Where’s the photo of Ayanna Pressley from Tuesday?

Where’s the photo of Ayanna Pressley from Tuesday?

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By: Allen Nitschelm on September 19, 2019 | Media Criticism

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The Boston Globe loves our newest Congresswoman, Ayanna Pressley, who was endorsed over longtime Congressman Mike Capuano, who had a lot of seniority that benefitted our Commonwealth. The Globe felt that a fresh, minority face was more important than clout in Washington. The Globe didn’t support insurgencies against other longtime politicians (like Sen. Ed Markey), but maybe they didn’t like Capuano for some reason, or maybe they just really liked Pressley.

Either way, Pressley introduced a major piece of legislation on Tuesday. The Globe said she would be doing it, but hasn’t covered the actual introduction. I would have expected a photo op with the smiling face of the Congresswoman, holding a photo of the target of her ire, and maybe with a bunch of female victims of sexual assault behind her. Because Pressley has chosen to submit an impeachment bill against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

We all know the history of what happened last year, and I wrote about this just the other day. But I was expecting to review a Globe account of Pressley’s landmark and historic legislation and there was nothing at all. It is as if the Globe is ignoring her. Why?

I went on the Internet and plenty of Boston media outlets are covering this, as well as national outlets (see photo three for a partial list). USA today had a big spread (photo one) and the Boston Herald also published something from the search results. Where is the Globe’s story?

I also was surprised to see a fundraising appeal from the Congresswoman based on her filing (photo two). So Pressley believes this is an issue that she can use to raise funds for her re-election.

That the New York Times, which instigated the impeachment fervor we have seen over the weekend from the Democrat presidential candidates, has since backtracked on its reporting, printing what amounted to a correction based on information being left out of the original report, is evidently not important to those calling for impeachment. But at least the presidential candidates were just talking. Pressley has taken decisive action! She wants Kavanaugh impeached. She wants him “held accountable,” says her fundraising ad. For what? He should be accountable for an incident that the “victim” has no recollection of and that the accuser heard about second-hand?

Perhaps the Boston Globe doesn’t want to publicize Pressley’s impeachment bill filing because readers will think less of Pressley. Perhaps readers will conclude that to go forward with this after the Times essentially retracted their spectacular allegations would be ill-advised. Maybe they think it will make Pressley look bad to her constituents or donors. Maybe Pressley’s haste and partisanship will make readers think twice about the background checking the Globe does before it issues endorsements. Or maybe…all of the above.


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