I get some crazy responses from people who seem to read only the Boston Herald and probably watch only Fox news. I know they believe Trump when he says the news is fake but then they go ahead and believe the real fake news: Fox, the Boston Herald, and some new TV broadcaster One America News.
The Herald is under the control of Digital First Media a newspaper conglomerate. When it first acquired it, immediately cut jobs by 30%, retaining in its employ 175 of the 240 or so people working there. Digital First Media is owned by Alden Global Capital a hedge fund co-founded by Randall D. Smith.
A Wikipedia report on him states: “He is married to Barbara Stovall Smith, and they own seven houses in the Palm Beach, Florida, area through limited liability companies.] Smith is known for his use of offshore companies.” As expected, “co-founder Randall Smith gave $50,000 to Donald Trump’s “Trump Victory” fund. The same day, his wife Barbara gave exactly the same amount.” I have to call him a real man of the people.
There have been few kind words for Alden Global Capital. It has been labeled “one of the most ruthless of the corporate strip-miners seemingly intent on destroying local journalism” and “vulture capitalists” and ““a rapacious vulture fund.” It is noted “Alden Global Capital ultimately closed or radically downsized such venerable papers as the Oakland Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and The Denver Post. At the Mercury News, the newspaper’s printing press was literally dismantled and carted away, which one staff reporter likened to “watching a heart being ripped out.””
So obviously the Herald is owned by people who have no concern for the “little people”as Leona Hemsley describes the hoi polloi. Yet, it is involved in a great pretend that it is. Worse, people seem to believe the news that it puts out.
Which brings me to its lead columnist Howie Carr a friend of President Trump. Carr who rails at people using patronage but brags how he got his daughter a job with Trump. Howie being a typical Trumper is pushing to get people back out to work.
In a recent column on May 10 Carr points to the 4,702 dead in Massachusetts noting 2,827 have died in nursing homes, which is happening nationwide and is unsurprising in that they house people in close quarters who are already pretty sick. If we eliminate them we have 1,225 who have died outside of nursing homes. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to him that the reason the death rates are lower outside of nursing home is the folk are staying home and wearing masks.
Carr notes that people under seventy-years-old are unlikely to get Covid-19. I guess he feels that at 68-years-old he’s safe, but knowing him he’s not going out in public without a mask; yet he wants others to do so. Assuming almost all the people in nursing homes are over 70, that means of the 1,225 people who died outside those homes 687 (56%) were under 70 and 538 (44%) were 70 or older. We can assume the great majority of people who will go back out working will be under 70. Therefore we can expect the death rates in those groups to grow quite fast.
Other nations (Germany, South Korea) who have gone back to work have seen their infections increase. Are we ready for that? Carr says no one under 30 has died; that’s untrue, we’ve had 8 deaths in Massachusetts in that category a week before he wrote – on the same day he said that, papers in New York reported three young boys, one age 5, have died.
The Herald is owned by people who have no concern for the “little people”as Leona Hemsley describes the hoi polloi. People seem to believe the news the Herald puts out which will cause them harm. Lifting the orders protecting the people, Carr calls them unconstitutional, won’t hurt Carr or his paper’s ownership, but it will decimate the working folk. Let’s hope they are wise enough to be on to Carr’s game.