The Boston Phoenix today carried a kowtow-to-incumbency article about John Bonifaz’ videos entitled “Where’s Galvin?” The author, Adam Reilly, is actually a strong progressive — I suggest we all write to him at email@example.com and tell him that we expect better from him. He says in the article that the video doesn’t work, and that Bonifaz has little momentum. The Phoenix’s duty SHOULD be to embarrass the incumbent mercilessly until he debatess — that’s what progressive newspapers DO.
The Herald should do the same, just on grounds of their strong record of incumbent-bashing. We should encourage them to bash THIS incumbent too — he’s as much a “hack” as any of the Herald’s normal victims. Galvin’s moniker, “The Prince of Darkness,” is just custom-made for a Howie Carr column. Let’s all write him at firstname.lastname@example.org and say so. His political-writer colleague Margery Eagan is at email@example.com — she might run a column too.
At the Globe, perhaps the best strategy is to all write letters-to-the-editor. That’s firstname.lastname@example.org — their usual rule is, if they get a dozen letters about one topic, they print the best one.
— Jesse Gordon, jesse@WhereIsGalvin.com