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  •  People forget that the Swift Boat Liars for Bush (6+ / 0-)

    always had a welcomed place in the Boston Globe's pages.

    They didn't go to the Herald, they went to the Globe. They knew that if the Globe put them forward, they would have credibility they wouldn't have if they broke in the trashy local wingnut tabloid. Each and every time John Kerry ran for re-election for his Senate seat, the Swifties reared their ugly heads in the local liberal paper of record.

    The Herald Op/Ed page would follow up, as would local wingnut talk radio, and use the Fox News style rhetoric and headlines before Fox News even existed, but the stories had heft and seriousness because of where they were born in those races they rose up in.

    People think of the Globe as the liberal paper and the Herald as the wingnut rag, but sometimes the Herald couldn't do what it does without an assist from the local non-wingnut press engaging in credibility washing Movement Conservatism's bad faith and ratfucking.

    After the absolute failure of the Boston Herald's Elizabeth Warren smear campain about her native American heritage, we are back to the old game.

    If all the Herald-driven and spawned smears about Warren began in the Globe, they have more traction and more seriousness. In Boston and in the Beltway.

    Markey’s Malden water bills suggest he is there infrequently, paying only the monthly minimum for service. Mortgage documents on his two homes tell an ambiguous tale, with both homes listed at various points as his primary residences. House records show that he and his staff have spent less annually from his official budget on travel over the last four years than any of the state’s other House members, which could suggest he travels back to his district less often. budget on travel over the last four years than any of the state’s other House members, which could suggest he travels back to his district less often.

    At the same time, longtime neighbors in Malden, and local politicians, say Markey is part of their community and is active in using his position to push local development and public works projects. The question has never become a big enough problem to prompt a strong electoral opponent, a further indication that it may not be viewed as a major concern to those in his district.

    There is no rule or law that dictates how much time a congressman must live in his or her home district. House members typically leave their families in their districts during the week and return when House business concludes Thursday evening. But in recent decades, the pressure on lawmakers to live in their hometowns has increased.

    Teach the Controversy classic. This is some seriously 'some people say' lazy shit. Which is not surprising, because the Right needs to find a water-carrier and they found theirs.

    What has always troubled me is how easy it is for the Rove/Atwater crowd to find somebody at the Globe to help them do it. The Warren smears wouldn't have had the racist Archie Bunker "Prairie Pocahontas" headlines and rhetoric, but they would have been taken more seriously by the beltway if they had been a creature of the Globe and not the Herald.

    Ed Markey will be the next Senator from Massachusetts, I sincerely believe that.

    But it's aggravating and troubling that, even after the Bush era, the Boston Globe will play 'report the controvery' ball with ratfuckers and bad faith Republicans.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 04:48:07 PM PST

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