Boston Globe’s Capital Withdrawal

February 27, 2015

Well the hardreading staff was leafing through the Boston Globe this morning and here’s what we found on Metro Page One:

 

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Sure enough, the former stand-alone section occupied all of four Metro pages that featured – Motheragawd! – exactly zero ads. As one splendid reader pointed out to us, the mainstay of the old Capital’s ad pages – Steward Health Care System – had drifted over to the Business section, formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of UMass. Granted, UMass still has the bug that keeps on bugging nestled in the Business banner, but Steward owns the bottom of the page.

 

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Should be fun to watch the Steward-UMass slap fight in the stately local broadsheet. At least until 2016, when – who knows – Capital might stand on its own two feet again.


Correction o’ the Day (Graham Moore Is Not Gay)

February 26, 2015

During last Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast, screenwriter Graham Moore delivered this moving acceptance speech upon winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Imitation Game.

 

 

Monday’s Boston Globe featured workmanlike Oscar wrap-ups by Matthew Gilbert and Ty Burr, who noted, “Graham Moore’s emotional acceptance speech recalling his suicidal adolescence was a highlight of the evening.”

Then, inexplicably, Wednesday’s Globe featured this:

 

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For the life of us, we can’t find the offending passage. (It doesn’t help that the Globe fails to provide an online Correction with a link to the specific piece. At least not that we could find.)

Regardless, here’s what the Googletron yields:

 

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So, to recap: The Boston Globe never meant to imply that Graham Moore is gay. Even if it didn’t.

Sorted.


Hey! Boston Herald *Was* Above All with Birdman Ad

February 25, 2015

Half a century ago the New York Daily News had a regular feature called $5 for Your Most Embarrassing Moment. And about 90% of the entries included this phrase:

“Was my face red!”

Well, call us the hardredding staff.

The other day, we posted this in the wake of the Academy Awards broadcast:

 

Well the hardreading staff was leafing through the Boston Herald this morning, as is our wont, when we turned page 5 to discover this:

 

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Double take:

 

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Wait – is that really an ad? And if so, why does it appear in the feisty local tabloid but not the Boston Globe? Or the New York Times? Or anywhere else, at least according to the Googletron.

It’s just kind of weird, isn’t it? Then again, maybe the Herald is Above All other papers.

Weird.

 

Actually, not so weird, as it turns out.

From yesterday’s New York Times:

 

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So the flighty local tabloid was, if not Above All, at least Before All.

Excellent!


Today’s Ad-vantage in Boston Dailies: Birdman Herald

February 23, 2015

Well the hardreading staff was leafing through the Boston Herald this morning, as is our wont, when we turned page 5 to discover this:

 

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Double take:

 

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Wait – is that really an ad? And if so, why does it appear in the feisty local tabloid but not the Boston Globe? Or the New York Times? Or anywhere else, at least according to the Googletron.

It’s just kind of weird, isn’t it? Then again, maybe the Herald is Above All other papers.

Weird.


Ad-vantage Herald: Remembering Lynde McCormick

February 21, 2015

It’s a rare day when the Boston Herald features a non-retail ad that does not simultaneously run in the Boston Globe.

But yesterday was just such a day.

From page 13 of Friday’s feisty local tabloid:

 

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Why the Boston Herald placement? Possible hints (via http://elizabethrea.com/LyndeMcCormick/):

McCormick’s illustrious career included 25 years of business journalism, in all forms of media (print, TV & radio) in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong followed by 17 entrepreneurial years, owning and operating three businesses in New York City. He met his wife and future business partner Andrea Jenks in college. They were married for forty-one years.

In the 1970’s, he wrote for The Christian Science Monitor in Boston and Los Angeles. He covered special assignments Lynde-Climbingthat involved parachuting, riding in special aircraft through hurricanes, and interviewing celebrities such as Catherine Deneuve. He took leave from The Monitor in 1980 to work as a business reporter for the Rocky Mountain News. Offering a singular flair in his skill of writing for the popular weekly supplement: Business Tuesday, he subsequently achieved the position of business editor for the paper. After nine years in Denver, he was asked to be an on-air reporter for Monitor TV in Boston and was given his own show, Business by Lynde. He also worked for Monitor Radio while in Boston.

 

But why not a Boston Globe placement as well?

We’ve respectfully sent that question to the McCormick family. And we’ll keep you posted.


Boston Globe Goes Full Money – er, Monty – for UMass

February 20, 2015

As the hardreading staff has previously noted, the Boston Globe and UMass are likethis lately.

Pick One: Boston Globe Majors in (U)Mass Marketing or, Boston Globe Pimps Out Page One

The Boston Globe is having quite a financial fling with the University of Massachusetts these days. First it was this “Special Supplement to the Boston Globe” that ran [last fall].

 

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As the hardreading staff noted, that’s “Special” as in “Advertising,” which the Globe would have stated explicitly if it cared to be honest with its readers.

Now comes this doozie in [the 11/13/14] edition of the $tately local broadsheet (photos courtesy of the Missus).

 

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Okay then. That was last fall, when UMass bought the Boston Globe for a day.

Now comes this trifecta in yesterday’s edition of the $tately local broadsheet.

First, the Business section banner:

 

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Then, the bottom of Page One:

 

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Then, the back page:

 

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That pretty much makes yesterday’s Globe Business section a wholly owned subsidiary of UMass.

Ugh.


Boston Globe ‘Biden’ Its Time on Touchy-Feelygate?

February 18, 2015

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

The Boston dailies continue to reside in parallel universes. Page One of today’s Boston Herald:

 

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Hillary Chabot’s column provides the details of the Washington Maul.

Hey Joe: Try being a little less hands-on going forward

Perhaps Joe Biden is already breaking out the charm offensive he’s honed for the 2016 presidential trail and he’s code named it: Joe Biden,  Stephanie CarterLady Killer.

The notoriously inappropriate vice president breached one woman’s personal boundaries yesterday as he swore in Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in the Roosevelt Room.

The gaffe-prone VP put his hands on Carter’s wife’s shoulders from behind for a long time, leaned over and whispered something into her ear, creating an Internet sensation that rippled far throughout the presidential primary battlefield.

 

Plug “Joe Biden” into the Googletron and you get a taste of said Internet sensation.

 

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And that’s not even counting all the tweets that hit the fan.

Crosstown, meanwhile, the Boston Globe has nothing in today’s print edition and just this AP piece up on the web.

New defense secretary vows to protect troops’ safety, dignity

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Ash Carter, sworn in Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s fourth secretary of defense, pledged to offer his most candid strategic advice and carefully consider decisions about sending troops into harm’s way.

Vice President Joe Biden issued the oath of office from the White House, on a Bible held by Carter’s wife, while most of the federal government was closed because of snow. Biden said Carter faces ‘‘many tough missions,’’ ranging from battling Islamic State militants and strengthening the NATO alliance, to technological advancements and budget cuts.

‘‘This is the guy that fits the job,’’ Biden said, calling Carter a ‘‘profoundly capable manager.’’

 

Just not capable of protecting his wife’s dignity, eh?


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