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.


The Yin & Yang of the Globe & Herald

July 18, 2014

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk (in cooperation with our Late to the Party desk)

Yesterday’s Boston dailies provided a textbook compare ‘n’ contrast case study on several fronts.

Start with the Boston Herald’s front page:

 

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What followed was Jessica Heslam’s page 2 column about sports radio moron Kirk Minihane’s gutless bitching about FOX Sports fox Erin Andrews’ lame All Star Game interview of groovy St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright:

Vulgar put-down of Erin Andrews won’t score points for WEEI

Super Bowl Football

Boston sports radio station WEEI — which has been trounced by rival “98.5 The Sports Hub” and is taking a ratings beating because of the cellar-dwelling Red Sox — found itself in hot water yesterday after one of its jock talkers made vulgar on-air comments about a female sportscaster.

“Dennis & Callahan” sidekick Kirk Minihane ended up apologizing for his demeaning remarks about Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, but not before the whole brouhaha had some wondering whether it was all a desperate bid to boost ratings.

 

Groovy. But here’s how the Boston Globe reported it, Metro page 1:

Martha Coakley rips WEEI host for Erin Andrews rant

Stomping onto the dangerous turf of talk radio, gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley called out a WEEI radio host for an on-air tirade in which he lambasted FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews, cursing about her and telling her to “drop dead.”

b7e8a90fbff64d66b9be7bd63c803427-b7e8a90fbff64d66b9be7bd63c803427-0The rant on the “Dennis & Callahan Show” Wednesday morning prompted Coakley to contact a reporter covering the story to weigh in and later prompted an apology from the radio personality.

“Everybody understands fair criticism,” Coakley told Boston.com. “But when it becomes personal, when it’s demeaning, and when it goes over the line as this did, that language is inexcusable, and it’s offensive. I just felt it was important for me to weigh in.”

 

Yeah, that’s really “dangerous turf” – taking a bold stance against sexist buffoonery. The Bay State needs more Profiles in Courage like that.

Meanwhile, here’s what the stately local broadsheet featured on its front page:

 

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That stands in stark contrast to the frosty local tabloid’s take:

Gov urged to just say no

Bay State lawmen and lawmakers are urging Gov. Deval Patrick to reject President Obama’s request to shelter some of the thousands of children who have been surging across the nation’s southern border illegally, while immigration advocates are calling the crisis a Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 1.35.37 AMhumanitarian issue requiring immediate action.

“As long as there are signals being sent out that people can come here illegally and we’re just going to take care of them, then they’re just going to keep on coming,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said yesterday from the Texas border on a fact-finding tour. “Neither the president nor the governor have come down to the border to see what’s happening — had they taken the time to come down, they would understand why sending people to Massachusetts is not the answer.”

 

(Can we just interject here that Tom Hodgson is the biggest media slut this side of Kim Kardashian? Thank you.)

That’s not even to deal with the hiss & hiss treatment of the BRA in yesterday’s local dailies. (Roll your own.)

It’s swell to live in a two-daily town, yeah?


Hell to the Chief for Vineyard Vacay

August 12, 2013

Man, is the Boston Herald grumpy today. And the object of its grumpitude is the Golfer in Chief, who gets half of Page One for starters.

 

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Then there’s a full page of kvetching about Pres. Obama’s vacationing ways inside.

 

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The Twitter piece, for its part, woefully underdelivers on the snark front with a grand total of two tweets:

“Is Obama auditioning for the Ginyu Force with that picture?” tweeted @mininerd_julia.

“Obama is the most powerful man in the world, but good lord does he need a golf fashion makeover,” tweeted Shane Bacon, a golf blogger for Yahoo! Sports.

 

But Holly Robichaud doesn’t disappoint. As usual, the Lone Republican is in the awkward position of being beside herself with anger at the Prez. (That actually makes her the Dual Republican, for those of you keeping score at home.)

Here’s Holly’s beef:

Oh no, it’s that time of year again. For the next week or so, it will be nonstop fawning all over the Obamas during their summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

What restaurant did they dine at? What ice cream did they eat? What bookstore did they visit? Is John Kerry taking them out on the Isabella? Will there be a Kennedy sighting? Will Lizzy Warren wear her red blazer on the Vineyard?

Absent from the coverage will be the fact that the nation is suffering through another jobless recovery summer . . .

 

And etc.

We can’t remember if Robichaud wrote the same kind of column when George W. Bush went on vacation. We’d check if it weren’t so hot.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, meanwhile, it’s all fun and games, just like Robichaud said. Start with a little front-page love:

 

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Then deliver the big wet kiss in the Names column.

 

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Yes, that is crazy-train engineer Harry Belafonte at lower left. Here’s the scoop:

Monday, Harry Belafonte will be in Oak Bluffs for a private screening of “Sing Your Song,” a documentary about the silky-voiced “King of Calypso.”

Over the weekend, Belafonte, 86, and his wife, Pam, stopped into Peter andRonni Simon’s Vineyard Haven gallery, and checked out Peter Simon’s portraits of reggae legend Bob Marley, who was a friend of Belafonte’s back in the day.

 

Sounds like fun!

On a personal note, the hardworking staff has a golfing dream of its own: to someday shoot our IQ.

If and when it happens, you will assuredly hear about it.