Boston Dailies Leave Readers Hanging

September 22, 2014

From our Show Us the Money Shot! desk

Since the days of the sainted Edward R. Murrow, the first rule of TV newswriting has been Say Cow, See Cow. It’s also a pretty good rule of thumb for print media. But not so much in today’s local dailies. In reporting on the celebrity sighting at Gillette Stadium yesterday, they adopted a Say Cow, See Whatever approach.

Boston Globe Names:

 

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Boston Herald Inside Track:

 

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Huh?  Where’s the picture of the hung five?

Turns out you have to go to the Globe’s website to see it.

Fans got a good laugh when Mark Wahlberg accidentally left Robert Kraft hanging for a high five after the Patriots scored their touchdown Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Wahlberg, who’s still in town to shoot “Ted 2,” sat in the owner’s box during the game and (above) chatted with QB Tom Brady before kickoff.

 

Or go to YouTube:

 

 

Globe print subscribers are welcome to have a cow over the slight.


Free the Bianca Wilfork 1!

September 7, 2014

Nice piece on Page One of Boston Globe Sports today about Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork and his comeback from a torn Achilles’ tendon.

 

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The report by Shalise Manza Young focuses on all the help Wilfork’s wife Bianca gave him in his rehab efforts. But . . . it doesn’t have one picture of her, even though she’s the central figure in the story.

 

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Really?

C’mon, you guy in the Globe toy department. Play fair.

P.S. The piece alongside the Wilfork story is about women becoming bigger players in fantasy football leagues. Go figure.


Globe’s Dan Shun-nessy Is ExPatriot

January 15, 2014

Once again, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy is the skunk at the garden party.

Today’s stink bomb:

Sorry, the Patriots are going to lose

The Broncos are going to beat the Patriots Sunday.

Sorry, that’s just the way I see it. I am not rooting for the Broncos. I am not into Satanic worship. Please do not kill my whole family. I am often wrong Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 11.57.08 AM(remember the 2013 Red Sox, destined for last place?) and hopefully for New England fans, I will be wrong again.

The Patriots have proven folks wrong time and again. Overcoming doubters is the foundation of the Patriot franchise.

Doubting the Patriots this weekend is hardly a daring position. They are significant underdogs in Vegas. Most of the national TV panel guys will pick against New England. Some of the handicapping local car dealers will pick the Broncos. There might even be a footy-pajama fanboy or two with doubts about the Patriots’ ability to beat Peyton Manning.

So I am a doubter . . .

 

A doubter? Not in Denver, Danny Boy. There you’re a hero. You even made the homepage of the First-and-Orange BroncoBlog (look lower left).

 

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You don’t see the Boston Herald being fêted in the Mile High City, do ya Danno?

No.

Final word goes to Roger Bournival at Dan Shaughnessy Watch (“We read him so you don’t have to”):

For what it’s worth, Tom Brady is 10-4 in head-to-head matchups with Peyton Manning. If Shank thinks the Patriots are going to lose, that’s all I need to take the Patriots.

 

‘Nuf ced.


Globe Steals Herald Front Page

November 18, 2013

Today’s Boston daily double features a rarity: The Boston Globe front-pages what should have been the Boston Herald’s Page One.

First, here’s what the feisty local tabloid actually ran:

 

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That’s fine – gotta do the Pats when it’s Monday Night Football and Coakley’s jumping on the junkets is good (and it beat the Globe). But the Health-Connector-Is-Worse-Than-Obamacare story is thrice-told news at this point. It doesn’t really merit another front page hit.

Crosstown, the Globe’s Page One has the story the Herald should have had.

Boston police officers wary of GPS for cruisers

Fear too much scrutiny of police under city’s plan

The pending use of GPS tracking devices, slated to be installed in Boston police cruisers, has many officers worried that commanders will monitor their every move while supervisors insist the system will improve their response to emergencies.davis-big-10025

The change, a result of contract negotiations between the city and the patrol officers union, puts Boston in league with small-town departments across the state and big-city agencies across the country that have installed global positioning systems in cruisers.

Boston police administrators say the system gives dispatchers the ability to see where officers are, rather than wait for a radio response. Using GPS, they say, accelerates their response to a call for a shooting or an armed robbery.

 

Just think how that translates to the Herald’s front page, all donuts and dozing off. Can’t you see it?

Well, there’s always tomorrow.


Hark! The Herald! (Breaking Newseum Edition)

September 10, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

The Boston Herald is once again trumpeting the receipt of a Newseum Top Ten Front Pages designation for yesterday’s edition. Under the headline “They’re Baack!” the Newseum site noted:

Sunday’s kickoff of the new NFL season marked the return of great front-page photographs of the winners and losers, as well as the winning headlines. The best two: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Adding Injury to Insult, ” and “Victo … no, a loss, ” in the Tampa Bay Times.

 

And don’t forget the Herald, with this Page One.

 

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Which turned up on Page 10 of today’s edition.

 

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Notice that only the top half of that front page is devoted to the Patriots. And still the feisty local tabloid won! That’s like winning a fight with one hand tied behind your back!

Just amazing, eh?

 


Arresting Developments in Aaron Hernandez Case

June 25, 2013

Today’s Boston Herald features this report about faulty reporting in the ongoing murder investigation involving New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez:

Ronald C. Meyer DriveAaron Hernandez attorney slams media on false arrest claim

The lawyer for Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez blasted the media last night for “relentless” reporting of a false rumor of an arrest warrant issued against the 23-year-old, when only search warrants were filed with the courts.

Several outlets did report continually last week an arrest warrant had been issued. The Herald was not one of them.

 

Plug “Aaron Hernandez arrest warrant” into the Googletron, and you get this:

 

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Note the “CBS Local” included in the search results. Here’s a recap from the Huffington Post:

Conflicting reports surfaced on Friday morning over whether a warrant had been issued for the arrest of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the shooting death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

Citing an unnamed source, WBZ News Radio in Boston first reported early Friday morning that a warrant had been issued and that the NFL star would be charged with obstruction of justice. Hours later, the Boston Globe would report, citing its own law enforcement source, that no arrest warrant had yet been issued in the case.

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And another local player:

Also citing an unnamed source, Bob Ward of FOX 25 had reported earlier on Friday that a warrant has been issued for Hernandez’s arrest. Ward also reported that Hernandez faces an obstruction of justice charge.

 

Neither today’s Herald piece nor a similar one in the Globe name any names in the false arrest claims. That’s why we’re here.


Herald Duels Globe on Aaron Hernandez Story

June 22, 2013

The hardbeating staff was out most of Friday punishing the Glen Ellen golf course, so we’re a bit late to this story. But yesterday’s local dailies had a very interesting sports smackdown.

First, the Boston Herald totally pwned the Boston Globe on Aaron Hernandez being kicked out of Gillette Stadium:

 

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Then again, the Globe totally pwned the Herald on this story:

 

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Let the wild Aaron Hernandez rumpus begin!

P.S. The hardreading staff apologizes for lagging. Back up to speed later.


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