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.


Boston Herald’s Gelzinis Nails Lyin’ Brian Williams

February 8, 2015

At this point, it’s really Cryin’ Brian Williams, as the NBC anchor gets pummeled from all sides for fabricating a harrowing tale of danger during hisIraq war coverage in 2003. Typical of today’s coverage is this New York Times Wire Service pickup in the Boston Sunday Globe.

 

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Some, of course, has been tougher, like Times Op-It Girl Maureen Dowd’s piece today.

NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division.

But the caustic media big shots who once roamed the land were gone, and “there was no one around to pull his chain when he got too over-the-top,” as one NBC News reporter put it.

 

But for our money, the toughest – and most damning – is this piece by Peter Gelzinis in today’s Boston Herald.

Brian Williams’ snub of vets no laughing matter

Back in the fall of 2006, long before Brian Williams confessed to “conflating” his helicopter adventures over Iraq, Neal Santangelo knew the NBC news anchor was a fraud.

Santangelo, a Boston firefighter, former president of Local 718 and a proud veteran of the Navy submarine service, served on a committee that brought the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to Boston that year for its national convention.

About six months before the society’s gala banquet at the Convention Center, Williams agreed to serve as master of ceremonies.

But when he arrived on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006, Williams told committee members Tom Lyons and Neal Santangelo that a “pressing engagement” back in New York prevented him from doing much more than greeting the audience of more than 1,000 guests … and leaving.

 

That pressing engagement? Parachuting into that night’s Weekend Update sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”

 

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“I … cannot believe that you left us for this,” Neal Santangelo wrote in a letter to Williams a week after the banquet. “In an act of egotistical, blatant self-promotion, you deceived the (Medal of Honor) Recipients, declined to break bread with them and disrespected them.

“You placed comedy before courage … Your conduct was irreverent, insulting, incomprehensible and shameful. You may attempt to ‘spin’ the issue to support your position, but that will do nothing but bring you further shame in my eyes.”

The three-page letter Neal Santangelo wrote out of pure rage and emotion was never sent.

 

Well, thanks to Gelzinis, it’s out there now.


Boston Globe Coverage ‘Palin’ vs. Herald Sarahfest

January 26, 2015

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

Well the GOP had its first 2016 Iowa Presidential Cotillion over the weekend and say, it was . . . swill.

All the GOP kids were there (but not the adults: Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney), including Sarah Palin (R-Drunken Brawl), who got this coverage in James Pindell’s Boston Sunday Globe piece.

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin got a standing ovation for a speech in which she referred to President Obama as “a little boy.”

 

Versus this play in the Sunday Boston Herald, starting with Page One.

 

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Then the high-priced spread inside:

 

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Read it at your own peril. (But notice the do-me boots lower left.)

Just for scale, this New York Times piece by Ashley Parker and Trip Gabriel buried Palin in the 29th – and final – graf.

The gathering, called the Iowa Freedom Summit and held at the Hoyt Sherman Place theater, represented a return of the full political roadshow to the state. The forum drew more than 100 out-of-state journalists and a long list of Republican figures. On Friday, Sarah Palin ran into Newt Gingrich; his wife, Callista; and Mr. King in a hotel lobby, where onlookers quickly mobbed them.

 

Not to get technical about it, but Donald Trump got higher play than Palin in the Times. Draw your own conclusions.

Back in Boston, leave it, as often, to Herald columnist Kimberly Atkins to restore some sobriety to the tipsy local tabloid. Under the headline “Entry Trumps all silliness,” Atkins writes today that a Palin presidential campaign is only slightly less absurd than a Trump run.

[A]s absurd as a Palin candidacy sounds, at least her name has appeared on a national ballot. Not only has Trump never run a successful political campaign, his multiple corporate bankruptcy filings belie his claims of robust business acumen, which I assume would be his main presidential selling point.

 

Crosstown, the Globe’s Pindell has this follow-up story on the web (we couldn’t find it in our print editions). Apparently, the Palindrone won’t be stopping anytime soon.


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.


Boston Dailies Outsourced Mario Cuomo Obits

January 3, 2015

From our Late to the Late Mario Cuomo desk

Mario Cuomo spoke in poetry, but lived in prose.

Exhibit A: His Hamlet on the Hudson forever fluttering.

Maybe that’s why the local dailies didn’t bother to compose their own obituaries of the former New York governor, but cherry-picked them from other news outlets.

The Boston Globe, on the one hand, plunked the New York Times obit on its front page.

 

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The Boston Herald, on the other hand, plucked the Associated Press.

 

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Hey – that’s show biz.

(To be fair, today’s Globe has this laudatory editorial and this less-so column by Michael A. Cohen. The Herald has this  farewell from Ray Flynn.)


New Balance Balances Local Dailies in ‘Heroes’ Ad

December 30, 2014

From our Late to the Parity desk

Local shoemaker New Balance yesterday saluted “each and every police officer, firefighter, first responder and service man & woman” in this full-page ad that ran in both – say it again, both – Boston dailies.

 

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Truth to tell, the ad also ran in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

But as the Heraldnix might say, why get technical about it.


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