December 21, 2008 / Uncategorized

The Boston Globe Magazine “Honors” Favreau…you MUST be kidding me….

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Today one of our members alerted us to the fact that the Boston Globe Magazine is honoring Jon Favreau as a one of six Bostonians of the Year. Sorry, has The Boston Globe been taking a nap for the past month?

The New Agenda also noticed that Favreau was the subject of a glowing article in the Washington Post this past week. It would seem that Mr. Favreau, similar to Larry Summers a few weeks ago, has hired a PR firm to rehabilitate his image.

Thanks to our member “ER” for some suggestions on how we can speak out about this:

1. Go to the Boston Globe Magazine and COMMENT on this issue. This is an opportunity to counter the dismissing comments there, and to teach the public why Favreau’s behavior is unacceptable and why he should be fired. And to repeatedly ask why hasn’t he been fired. Here’s the link: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2008/12/21/the_speechwriter_in_chief/

2. Write a letter or email and send it to the following Boston Globe Magazine contacts. They are the reporters and editors for this piece:
• Charles P. Pierce is the reporter who wrote the article on Favreau: cpierce@globe.com phone: (617) 929-2724
• Doug Most, Editor of the Globe magazine: dmost@globe.com phone: (617) 929-3454
• Susanne Althoff, Senior Assistant Editor: Althoff@globe.com phone: (617) 929-1543
• Anne Nelson, Assistant Editor: anelson@globe.com phone: (617) 929-2776

3. Letters to the Editor: Send a Letter to the Editor’ to the Boston Globe Magazine and to the Boston Globe newspaper (which publishes the Boston Globe Magazine every Sunday). Here is the contact information:
• Boston Globe Magazine, Letter to the Editor: magazine@globe.com or by mail at: The Boston Globe Magazine/Letters, PO Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819.
• The Boston Globe newspaper, Letter to the Editor: letter@globe.com or online at: http://bostonglobe.com/news/opeds/letter.aspx?id=6340

4. Send your letter or email to Ellen Goodman, a Boston Globe Columnist. I anticipate she will understand the issue and, hopefully, write a good editorial.
• Ellen Goodman – ellengoodman@globe.com

5. Copy your letter or email to your Senators and Representatives. Ask them to take up the issue of sexism in the media and to ask Obama to fire Favreau. You can find your elected officials’ contact information here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

6. Talk with your press contacts. Write a letter to the editor of your own newspaper. Write editorials and commentary. Involve your friends and colleagues. Here’s a great list of media contacts from Alagre’s Corner: http://alegrescorner.soapblox.net/showDiary.do?diaryId=16

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  • Anna

    ER – Thank you for being on top of this and compiling all of this info! You’re amazing!

    TNA – Thank you for posting it as a thread. It is definitely something that warrents our immediate attention.

  • the15th

    I also love how 5 out of 6 are men. They have never picked a woman as the top “Bostonian of the Year.”

  • Anna

    the 15th – Yeah, couldn’t help but notice that, as well. That little factoid will go in my letter to the editors and such.

    Meanwhile, here’s a draft of what I’m working on for the author, Mr. Pierce. Any and all comments would be helpful. I need to let it sit and edit, get feedback, edit, etc, before sending:
    ———————————————————————————
    Regarding your 12/21/08 piece “The Speechwriter in Chief” in The Boston Globe, I found your reference to Favreau’s behavior with the cardboard cut out of our soon-to-be Secretary of State, to be less than adequate. Perhaps you felt that because Favreau had been named as one of six Bostonians of the Year, that you needed to write an article that was complimentary. However, your reference to Favreau’s behavior with the life size cutout of Senator Clinton as “a Facebook faux pas” is misleading, at best, in it’s vagueness and the suggestion that the problem resides in the fact that something was put up on Facebook that shouldn’t have been. If the latter is your intention, it is misguided because the problem resides in Favreau’s behavior not in whether he was caught.

    Your article contributed to the ever-growing number of pieces painting Favreau as a boy wonder. And, while he may be a very talented speechwriter in the eyes of some, it is no less meaningful than the fact that this person who is “so closely aligned with Barack” found it in his means to grope the image of the incoming Secretary of State while his buddy, another member of Obama’s speechwriting team, mimed the act of getting her drunk. I am sure you are aware that such behaviors are often the prelude to what is now commonly referred to as date rape. How is it, Mr. Pierce, that you found it appropriate to laud Mr. Favreau while minimizing his sexist actions? Images are powerful. They are symbols and they have meaning.

    I found it ironic that Favreau’s 2003 valedictory address, which you quote, contained many a lofty line, while his recent behavior suggests a troubling attitude toward women. One can only wonder about the reference in his address for the need for “big brothers and sisters” within the context of his recent behavior. It is these young brothers and sisters who take their social cues regarding acceptable behavior from any number of sources, including the likes of the now-famous Jon Favreau. Because Mr. Favreau is being turned into a modern-day wunderkind, because he made no public apology, because Barack Obama made no comment, and because the media has dismissed his sexist behavior, the message rings ever louder and more clear to brothers and sisters across America regarding behavior toward women that appears well tolerated.

