Gov. Baker Flags S.C. Gaffe for Globe, Not Herald

June 19, 2015

As the hardreading staff has repeatedly noted, the Boston Herald is pretty much the wallflower at the advertising dance in the local dailies. (This week too!) But today the Herald plays second fiddle on Beacon Hill as well.

Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mulligan, Please) tried to get out in front of some ill-advised remarks on the radio yesterday by contacting the Boston Globe to take it all back.

Metro Page One:

Baker apologizes for flag remarks

Says Confederate symbol should not fly in capitols

Governor Charlie Baker apologized on Thursday for remarks he made earlier in the day defending the rights of state capitols to fly the Confederate flag, initially calling it a matter of “tradition.”03homelesspic02

Baker said in an early-afternoon radio interview that states should be entitled to decide whether to fly the Confederate flag at their capitols, laying out a brief argument for local government. But he later backtracked and said he believed the controversial symbol should be removed.

In a telephone interview on Thursday evening, Baker said he had “heard from some friends of mine.” Their message, he said: “Basically: What were you thinking?”

 

Indeed. What Baker wasn’t thinking was to call the Boston Herald after the “Thursday evening call [to Globe reporter Jim O’Sullivan] arranged hastily by aides.”

One would think the fringey local tabloid would at least have played catch-up on its website today, but one would be wrong.

So, to recap:

By all appearances Charlie Baker came to his senses about whether the Confederate flag should fly in state capitols and wanted to walk back his comments from earlier in the day. So he contacted the Globe but not the Herald. Bad news for the Heraldniks.

(We just sent an email to Jim O’ Sullivan asking him if that’s an accurate summary. We will, as always, keep you posted.)

UPDATE: Jim O’Sullivan tells us that he offered to talk to Baker if the governor wanted to revise or amend his comments, then aides set up the phone call. So, to re-recap: Just sharper reporting at the Boston Globe. That is all.


No Panera Bread Dough for Sunday Boston Herald

June 15, 2015

From our Never-Ending DisADvantage desk

Once again the Boston Herald is, as they say in the Midwest, sucking hind teat.

Exhibit Umpteen: This ad, which ran on page A3 of yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe.

 

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Nuts to fast food graf:

 

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The same ad ran in yesterday’s New York Times (which published this Associated Press interview with Panera founder Ron Shaich last month about the chain’s No No List).

But, insult to (financial) injury, there was no ad whatsoever in the Boston Herald, whose readers arguably could use some healthier fare.

One more missed meal for the hungry local tabloid.


Boston 2024: The Grift That Keeps on Giving

June 11, 2015

As you splendid readers well know, the Boston news media – from the Boston Business Journal to WGBH to Boston Magazine to WBUR to the Boston Globe – are on Store 2024 like Brown on Williamson.

But not the Boston Herald.

Sure, the feisty local tabloid has provided some basic coverage of the five-ring monte Olympic bid, but it’s not breaking news the way other local outlets have. The Herald these days is more about Deval Patrick’s financial shenanigans.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Exhibit A: Yesterday’s Joe Battenfeld column.

Patrick Secretly Diverted Junket Cash

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Former Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration secretly diverted nearly $27 million in public money to off-budget accounts that paid for a $1.35 million trade junket tab, bloated advertising contracts, and a deal with a federally subsidized tourism venture backed by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, a Herald investigation has found.

The maneuver to fatten the hidden “trust” 

accounts with millions from state quasi-public agencies allowed Patrick to skirt the state Legislature and evade state budget cutbacks during the recession, the Herald found.

 

Elsewhere in the piece, the number seems to be over $37 million. Helpful chart:

 

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Whatever.

Exhibit B: Today’s Herald page 5 (with bonus Inexplicable Green 1).

 

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See? Even the paper’s Olympic coverage is part of its Devalue Pak.

Meanwhile, the latest Boston NOlympics revelations include this in the BBJ, which suggests that those expecting the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority to “save the Boston Olympics” Must Be Taking Acid. The Boston Globe contributes this front-page piece about Boston 2024 relocating the Widett Circle food wholesalers to the Seaport (one really smart person we know thinks the entire Boston 2024 effort is just a land grab to develop the New Boston Food Market site). The Globe also features this Metro piece about the full-court press on the Boston 2024 organizers to finally get down to specifics.

WBUR also has a couple of new reports today about bigger Olympic footprints, and WGBH tosses in this piece about new venues and public relations.

But the Boston Herald? Call it the shelfie local tabloid.


