Where’s the Boston Globe’s Wayne Woodlief Obit?

August 16, 2017

The redoubtable Wayne Woodlief – a gentleman journalist if there ever was one – died last week at the age of 82.

His Boston Herald colleague Rachelle Cohen wrote a lovely tribute to Wayne this past weekend.

This gentle man, still with a trace of a southern drawl — a legacy of his Virginia roots — always had time to answer a question, to share a bit of political history, to put a harried day into perspective for those who thought they would never make it through to deadline.

There was no “crisis” that the man couldn’t talk you through.

Alzheimer’s robbed us first of the man we all knew — the man who could list all the possible Democratic candidates in the 8th Congressional District race of 1986. Then early yesterday morning, it claimed the rest of him, when he died peacefully in his sleep.


Joe Fitzgerald, a Herald columnist who rarely agreed with Wayne politically, also had kind words for him.

We ribbed and teased each other so mercilessly that our friendship began to resemble a comedy routine, especially after this column left its longtime home in sports and moved onto Wayne’s turf, which was politics.

That offered a mother lode of conversational ammunition, since he regarded this writer as something to the right of Attila the Hun while he was seen here as slightly to the left of whatever passes for normal these days.

But you don’t poke fun at someone you don’t like, and Wayne was more than liked here. Indeed, he was admired, so much so that there was no better feeling than knowing you had earned his approval.


But . . .

Not a word yet from the Boston Globe.

C’mon, Globeniks – you were quick enough to eulogize WBZ legal eagle Neil Chayet, another local media stalwart who passed away last week.

Do the write thing and give Wayne Woodlief his due.

Boston Herald Fails to Deliver on Globe Meltdown

December 31, 2015

The hardreading has often labeled our Boston Herald home subscription the Biggest. Waste. Ever. And, for the most part, it has been, thanks to its spasmodic delivery.

But this week, the Boston Globe has given the finicky local tabloid a run for its wasted money.

From the Globe’s website:


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“Disruption,” of course, is a euphemism for going Chernobyl for the past four days. Here’s a list of the 90 towns currently experiencing “delivery delays.” (It should be 91, as the hardlyreading staff didn’t get its copy of the Globe today. We did, however, get the other three we subscribe to.)

The oddest thing, though, is how few news outlets are covering the absolute meltdown of the Globe’s home delivery. The redoubtable Dan Kennedy had this piece yesterday at WGBH News, and WBZ’s Jon Keller has been on the story like Brown on Williamson. (Full disclosure: Keller interviewed us for his piece, which obviously gave us a kenahora, since we had gotten the Globe all week up until today.)

Most amazing of all, though: Nothing in the Boston Herald. Nothing.

Man, have they lost their fastball.

Where in the Political World Is Barney Keller?

October 15, 2012

Kevin Cullen has a smart column (boink! Sorry, paywall) in yesterday’s Boston Globe about the current grassy knoll mishegoss over debate moderators.

Nut graf:

In this election cycle, more than any in memory, the role and performance of the debate moderator has been as widely discussed as anything the candidates say. Which is not good.

Cullen then helpfully provides an example:

I thought Jon Keller, the WBZ political analyst, did a good job moderating the first Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren Senate debate. But when I mentioned that to a Democratic political operative, he leaned in conspiratorially and said, “You know, Keller’s son works for the Massachusetts Republican Party.”

Actually, I do know that. But what has that got to do with Jon Keller or the price of a cup of coffee?

Not to get technical about it, but Barney Keller left his job at the Mass. GOP three years ago, as the Boston Herald reported at the time:

State GOP spokesman Barney Keller is stepping down from his post to go work for New York gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio.

Keller, son of WBZ TV political reporter Jon Keller, has been the face of the Massachusetts Republican party since March 2008. Next week he starts his new job with Lazio, a former congressman who lost a U.S. Senate race to Hillary Clinton in 2000.

Since then, Keller fils has moved on to a bigger job at Grover Norquist’s the Club for Growth:

Barney Keller

Communications Director

Barney joined the Club for Growth in April 2011. He previously worked as Deputy Communications Director on Pat Toomey’s campaign for US Senate. Prior to that Barney was Press Secretary for Rick Lazio’s campaign for Governor of New York. Barney has also worked at the Massachusetts Republican Party, the New Hampshire Republican Party, and got his start in politics working on the special election Congressional race of Jim Ogonowski in MA-05.

A native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Barney graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Economics and Sociology in 2007. He currently lives in Washington.

So, really, he’s got nothing to do with a WBZ debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren moderated by his old man.

Not to get technical about it.