It’s impossible to altogether cease from hammering the Boston Globe and others for their awful marijuana coverage. It’s not necessarily all negative, or ignorant, or prohibitionist–at least not all at once–but what almost always sucks about their subjective news and aimless op-eds is how they’re of such zero consequence, little more than hollow screeds comprised of tired dinner table rants and old anti-reefer cliches. Speaking of which, Globe stud Tom Keane, the paper’s undisputed king of columns that say absolutely nothing, got ready for 4.20 last week with a bomb dubbed “Boston’s pot pushback” about Mayor Marty Walsh’s stance on cannabis. A few notes on Keane’s masterpiece:
- It includes not one but two joint-rolling puns, with “the inevitable roll-out of medical marijuana” followed further down by “marijuana has been on a roll (so to speak).” So to speak, we’re guessing Keane ripped both those lines out of a disgruntled conservative high school student’s private diary.
- Also check this clever and amusing parenthetical: “A few scandals ensued (no one is surprised, right?) but the upshot appeared to be that Boston would be getting at least two dispensaries.”
- There’s a part where Keane, like a student who reminds their teacher to give homework, advises on potential “loopholes” through which Walsh might continue to thwart the will of voters: “Boston could put the dispensaries on hold while it studies them further. It can use its nearly unbridled control over permitting and zoning to make sure that a proposed dispensary somehow just never passes muster. Delaying things long enough is really just as good as banning them outright.” How noble. How democratic.
- We are, however, happy Keane at least acknowledged us: “I’ve noticed over the last few years–coinciding, interestingly enough, with decriminalization in 2008–that pot smoking has become more pervasive and public.” You’re damn right it is.
Without being so crass as to implicate outlets by name, we’d just like to note how utterly disgraceful we found at least 26.2 percent of bombing anniversary and marathon coverage (though it was impressive how the Boston Herald devised several dozen variations of the headline “Meb Won The Marathon For All Of Us”). From incessant cheerleading to the entirely unnecessary minute after minute check-ins from the finish line, it took some joy out of what was otherwise a genuine triumph. At its ugliest, the endless gushing spun way out of control and into extra bad embarrassing territory, as some television news hairdos sloppily butchered the names of victims. We don’t think it was intentional, but at some point, shouting pandering nothings deep into the Boston Strong echo chamber is a journalistic crime all on its own. Finally, don’t forget to visit Thrillist’s list of “21 Things You Have To Explain To Out Of Towners About Boston,” and to tell them to go fuck themselves in the comments.
The following sentences actually ran in a publication. Some editor, some writer, somewhere thought this was acceptable in some way or another. Do whatever it takes to ease the pain this may inflict on your intellectual spirit, but we recommend downing two shots of Jameson for every shameless product placement and a beer for every mention of a nitwit who effectively led countless stupid parents to deprive their kids of basic vaccinations. Raise your reading glasses …
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg just announced that they are engaged to be married on her talk show The View! “Turn on #theview It’s gonna be a goooood one. : )” the 41-year-old entertainer host tweeted that morning.
Earlier today (April 16), Jenny got a Sally Hansen Manicure, where she showed off her huge engagement ring – see the pics below! Donnie also followed up with, “Dropping by @theviewtv to visit my girl…” on his Twitter account.
The couple made their first red carpet appearance together back in August at the Dancing with the Stars Charity Event. Congratulations to Jenny and Donnie on the wonderful news! We can’t wait to find out wedding details!
In plugging his recent screed about Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teenager tragically caught in the Massachusetts healthcare bureaucracy, Herald columnist Michael Graham tweeted (along with a link to his personal site, where you can then click through to his original Herald gem): “Dear #mapoli media: How is this NOT a news story? … #FreeJustina.” Since it turns out just about every mainstream outlet from here to New York City has been on the Pelletier beat, we answered Graham’s question below with an abridged list of coverage he should probably peruse before hurling more baseless red meat to his insultingly simple legionnaires …
Plus about a million gutless conservative sites that, like Graham, do a whole lot more complaining that the story isn’t being covered than anything else.
[Media Farm is wrangled weekly by DigBoston News+Features Editor Chris Faraone]