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We MassPoliticalProfs tweet our blog posts on Twitter and look to the site for political goings-on. It’s often productive, we have some good exchanges with smart and passionate political partisans, we learn things from journalists, and it’s fun. Sometimes though the sheer idiocy displayed on Twitter is mind-boggling; Wednesday was one of those days.
In 1807 Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend who asked his opinion of newspapers and answered: “I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors.”
I thought of Jefferson’s words yesterday upon reading a column by Joe Battenfeld in the Boston Herald. According to Battenfeld, Ed Markey Needs to Step Up His Game . . . or Else.
You have to have some sympathy for the state’s politically conservative newspaper, the Boston Herald. Keeping up the spirits of its readership is tough. Today’s Front page story (which is actually an op-ed) is illustrative. It reports that Massachusetts Dems are fearful of Scott Brown as a potential candidate for John Kerry’s seat, but are even “more” afraid of Brown as as gubernatorial candidate in 2014.
I like to scan polls for information that is given inadequate attention in the media but with five polls out in a week I’m staying busy. A few thoughts on the three polls out since my Tuesday post: WBUR/MassInc Polling Group, Suffolk/7News, and UMass Lowell/Boston Herald. The first two show Warren ahead, the Herald has Brown in the lead; in all cases there is little space between the candidates.
The intellectual rigor and integrity of George Will columns have deteriorated in the last few years, but his latest effort to “analyse” the Brown-Warren Senate race (“Diversity deceit may do in Warren” published in the Boston Herald) is such transparently partisan nonsense that I am sure he will look back on it with fright, and soon.
Nothing happened, right on schedule. So much for the Democratic debate for the U.S. Senate seat, sponsored by the Boston Herald and UMass Lowell.