WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2012
Boston Globe 17, Union Leader 10: Within the “press corps,” script never dies. This includes script from elections.
Last night, in just one half-hour watching Chris Matthews, we heard two famous piece of script. Al Gore said he invented the Internet! Al Gore introduced the nation to Willie Horton!
These are famous old pieces of RNC script—and within your “press corps,” script never dies! Script is easy to memorize. And it helps the tribunes craft the silly, stupid-shit novels they use as a stand-in for news.
Every four years, in New Hampshire, we hear another piece of script concerning the state’s most powerful paper. The tribunes love to rattle their tales about the powerful Union Leader. They drag out the feisty Joe McQuaid, the paper’s outspoken publisher.
Can we talk? For good or for ill, the Union Leader just isn’t really that potent. Everyone knows this by now, of course. But every four years, it’s good solid fun to pretend. It adds to the color, the drama.
This year, the Union Leader endorsed Newt Gingrich. He got 9.4 percent. (We’re willing to call it ten.)
The Boston Globe endorsed Jon Huntsman. He got seventeen.
Did the Globe’s endorsement help? We have no idea. But the Globe is sold all over southern New Hampshire—and that’s where the people live.
On several occasions, we’ve tried to get a number for the Globe’s circulation in New Hampshire. We’ve never been able to do it. But we can give you the score from last night’s Bain Capital Granite State Bowl:
The Boston Globe beat the Union Leader, 17-10.
Of one thing you can be certain, of course. Four years hence, in 2016, the press corps will tell you all about the powerful Union Leader. They’ll drag out the feisty Joe McQuaid, who doesn’t seem to move many votes but really is quite entertaining.