The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

17 November 2007

Boston Paper Refuses To Cover Cambridge Boy Scout Flap


While Talk Radio Pounces, Globies Ignore Cambridge Outrage


While talk hosts and bloggers across the country have been pounding away on the subject, the Boston Globe hasn't found room for a single mention of the ongoing anti- troops outrage in Cambridge.

Earlier this week, the rabidly anti- American city banned local Boy Scouts from collecting items for care packages destined for soldiers in Iraq, calling their efforts a "political statement".

Proving that liberals really are against the troops, the resulting outrage has been covered extensively by talkers, including KSFO/ San Francisco hosts Melanie Morgan and Lee Rodgers, syndicated talker Laura Ingraham, Bill O'Reilly, Boston's Howie Carr and many more.

In the blogosphere and Internet, Hub Politics, Boston Daily, The Jawa Report, American Thinker, Wicked Local and WorldNetDaily have all provided superb coverage.

From Boston magazine's Boston Daily blog:

In these uncertain times, it’s nice to know we can rely on some things. The sun will always rise and set. Gravity will always hold us down. And Cambridge will always be liberal to a fault.

During last week’s elections, a troop of Boy Scouts set up donation boxes at polling places to raise money for the troops in Iraq. In typical Cambridge fashion, the city removed the boxes and the Boy Scouts because they may have had a “pro-war” bent:

Marsha Weinerman, executive director of the city’s Election Commission, said the boxes were removed after a resident complained to commission workers about their implied “pro-war” message.

“We contacted the law department, and it was determined that the best course of action would be to remove the boxes,” Weinerman said.

Way to stand up to those preteen hawks, Cambridge.

The Secretary of State told the Cambridge Chronicle that most of the Scouts’ booths were legal.

This is how the idea that those who are against the war are also somehow against the troops gets started. Good for you, Cambridge. You’ve managed to teach a group of kids that ideology trumps empathy every time.

Also leading the way with excellent coverage and analysis has been WFXT FOX-25 and the Boston Herald, which weighed in with this outstanding editorial:

Clueless in Cambridge

Cambridge lefties have at last begun to show their true colors - and they sure as hell aren’t red, white and blue.

You know all that rhetoric about hating the war in Iraq, but supporting the U.S. troops who are there? Well, fuhgedaboudit!

A troop of Boy Scouts in Cambridge set up donation boxes at 33 polling stations in that city on election day last week. Their mission was to collect amenities for troops serving overseas - those little items like snacks and lip balm that make life a little easier. The Scouts had spent considerable time and money to publicize the event, distributing fliers in city buildings, libraries and local businesses well ahead of time, according to their troop leader, Jamisean Patterson, writing in this week’s Cambridge Chronicle.

Most of the boxes were set up in the lobbies of those polling stations with the permission of the Cambridge Election Commission, Patterson wrote.

Then one resident in one precinct complained about the implied “pro war” message, according to Marsha Weinerman, executive director of the Election Commission. The city’s law department was consulted and “it was determined that the best course of action would be to remove the boxes,” Weinerman told the Chronicle.

Takes your breath away, no?

It gets worse. At the same polling station that was the scene of the complaint, on the same bulletin board where the Scouts had posted their flier were about 75 other fliers. According to Patterson they included those “promoting Get Out of Iraq, Campus Green, College Democrats of America.” The only one removed belonged to “those evil Boy Scouts collecting things for the troops,” he added.

The Cambridge cave-in was shameful but instructive. There are in this world those so blinded by hatred of this war and of George Bush that they would punish those who have been called to fight it - denying them, what, granola bars? That is mindless and it’s stupid. That public officials caved in to such mindlessness - yes, even in a city like Cambridge - is a public disgrace.

On San Francisco's KSFO-AM, the outrage has been a hot topic, probably because Cambridge found a way to out-liberal the Bay Area. Who knew that was possible? From there, morning host Melanie Morgan had this to say:

It is unfathomable to me that a bureaucrat sitting in her warm, safe office here in the United States would stoop so low as to prevent Boy Scouts from bringing a small bit of holiday cheer to our men and women.

