But the Boston Herald’s coverage of Amorello’s alleged drunken demolition derby this past weekend has been swift and excessively harsh.
Start with Monday’s front-page screamer, “HOWIE CARR ON FAT MATT’S FOLLIES” – a headline that actually minimizes the public safety hazard Amorello represented in his personal and automotive crack-up. Regardless, Carr’s column predictably pinpoints Amorello’s place in the firmament of the Bay State Solon Hall of Shame (Whiskey Wing).
Then there’s today’s mugshot mugging in the Herald:
Matt Amorello’s mug puts Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Snooki to shame
Perhaps there is no such thing as a flattering mug shot – just ask Mel Gibson, Nick Nolte or Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi – but Matt Amorello, the former Big Dig Boss, brings the art to a new low.
Sporting stubble and a scrape on his forehead, a passed-out Amorello had his face held up by an officer during his booking for OUI Saturday in the shocking photo.
Those photos pretty much speak for themselves, and what they say is profoundly pathetic. Do we really need snarky annotations?
Amorello’s brother Christopher told the Boston Globe, “I’m not going to defend what happened this weekend, but it’s not newsworthy.”
It is – whether the subject of the story was the former Big Dig chief or a former fast-food chef.
But it’s one thing to report a story.
It’s something else to revel in it.