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  • December 02, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    I never met Karen Gelzinis, the wife of Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis. But judging from the obituaries in today's Globe and Sunday's Herald, she was a remarkable woman who touched a lot of lives. Here's a representative anecdote from the Globe piece:

    [Peter Gelzinis] said his wife's standing sometimes helped his own career.

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  • November 24, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Sarah Palin and Boston city councilor Chuck Turner probably don't agree on much, but they're definitely united in their low regard for the Fourth Estate.

    At a press conference this afternoon on City Hall Plaza, Turner--who was recently arrested on a federal bribery charge--seemed angrier at the press than at law enforcement or City Council president Maureen Feeney, who stripped Turner of his committee chairmanships last week and then scheduled a meeting today at which Turner's fate on the council was going to be decided.

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  • November 21, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    The Herald's Hillary Chabot reports that--according to US Att'y Michael Sullivan--the corruption investigation that's already snagged state senator Dianne Wilkerson and Boston city councilor Chuck Turner won't be implicating the governor, Boston mayor Tom Menino, or any members of the state legislature. But Sullivan seems to leave the door open for more city councilors taking a hit.

  • October 27, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    I actually thought the Herald was being fairly tough on Barack Obama, what with its endorsement of John McCain and covers like this:

    But no, the Herald is just another media outfit in the tank for the Democrat. NewsBusters says so, so it must be true.

  • October 07, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Just got my hands on one now, and here's my reaction: never mind Joe Fitzgerald's moanings--the new, outsourced, Chicopee-printed Herald looks about 100 percent better than its predecessor.

    If you have today's and yesterday's Heralds handy, put the two side by side. Tuesday's Herald has vivid color and crisp images throughout.

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  • August 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Earlier today, I argued that today's Herald cover story--which suggested that the DNC hadn't helped Barack Obama's presidential campaign--was "premature" and a "botched job." Now that I've read Dan Kennedy's analysis of recent Gallup Daily polls, I'd be inclined to use harsher language.
  • August 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    In today's Boston Herald cover story, reporter Hillary Chabot writes:

    Barack Obama’s divided and poorly timed convention has given him no boost in tracking polls, leaving him in danger of trailing Republican John McCain by the time the GOP conclave ends next week....

    Polls showing McCain holding down Obama in the polls despite the nationally televised convention, and no bounce from Obama’s long-awaited running mate pick - an event that pollsters say ususally draws at least a two-percentage point gain.

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  • August 27, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    In today’s Boston Herald, columnist Margery Eagan touches on an interesting point:

    This mess just won’t end.

    And if it doesn’t end soon--like today--the Democrats will lose in November. Again.

    The mess I refer to? Hillary supporters’ continued up-the-ante demands for respect and validation, for hurt feelings to be soothed, voices to be heard, etc.


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  • August 26, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Time really does heal all wounds. Twenty years ago, after Ted Kennedy helped pass legislation that forced Rupert Murdoch to sell the Boston Herald, the paper smacked the senator in a front-page editorial that read, in part: "Kennedy's attitude seems to be: 'To hell with the political process, to hell with the First Amendment, to hell with my integrity, and to hell with The Herald and its readers.

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  • August 14, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    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.

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  • July 30, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    A strong case can be made for today's effort. First, there's the "Crockefeller" headline, which is just perfect. Then there's the main image. At first, it seems attention-grabbing but somewhat random. Then, though, you read the caption and understand: here's an actual photo of "Clark Rockefeller" acting--which he's been doing his entire life.

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  • July 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Granted, my look at coverage of Jim Marzilli and mental illness in general is no longer "hot off the presses." But it was fairly recently! So please: take a look if you haven't already.

  • June 25, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    In a post yesterday, I implied that the Boston Globe was the first to report the Herald's big upcoming wave of layoffs. In fact, the Boston Business Journal got there first--last Friday, to be precise. My apologies.

  • May 21, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    On the April 25 installment of Beat the Press, in a segment on recent departures from the Boston Globe, ex-Globie Mike Barnicle had some harsh words for the New York Times Co., which owns the paper. He described the Times Co. as "journalistic car strippers." And he accused the Times Co. of turning the Globe into "the Herald with more people."

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  • May 16, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    As Dan Kennedy notes, today's much-aniticipated apology/explanation from John Tomase totally avoids the role Tomase's editors played in getting his bogus-Patriots-videotaping story into print. So I asked Herald editor Kevin Convey, who's usually pretty forthcoming, if he could discuss that subject.

    "I'm going to take a rare pass," Convey said.

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