In which I argue that Nidal Hasan's Muslim faith caused brain lock on the right and left alike. Please take a look.
Conservatives are having a field day with Barack Obama's remarks yesterday on the Fort Hood shootings--or, more specifically, with the strange, incongruous prelude to those remarks.
Readers of this blog will know that I'm a pretty liberal dude. But I must say, the president screwed up here. Check out the official White House video (!):
I'll be watching the Boston media watch the Boston election this evening and posting updates at Twitter (twitter.com/reillyadam).
But I have just one pair of eyes and ears. So please: if anything strikes you about tonight's coverage, feel free to weigh in with a comment here.
The Globe* and Boston Sports Media Watch already noted this, but it bears mentioning nonetheless: Comcast Sports Net is joining the ongoing Boston-sports-media arms race in earnest, launching what it's dubbing "New England's deepest sports desk."
The press release follows. Here's my question for any voracious sports-media consumers out there: Right now, what's your first stop for sports news/commentary/vide? And do you see Comcast's gambit changing that at all?
Last week, on the "Beat the Press" installment of WGBH's "Greater Boston," I suggested that the Christian Science Monitor's transition to a web-based model--with a weekly print edition replacing the daily paper--had been eased by the CSM's religious affiliation. More specifically, I argued that Christian Scientists* would be more likely to pay for a new weekly incarnation of the publication founded by Mary Baker Eddy than, say, your average Globe reader would be if the Globe made a similar leap.
Anybody else waste a significant amount of time on the GL this morning? I was stuck at Park Street for a good half hour, but it sounded like some people had been there quite a bit longer.
And I'm serious about the aforementioned question. There may well be a worse subway (or subway line) out there. I just don't know what it is.
And then make up your own mind, because we won't tell you who to vote for.
Credit the paper for disclosure, though--"intervening to assist this newspaper refinance [sic] to survive the current economic downturn" is cited as one of Boston Mayor Tom Menino's noteworthy achievements.
Earlier: why the Banner didn't endorse in the mayoral prelim.
Granted, a new survey from Western New England College Polling Institute doesn't use this language. But that's the gist.
Consider: between October 18 and 22, 468 registered voters were asked to weigh in on the race to replace Ted Kennedy. 368 of these were registered Democrats and independents eligible to vote in the Democratic primary on December 8.
Word came earlier today that former T head Dan Grabauskas has a new gig at MassINC, the nonpartisan organization that publishes CommonWealth magazine.
Given Grabuaskas's resume, it's no wonder that MassINC made him its first-ever senior fellow for public policy. But what about that whole "nonpartisan" thing? After all, not too long ago, Grabauskas was engaged in a very public battle with the Patrick Administration and its then-transportation secretary, Jim Aloisi, whose spat with Grabauskas may have helped cost him his job
In this week's Phoenix, I size up the ongoing feud between Herald columnist Howie Carr and "Ernie Boch, III," his mysterious Blue Mass. Group-based tormentor. (Note: EB3, as he's frequently called, is no relation to car magnate Ernie Boch, Jr.) In the process, I argue that Carr doesn't really seem to understand his nemesis--and that, despite some strong ideological and biographical differences between the two, there are some noteworthy similarities as well.
Some things to ponder in the wake of today's news that the New York Times Co. won't be selling the Boston Globe after all (Herald story here, Globe story here, entire memo to follow):
1. Given the speed with which the Times Co. decided to reject the bids assembled by Steve Taylor and Platinum, it seems--at least from the outside--like not a lot of deliberation was required.
As reported earlier today by Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch, there are some big changes afoot at the Globe's sports desk--including the hiring of Albert Breer from the Sporting News to replace Mike Reiss; Adam Kilgore moving from Red Sox to Patriots coverage; Chris Gasper taking over Tony Massarotti's online-columnist slot; and Julian Benbow moving to the Celtics beat.
Until today, I thought Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was just a gratuitous European swipe at the Bush Administration.
But now I know better, thanks to Herald columnist Howie Carr, who today identifies the Nobel as the race-based handout it really is:
Barack is a guy who was born on third base and thinks he hit a
The Globe story of the moment is the (possibly) impending sale of the paper--but mounting resistance to a new, high-cost health plan among the members of the paper's biggest union is a noteworthy subplot.
Earlier this afternoon, a letter went out from more than 100 employees to publisher Steve Ainsley. They're asking management to restore a "significant portion" of $1.
In which I discuss how some of Mormonism's darker undercurrents have shaped the Fox News phenomenon--and explain why that's bad for Mormons in general and Mitt Romney in particular. Please check it out.