I have been deluged with thousands of mail from people who are as angry and upset as I am.

Through her organization, Move America Forward, Morgan points to one particularly important letter from a volunteer:

Dr. Diane Bedrosian of Carlsbad, California writes: "I suppose you don't have any relatives or close friends who are serving in Iraq. Well, many of us do, and we can know what it must be like to be far from friends and family during the holidays. The Boy Scouts were trying to bring a spark of hope to these troops, many and MOST! who are there because they are in the military, not because they are making any political statement!

I am a physician and I work near Camp Pendleton. Many of these children are without their mothers or fathers because they are serving. Regardless of how you feel about the war, I want to try to help these people, who are paid peanuts (while you are probably WAY overpaid for your fat cat government administrative job) and risk their lives to protect YOUR freedom."

So where is the Globe's coverage? We've searched their site high and low and so far there hasn't been a word about this. Nor has big sister the New York Times found room for the story.

That leads us to wonder why not. Would this mean admitting to the left's darkest truth, that the "progressive" movement really is against the troops?

From our end, however, don't expect the matter to disappear quietly.

UPDATE: Melanie Morgan has heard from one of the officials in Massachusetts and has a substantial update here.

FOR New England regional talk radio updates, see our other site.

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  • I wouldn't be surprised if "our" so-called troops weren't selling most of these products collected on their behalf to desperate Iraqis on the black market.

    They'd just be mimicking the actions of the Bush Crime Family, who arm our future "enemies" just to guarantee the next successive occupation.

    God, please end the Republican hypocrisy.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 17 November, 2007 13:28  

  • Brian, what else would one expect from the Boston GLOB, owned by the New York Slimes? And this is the ultimate slap in the face of the Boy Scouts.

    No surprise with the San Fran Connection because like San Fran-sick-o and Oakland, Boston and Cambridge seem on the EXACT SAME socialist political ideology!

    Both Mass. and Cal. have ultra left Senators in Kennedy and Le Poodle Monsieur Kerry and Feinstein and real ultra-left Boxer.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 17 November, 2007 20:41  

  • they ARE MY TROOPS ol Hash boy.... not so called... your comments reflect your sign on... at least we all know whats in your pipe Jack... time for a toke? At least those "so called troops" stand up for something? what get you dead beat a** of the couch...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 18 November, 2007 16:16  

  • Spoken like a true neocon tool, and a paper scorpion...they ain't mine, I only have to PAY for them!

    Now go study for your GED and go spray-paint yourself red, white, and blue...with lead-base paint, of course.

    "Stand up for something", go march to your local recruiting office, and volunteer for a nice suicide mission to hell!

    You won't be missed after the barricades fall...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 18 November, 2007 20:04  

  • Hash you can't even pay your own way. That’s why you need the Government tit to take care of you. Admit it you’re a loser we all know it.

    Take another tote and end it all. You want be missed.

    By Blogger pf1, at 20 November, 2007 01:14  

  • Mostly ignored is the enormous political power of the homosexual lobby in Cambridge. They vigorously oppose the Boy Scouts because they will not permit homosexuals to be scout leaders. The homosexual lobby prefers to be seen as victims not oppressors. That explains the reluctance of the Boston Globe to report on this incident. The homosexual lobby runs the Globe, which seldom prints any negative stories about Cambridge.

    By Anonymous Lysias, at 20 November, 2007 04:04  

  • "That explains the reluctance of the Boston Globe to report on this incident."

    I don't suppose it's ever occurred to you that the Boston Globe might have more important, relevant issues to report upon?

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 20 November, 2007 15:20  

  • The reason the Boston Globe did not report on this local hack government infringement of the Boy Scouts is because the editors are too busy trying to figure out why their circulation is in the tank.

    Perhaps if the editors looked at the stories they are squashing, they might realize they are the cause of circulation problem.

    Good riddance to the Boston Glob.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 20 November, 2007 17:16  

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