    Well, I am a “sister,” a “mentor,” a “voter who cares,” and a voice “for those who are having trouble getting heard,” and my message is that Favreau is no modern day hero who deserves any honors from The Boston Globe. He’s a 27-year-old man with rising star status who has just gotten away with demeaning the woman who will be our next Secretary of State, and few appear to care. One can only wonder how differently you and others in the media would have responded if Mr. Favreau had been photographed groping a life sized cutout of Michelle Obama. I wonder what the media or the President-elect would have had to say about this speechwriter who “can fairly well channel not only Obama’s style, but his substance,” if the image on the cutout were Mrs. Obama. I wonder if Jon Favreau would still be employed. I wonder if The Boston Globe would have seen fit to honor him as they have. I wonder what you would have said.

  • Nell

    Here’s a dirty little secret about oh-so-liberal Massachusetts. While our entire congressional delegation consists of Democrats, there is not one single woman among them.

    We have a dismal record of electing women to public office in this state. We elected Republican governor Mitt Romney rather than the woman Democrat, Shannon O’Brien, who ran against him. The Republicans forced out Acting Governor Jane Swift (who replaced Paul Celluci when he took a position in the Bush administration) in order to run Romney rather than have a gubernatorial race between two woman–couldn’t have that, dontcha know…

    The one bright spot at present is our current state AG Martha Coakley.

    The Boston Globe is complicit is fostering the old boys political network here in MA, so it’s no surprise that it would honor a puerile sexist frat boy as a Bostonian of the Year.

  • fsteele

    Anna, re your draft letter,

    I don’t know what the word limit is, but this strikes me as perhaps much too long. I can imagine an editor skimming the first two paragraphs and getting tired.

    The juciest thing is the last paragraph. I’d almost consider using the quote from his speech, then the last paragraph, then the next to last, then see if anything needs to be salvaged from the first two. — Or would that sound too informal, do you need the more stately opening for this audience?

  • the15th

    This is one of my pet peeves. Post a picture of yourself drinking and doing something silly, post a picture of yourself simulating a sexual assault on the Secretary of State — whatever, either way it’s a Facebook faux pas! Actually, I think that someone fired over the silly picture would get less sympathy. Everyone knows that you should “be careful what you put online”! But when violence against women enters the picture, suddenly it’s a free speech issue. Political correctness out of control!

  • Anna

    fsteele – Yes, it is too long. Thank you so much for your great editing ideas. I’m going to go play with that rearrangement right now. Much appreciated (as always).

  • Thia, GA

    Anna,

    I love your letter but I agree with fsteele about it being too long. I always do the same thing and have to edit edit edit. 🙂
    PS. Do you mind if we steal from your letters to write our own?

  • Anna

    Thia,

    Steal away!

  • Anna

    QUESTION

  • Anna

    QUESTION: (Sorry. Don’t know what I hit that made that post)

    Does anyone know who selects the 6 Bostonians of the Year? I need to know so I can best address the issue in my letters. Is it staff at The Boston Globe or is it some other org and The Boston Globe simply covers the story?

  • Rebecca

    Nell – While Massachusetts has had exactly the terrible record you’ve suggested on electing women, the state finally did elect a woman to its Congressional delegation in a special election this fall – Niki Tsongas. It says on her website that she was the first woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts in 25 years, which is pitiful.

    I live in DC and almost threw up the other day when I saw the glowing front-page article of Favreau in the Post. I feel like we all know people that have been fired for far less but somehow the same rules just don’t apply to some people…

  • Egallantry

    Anna,

    I found this info:

    http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/081219/20081219005676.html?.v=1

    “The Bostonian of the Year is selected by the editors of The Boston Globe Magazine, with input from Globe readers who are encouraged to email their suggestions each year to bostonian@globe.com.”

  • Anna

    Was just reading through a few posts on the article’s site and it seems like the final selection is something people/Boston Globe subscribers vote on, but not sure. Also, don’t know who picks the initial field of people to vote on if, indeed, it boils down to a popular vote in the end. Anyone know? For me, this is a crucial aspect of the entire thing that I need clarified before I can write an accurate and direct letter to the editors, etc.

  • Anna

    Egallantry – I think we were typing at the same time. Thanks for your post and the link. I’ll go check it out now. (How do you do it????)

  • Anna

    Egallantry – Just read the link you posted. The quote you extracted sums it up. Thanks.

    Rebecca – Are you aware of Lynette Long’s project? She needs people who live in the DC area. Here’s the link to her site if you want to read more about her plans:

    http://www.lynettelong.com/

    It’s the top thread titled: “I Need Twenty-Five Courageous Women”

  • ER

    The Editors of the Boston Globe Magazine, along with their contact information, are listed in # 2 of the main post above. They apparently made the final selection of the 6 Bostonians of the Year.

