Our ‘Beat the Press Party’ Bakeoff (To Half and Half Not Edition)

This week’s installment of the Great Boston MediaWatch Dogfight has more than its share of headcratchers.

Start, as always with the Underdog: the Boston Herald’s Press Party. The Wayne’s World webcast weighed in on the Jared Remy Saga a week late (they missed it when it actually happened), along with the risks for journalists covering international conflicts and press reaction to Scott Brown’s claim that he might run for president.

Regarding that last one, the Partyniks were especially bothered by the “pundints” who dismissed Brown out of hand.

Exhibit A from guest host Jacklyn Cashman: this tweet by Business Insider’s Josh Barro.

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Cashman said, “Critics seem to forget that Pres. Obama also started testing the waters as a half-term Senator. I don’t seem to remember the same sort of skepticism toward him.”

As one splendid reader has noted, the Barro tweet is “clearly a sarcastic putdown” of Brown critics who claim he’s unqualified to be president. But the Partyniks were 100% irony-deficient on this topic. Another said, “Everybody is so focused on Brown in the first place to want to prop him up as a presidential candidates and then immediately knock him down.”

Wait – wasn’t it the Herald that plastered Brown all over the front page last week?  What’s this everybody?

Crosstown at Big Dog WGBH, Beat the Press . . . well, not sure what they did since there’s no show posted from last Friday.

This just in: Redoubtable BTPer Dan Kennedy tells us the Beatniks have taken a couple of weeks off. So the hardbaking staff will follow suit. See you after Labor Day.

 

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3 Responses to Our ‘Beat the Press Party’ Bakeoff (To Half and Half Not Edition)

  1. Laurence Glavin says:

    Of course I remember hearing Barro’s “putdown” of then-Senator Obama made by many people in 2007 and 2008. But he had also been a Senior Lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, and a counsel at the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Galland in Chicago. Scott Brown had served in public office but mainly as a back-bencher in the Massachusetts Legislature and a lawyer in the National Guard. Obama’s CV therefore was a step or two up from Brown’s.

  2. Curmudgeon says:

    Big Dog has been on vacation since the funny guy in the dark-colored shirts with a sarcastic wit left the show.

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