Category: Tobe Berkovitz

Rolling Stone slammed over gang-rape apology: ‘A minor mea culpa’

December 6th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Newsmax, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Media observers slammed Rolling Stone’s apology on Friday for publishing a cover story last month on the brutal gang rape of a woman by seven University of Virginia fraternity pledges that turned out not to be true, with Boston University assistant professor Tobe Berkovitz calling it “a minor mea culpa.”

Expert quote:

“They’ve hardly apologized. Almost all the entire press is appalled by this, and Rolling Stone is just floating along, saying: ‘Whoops, sorry. We shall go forth.’ This was just gross negligence that a publication the size of Rolling Stone would publish such a powerful piece that had so many inherent flaws in it,”

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Obama: Just like us or un-presidential?

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

He may be the commander in chief and leader of the free world, but that doesn’t mean President Obama hasn’t had his share of un-presidential moments…

Expert quote:

“He’s lucky that more people don’t accuse him of denigrating the office. Obama fancies himself president but also a pop star and the pop star bit gets him into trouble.”

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Mass. appeal: Candidates canvass state as Election Day nears

November 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

For one of the two leading candidates for governor, Tuesday night will likely serve as the turning point in a lengthy political career…

Expert quote:

“The death of the mayor and his funeral freezes the race to a relatively large degree. The clock has almost been run out.”

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Charlie Baker’s tears could sway undecideds

October 30th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Charlie Baker’s weepy mid-debate tale about a hard-luck New Bedford fisherman and his sons — a story that dates back to his last campaign — could sway undecided, sympathetic voters, but it could push skeptics toward Martha Coakley if they don’t buy his sincerity, political watchers say…

Expert quote:

“There’s almost nothing that happens at this stage in a campaign that is spontaneous, that hasn’t been done before. But Martha does kind of go onto the back burner. And at this point, if you have a day that benefits you and not your opponent, that’s a good day.”

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Baker, Coakley square off Monday at The Hanover

October 26th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

The two leading candidates for governor, Democrat Martha M. Coakley and Republican Charles D. Baker Jr., will square off at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Monday in the city’s first gubernatorial debate in 12 years…

Expert quote:

“At the current time, most people just don’t have much interest in debates. I think most of the people watching fall into the political junkie category, and they’ve pretty much made up their minds.”

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Governor’s council races draw challengers

October 21st, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

A total of 13 people are running for seats on the Governor’s Council — two-year, part-time jobs that have access to the state’s most powerful politician and a final say over which judges are appointed to the bench…

Expert quote:

“It served a purpose during the Colonial era, but since then it’s basically become a patronage ground. It would be a pleasant anachronism if it didn’t cost the taxpayers money or have the power to affect judicial appointments.”

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Senate-wary Democrats stoke skepticism of polls as campaign strategy

October 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz, Washington Times 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Democrats worried about the state of the Senate come November have reverted to what seems a last-hour strategy to rally their base to the polls, by telling their voters to close their ears and eyes to polling that paints the Republicans on a sure-fire path of a takeover…

Expert quote:

“Polling has become politicized like everything else in the current environment. The press has become more politicized, the reporting itself has become more politicized and so it is to be expected that polling is politicized.”

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Independents: Major party candidates out of touch

October 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

A charismatic entrepreneur who plans to start a political movement. A successful venture capitalist with a penchant for creating jobs. A controversial anti-gay pastor facing accusations of crimes against humanity in Uganda…

Expert quote:

“If you had a really appealing personality driving a new, alternative party, I think you’ve got the potential to get some dilettantes to sign on with you. The potential does exist for a strong personality with a strong bank account or a strong connection to an activist base to elbow their way onto the party table.”

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Dems: Don’t trust the polls

October 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Democrats have a new message in the 2014 race for the Senate: Don’t trust the polls…

Expert quote:

“Polling has become politicized like everything else in the current environment. The press has become more politicized, the reporting itself has become more politicized and so it is to be expected that polling is politicized.”

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MA Gubernatorial Candidates Looking for an Edge in TV Advertising

October 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

With a gubernatorial race that seems closer than ever, both Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker are looking for any competitive advantage possible, which includes television advertising…

Expert quote:

“Right now, I think it is a wash from an advertising perspective. Neither campaign has had a break out ad or an ad that has caused problems. Both candidates are trying to nail down key demographics of voters that they need support from. It may not be the most important part of a campaign, but it is certainly a needed part; not advertising could lead to one candidate overshadowing another’s message.”

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