  • Anna

    Here’s what I’m working on for the editors (not the author of the article). Any and all comments, editing ideas, etc are most welcome.
    ——————————————————————————–
    Dear (Name of Editor):

    I am writing to you regarding your selection of Jon Favreau to be among the pool of those to be voted on for the honor of being named a “Bostonian of the Year.” I would presume that all of those that The Boston Globe selects are people that the newspaper deems worthy of the honor of being named among this elite group of individuals. Six individuals is a small number and Massachusetts is a highly populated state. Surely you are not at a loss for finding outstanding individuals who give of themselves, who are shining symbols of humanity, who emulate that which we should all strive for, who embody all that is great about America and Boston through deeds and actions. While Jon Favreau may be a talented speechwriter in the eyes of some, he represents none of these qualities. Quite the opposite. His sexist and disrespectful behavior expressed toward our incoming Secretary of State should have crossed him off your list.

    The list of greatness to be found among our population, especially in a city like Boston, is long and bright. But, Jon Favreau is no beacon of light or model citizen. He does not emulate that which we would all hope to strive for. His claim to fame is that he and the President-elect appear to be simpatico in their ideas and how they express them. Curiously, Favreau appears to have some disturbing ideas about how women should be thought of and treated.

    The Boston Globe selected a man who groped a life size cutout of Senator Clinton while his fellow speechwriting buddy mimed getting her drunk. Are you aware that such behaviors are often the prelude to date rape? The fact that Favreau was interacting with an image of Clinton does not diminish the impact of his behavior. Images and symbols are powerful. They have meaning.

    By selecting Jon Favreau, The Boston Globe has sent the message that what Mr. Favreau did is inconsequential. So inconsequential, in fact, that it could be set aside and ignored, while you went out of your way to elevate and honor him.

    He is worthy of neither elevation nor honor. Regrettably, no one with any real sphere of influence appears willing to state this.

    I can only wonder how The Boston Globe might have felt about Mr. Favreau if the life size cutout were Michelle Obama and not Hillary Clinton. Perhaps our President-elect might have spoken out about it. In light of his current silence on Favreau’s behavior it appears no one in the press is willing to speak truth to power and say what needs to be said: Jon Favreau demeaned our incoming Secretary of State in a powerful and unacceptable way. It sends the wrong message to boys and girls, men and women, and people all around the world, the stage upon which our next Secretary of State must live.

    I would have expected more from your newspaper.

  • Anna

    ER – I had the impression that the paper selected the initial pool of people and then regular folks voted and the top 6 are the ones. But you’re saying that the editors had the final say. Where did you read that? It’s conflicts with my understanding of what I read that Egallantry posted. I gotta get this right before I can finalize my letter and send it.

  • ER

    Anna, I was going by the article Egallentry found: “The Bostonian of the Year is selected by the editors of The Boston Globe Magazine, with input from Globe readers who are encouraged to email their suggestions each year to bostonian@globe.com.” I am not aware of any ‘vote’ going on, and don’t know for sure who had the final say, but presume it is the editors.

    BTW, I love your letter. If it is to be sent as a Letter to the Editor as well, I think the word limit is 200 words.

    Thanks for working on this!

  • ER

    Anna, I was going by the article and quote that Egallentry found: “The Bostonian of the Year is selected by the editors of The Boston Globe Magazine, with input from Globe readers who are encouraged to email their suggestions each year to bostonian@globe.com.” I am not aware of any ‘vote’ going on, and don’t know for sure who had the final say, but presume it is the editors.

    BTW, I love your letter. If it is to be sent as a Letter to the Editor as well, I think the word limit is 200 words.

    Thanks for working on this!

  • ER

    Anna, I was going by the article and quote that Egallentry found: —“The Bostonian of the Year is selected by the editors of The Boston Globe Magazine, with input from Globe readers who are encouraged to email their suggestions each year to bostonian@globe.com.” I am not aware of any ‘vote’ going on, and don’t know for sure who had the final say, but presume it is the editors.

    BTW, I love your letter. If it is to be sent as a Letter to the Editor as well, I think the word limit is 200 words.

    Thanks for working on this!

  • ER

    Sorry for the triplicate posts! The software kept saying it was a duplicate (I think because of the quote).

  • Kiuku

    Anna thanks for the letter.

    They are really going out of their way to make women inconsequential in America.

  • Sis

    This is definitely something that you can picket. Even six women with a megaphone and signs on the pavement below the Globe offices. At lunch, for two hours. Alert the B&Gs main competitor.

