Gabrielle Gurley interviews Herald Editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca on everything from the paper's leanings ("populist," he insists, not conservative) to the future of online to the new columnist brought in to make the paper a bit hipper.
The cable news network today suspended Keith Olbermann for making campaign donations to three Democratic candidates last month.
This contrasts with the Herald's Howie Carr. In addition to speaking at and hosting Republican fundraisers this year, the columnist last month gave $100 to Wellesley state Rep. candidate Royall Switzler, according to records on file at the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
Mike Ball considers the case of the now convicted city councilor, concludes Chuck Turner fell victim to his own myth:
He has long been great on bluster as well as leveraging his race, age, class and whatever tools he finds lying around. Unfortunately the 70-year-old Harvard grad has often done so without those messy facts or provable details.
John Carroll calls unnecessary roughing.
Ed. note: The Herald has changed the story, but you can still see the original headline by looking at the URL (same as you can here when I change a headline).
The not-yet-one-term at-large city councilor is already fundraising for next year's election, with a little help from the Herald. In a fundraising e-mail today, the Arroyo campaign dourly warns:
... Now he is under attack from the right wing media for keeping his promise to us. Their goal is obvious: stop Felix's momentum right now so that he does not win re-election in 2011. ...
Back in the day, newspapers had employees who would check for "adjacencies" like this, because they knew the advertisers would refuse to pay for their ads. Looks like Pat Purcell owes Aer Lingus a do-over.
Tip o' the scally cap to the actual Herald reader who forwarded this.
The Herald reports today that Geoffrey's, which started out in the Back Bay and South End and then moved to Roslindale, is planning a second outlet, back in the Back Bay. Or as the Herald proclaims:
Geoffrey's Cafe preps for return to Hub
Got your attention, no?
The Boston Herald is rolling out a new feature on its website, this Friday.
The Friday Throwdown will be a unique, weekly event taking place in our Herald Square community. Each week, Boston Herald editors will select a topic for discussion on the Friday Throwdown. The topic will be posted on the web for readers to debate in a live chat, Fridays between 12 and 1. And we don't expect to host a bow-tie ironing party. We want to see sparks fly!
And, what are they suggesting as topics?
Earlier this week, you may recall, Boston Police asked newspaper distributors to remove their boxes from areas where hopped-up Celtics revelers/mourners might be tempted to use them to put holes in plate-glass windows.
I wish I could figure out why the Boston Herald prints letters to the editor which are so mind-numbingly stupid that they leave the reader agape, his jaw dropped so far that it spills his morning coffee.
This morning's chestnut was Harry Shuris of Winchester, who derided the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission for, um, doing its job by recalling a novelty chair decorated with lead paint. He offered the following "proof" of why this shouldn't matter:
Both the big local dailies wrote about an IRS processing center in Andover over the weekend. See if you can guess which paper wrote which story:
The Herald finds a way.
A member of the band, that is, not the city, over Inside Track coverage of Brad Delp's suicide. Dan Kennedy rounds up the coverage.
The Herald takes a dim view of everything the Boston City Council has ever proposed, or something. Yeah, Steve Murphy's idea to stop roofies with sippy-cup lids was completely nuts, but that was three years ago, not this "season," as the Herald implies. How dare Rob Consalvo "take inspiration from Governing magazine." What a maroon!
The Herald didn't get invited to a press conference at which Northeastern announced the end of football, so the Herald is retaliating by refusing to cover Huskies sports, including the successful basketball team.
Adam Reilly surveys reaction to the Herald's shocking revelation that Amy Bishop played Dungeons and Dragons as a teen, just like Mucko McDermott and, um, Curt Schilling. He awaits the Herald's discovery of a third murderous D&D player, because as any ink-stained wretch knows, it's not officially a trend without three examples.