lying on the record”), which – hold on to your hat! – actually quotes the Boston Globe. Twice.

(There’s also this report on yesterday’s lost cover teen being found unharmed, and a thoroughly predictable Michael Graham column.)

Crosstown, the Globe front-paged the story that the paper had posted on its website yesterday.

So now both local dailies are on the case(workers). As they should be.

 


Why the Boston Globe Matters and the Herald – Almost – Doesn’t

December 23, 2013

Exhibit Umpteen: Yesterday’s front pages of the local dailies.

Boston Herald:

 

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Boston Globe:

 

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Call the roll: Three major stories on Page One of the Globe (BRA, Pope FrancisRevere casino) vs. zero major stories on the Herald’s Page One. (To be fair, the feisty local tabloid did make news inside with this Foxy Lady strip club, er, bust.)

So it’s no contest on the issue of content.

More important, though – without the Boston Herald, the Globe is Roger Federer pre-Rafael Nadal: A dominant force with no worthy rival to really challenge it (Federer won Wimbledon in 2003 against Mark Philip-friggin’-poussis for God’s sake).

So once again: We’re lucky to live in a two-daily town.

Regardless of the merits of the two dailies.


Boston Herald Gets Selfie Centered

December 11, 2013

Our feisty local tabloid is a bit selfie-absorbed today thanks to Barack Obama’s shutterbug diplomacy at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Start, as so often, on Page One, lower right:

 

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Head straight from there to the Inside Track.

Critics click over Obama selfie saga

Have you ever thought, “I wonder what kind of person poses for a selfie at a funeral?”

Well OMG, we now know the answer: President Obama!

The Leader of the Free World photo-bombed the interwebs yesterday when he was caught taking a cellphone pic with Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and her British counterpart, David Cameron — all three of them smiling happily — in the middle of Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

But perhaps the best part of the selfie saga is stone-faced first lady Michelle Obama sitting 
nearby, focusing on the tributes to the late South African icon, refusing to taking part in the 
festivities!

Wethinks Michelle had had it at that point, because there’s an earlier photo of the first lady looking less-than-pleased as her hubby yukked it up with the 
attractive, blond Danish PM …

 

That would be this one:

 

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That’s some frowny-face, eh?

But you know the Herald’s not selfie-satisfied yet, right? It also offers this Michael Graham op-ed.

Obama thinks world of ‘selfie’

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Oh yes he did.

President Obama, the (theoretical) leader of the free world, took a “selfie” with the leaders of the United Kingdom and Denmark during Nelson Mandela’s funeral service yesterday.

A “selfie,” for the less tech-savvy and/or self-absorbed among us, is a self-portrait taken with your camera phone — usually to be posted on the Web for the world to enjoy.

A news photographer caught Obama posing for Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s cell phone camera in the audience of the Mandela ceremony.

When the picture hit during my radio show yesterday, I immediately heard from listeners asking “Did the president really just take a ‘selfie?’ ”

Take a selfie? He lives the selfie.

 

From there Graham segues into a factory-installed rant about – wait for it – Obamacare.

Talk about selfie indulgence.


New Boston Herald Columnist: ‘No Conflict of Interest’

November 27, 2013

As the hardreading staff wrote late last week, new Boston Herald columnist/Boston Herald Radio host Adriana Cohen came to the job(s) with an Picture 1entangling alliance: She serves on the Finance Committee of Two-Time Charlie Baker’s GOP gubernatorial campaign. We contacted her on Friday to ask if she would be leaving that position now that she works for the feisty local tabloid.

“That’s up in the air right now,” she told us.

So we waited a decent interval and tried again. And here’s what she replied today:

There is no conflict of interest. I’m a radio host and opinion writer, not a reporter.

 

That’s no surprise at a news organization that allows other columnists to appear at public fundraising events for Republican candidates (c’mon down, Howie Carr and Michael Graham!).

But it’s nothing a legitimate news organization would allow.