  • Here’s the comment at left at the Boston Globe site:

    I want to know if Favreau’s new PR team lobbied for this honor. It already sheds a bad light on the Boston Globe, normally a model of journalism in a village full of sycophantic pearl-clutchers and corruption-enablers, that they picked this guy for an award at this time. Is that to be the Globe’s lot now too? To enable corruption and gross moral negligence in the Obama White House? Why the whole country isn’t up in arms over his Facebook photo, I have no idea. If it had been anybody else’s speech-writer, and a cardboard cutout of Obama being held down in any way, let alone having foreign substances forced into him, we’d be seeing a very different response to that speech writer. This double standard is utterly intolerable. Favreau needs to be fired, not awarded with honors. The Globe itself fails in its moral duties.

  • I left, not at left….sheesh

  • Florida Lady

    Sis – good idea to alert the media re: demonstration at Globe. This is a slow news week with Jewish and Christian holidays. So – hold a press conference. People will throng it. TV camera like to shoot something live. Hold the conf. at the nearest street corner to the Globe – it will make a great image with their logo in the background.
    The Sunday after xmas is ideal for a press conference – there is nothing happening for TV to shoot, and nothing for the other papers for Monday. Do it! Be sure to include online media outlets, like MSNBC and Politico. Good luck!

  • Egallantry

    I am not a Boston Globe reader so I have no direct familiarity with their system: From web research it seems that they do run a poll where the public can vote for their favorite nominee. Examples

    http://venturecyclist.blogspot.....-czar.html
    http://fairimmigration.wordpre.....-the-year/

    Still, the final decision appears to rest with the editors of the paper (unless the process changed from 2007 to 2008).

    http://www.boston.com/bostongl.....?page=full

    “This is our fourth year picking a Bostonian of the Year, and we’ve learned a few things by now: There will be years like 2004 (Theo Epstein) and 2006 (Deval Patrick), when our decision is so obvious that we can make it over our morning coffee. But there will also be years like 2005 (Edward Ginsburg) and this year, when no one stands out in such singular fashion and our decision takes about a month’s worth of morning coffees.”

  • Sis

    And I think you have to lay off the “would you want this to happen to your mother, etc”. That’s the have respect for the laydeez argument. You want to stress *sexism is as out of bounds as racism*. Obama would not tolerate racism, nor would the media. So why are they trying to sweep this under the carpet? I think you have to make it clear, apologizing to one woman isn’t gonna cut it. Would he apologize to one Black man for a similarly odious racist action, and that’d be the end of everything?

    Since your action is primarily visual, if you know any free lance news photogs, or can get their cells, do it.

  • Zee

    Sis and Florida,

    I have to lmao at your suggestions that we “picket” the Globe and that people will throng to it, because of the slow news week.

    Well, um, yeah, but it’s not a “slow” week for those of us with work and/or family obligations at holiday time….and….you all do know we’ve been hit with back to back storms? Yeah, it won’t be actually snowing the next two days, but we’ll have residual snow and ice and the temps will be below freezing…with or without the strong winds that are currently blowing.

    Other than that, I live close to the Globe, and I do have a megaphone, and good ideas for some street theater….but I seriously doubt we could find 6 women for a demo at this time period, in this weather, and in that rather remote location.

    Perhaps a better place for a demo if we do have a willing contingent would be outside the local Fox News studio in downtown Boston opposite the State House. Closer to more workplaces, and guaranteed coverage…and only a block from the T. Also, more foot and bus traffic from workers and tourists.

  • Zee

    Of course, if we picket the fact that the pigs at the Globe habitually chose men over women for their annual Bostonians of the Year, on top of honoring that fratboy brat Favreau, the current weather would be a perfect backdrop for this theme:

    WOMEN LEFT OUT IN THE COLD (in the Globe’s top Bostonians)

  • Sis

    Oh you don’t care if anyone but the reporter and photogs are there.

  • Sis on December 21st, 2008 9:14 pm
    This is definitely something that you can picket. Even six women with a megaphone and signs on the pavement below the Globe offices. At lunch, for two hours. Alert the B&Gs main competitor.
    ==================

    Oooh, good IDEA! Make some cardboard figures with faces on them of the Globe editors and/or their wives.

    Invite passers-by to grope the figures while you take photos to be posted in Facebook. Charge money maybe..

    Woops, maybe that idea belongs at a different blog…. 🙂

  • goesh

    That is just a fantastic idea, fsteele! Absolutely it should be done, a pic of El Groper doing his thing then a cut-out of the Gov’s wife with a sign that reads: “cop a feel, it’s acceptable” and another that reads, “boys will be boys, what are you waiting for, grope her.”

  • Sis, don’t limit it. If one demonstrator shows up with a cutout of the editor’s wife and another with a cutout of Michelle Obama or — hey, Caroline Kennedy! — then fine. The more diverse themes the better.

    CK does want to take Hillary’s place, doesn’t she? 🙂

  • Anne-Marie

    If you picket let me know. If I’m free that day I’ll come join you.
    What about a cut-out of Obama, being groped and fed beer?

