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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Mad Hatters of Herald Square

The Tea Party Newsletter, formerly known as the Boston Herald, has really outdone itself this morning.

While 10th District congressional candidate Jeff Perry faces the public wrath of a woman whose real tale of an improper strip search he failed to stop as a police officer, the Herald leads the paper with the alleged tale of woe of Barney Frank "digging deep into his own pocket to bail out his campaign, even as his rival taps Wall Street bigwigs."

If not for Margery Eagan's own opinions, the Perry story would be virtually invisible to readers of the paper that allegedly fends for the little guy.

The Mad Hatters of Herald Square seem to be reveling in the fact that Frank's current fund-raising efforts trail that of Conservative Heart Throb Sean Bielat, who has had a good run at collecting out-of-state money for his challenge to Frank.

On the surface, Bielat indeed seems to be following the path walked by Scott Brown in his January win over Martha Coakley. But the Herald doesn't like to skim below the surface.

For starters, Frank hasn't followed Coakley's lead of sitting on a lead, running positive TV ads with the $1 million-plus campaign fund he has already amassed and appearing in all corners of the sprawling district. Yes, he's even put his legendary sharp tongue on pause.

And if Frank is the alleged hand maiden of Wall Street, why are financial "bigwigs" spending cash to defeat him?

While I see occasional Bielat law signs and rush hour standouts, I also don't see much beyond rhetoric from the ex-Marine, including a never-substantiated claim he was only 10 points down.

The journalistic standards on display in today's Herald story wouldn't pass muster in most college classes.

Neither would the news judgment displayed in virtually ignoring (Associated Press story) a now adult woman publicly recounting for the first time what happened in a Wareham cranberry bog that night in 1991 when Sgt. Jeff Perry ignored the actions of his partner, actions that led to a prison term.
“He had to hear me screaming and crying,’’ said Lisa Allen, who released the statement to the Globe through her lawyer. “Instead of helping me, Jeff Perry denied anything happened.’’
The fact the Crimestopper's Special was beaten on the story by the Globe -- and failed to try to match it -- speaks volumes. But I guess they were too busy manufacturing a nice tale about Barney Frank.

Or they decided that Perry's Great Conservative Hope campaign was taking on serious water as a results of what happened in the bog 19 years ago.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, they always say the the best defense is a good offense. So, if their candidate Perry is under a dark cloud, the best defense is to go on offense, change the subject and try to attack someone else, in this case Barney Frank. Just how does that address the Perry question?

October 21, 2010 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks you for this reasonably stated criticism of The Herald malpractice of journalism.

Joe is a disgrace. You had the class not to mention him by name.

October 21, 2010 9:25 AM  

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