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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ho-hummer

Excuse me, but wasn't it about a month ago that we were brimming with anticipation over an historic race to fill a US senate vacated by the death of a liberal lion?

Granted we are approaching a Boston mayoral election where the incumbent's over-under is 16 percentage points. But what about the rest of the state that doesn't live and die by the outcome of Mumbles v. Floon?

Watching paint dry is a more active pastime than Senate race coverage. Bob Burr dropped out of the GOP race yesterday. You may well so "who?" He's the guy who couldn't come up with 10,000 signatures.

On TV, we continue to be treated every few minutes to the sight of Steve "Money Pags" Pagliuca telling us about his mother and father and his pride in helping to restore the Celtics glory.

OK, but where do you stand on Afghanistan? Or the public option? And I might ask the same question of Martha Coakley, if only she would stop to answer questions.

I know circulation and viewership is down and so is staffing, but is it really impossible to cover both the mayoral race that affects about 600,000 people and the Senate primaries that affects the remaining 6 million of us?

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're asking for the media to work its collective butt off, something it doesn't do anymore. It doesn't go out and actually cover stories. It stays inside the comfy confines of the newsroom, where it's warm and cuddly.

The same thing goes for the sales people. Seriously, why make a face-to-face sales call, when you can just pick up the phone?

Don't you know, talking to people in person costs money? Mileage and few other expenses. Maybe coffee.

The media wants everything spoon fed to them. And the crux of the problem is that they EXPECT! to be fed any and all information they require for their stories.

Today's issues facing the electorate require good reporting. That means working your butt off to get the news. It's not impossible to gather up this information, as you ask.

But it takes something many people in the media lack today -- ambition!

October 20, 2009 12:20 PM  
Anonymous Stav said...

You know I saw something that politically-speaking was pretty amazing last night (Monday). Over 500 women voters spent and hour and half with Alan Khazei. The guy filled the Cyclorama on an event he planed last week!

And you know what? He had thoughtful answers for every question. But, at the end no one had asked about Afghanistan. So he said that before he left he would like to address the most important question no one had asked and went into a very good five minute piece on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I noticed on NECN that Coakley was able to attract six women to her event the same day. Most people have never heard of Khazei, but I would wager most people don't think much of Coakley either. I think this race will not turn out the way the media "experts" believe.

October 20, 2009 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will some reporter ask Coakley what she had to promise the SEIU to get their endorsement?

October 21, 2009 5:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try actually reading the Herald - it has had multiple stories on Pags, Coakley and Capuano all week. The Herald has been dogging Coakley relentlessly about her campaign financing - a legit issue in a short race.

October 21, 2009 12:32 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Um, Anon 12:32, trying actually reading the post and clicking through on the links. You would have seen the Herald story about here not stopping for questions. OK, so maybe it's only a link to my previous post that links to and comments on the Herald's efforts.

And I've seen the standard campaign coverage stuff -- spending, junkets. What I want is some substance n where candidates stand on issues.

October 22, 2009 5:10 AM  

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