Boston Globe Scooped by Derek Jeter

March 28, 2015

[Editor’s Note: We’ve been told by someone we respect that our previous headline (“More on Dan Shaughnessy’s Papi Smear”) was offensive, and so we have changed it. Your recriminations go here.]

Well this is an excellent rumpus Red Sox stalwart David Ortiz and the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy are having, no? In case you’ve been snowed under by more trivial matters, it started with this piece by Ortiz on Derek Jeter’s website The Players’ Tribune. Most notable, at least in local media terms, was this passage:

In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot. My first 20 games I was hitting like .400. And the reporter with the red jheri curl from The Boston Globe comes into the locker room says, “You’re from the Dominican. You’re older. You fit the profile of a steroid user. Don’t you think you’re a prime suspect?”

He’s saying this with a straight face. I had taken like 70 at-bats. Anybody can get hot and hit .400 with 70 at-bats. I was stunned. Boston Red Sox v New York YankeesI’m like, I’m Dominican? I fit the profile? Are you kidding me?

I wanted to kill this guy. But you can’t react. That’s what they want. They want you to get angry so they can bury you. So I just smiled at him and asked for his address.

“Why do you want my address?” he said.

“Because I just got tested two days ago.” I said. “I’ll mail you the f****ing results.”

(Shaughnessy dismantles Ortiz’ claims in his column today.)

But there’s also this sidebar, via FishbowlNY: “There’s an interesting collateral detail in Richard Sandomir’s NYT look at The Players’ Tribune’s rookie year. When March 26 essay ‘The Dirt‘ was added to the Derek Jeter portal by editor-at-large David Ortiz, it hit the Red Sox paper of record in the gut.”

From Sandomir’s piece:

Within a half-hour of Ortiz’s post being published on The Players’ Tribune on Thursday night, The Boston Globe rushed onto its website a similar article, the product of an interview Ortiz gave March 11 to one of its reporters, Bob Hohler. That piece had been held since last week so it could be the centerpiece of The Globe’s Major League Baseball preview April 5.

“When he filed it, we were wary,” said Joseph Sullivan, the Globe’s sports editor. “I worried about ESPN or Yahoo or The Boston Herald somehow doing a similar story. But I didn’t think about The Players’ Tribune.”

Sullivan added: “Last night was not a good night for me.”

Then again, this morning wasn’t so great for Ortiz.


Boston Herald Tosses Up Airball on Sweet 16 Subplots

March 26, 2015

Tonight, the NCAA’s annual March Madness hoedown gets a little bit madder as the round of (Sweet) 16 kicks off. To tee the festivities up, today’s Boston Herald spotlights a handful of spitfire showcases in its Sports section.

 

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Representative sample:

ACC domination

The ACC seems to be fairing pretty well, eh? There are five teams remaining in the NCAA tournament — Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Notre Dame and N.C. State. The Wolfpack are the lowest ranked team at No. 8. It’s conceivable that half the field could be ACC teams in the Elite Eight this weekend. We all knew that the additions of teams like Notre Dame, Syracuse and most recently Louisville would make this a power conference, but this good? Maybe so.

 

Actually, the ACC is faring pretty well, but why get technical about it. Especially since there are much bigger issues to address, namely that the hoopy local tabloid omitted one of the best subplots of all in the Sweet 16: Xavier vs. Arizona.

Fortunately, today’s Boston Globe features this Associated Press piece.

Coaches reunited at Arizona vs. Xavier 

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LOS ANGELES — Six years are a blink when old friends like Sean Miller and Chris Mack get back together. When the coaches met up Wednesday in a Staples Center hallway, they jumped right back into their old relationship roles.

Miller is still the serious leader shouldering the responsibility of a major program at Arizona, still wistful about his decision to leave Xavier in 2009.

Mack is still the grateful, upbeat friend who replaced him — and who just can’t resist a good jab at his old boss before their schools face off for the first time Thursday night in the West Regional semifinal.

 

Full disclosure: Back in the Jurassic Era, the hardreading staff did seven years in Ohio, four-and-a-half of them at Xavier University. (We were “asked” to leave the Master’s program in English after one semester. Details upon request.)

So maybe we’re a bit biased about which subplots get highlighted. All we can say is, Go Muskies!

P.S. Take Xavier and the points tonight. Just a hunch.


Boston Globe Peddles New City Bike Lanes

March 25, 2015

The local dailies take it to the street today in their coverage of a proposed new “cycle track” on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.

