Monthly Archives: March 2010

How Many Mitt Romneys Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin (Part One)?

Even before ObamaCare squck through Capitol Hill, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts Is My Best Punchline) was furiously moonwalking away from RomneyCare, the virtually identical healthcare reform legislation Romney signed into law four years ago. Now that ObamaCare has passed, … Continue reading

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Grand Old Party Animals

The Michael Steele wing of the Republican Party has opened up a family-size can of worms. Via the New York Times The Caucus blog: R.N.C. Dismisses Aide Over Outing to Club A Republican Party spokesman said Monday evening that a … Continue reading

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Campaign Outsider Outstanding Warrants (2)

Our post about NPR’s new language guidelines when referring to abortion rights supporters and opponents generated this auto-reply: Dear John, Thank you for contacting the Office of the Ombudsman at NPR. Every message is read by Ombudsman Alicia Shepard and her … Continue reading

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Campaign Outsider Outstanding Warrants (1)

Cambridge Chronicle editor David Harris sent this thoughtful reply to our post, Cambridge Chronicle Unfair To State Senate Candidates? Thanks for raising a reasonable question. To start, I think you need a little context. This is a blog post. It … Continue reading

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Rhyme-onyms

First: I yield to no man in my respect and affection for my students at Boston University. Second: During my five years as a mass communication professor at BU, I’ve noticed a grammatical phenomenon in the writing of said students. … Continue reading

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The Great Pete Rose/Bud Harrelson Dustup

Marty Lederhandler died last Thursday. Via the Boston Globe: Marty Lederhandler, an Associated Press photographer who captured on film every US president from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton, covered the D-day landing in 1944, and climaxed a 66-year career with … Continue reading

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Deval Patrick’s MisStart

Very nice segment on Saturday’s All Things Considered in which Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick talked about donating his father Pat’s musical archive to the Berklee College of Music. Over the course of his career, Pat Patrick accompanied many jazz greats: John … Continue reading

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Cambridge Chronicle Unfair To State Senate Candidates?

Chris Moyer (an excellent former student of mine who now resides in – good lord! – Las Vegas) sent along this e-misssive the other day: I came across a posting on the Cambridge Chronicle website that’s right up your (blog’s) … Continue reading

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It’s Good To Live In A Two-Newspaper Town (Maddow As Hell Edition)

Friday’s Boston Globe featured a full-page open letter from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow about . . . well, just read it: The Friday Globe failed to actually report on the dustup, but the Boston Herald – Tabloids Rule! – ran … Continue reading

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NPR You Serious?

I meant to mention this last night before I got caught up in Muskie-mania. Newsflash! NPR Changes Abortion Language. National Public Radio ombudsman Alicia Shepard wrote this week about a “lively debate” among NPR editors concerning the use of the … Continue reading

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