After Barack Obama picked Joe Biden as his running mate, the GOP launched the Biden Gaffe Clock. It's still in its infancy, but if you click here, you can catch some wince-inducing footage of Biden calling Obama--wait for it--"Barack America." (The look on Obama's face is just priceless.)
A question: might the Biden pick bode poorly for Mitt Romney? After all, Mitt's something of a gaffe-meister himself--and if he's tapped as McCain's VP, the Republicans might have to abandon this line of attack.
Obviously it's not going to stop me from reading--or, I'm sure, everybody else who relies on Jim Romenesko's Poynter Insitute Web site for their steady diet of media news. But couldn't the people at Poynter (which has revamped its entire site, not just the Romenesko portion) have found a way to make Romenesko a bit less busy?
Yo, Kevin--As a Globe metro columnist, you've got one of the best jobs in Boston journalism. But you're supposed to write about Boston, not yourself. The next time someone points out that you made a factual error, just acknowledge it in a straightforward way. Don't waste 670 words explaining why it wasn't a big deal. (And yes, I'm lumping your proletarian UMass riff in with your screw-my-critics riff.)
*UPDATE: Don't just blame Minnesota/the Republicans; it happened in Denver too.
Does urging both presidential candidates to reduce the threat from nuclear weapons constitute a "petty political attack"?
Apparently Northwest Airlines, the official carrier of the Republican National Convention, thinks so, since NWA recently asked Clear Channel to yank an anti-nukes ad that had been posted in the Minneapolis/St.
That would be Deadspin founder and New York magazine contributing editor Will Leitch, who's also known as the guy Buzz Bissinger yelled at.
According to a press release from WEEI.com, Leitch "will be joining WEEI.com to provide an outsider’s look at Boston sports and its fans." Boston Sports Media Watch reports that Leitch's column will run twice a month.
I'm talking about the print edition, FYI. Right now, I'm paying a special discounted rate of $15.52 per month--which came with a $10 Dunkin' Donuts gift card! But once that expires, the Globe's new price increase will put my monthly rate at a whopping $37 per month.
I've always preferred reading an actual newspaper to the online version, but the intensity of that preference has ebbed over the past few years.
Ask yourself: If Barack Obama had criticized President Bush's handling of an international crisis and sent his own emissaries to the country in question--while John McCain, in contrast, offered muted commentary during a vacation in his home state--how would the political commentariat respond? Would we be marvelling at Obama's forcefulness and fluency? Or would we instead be nodding our heads and saying, "Yeah, he really is full of himself"?
Amalie Benjamin is taking over for Gordon Edes as the paper's Red Sox beat writer. Also, Tony Massarotti is jumping from the Herald for a new online-focused job. Plus, Boston.com gets a new sports reporter!
Here's the memo* sports editor Joe Sullivan sent this afternoon:
We have some very exciting changes to announce in the sports department.
A couple days ago, I suggested that the Herald had been driving the "Clark Rockefeller" story more than the Globe. But I also reserved the right to weasel out of that assessment.
Let the weaseling commence. After hunkering down with a couple weeks worth of papers, I can say that the Herald did beat the Globe on a few key details of the story.
I didn't read this Globe op-ed on "linguistic paranoia" until yesterday evening. But when I did, my sympathy for the author's goal was pretty much negated by her deeply questionable reasoning.
Nataly Kelly--"a senior analyst with Common Sense Advisory, a market research firm specializing in business globalization"--thinks Americans should learn more languages.
...Tonight at 8 pm on New England Cable News. We'll be discussing coverage of 1. John Edwards' affair and 2. "Clark Rockefeller."
Right now, I plan to say that the press as a whole was too slow to cover Edwards' dalliance. This isn't a private matter: for example, if Edwards' infidelity had become a major story at the beginning of the Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton could be the nominee now rather than Barack Obama.
In which I argue that Kevin Cullen shouldn't second-guess his decision to write about Rakan Hassan.
I've just now seen this clip of David Gergen referring to the racial subtext of the GOP's Obama-as-narcissist shtick, and all I can say is: kudos to Gergen for bluntly pointing out the racial subtext of these attacks.
If any conservatives read my piece in this week's Phoenix, in which I make much the same argument, they may have dismissed this point as the carping of a liberal partisan.