Published August 11, 2010
With Yachtgate (Boatgate? Watergate?) behind us, the Boston Herald feasts on new prey: Matt Amorello, the Big Dig contractor boss who failed to show up for court Monday — and posed for one of the all-time best worst police mug shots. Two consecutive covers is the minimum for a bona fide Herald nontroversy.
Media blogger John Carroll thinks the tabloid is being too hard on the guy:
Make no mistake: former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority chairman and current accused drunk driver Matt Amorello is a menace to society and – to all appearances – deserves swift and harsh justice.
But the Boston Herald’s coverage of Amorello’s alleged drunken demolition derby this past weekend has been swift and excessively harsh.
I don’t favor forgetting about his Big Dig blunders, they’re a part of the record. But we ought not to forget that the man is a human being, who was obviously devastated by the death that occurred on his watch and has had a terrible time of it since. At this point, Amorello-bashing is a truly cruel pastime. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
I never defend the right of privacy for public figures. But what is Amorello? After the former state senator became a scapegoat for the deadly collapse four years ago, he fell into obscurity. What do you think? Should Matt Amorello be left in peace with his sins?