From our Compare and Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk
Sunday Boston Herald, Page One:
Boston Sunday Globe, Page One:
(Both via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages.)
Here’s the thing: There is virtually nothing of real import in the Herald today. That’s not to say human-interest and crime stories don’t have their place, or that the Herald never runs consequential stories. Just not today.
The Globe, by contrast, has two major takeouts front page above the fold. The RFK papers story is entirely maddening (representative sample: ”‘Ethel has been given control of documents that she couldn’t even legally read because she didn’t have a security clearance,’ said a former National Archives official who had the authority to handle top secret information regarding the RFK papers.”)
The Scott Brown biopiece is a major headscratcher, making you wonder how adept Brown is at separating myth from memory, and casting some light on the more braggadocious statements he’s made lately (Papaya King, anyone?).
And that’s not even addressing the rest of the Globe’s content, which makes the contrast with the Herald even starker.
Is the hardreading staff essentially comparing Apples and PCs here? Maybe. But it’s good every once in a while to take a step back and realize what we have in this two-daily town.