Our ‘Beat The Press Party’ Bakeoff

This week’s edition of the Great Boston MediaWatch Dogfight features an interesting contrast in coverage by the local news media of Aaron Hernandez’s alleged murder spree.

Start with the Underdog Press Party, which promoted itself, as usual, in Friday’s Boston Herald:

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The Wayne’s World webcast had this take on the Hernandez rumpus. (The Herald has yet to haul itself into the YouTube era.) The Press Party panelists mostly focused on the news-media race to be first, but did mention that the press needs to do a better job covering violent crime in the black community.

Crosstown at WGBH, Big Dog broadcast program Beat the Press addressed the Hernandez media kerfuffle this way (via – welcome to 2005, ‘GBH! – YouTube):


Here the emphasis was mostly on the media’s double standard about which murders get covered and why.

Conclusion: It’s good to live in a two-Media Watchdog town.

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