  • Anne-Marie

    I have a question to any lawyers out there. So if I work for a company, and someone there does to me what Favreau did to Hillary, I keep hearing that that person would get fired for sexual harassment.
    If I worked for a city, state or federal government, does it work the same way? Are people equally protected by sexual harassment laws when employed by a government? Or do people in private companies get fired because that company doesn’t want to look bad and lose money?

    Thanks!

  • Sheryl Robinson

    According to one of those articles, Favreau has learned not only Obama’s style, but his substance as well. He channels Obama, apparently.

    Can’t we assume that in taking a cutout of Sen. Clinton, who was at the time the Secretary of State designate, to a party and having his picture taken with it, Favreau was only mimicking the attitude toward Clinton that he’s learned from his boss?

    When I look at that picture of Favreau, I don’t even see Favreau anymore. I see Obama.

  • Florida Lady

    Boston gals – as a former journo I can tell you this can be done fast. Where you have it – TV station or Globe sidewalk – will be less important than getting cameras there at a set time. They will hit and run – you don;t need to give up a whole day or even afternoon. An hour or 90 mins. will work – maybe less.
    Don’t forget local talk radio – news radio – they have web sites now with video. And so-called city papers, and local weeklies (from burbs also.) Someone needs a Boston area media circ. list. Ask a prof at the NE j-skool, she’ll have it. They answer their email over break…
    Good luck with the Frosty Groping press conference! Who needs Frosty the Snowman when you have Favreau the Gropin’ Man! Love it! Let me think of some lyrics to Frosty the Snowman and will post back….you could sing this nice and loud.
    Can someone stream it to this excellent web sits pls.? And don’t forget to You Tube it, with a clear header.
    Merry Shalom to all!

  • Sis

    I’m rather partial to “Gropey, hopey, changey”.

  • Anna

    ER – Thanks for clarifying the way the 6 were picked. I had misinterpreted what Egallantry posted. I see now that it’s the Globe’s editors who make the final selection.

    the 15th – You posted way up thread that no woman has ever been named as the Bostonian of the Year. Can you give me a link I can reference with that fact.

    fsteele – I LOVE your action idea about the cutouts and invitations to grope. Hell, it could even be a fundraiser with varying amonts charged depending upone 1) where you want to grope, 2) how long you want to grope, and 3) whether you want a photo taken of yourself groping.

    Sis – Good to see you. Hadn’t seen you for a couple of days.

    Zee – Stay warm and bundled up out there! You are a diehard activist and we need you safe and healthy!!!

  • Sis

    Mmmm? I posted yesterday Anna.

  • SantaFeK

    Jon Gropeyhopeychangey Favreau: Please, someone, get him a blowup doll? He’s one adolescent boy.

    Besides base and silly boy and disrespectful behavior, and representing the White house, he has no sense to let his picture be taken, then posting it on Facebook.

    Then there are the vile implications of his sexist behavior…

    I posted on the Globe also.

  • Anna

    Sis – Oh. Didn’t see ya’. Hope you’re staying warm.

  • Anna

    FINAL DRAFT OF LETTER TO MR. STEELE. It’s not great, but in this case I think time is of the essence with the holidays upon us and the need to seize the issue while it’s hot. Feel free to use any or all as a template for your own letter if you want. Make sure you italicize The Boston Globe (for some reason that doesn’t transfer when I copy and paste).
    ———————————————————————————
    Dear Mr. Pierce:

    Regarding your 12/21/08 piece “The Speechwriter in Chief” in The Boston Globe, I found your reference to Favreau’s behavior with the cardboard cut out of our soon-to-be Secretary of State, to be less than adequate. To describe Favreau’s behavior with the life size cutout of Senator Clinton as “a Facebook faux pas” is a misleading understatement in its suggestion that the problem with Favreau’s behavior was simply that he got caught. I am sure you are aware that the behaviors that Favreau mimed are often the prelude to date rape. How is it, Mr. Pierce, that you found it appropriate to laud Mr. Favreau while minimizing his sexist actions? Images are powerful. They are symbols and they have meaning.

    I found it ironic that Favreau’s 2003 valedictory address that you quote contained many a lofty line, while his recent behavior suggests a troubling attitude toward women. Referencing his call for various groups that we need more of, let me say that I am a “big sister,” a “mentor,” a “voter who cares,” and a voice “for those who are having trouble getting heard,” and as such allow me to state that Favreau is no modern day hero who deserves any honors from The Boston Globe. He’s a 27-year-old man with rising star status who has just gotten away with demeaning the woman who will be our next Secretary of State, and few appear to care. One can only wonder how differently you, others in the media, and even the President-elect would have responded if Mr. Favreau had been photographed groping a life sized cutout of Michelle Obama, if the wunderkind speechwriter who “can fairly well channel not only Obama’s style, but his substance,” had seen fit to demean our soon-to-be First Lady. I wonder if The Boston Globe would have felt as compelled to honor him as they have. I wonder what you would have written.

  • Thia, GA

    Great letter Anna!

