University to Boston Herald: Suffolk You!

January 21, 2015

As the hardreading staff has dutifully chronicled, the Boston Herald has been a satellite campus of Suffolk University for years now, including – but not limited to – their joint Press Party Wayne’s World webcast, their Race for Governor tag-teaming of the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial election, their Inside the Race for Mayor for the 2013 Boston mayoral race, the John Nucci Connection (sounds like a ’60s British Invasion band, no?), and etc.

So imagine our surprise when this ad turned up not in the bestie local tabloid, but in the Boston Globe.

 

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Inspire that, Heraldniks. Right where it hurts.

Some success story . . .


Finally! Ad-vantage, Herald!

January 19, 2015

As you might expect in the wake of yesterday’s New England Patriots blowtorching of the Indianapolis Colts, today’s Boston dailies both have full-page ads touting a wide variety of Patsaphernalia.

Boston Herald:

 

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Boston Globe:

 

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But only the feisty local tabloid has this:

 

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What’s Alex and Ani? According to its website, just this:

ALEX AND ANI is pioneering its own definition of corporate consciousness with sustainable initiatives and the creation of high quality, thoughtfully manufactured pieces. We are committed to building a culture that focuses entirely on mindful actions. Our products are hand crafted in America. Our stores are purposefully located on main streets to encourage growth in local economies.

 

And this caught our eye especially:

 

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What’s the NFL connection? This NFL Collection.

Representative sample:

 

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As the hardreading staff has mentioned, the Globe consistently kicks the Herald’s ads, so it’s nice to see the thirsty local tabloid get some love. Even if it comes from unexpected places.


How Many People Turned Out for Warrenpalooza?

January 19, 2015

From our newly launched Tale of Two Lizzies desk

As the hardworking staff duly noted, the Run Warren Run crowd ran ads in New Hampshire papers the other day promoting a rally to urge U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Sort of No) to enter the 2016 presidential bakeoff.

And how many Lizziacs showed up?

Hard to tell from the Boston dailies.

James Pindell’s Boston Globe Metro piece:

In N.H., activists back run by Warren

Democrats push populist message

MANCHESTER, N.H. – They gripped signs and took T-shirts with the words “Run Warren Run,” but the 50 Democratic activists who attended the New Hampshire kick-off of an organization hoping to persuade senter0001-002Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president came for different reasons.

Some had already publicly committed to Hillary Clinton, should she run again for president, but want Clinton to adopt a more populist message. Others said they like it when Warren speaks out on issues like income inequality but want to learn more about her personally before backing her as a presidential candidate. A handful were interested in a potential presidential bid from Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont but wonder whether he is the best person to push a progressive message.

 

So . . . whatever.

But crosstown at the Boston Herald, the crowd was much larger.

From Lindsay Kalter’s report:

Hope was a recurring theme at the launch rally yesterday, hosted by Democracy for America and MoveOn.org, which have promised to invest $1.25 million in Iowa and New Hampshire to convince Warren to run for president. About 250,000 people have signed a petition asking Warren to run, even though she has repeatedly said she isn’t jumping into the race.

About 125 people attended, organizers said, many donning free red, white and blue T-shirts decorated with the “Run Warren Run” logo. Sixteen locals signed up to host house parties to spread the word and convince more people to join the cause.

 

To recap:

A crowd roughly the size of a) The Kardashians, or b) Mitt Romney’s grandchildren showed up for Lizorama.

Sounds more like Shun Warren Shun to us.


Boston Globe Has Crushing Ad-vantage Over Herald

January 18, 2015

As one of the up to 17 home subscribers to the Boston Herald, the hardreading staff naturally worries for the health of the feisty local tabloid. Especially since the paper’s Sunday circulation lags significantly behind the weekday circ, a reversal of the normal pattern for daily newspapers. Of course, the Herald is nothing if not abnormal.

Today’s edition of the Herald gives cause for even more alarm. The news section has only one full-page ad and the equivalent of maybe four more pages in bits and pieces. The Sports section  has even fewer. Talk about ad-nemic.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, meanwhile, these large display ads appeared in the A section alone.

Two for Macy’s:

 

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One for Bloomie’s:

 

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And one for some anti-abortion outfit called Project Rachel:

 

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Oh, yes – plus about another dozen ads that total up to around six more paid pages.

And that’s not an especially good Sunday for the stately local broadsheet.

We know Bloomingdale’s is a stretch but, Hey! Macy’s! Show the thirsty local tabloid a little love, eh?


