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Making the National News for All the Wrong Reasons

Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 22:36 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Drudge Reoort 10pm 11/24/10There is a truism in journalism that good news is no news. In the ’80s, Don Henley had a hit song, “Dirty Laundry,” about that very attitude. Today, the saying is, “If it bleeds, it leads.” For that reason, making the national news is seldom a good thing.

Yet there is my humble home, the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, near the top of the page on this evening’s Drudge Report. You can’t tell from the thumbnail at the left, but this is what it looked like up close (I added the red outline and the big ass arrow):

Drudge Mass Pike link

The link went to WCVB-TV‘s online report about, among other things, “the lengthy backup … reported between Framingham and Charlton on the turnpike.” Translating for those who aren’t from here, Framingham is a large town west of Boston, Charlton is a small town west of Worcester, and the stretch of the Mass Pike in between is a major route for people heading to Connecticut, New York, and other points south and west. And yes, it’s about exactly 30 miles. That’s one long parking lot.

As I set the holiday table, polished silver, peeled vegetables, and chopped herbs, I was thankful that I was not in that 30 mile parking lot.

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