That’s excellent news according to this Boston Globe Metro piece.

Plans for bike lanes cheer cyclists

City to install protected paths along Commonwealth Avenue

The city of Boston will install protected bike lanes on a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue, a victory for biking advocates who have pushed for the city to make it safer to cycle down the bustling thoroughfare.bike2

City officials announced on Tuesday their plans to replace existing bike lanes with protected bike lanes — known as cycle tracks — from the Boston University Bridge to Packard’s Corner. The lanes will be about two-thirds of a mile and use parked cars as a barrier between cyclists and vehicle traffic, a move meant to cut down on accidents that have become common along the heavily used road.

The decision to install the protected bike lanes represents a turnaround for the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and could pave the way for more protected bike lanes in the city.

 

The stately local broadsheet also provides this handy graphic for the $17 million project:

 

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Surprisingly, Nicole Dungca’s piece has nary a discouraging word about the impact of the new streetscape on drivers or local merchants.

But wait . . .

Crosstown at the footy local tabloid (where the only legitimate modes of transportation are driving and walking), the street reconfiguration is seen as a naked lane grab, not to mention a parking disaster. From the Boston Herald piece by Richard Weir and Marie Szaniszlo:

Bike lane plan draws ire

‘Outrageous’ loss of parking $$

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At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty, irate over what he called an “outrageous” plan to eliminate 73 parking spaces, plus an outbound traffic lane, to make way for a special “cycle track” for bike riders on a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton, said he plans to grill the city transportation officials who proposed it.

“At a time when we just overspent tens of millions on snow removal and the administration is talking about the need to close five schools, someone comes up with the idea to remove 73 parking meters from the streets of Boston, meters that could generate up to $341,000 a year,” said Flaherty, who intends to call a public hearing. “I want to know who did that cost-benefit analysis and what other streets in Boston are they looking at?”

 

According to Herald columnist Howie Carrtoon, all of them: “They’re going to advance west, in search of new territory to annex, first in the direction of Harvard Street and on up Brighton Ave. It’ll be great for all those little barrooms and bodegas, once nobody can park within three blocks of them.” Yeah, Howie’s always looking after the little guys so they have enough dough to buy his cut ‘n’ paste books.

(Not to get technical about it but the Globe piece reports that “officials will begin construction in the spring on 4 miles of protected bike lanes in the heart of downtown.”)

So, to recap: The Globe piece mentions nothing about lost parking spots and opposition to the plan. The Herald piece mentions little else.

(To be fair graf goes here.)

To be fair, the Herald piece says that at a public meeting last night 
”attended by a largely pro-bike crowd of more than 200, speakers were overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed tracks.”

But that doesn’t mean the Boston Globe’s reporting should be.


Marty Walsh Channels Orwell on 5-Ring Referendum

March 24, 2015

(Previously . . . in the Marty Walsh Gazette . . . )

Today’s Boston Herald features more slop from City Hall on the Store 2024 rumpus.

A full page worth, in fact.

 

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From Matt Stout’s piece: “The ‘Team Walsh’ meeting [tonight] comes amid the increasing likelihood of a 2016 ballot initiative as both Attorney General Maura Healey and Gov. Charlie Baker threw their support behind a referendum yesterday.”

And Jaclyn Cashman writes in her column, “Walsh has even warmed up to a ballot question regarding bringing the games to the Bay State. He learned Bay Staters get furious when they feel their voices don’t matter.”

But . . .

Here’s the official statement City Hall released today:

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR WALSH ON OLYMPIC REFERENDUM

“Hosting the Olympic Games presents an opportunity to envision and build together the next chapter in Boston’s history. The success of our bid for the Olympics depends on the support of residents and we should only move forward in a way that will bring the greatest benefit to the City and its neighborhoods. Over the next year, I encourage residents to engage in a conversation to learn more about what the Olympics could mean for Boston and the entire Commonwealth, and to put forward any suggestions or concerns. The Olympics offers a catalyst to unlocking our full potential and only through collaboration can we take advantage of this chance to elevate Boston to new heights.”

 

Excellent! The Statement on the Olympic Referendum doesn’t actually mention the Olympic Referendum.

Then, several hours ago, this popped up on the Herald’s website:

Boston 2024 sets date for statewide referendum on Olympics bid

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The head of Boston 2024 today set a date for a binding statewide referendum on the Boston Olympics — and vowed to give voters in Boston veto power over the controversial project.