Boston Herald’s Cohen Crazy Re: Climate Change

January 17, 2015

Only in the ditzy local tabloid could a character like Adriana Cohen have a regular column. But we’ll get back to that in a minute.

First, Page One of the New York Times:

 

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Then, Page One of the Boston Globe:

 

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Just for good measure, Wall Street Journal piece by Robert Lee Hotz (you can’t make this stuff up).

Now, back to Ms. Cohen’s piece today.

Glut of climate misinformation chilling

Is a thermometer a climate denier?

It must be because according to global-warming alarmists, the Earth is heating up, which will undoubtedly cause environmental “Armageddon.”

They demand our government (aka taxpayers) spend billions fighting climate change all while politicians pass job-killing regulations in the process.

 

And what’s her evidence? “My car thermometer registered negative 3 degrees last week! Pipes burst in homes and heating bills soared as the dreaded ‘polar vortex’ swooped down from the Arctic.”

Really. There’s ill-informed, and then there’s resolutely ignorant.

You pick.


Herald Still Fired Up About Boston.com

January 16, 2015

As you would expect, the tsky local tabloid is on the Boston.com rumpus like Brown on Williamson.

From Jessica Heslam:

New Boston.com editor needs cred

Boston Globe’s beleaguered online sister site, Boston.com, is reeling from its latest viral blunder, and it’s high time the rudderless ship finds an experienced captain.

Boston.com yesterday fired Victor Paul Alvarez, an associate editor who posted a story making fun of death threats against House Speaker John Boehner and accusing the Ohio Republican of being a heavy drinker with a “pickled liver” who could survive being poisoned.

Globe CEO Mike Sheehan wouldn’t comment on Alvarez’s ouster but said no other Boston.com staffers were disciplined over the site’s latest mishap.

“It’s onward and upward,” Sheehan said.

 

As opposed to the last month’s downward, yeah?

Heslam also reports, “A contrite Alvarez took to Twitter to address his firing — and critics. ‘The story I wrote was awful. Tasteless. Mean. Bosses felt it was inexcusable. They fired me,’ Alvarez wrote in a tweet. ‘I did not pine for murder. I made a tasteless joke that I clearly regret. Before I was fired and now.'”

And then there’s this:

 

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Crosstown at the Boston Globe, there’s only this:

 

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Explanation? Boston.com GM Corey Gottlieb told Heslam, “We do not comment on individual personnel matters. Any decisions made are far less about one employee than they are about the collective Boston.com team and maintaining and strengthening the standards and values they share.”

But haven’t up to this point, eh?


Boston.comedy: Boehnheaded Post Is Double Trouble for Globe Media Website

January 15, 2015

Boston Globe Media Partners should launch a new vertical – maybe Clux.com? – to house all their apologies for the Globe’s kissing’ cousin, Boston.com.

You’d think – after the t-shirt hit the fan the other week – there’d be some kind of moratorium on Boston.commentary down at Morrissey Boulevard. No such luck. Yesterday one of the Boston.comics posted a piece with the headline “Would Anyone Have Noticed if Bartender Succeeded in Poisoning John Boehner?”

It included this piece of sparkling wit (via Politico’s Hadas Gold):

The question is: Would anyone have noticed? Stories about Boehner’s drinking have circulated for years. His drinking inspired a blog called DrunkBoehner, and in 2010 he brought booze back to Washington. Had he been poisoned as planned, perhaps his pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins.

 

That led to this media culpa at Boston.com:

Last night, an opinion piece was published on Boston.com that has since been adjusted to what you’ll see below. The original column made references to Speaker Boehner that were off-color and completely inappropriate. It reflected the opinions of one of our writers; what it did not reflect, by any standards, were the site’s collective values. Rather than remove any reference to it or pretend it didn’t happen, we are handling with transparency and self-awareness. We are sorry, and we will do better. –Corey Gottlieb, General Manager, Boston.com

 

Right – “adjusted.” There’s also this: “Editor’s note: A previous version of this article made an unsubstantiated reference to the health of Speaker Boehner.”

Geez – any way they could have been a little vaguer?

Regardless, it was mother’s milk to the frisky local tabloid, which piled on with this high-priced spread (special bonus Inexplicable Green Numbers!):

 

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The Globe, for its part, featured this blandish piece in today’s Metro section.

Look for Boston GlobeSox owner John Henry to lob a neutron bomb at Boston.com. When the dust settles, he might want to consider these recommendations from the redoubtable Dan Kennedy. Just for starters.


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