Boston City Haul: Plaza Redesign #Umpteen Plus One

June 10, 2015

So how many times has the hardworking staff at our kissin’ cousin Campaign Outsider written about a Boston mayor calling for proposals to redesign City Hall Plaza? At least this many. And they’re sick of the topic over there.

So it falls to the hardreading staff to chronicle the latest chapter in this emptiest of exercises, compliments of today’s Boston Herald.

MARTY: REMAKE THIS PLACE

Calls to designers for new City Hall plan

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s plans to reinvigorate Boston City Hall and City Hall Plaza took another step forward this week with a call for designers interested in creating a master plan and programming for the hulking concrete building and its vast, barren brick-and-concrete outdoor space.

The cost of the master plan is expected to run about $500,000. It follows the mayor’s informal request in March that went outside the design community and used a Twitter campaign to solicit the public’s suggestions for the redesign of the plaza and new potential uses.

 

And etc.

Last Saturday the Boston Globe showcased a sort of interim step – Adirondack-style chairs on the Plaza.

 

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Regardless, it’s still a red-brick barbecue pit in the summer. Here’s hoping this time Walsh cooks up a plan he can actually serve.


Boston Herald Represses Hardreading Staff!

June 9, 2015

As you splendid readers might recall, the hardreading staff noted yesterday the Boston Herald’s promotion of its new feature, The Chic Sheet, which promises to “give readers an inside look at Boston’s most giving, gracious and stylish individuals who have mastered the art of being chic.”

We ended yesterday’s post this way:

Raise your hand if you can’t wait for tomorrow.

Same here.

 

Apparently someone at the frosty local tabloid took offense at that, because exactly zero Heralds were delivered  to the Global Worldwide Headquarters today.

Undaunted, we hereby present said Chic Sheet from today’s edition of the Herald.

 

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So much for trying to freeze us out. Hey, Heraldniks: Don’t try pulling this sheet again, eh?


Ads ‘n’ Ends From the Boston Dailies (Happy Couples Edition)

June 8, 2015

The hardreading staff has long been dedicated to bringing all you splendid readers what’s most distinctive in the local dailies, and today we have a twofer in the ad department.

Start with the Boston Globe, which featured this sixth-page ad on paste A5 (it also ran in yesterday’s Metro section).

 

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We count eight names overall between the two in the happy couple. That’s a lotta class, eh?

But why run the ad in the Globe? The lede supplies a lead:

 

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Plug Renata von Tscharner into the Googletron and you get this: Renata von Tscharner, founder andp resident, Charles River Conservancy. Mystery solved.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, though, the mystery lingers in this ad, which has run several times in the past month, including today.

 

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We count zero eyes between the two in the happy couple. Plug The Chic Sheet into the Googletron and you come across this Herald promo, which seems to have appeared only online.

The Chic Sheet launching June 9

The Chic Sheet is the Herald’s new annual celebration of style and spirit.

Launching on June 9, the feature will give readers an inside look at Boston’s most giving, gracious and stylish individuals who have mastered the art of being chic.

 

The selfie local tabloid also includes this informative video.

 

 

Raise your hand if you can’t wait for tomorrow.

Same here.


Hark! The . . . Globe?

June 4, 2015

Our Walt Whitman desk is normally the sole province of the Boston Herald, but today it’s not the selfie local tabloid that’s celebrating itself and singing itself.

It’s the Boston Globe that’s passing off promotional material as bylined news.

To wit:

A new Boston tradition: The Globies sports awards

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The Boston Globe has announced plans for a sports awards program that will honor the best of Boston and New England sports. The Globies Presented by Mercedes-Benz will be held Oct. 6 at House of Blues in Boston.

Awards will be given in a variety of categories, including MVPs of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and Revolution, the Boston Pride Award, Community Hero, and Best Female Athlete.

“New England has one of the world’s most passionate sports fan bases and we want to create a new tradition to celebrate the teams and individuals that fuel our passion while forging a stronger connection with those fans,” said Globe CEO Mike Sheehan.

 

Not to mention with Mercedes-Benz.

Globe staffer Matt Pepin drew the short straw and had to write the puff piece, which includes more slop from Sheehan: “We are grateful to our principal partner, the Boston Area Mercedes-Benz Dealers, for leading the efforts to make this vision a reality, as well as our presenting sponsor MGM Springfield, a company with deep roots in sports and entertainment.”

Ah, that explains it – the Globies are a vision. All the more regrettable that it blurs the line between news and marketing.

Perhaps the stately local broadsheet should consider hiring a VP/Optometry for just these visionary occasions.


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