  • Anna

    I’m waiting to finalize my letter to the editors at the Globe but would really like to be able to corrobate whether no woman has ever been named as the Bostonian of the Year. I’ll check back in an hour or so. If no one knows for sure, I’ll repost the edited version of that letter and send it as is.

  • Anna

    OK. Gotta get this letter out to the Editors. Wish I had some solid info as to whether any woman has ever been named as THE Bostonian of the Year. If anyone finds out, I hope you’ll incorporate that tidbit into whatever you write. Meanwhile, here’s my humble offering. Feel free to use any part as a template for your own if you want.
    ———————————————————————————–
    Dear (Name of Editor):

    I am writing to you regarding your selection of Jon Favreau as one of six Bostonians of the Year. Surely in a city like Boston you are not at a loss for finding six outstanding individuals who embody all that is great about America and Boston through deeds and actions. Yet, the Editors at The Boston Globe selected a man who groped a life size cutout of Senator Clinton while his fellow speechwriting buddy mimed getting her drunk. Are you aware that such behaviors are often the prelude to date rape? The fact that Favreau was interacting with an image of Clinton does not diminish the impact of his behavior. Images and symbols are powerful. They have meaning, made all the more potent by Mr. Favreau’s rising star status due to his claim to fame of being a talented speechwriter in the eyes of some.

    By selecting Jon Favreau, The Boston Globe has sent a message that what Mr. Favreau did is not only inconsequential, but that he is worthy of being honored. I wonder if he would be so honored (or even employed in his current position) if Mr. Favreau were found to be groping a life size cutout of Michelle Obama. Perhaps our President-elect might have spoken out about it. In the face of his silence regarding Favreau’s behavior it appears no one in the press is willing to speak truth to power and say what needs to be said: Jon Favreau demeaned our incoming Secretary of State and it is unacceptable. It sends the wrong message to people all around the world, the stage upon which our next Secretary of State must live.

    I would have expected more from your newspaper.

  • Idea from a poster at h44:

    Perhaps they should give him the Boston Groper Award.

    Perhaps someone should contact Howie Carr who does a local program. He is an enterprising muchraker did a long remembered special on a man who married his dog Fido. Therefore, Faveau would not be beyond the pale. Also, we should mention that he is joined at the hip to Teddy–that alone will get his adrenelin flowing.

    Howie might want to invite a shrink on his program to discuss the problem of groping in public. He could invite Faveau on the program to discuss his problem, and note the fact that he declined. He could ask bambi whether this will be the official policy of the new Administration.

    The possibilties are endless. Then Howie could get the shrink to talk about the prototypical bot as a case of arrested development, and the metro sexual syndrome as it relates to bambi, their damsel in distress. They could even get that Chris Hansen to do a son of the catmen series called to catch a groper.

  • Anna

    fsteele – Your comment reminded me of something I was wondering: Regarding folks in the media and elsewhere who write off Favreau’s behavior as meaningless because he wasn’t interacting with a real person, I wonder how many of them think that violence that kids watch and interact with via video games, etc is meaningless because the child is interacting with images and not real people. There are a lot of studies that do show that children are impacted by this and exhibit aggressive behavior after viewing and/or interacting with an image in a violent manner.

    Ugh. Where’s Thia? I need some of her gingerbread right about now!

  • Anna

    Was just thinking: We could amass all these violent images against women from this election:

    The black and red image of Palin getting socked in the face.

    The Favreau photo.

    The video of Tate socking Palin in the face and rendering her unconscious (at best).

    Etc.

    Then, we could send it to The Boston Globe (or any media outlet) and ask them to select the One they feel is most offensive, or least offensive, or whatever, some way or rating them, weighing in on them when seen en masse.

    Thia!!!! Gingerbread needed stat!!!

  • Anna

    To anyone who is still planning to e-mail editors at the Globe, don’t bother with Anne Nelson @ anelson@globe.com. Just got this reply:

    I will be out of the office starting 10/10/2008 and will not return until
    04/06/2009. I won’t check messages. To pitch a story to the magazine, please email one of my colleagues.

    Thanks,
    Anne

  • Lorelai

    I am appalled that the Boston Globe picked Jon Favreau to be honored. His behavior is immature, insensitive and tthe fact that he has not been called on it, and indeed been honored instead-demonstrates that abuse and demeaning women is acceptable and even lauded.
    I agree with Anna who said that images are powerful, and how would Barack have reacted had the image been Michele Obama?

    There is much that has dismayed, angered and disheartened me since the last presidential election began, but the continuing assault on our sensibilities for human justice and fair treatment is now beginning to gnaw on my insides.

    I looked away after the election when I was devasted after all our energies and hard work had gone unrewarded- and am now wholly unprepared for four years of rationalizing the behavior and judgment of our new president. I dread inauguration day.