WGBH Herald Hostage, Day 4 (Part 2)

October 11, 2013

The hardreading staff didn’t know the half of it in its earlier post this morning. Also in today’s Boston Herald, a handful of other shoutouts in the WGBH/David Koch rumpus.

Working our way through the opinion pages from left to right, start with this editorial:

Going cuckoo on Koch

Perhaps we should be accustomed to the lunatic fringe making comparisons between conservatives and, say, the Ku Klux Klan. We confess it’s a bit surprising when a man of the cloth engages in the odious practice, but hey, when it comes to protecting Mother Earth all bets are off!

 

Segue smoothly to Jerry Holbert’s editorial cartoon:

 

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Toss in a couple of Letters to the Editor:

Opposing views silenced

Just because protesters disagree with David Koch is no reason to shut him down and have him removed from the WGBH board (“Tough climate as WGBH faces protest over board member,” Oct. 10). That’s even if protesters do think they are scientifically correct about climate change, despite the fact that the issue is still being debated and researched and there is no unanimity on it in the scientific community.

A protester is quoted as saying of Koch, “His presence is extremely offensive. People who are actively fighting to destroy the climate should not have equal political voice.” The whole point of free speech in a democracy is so all sides may be heard.

I even support the protesters’ right to make statements that I believe are strident, hysterical and inaccurate. But to be “offended” by someone’s “presence” just because they disagree with you and to demand that their rights be abrogated is a far greater offense.

— Jeffrey Miner, Belmont

 

Raise the heat on Koch

There is profound irony in the use of the word “heat” in your headline about the grassroots movement to encourage WGBH to sever ties with pollution powerbroker David Koch (“Activists put heat on WGBH to oust donor, board giant,” Oct. 3). Thanks to Koch’s relentless assault on regulations to combat heat-trapping carbon emissions, we are on the verge of a climate cliff far more hazardous than any economic “fiscal cliff.”

Just as Boston will be underwater if we don’t get serious about reducing emissions, WGBH’s credibility will be underwater if the station doesn’t wash its hands of a man whose actions and statements on science contradict the station’s mission of educating and informing the public.

— D. R. Tucker, Brockton

 

And finish off Kochapalooza with a Michael Graham column:

Koch’s cash trash to libs

David Koch has a lot to learn about tolerance and diversity.

Koch, as every Occupod knows, is one of the infamous Koch Brothers (pronounced “coke,” as in “short for cocaine,’’ as in “white things that kill people!”). The Kochs are, well, they’re just the most dangerous, hateful and awful people in America. They regularly (and hatefully) give away millions of dollars to hospitals, universities, think tanks and, yes, public television.David Koch

Specifically, David Koch has given $18 million to support the science show “NOVA” and he sits on the WGBH board.

Liberals are demanding that he be thrown off the board over his political views.

In the name of tolerance and diversity, of course.

 

And just think: We still have the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider’s Beat the Press Party Bakeoff to look forward to.

 

 

 


Hark! The Herald! (Internet Radio Edition)

July 30, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

Say, that’s some big news about the feisty local tabloid launching Boston Herald Radio, yeah?

All the details were, well, detailed in the Herald Radio Countdown that ran in Monday’s edition:

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The Herald is poised to take a dramatic step toward a richer experience for its online audience as it launches a new Internet radio station.

The countdown has begun for 6 a.m. next Monday, Aug. 5, when Boston Herald Radio goes live.

Veteran talk show host Jeff Katz will launch a morning drive news talk show that will lead into 12 hours of live broadcasting each weekday.

There will be four shows in all, including “Live from the Newsroom with Jeff Katz,” “Morning Meeting with Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot,” “The Michael Graham Show” and “Sports Town with Jon 
Meterparel and Jen Royle.”

 

In other words, the usual Herald suspects.

But let’s focus on the big picture:

 

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Note especially the hostage-like statements from local politicians.

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy 3.0:

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Gov. Deval Patrick:

 

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Truly, the hardreading staff can’t wait for the August 5 debut.