“We believe now is the time that 2024 would like to propose a referendum in 2016,” Boston 2024 chair John Fish told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “What that is saying is that: let the voters vote — not just the voters of Boston — but a referendum statewide. What we will commit to is if the statewide referendum passes but the voting bloc in Boston doesn’t want the Olympics, we won’t host the Olympics.”

 

There you go. Or there the Olympic bid goes.

Take your pick.


Elizabeth Warren Hits Boston Dailies Double

March 23, 2015

The local dailies are giving a whole new meaning to the Warren Report.

Yesterday’s Boston Globe was a Love Letter to Liz (actually a mash note, not to get technical about it). The paper devoted over 25% of its Ideas section to making a Warren for President case, starting with this rare front-page editorial.

Democrats need Elizabeth Warren’s voice in 2016 presidential race

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DEMOCRATS WOULD be making a big mistake if they let Hillary Clinton coast to the presidential nomination without real opposition, and, as a national leader, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren can make sure that doesn’t happen. While Warren has repeatedly vowed that she won’t run for president herself, she ought to reconsider. And if Warren sticks to her refusal, she should make it her responsibility to help recruit candidates to provide voters with a vigorous debate on her signature cause, reducing income inequality, over the next year.

 

There are three – count ‘em, three – other pieces playing variations on that theme in this high-priced spread:

 

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That’s a lotta real estate for Warren to gobble up.

Not to be left home from the dance, the Boston Herald jumped on the Lizwagon today.

 

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For starters, there’s this Kimberly Atkins column:

For Clinton to win she needs Warren to run

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WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren, as we now know her, would make a terrible presidential candidate. But her party, the Democrats — including presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton ­— need Elizabeth Warren to run.

Because they need a primary, and no one else can give them one.

 

The Herald’s Tom Shattuck is even more desperate for a Warren run.

Please, please, PLEASE! Go for it!

Let the movement begin.

Starting today, all good progressives should write it on their Starbucks latte cups:

Run Liz Run.

And don’t stop there. Facebook profile pics, Twitter avatars, the dirty windows of your Priuses, Subarus and Range Rovers — even the Burberry sweater your Maltese named “Chloe” wears — take a Sharpie to that Shar-Pei and scrawl “Run Liz Run.”

 

(There’s also, inevitably, this: Indian claims would be under microscope.)

Funny – the Globe wants a Warren run to help Hillary Clinton, while the Herald wants one to hurt her.

Imagine that.


An Ad-itude Adjustment on 2024 Summer Olympics?

March 23, 2015

As splendid reader Mike Barry so wisely predicted, it was only a matter of time until the machers at Store 2024 started paying to tell their side of the story. Especially after being poll-axed by WBUR last week, the Boston Olympniks needed some damage control in a hurry.

Thus, this (with special bonus Inexplicable Green Number):

 

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That ran page 3 of the Boston Herald. On page 3 of the Globe’s Metro section, there was the same ad:

 

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Our personal favorites?

 

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Wait – weren’t we told those improvements were “all in place” before the 2024 Olympic bid was even a twinkle in John Fish’s eye? And then there’s this:

 

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We’d very much like to see that poll, ’cause it sure don’t feel that way. (Anything you can tell us, No Boston Olympics?)

On the coverage front, meanwhile, the local dailies are running true to form today: The Globe is the preferred conduit for Boston 2024 (see this Page One piece), and the Herald is the Marty Walsh Gazette (Mayor now game for Olympics vote). Sorta like we said the other day.

Just sayin’.


Boston Globe Not Wholly Owned Subsidiary of UMass

March 23, 2015

Over the past months, the hardreading staff has repeatedly noted the increasing presence of lucrative – and corrosive –  advertising by the University of Massachusetts in the Boston Globe, from co-opting the paper’s front page to bugging its banners to mimicking its editorial content.

But then came this from yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe:

 

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It’s a tough piece that raises tough questions about the fiscal fitness of UMass.

(To be sure graf goes here.)

To be sure, the hardreading staff never said the Globe was in the tank for UMass. We just questioned the appearance of so many financial ties between the stately local broadsheet and the state’s higher-education system. Those ties didn’t seem to matter in yesterday’s instance.

So, to recap: UMass 3, Boston Globe 1.

The hardscoring staff will keep you posted.

P.S. Undaunted, UMass ran this full-page ad in yesterday’s Globe.

 

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Here for a reason indeed: To outshout any editorial coverage of UMass in the Globe. That’s show biz, eh?


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