July 27, 2004

Whine Elevated to Lying

Perhaps the folks we’ve been talking about are rank amateurs at whining about the convention. Some professionals have raised it to an art form. Or a form of art. Or, “art” as in lying. Carr lied about Dem Convention’s impact on Boston [Media Matters for America]

In the midst of his rant against the Democratic event, Carr claimed that, as a result of the convention, “[P]regnant women [have been] told to go to suburban hospitals, some of the hospitals have canceled … elective surgery, chemo radiation treatments have been either postponed, or moved to the early morning hours.”

When you’re lazy, just make up the news.

Brian, your sister’s due date was during the convention, and I know the convention hype worried your family. Was she told she had to switch hospitals? If I remember correctly, she was not.

The fact of the matter is, all this negative fantasy BS was a way to fill the time not occupied by reporting the real news.

Posted by James at July 27, 2004 1:28 AM
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Oh who gives two shits about Howie Carr. He's a lunatic, and if you get your news from him, your an idiot.

Sorry, but that's the harsh reality.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 27, 2004 11:01 AM

You can frgive me for trotting out a profligate Punchinello now and again.

Posted by: James at July 27, 2004 11:25 AM

You are correct. No mention of suburban hospitals. No change in plans or anything. She is still going into town for her weekly appointments at this point. In fact, she had one yesterday.

Posted by: briwei at July 27, 2004 12:55 PM

One of the disservices of such made up news is to unnecessarily ratchet-up the worry of folks like your sister by inundating all of us with the idea that Boston is going to be closed, as in a blizzard.

Posted by: James at July 27, 2004 1:47 PM

I really enjoyed watching the news and seeing in the paper that the city was probably easier to get into yesterday than it's been in years. There was a great photo of Newbury street and there were dozens of metered spaces available! The last time I tried that on a weekday I circle Newbury/Beacon for a half hour or so and finally parked on Beacon about 6 blocks from my destination.

Posted by: Bob at July 27, 2004 3:02 PM

Woman in the City Report:

1. Uncrowded Commuter Rail train at 6:25 A.M. today.
2. Frequent, uncrowded Red Line trains.
3. Barely any traffic on Boylston and Newbury at noon.
4. Loud Coast Guard helicopter hovering over public garden/Boylston St. area.
5. Profound lack of trash barrels anywhere (had to toss my trash in the dumpster rented by Louis Boston for their huge DNC party).

So far, so good!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 27, 2004 4:40 PM

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