    I can’t believe this just isn’t a bad dream from which we will all awaken- and that a President that is qualified and inclusive and consistent will have been elected….Must I turn off the tv and ignore the newspapers for the next four years? Ignorance is not he answer-but neither is getting re-agitated all over again when once again the reasons I wanted Hillary Clinton for President are reinforced over and over again by Obama’s poor choices and inexperience.

    In these perilous times, we can hardly afford to have a teflon president; where every move he makes can be postively interpreted because the press can’t bear to admit the truth or their part in the creation of this debacle.

    I admit we should all root for his success – for his success will be our country’s success. .I just don’t have the confidence that the Chicago corruption that bred his political aspirations, will simply evaporate once he takes up residence in the White House.
    Our actions speak louder than our words (which by the way, are usually written by a 27 year old mysogenist.)…so we are left with his actions…..lovely.

  • In case it escaped your notice, the Globe has been owned & operated for a while by the obamalovin’ New York Times. For decades, The Globe has also provided editorial space to the virulent racist and provocateur, Derrick Z. Jackson.

  • Thia, GA

    Anna,

    Better late than never! Gingerbread women coming your way! (I put little icing skirts or pantsuits on them all!)

  • @Anna

    That work has been done by where’s the line.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB_t_UGdmfQ

  • Anna

    Still4Hill – Yes, I saw that great video. But I meant something that didn’t run quickly like a film, more like individual pieces, like one might use in a psychologoy experiment. Or, like Exhibit A, Exhibit B, etc, in a courtroom.

    Thia – Loved the gingerbread! Thanks! Great taste and fabulous decorations!

    Misc Update – So far, only got an auto-reply from Pierce, the long-term-out-of-office-not-checking-messages reply from Anne Nelson, and nothin’ else from the Globe. (sniff)

  • Thia, GA

    Anna,
    A downloadable slide show is available here.

    http://wherestheline.home.comcast.net/

  • Anna

    Thia – Forgot about that. Now I just need a small government grant to do my research project testing for double standards! (Wonder if I can be part of the bailout as an earmark before earmarks become obsolete?)

  • Anna

    Carrying my idea one step futher:

    How about creating equivalent images to those on the video/in the slide show, so instead of a cardboard but out of Clinton, we have one of Michelle Obama; instead of an image of Palin beging slugged in the face, we have an image of Obama being slugged unconscious; instead of tv commentators talking about Clinton’s moods and the negative descriptions, we apply equivalent versions but used in discussions about Obama. Then you do a controlled, double-blind study where you folks in a room and expose them to these images and get their reactions. Of course, since all the players (Clinton, Obama, etc) are well known and since much of the imagery and coverage is also familiar, it might be more potent to simply use images of men and women, blacks and whites who are unknown ordinary folks and see what people respond to various images of degradation against them. Wish I was taking a Research Methods class in college right now. It’d be an easy setting to do a trial run of the idea!

  • ER

    Our work has just begun. There are more stories on Jon Favreau, and a number of papers are reprinting the earlier Washington Post article edifying him. His PR team is working hard. . . We need to act now! The positive aspect of this lousy situation is that our comments can have visibility in the media all over the country.

    PLEASE POST YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT FAVREAU ON THESE SITES, where he is being edified. (Since we likely need to have large outpourings of comments on many sites, you might want to keep a copy of the comments you’ve used previously to edit as needed and use again):

    1. Kansas City Star article, “Meet Obama’s Speechwriter”: http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/16180

    2. Minneapolis Star Tribune article, “Word for Word with Obama”: http://www.startribune.com/pol.....aP3E77K_3c::D3aDhUMEaPc:E7_ec7PaP3iUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiU

    3. The Charlotte Observer article, “Obama’s word man has the world waiting”: http://www.charlotteobserver.c.....27997.html

    4. Daily Contributor, “Jon Favreau: Obama’s Speech Writer”: http://dailycontributor.com/20.....ch-writer/

    5. And, of course, the Boston Globe article anointing Favreau as one of 6 Bostonian’s of the Year. There are some great comments here if you need ideas, and the site is still taking comments: http://www.boston.com/news/pol....._in_chief/

    6. You can also write Letters to the Editors for these papers, and others.

    Together we are strong!

  • Sis

    In my experience, If you want any notice you have to send letters to the editor, hard copy preferably.

    Comment sections are used to burn off dissent, and no-one reads them.

    They are reading here though.

  • Thia, GA

    Sis,

    An assistant at Greta’s show told me the same thing about hard copies. I don’t always have time but when I can I do both. She also told me if you email to put the point you are trying to get across in the subject line because sometimes they don’t have time to read them but they skim the subject lines to find out which way the wind is blowing.

  • Anna

    Sis and Thia –

    Both points you raised are really important and should be included in a section I hope TNA will build pertaining to letter writing (ie, tips, links, etc).

    It is an established factoid that one hard copy counts for 10 e-mails in terms of perception and how many voices it is presumed to represent.

    Also, the subject line issue is crucial. I hope someone at TNA is keeping a running list of ideas, both large and small. I am a strong advocate for developing a Resource Center if an organization truly wants to be an acitivist org. (And I am prepared to assist with that endeavor.)

