Those are Jon Keller’s words for Deval Patrick’s performance to the media with regard to CaddyGate, DrapeGate, and let’s not forget FirstLadyGate.
Actually, I think they apply pretty well to the local press’s performance, including Keller.
Harping on the Governor’s choice of car or drapes, or even whether he’s decided to consolidate some roles and have someone be a chief of staff for the first lady, doesn’t help any child get a better education; doesn’t help the uninsured get health care; doesn’t help close a $1 billion deficit bequeathed on us by the previous administration; doesn’t keep kids safe on the street; doesn’t help, period.
All of the local media geniuses who have smelled blood on the caddy stuff need to get a clue, and start focusing on things that matter. This is page B3 stuff at best. Media outlets aren’t struggling just because of their business model; they’re struggling because they’ve abdicated their vitality and relevance, and become just as focused on gossipy crap like the DeVille, or whether Scott Brown has a potty-mouth, or whatever. “Political News” on local TV has largely become Reality TV. The Chief Executive has become the Chief Celebrity — ooh, will he shave his head? And let’s just put on the table the obvious racial subtext to all of this: Deval as Pimp. Some folks got that point loud and clear.
How, for instance, can this possibly be getting bigger play than the continued incompetence of the state DNA lab? More than whether people forced to buy health care will actually get prescription drugs? More than the continuing unfunny joke that is the MBTA’s customer service? Hey, at least someone at the Washington Post didn’t forget how to do a story on something that mattered. Wouldn’t that be great? You just know that Frank Phillips is tracking down his own Pulitzer-level story right now, right?
If Governor Patrick has acted “contemptuous” throughout this saga, it’s because the local press richly deserves it. Sorry, but someone needed to say it.
UPDATE: Massachusetts Liberal has more.
FURTHER UPDATE: Really, I thought I’d seen the nadir of local journalism, but this is really it. The absolute cherry on the top of a turd sundae. Great work everyone. [Note by David: the genius responsible for the "cherry on the turd sundae" of which Charley so colorfully speaks appears to be Ron Agrella, the boston.com features editor. 617-929-8544, firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to pass along your views.]