Update: Herald editor Kevin Convey explains via email, "The piece didn't develop until after the election. Had it popped up beforehand, we would gladly have run it."
Today's Boston Herald cover story takes a fascinating look at Scott Brown's youthful modeling career--a period Brown would apparently rather not discuss, and in which he didn't yet have the average-Joe-with-a-truck persona that propelled him into US Senate.
The lead story of the moment on FoxNews.com--"BULLIED EVEN IN DEATH?"--deals with nasty comments made the Facebook memorial set up for Phoebe Prince, the South Hadley girl who, apparently, killed herself due after some extremely ugly bullying.
But the Fox story doesn't tell us what those comments were. Similarly, Margery Eagan's column in today's Herald describes the relentless quality of 21st-century bullying, but omits actual comments from Prince's tormentors.
I've knocked Globe metro columnist Kevin Cullen in the past, but his column today--on the journalistic efforts of Manchester, NH Bishop John B. McCormack, who played a shameful role in the Boston Archdiocese's priest-abuse scandal--is great stuff. Here's an excerpt"
McCormack became a bishop and got
lucky when prosecutors decided they didn’t have the laws to go after
him for putting so many kids in harms’ way.
Update: To her credit, Globe metro editor Jennifer Peter acknowledges that the paper should have explained this story's origins. "The Globe
has been vigilant in giving credit to news organizations," she says via email, "and--in hindsight--we wish we had done so in this case as well."
If you read Media Nation, the blog written by my friend and former colleague Dan Kennedy (who's also a assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a regular panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press"), you know that Dan was personally responsible for getting would-be US Congressman Bill Hudak--who has some pretty extreme views about President Barack Obama--to retract his claim that he'd been endorsed by US Senator Scott Brown.
Yesterday on CNN's "Reliable Sources," Howie Kurtz and his panelists sized up the media's inattentiveness--until very late in the game--to the possibility of a Scott Brown win in that US Senate that belongs to the people, but was filled by Ted Kennedy for a really long time.
There's plenty of interesting stuff to ponder in the transcript of Kurtz's show, include WTKK-FM host Margery Eagan's theory that, with the Patriots out of the playoffs, Brown was the beneficiary of energy usually devoted to the team.
In which I discuss the Boston Haitian Reporter's savvy journalistic handling of the Haiti quake and its aftermath.
Please take a look--and also be sure to check out my colleague David Bernstein's sharp analysis of how Scott Brown became a US Senator.
Read it for free while you can, because the New York Times Co. today announced that, starting next year, you'll have to pay for nytimes.com after reading a certain number of articles in a given month.
An email from Times Co. honchos Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Janet Robinson follows. Note that the Times apparently doesn't plan to combine this metered approach with a broader, Steve Brill-style consoritum.
When Scott Brown was elected to the Mass. Senate back in '04, a number of political observers--including me--thought his win suggested that then-Governor Mitt Romney might suceed in his quest to put Republicans in the state legislature. In fact, Romney's "Reform Team" turned out to be a gargantuan disappointment.
Ayla Brown's appearance yesterday on behalf of her father, would-be US Senator Scott Brown, is big news: the Herald gives it the cover treatment, and WBUR currently has a story hooked to Ayla's presser front and center on its web site.
The question is, why? Yes, Ayla is an "'American Idol' startlet" (per the Herald).
The Globe's Matthew Gilbert observes, quite correctly, that landing Sarah Palin is a nice coup for Fox News.
Here's my question: is it as beneficial for Palin as it is for Fox?
Yes, I'm a Palin skeptic--but my uncertainty here has nothing to do with the woman or her politics. The issue, it seems to me, is that before this move Palin--on her own, in isolation--represented a remarkably potent political brand
Back in December, I wrote that former Boston Newspaper Guild head Dan Totten's quest to get his job back could be undercut by a Department of Labor audit--which found that multiple violations of the federal Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act had occurred on Totten's watch. But I wasn't able to obtain the audit itself.
Despite the fact that he writes for Newsmax, which recently published a call for an anti-Obama coup, I generally enjoy reading Ronald Kessler's stuff. I've also chatted with him a couple times and found him to be a nice guy.
That said, I'm perplexed by the extent to which Kessler's new column on Donald Trump, "The Real Story on Donald Trump", replicates his 2008 offering "Behind the Scenes with Donald Trump," despite being billed as the product of "the first interview [Anthony] 'Tony' P.
My take on the big stories of 2010 is right here. Please take a look--and as always, dissenting views are welcome.
Last year, CareerCast.com's ranking of the 200 best and worst jobs in America put "newspaper reporter" at number 140, with high stress levels and low income dragging it down relative to other fields.
That's grim enough--but CareerCast.com's updated 2010 ranking is even more depressing. "Newspaper reporter" has now plummeted to number 184, one worse than "sailor" ("Performs any number of tasks involved in the operation of ships, boats, barges, or dredges") and one better than "stevedore" ("Loads and unloads cargo from vessels, routes cargo to proper locations").
Say what you will about Glenn Beck's faith-based paranoid millenarianism--if you're pissing off World Net Daily, you're doing something right.
And btw, Beck is absolutely right (!?!): Birther zaniness devalues other, more legit critiques of the Obama Administration, and imperils potential GOP pickups in the midterm elections and beyond.