  • Thia, GA

    Anna-
    There is a section for this stuff in Grassroots.

    http://thenewagenda.net/grassr.....and-plans/

    It will just take a while for people to get used to it being there.

  • Anna from AK

    I have an stupid question. Why is the media suddenly honoring Favreau? I know that he was Obama’s speech writer, but why did this take so long to catch on?

  • Thia, GA

    Anna from AK,

    I think he hired a PR person to help fix his image. 🙁

  • ER

    Sis, Thia, and Anna — thank you for your good suggestions.

    So, for those who have time, please write Letters to the Editors of the papers listed above, and others!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  • Thia, GA

    ER -Thanks for keeping us updated and doing so much research! Merry Christmas to you too ER! Happy Holidays to all!

  • Anna

    Thia – Yeah, I’ve been directed to the “Grassroots” section before. I think it’s not the way to go. A lot of what’s in there are ideas that could be directly forwarded to TNA via e-mail. We need an organized Resouce Center with clear categories such as Media links, letter writing tips, contacting elected officials, etc. It’s not effective for members to wade through more blog posts in the Grassroots section to try to find something specific they need. A blog form is not appropriate for Resources. Resources needs to be organized like a file cabinet. This is one thing PUMApac eventually did that was very important. If TNA strives to be a grassroots org then they need to make it easy for members to take action on their own, not just read about things the org itself is doing or has done.

  • Thia, GA

    Anna,
    Eventually we hope to get a section together like what you were describing but it just takes time. We are all volunteers right now and we just have so many things to get done! I know it isn’t perfect yet but we’re working on it. Please hang in there and do the best you can in the meantime!

  • Anna

    Thia,

    Glad you plan to organize a resource section. I know you’re all volunteers (btw, I’m volunteering to assist, too) and you’re juggling a zillion things re: personal life, professional life and activism. Nothing’s perfect, we’re all just striving to do our best. I’m absolutely and positively hanging in there. All things on balance, I think TNA has enormous potential from what I’ve seen thus far. Making do goes without saying.

    Again, give a shout out for help. I’m there if I have a skill you can use.

  • ER

    HERE’S A NEW IDEA TO KEEP THE FAVREAU ISSUE IN THE MEDIA hence, keeping the issues of sexism and misogyny in the media.

    On the wikipedia page describing Jon Favreau, it states:

    “On December 5, 2008, a picture of Favreau performing a suggestive gesture to a cardboard cut-out of Hillary Clinton surfaced on Facebook. Favreau issued an apology to Clinton[7], whose spokesman referred to the photo as “an example of just good-natured fun between former rival camps”[8].

    Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. If anyone knows how and has the time, please edit the wikipedia page on Jon Faveau!

    Go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.....echwriter) and click on [edit] on the right side of the page. Should stick to the facts, and footnote them, but they are damning—i.e., here are some possible words:

    • Favreau, Obama’s 27-year-old chief speechwriter, stood next to a life-size cutout of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the incoming US Secretary of State, and groped the figure in a sexually explicit manner while being photographed. http://latimesblogs.latimes.co.....vreau.html
    • Many have called for Obama to fire Favreau [list footnotes and URLs here].
    • The New Agenda noted . . . [citation}
    • Etc!

  • ER

    Furthermore, why can’t we organize some editing / writing on wikipedia for a number of people who have demonstrated misogyny and sexism toward women?

    Young people use wikipedia often. This is a strategy to reach more and more people with the facts.

  • Anna

    ER – Love the Wikepedia idea! I think it has “edit” places on the page, but I’ve never hit it and don’t know what happens. I do know there is a person, or people, who fact check so that it doesn’t become a free-for-all. I think you should e-mail your idea to TNA, especially since this thread isn’t even on the main blog page anymore.

  • ER

    Thanks Anna! Do you know the email I can send the idea to?

  • Anna

    ER

    Try info@thenewagenda.org or join@thenewagenda.org
    I’m not sure who retrieves e-mails in those general mailboxes. But someone will get it and forward it to the appropriate person, I would assume.

    Meanwhile, I just got a letter from one of the asst editors at The Boston Globe informing me that they might print my letter. No guarantees, but it seems it’s being considered if there is adequate space. Are you following this so we’ll know if it is published?

  • ER

    Thanks Anna, I’m delighted the Boston Globe is considering publishing your letter! You bet I’m watching it. The Boston Globe Magazine is usually published every Sunday (that’s where they featured Favreau). It wasn’t published yesterday due to the holidays I believe. I’ll be watching for it in next Sunday’s issue.

    To see the Boston Globe electronically, you can go to:
    http://www.boston.com/bostongl.....odaysGlobe

    Letters to the Editor are here: http://www.boston.com/bostongl.....n/letters/

    The Boston Globe Magazine (same publisher, part of the main Boston Globe) is here: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/