Conflict of Interest for New Herald Columnist?

November 21, 2013

After the hardreading staff wrote about the Boston Herald’s new columnist/radio co-host Adriana Cohen earlier this week, a sharp-eyed commenter sent us this:

The Herald promo made her sound like Mary McGrory, but I’ve never heard of her. Then I clicked on her own bio and it says she’s a fundraiser for Scott Brown and sits on Charlie Baker’s finance committee.

Is that current information, or did she have to step down from that post once she got the column?

 

Well, it’s certainly current on Cohen’s website (although the Scott Brown fundraising seems to be in the past tense).

 

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We’ve sent an email to the Baker campaign to clarify the matter. We hope.

We’ll keep you posted.


Hark! The Herald! (‘Trending Now’ Edition)

November 19, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

They keep rolling the rock up the hill at the feisty local tabloid. Here’s their latest addition to Boston Herald Radio: the Trending Now webstream featuring political columnist Joe Battenfeld and commentator Adriana Cohen.

 

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(In case you’re asking yourself “Who’s Adriana Cohen?” here’s her website and Twitter feed.)

From the newsverpromo:

“When the mics go hot on ‘Trending Now,’ listeners will be treated to the single-most-fortified three hours of news and talk in Boston and probably the country,” said Boston Herald Radio Executive Producer Tom Shattuck.

 

The hardreading staff has no idea what “fortified” news and talk is, but we’re guessing it involves artificial ingredients.

Beyond that,  Cohen also got her own column today, straight off some journalistic Welcome Wagon.

Look who’s slamming the middle class

ADP_7535.JPGPresident Obama has misled the American people. He promised that if you liked your doctor and health plan, you could keep them. To date, 5 million Americans have received policy cancellations. Many in the middle class are being forced into new plans at a much higher cost.

Wait a sec! Didn’t President Obama and our own U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaign on the platform they were the party that protects the middle class? Weren’t they the ones who lambasted the GOP for pushing government policies that “hammered” the middle class?

Well my question for voters is, who’s getting hammered now?

It’s the middle class.

 

Not a helluva lot new there, eh? But a boffo debut in terms of newspaper real estate.

By contrast, today’s Boston Globe introduced TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s new column Bookish with this at the bottom of Page One:

 

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Now if the Globe would just give Gilbert his own show on RadioBDC, we’d have a fair fight on our hands.