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Greatest Hits: Whitey Bulger found ... in the Boston Phoenix archives
Last night in Santa Monica, CA, the 16-year-long manhunt for South Boston Irish mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger came to an end. The 81-year-old Bulger...
| June 23, 2011
Masters of Suspense: Tales from the Crime Scene
Johnny Martorano. Whitey Bulger. The Boston Strangler. The Craigslist Killer. What do they have in common? All are the subjects of true-crime books from...
| April 08, 2011
| December 31, 2010
Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?
Amanda Palmer = Stephen King?Behold the Internet's latest triumph of cultural appropriation: I Write Like. The website, founded by a 27-year-old Russian software programmer named...
| July 20, 2010
Howie Carr: When It Comes To Non-Sequiturs, No Washed Up Columnist Does It Better
The more I get into Alex Zaitchik's excellent Glenn Beck expose, Common Nonsense, the more I've been thinking about Boston's pathetic second tier gasbag, Howie...
| June 09, 2010
WPRO swaps two big personalities
Talk-radio listeners could be forgiven for wondering if WPRO sprung a bit too far forward this week when Buddy Cianci's show begun airing at 2 pm instead of the usual 10 am.
| March 19, 2010
Scott Brown to DC: Why the sudden rush?
At this point, it seems, absolutely no one is disputing that Scott Brown was, at first, totally cool with being sworn in to the US...
| February 04, 2010
Thugs and goons: Howie Carr explains--updated!
Yesterday, the Herald's Howie Carr suggested that the Boston Globe had described Scott Brown's 1.1 million supporters as "thugs" and machete-wielding "goons." Now--after trying and...
| February 04, 2010
Wanted: thugs and goons (with machetes)
In today's Herald, Howie Carr calls for Scott Brown to be seated immediately in the US Senate--and accuses the Boston Globe of smearing Brown and...
| February 03, 2010
Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition
Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
| December 25, 2009
Battle of the Bulger
Earlier this fall, with almost no fanfare, Beverly-based Commonwealth Editions published a new biography of Boston's archetypal politician — James Michael Curley: A Short Biography with Personal Reminiscences — written by former Massachusetts Senate pr
Former Mass. Sen. Pres. William Bulger defends James Michael Curley's legacy — and his own
| December 18, 2009
Beam and Carr: playing the gender card so Coakley doesn't have to
Suppose you're still weighing who to vote for in next week's Democratic US Senate primary--and then you read this, courtesy of the Globe's Alex Beam:Martha...
| December 02, 2009
IBEW pressures Stop & Shop
Folks driving past suburban Stop & Shop locations this week might wonder why laborers are suddenly concerned about food safety.
Power Play Dept.
| November 27, 2009
The importance of being Ernie
Media feuds don’t come any nastier than the metastasizing spat between Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr and one “Ernie Boch III,” the pseudonymous blogger at the liberal Web site Blue Mass. Group. (Note: the blogger is no relation to the car dealer.)
What drives Howie Carr’s anonymous tormentor?
| October 16, 2009
New in the Phoenix: Howie Carr vs. "Ernie Boch III"--with exclusive interview!
In this week's Phoenix, I size up the ongoing feud between Herald columnist Howie Carr and "Ernie Boch, III," his mysterious Blue Mass. Group-based...
| October 15, 2009
Herald's Carr: Obama Nobel a race-based handout
Until today, I thought Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was just a gratuitous European swipe at the Bush Administration.But now I know better, thanks to...
| October 11, 2009
Even knowledgeable City Hall insiders know they're better off scratching lotto tickets than wagering on Boston politics.
Handicapping the 15-headed horse race that is Boston's at-large City Council election
| August 14, 2009
Yoon or Flaherty
Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| August 14, 2009
Howie Carr: Obama reminds me of malt liquor
From today's Herald:Actually, now that I consider Barack and beer, the first brand that comes to mind is Schlitz Malt Liquor, especially when Obama gets...
| July 29, 2009
Howie Carr's class complex
Be sure to take a look at Dan Kennedy's deconstruction of today's Howie Carr column. As ...
| June 16, 2009
Herald identifies bad kids
That group includes 14-24 year olds who "lack basic skills"; are parents or are about to becom...
| May 29, 2009
Fascism in the eye of the beholder
You claim that Dick Cheney was George W. Bush’s number-one thug. But I would argue that Bush was Cheney ’s thug.
Letters to the Boston editor, May 22, 2009
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| May 22, 2009
Aiden Quinn used to be a woman. Now he's a man. It's a titillating detail — but is it news?
When a person in the center of a media maelstrom has had a sex change, is it fair game for the press?
| May 22, 2009
New in the Phoenix: Howie Carr's February surprise
In which I discuss the WRKO-AM host's unexpected bond with former WHDH-TV anchor Randy Price. Plus, ...
| February 19, 2009
Howie's gay love-in!
Wait, lemme get this straight: Was that Howie Carr — who's known for accompanying on-air references to homosexuality with a crude audio approximation of gay sex — happily schmoozing with guest Randy Price this past week?
Carr plays nice with Randy Price. Plus, the Globe's tough new Kennedy bio defies expectations.
| February 18, 2009
A fat, glossy, unexpected love letter to Obama
Quick: guess which Boston paper is marking Barack Obama's win with a 32-page glossy publication, tit...
| January 21, 2009
There is such a thing as a stupid question
| October 29, 2008
Question 2 supporters claim Massachusetts district attorneys committed “at least 15 violations of Massachusetts campaign-finance and election laws” in the runup to the marijuana-decriminalization vote.
The political fight over a November marijuana-reform ballot question has sparked a Battle of the Bong
| September 24, 2008
Who is Jim Marzilli, exactly? Is he a predatory letch? Or is he a deeply troubled man who needs to be kept from harassing women — but also from hurting himself?
Media coverage of a State House sex scandal reveals the pitfalls of reporting on mental illness
| July 23, 2008
AG should probe BPL
Political innocents who discount allegations that Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is politicizing the Boston Public Library’s board of trustees so that he can directly control the nation’s oldest free municipal library received a rude awakening recently.
Supposedly ‘independent’ trustees receive city funds. Why Birmingham rather than Bulger for the top job?
| July 23, 2008
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