In Like Flynn at the Boston Herald

November 14, 2014

Score one for the Boston Herald: Today’s feisty local tabloid beats its crosstown rival to a juicy local story.

Start at the top of Page One:

 

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The story inside:

 

New Flap in Bid to Honor Flynn

A panel headed by City Council President Bill Linehan is floating the controversial idea of naming the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center — a key landmark closely linked to the recently deceased Mayor Thomas M. Menino — after former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn.

The proposal, included in a press release yesterday by the Raymond L. Flynn Commission headed by the STON1922.JPGSouth Boston councilor, met with immediate resistance from longtime city observers who worked with both mayors.

“Ray Flynn and Tom Menino were both old friends and they both deserve recognition, but I was in the trenches when I represented the City Council in the late 1990s, and Tom Menino was the person who drove the construction of the convention center, there’s no doubt about that,” said Larry DiCara, a former council president.

 

Along with that piece the Herald includes the obligatory reader reaction and also – awkward!this column by the paper’s occasional chinstroker, Ray Flynn himself.

It was always about serving Hub’s people

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At the outset, let me say I never wanted my name on any city building or billboard — not even a sign at a baseball field.

But I am humbled by the kind gesture of Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan and his committee in recognizing my service to the people of Boston over the years.

The honor of serving the city I love was always enough for me. Working hard every day and doing the best I could for the needy and those without a political voice was all I ever wanted to do.

 

And etc.

Linehan – as he so often does – started moonwalking as soon as his trial balloon drew the least bit of heat. Right now, we know something will be named after Flynn and something after Menino – details TBA.

Details also TBA in the Boston Globe, which at post time had nothing on the naming rumpus.

 

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Maybe the stately local broadsheet should give Ray Flynn a column, eh?


Round 2: Globe Still Has Ad-vantage in Menino Tribute Ads

November 3, 2014

The memorial ads for the Tom Menino keep rolling into the local dailies. And today the Boston Herald gets back in the pool with a pair of full-page ads.

Page 9:

 

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Page 19:

 

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Crosstown, the Boston Globe has both of those, plus this one (full page A5):

 

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And this one (quarter-page A9):

 

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The Herald will never catch up to the Globe in this category, but at least today the thirsty local tabloid didn’t get shut out. That’s something, anyway.


Ad-vantage Boston Globe in Tom Menino Tribute Ads

November 3, 2014

As the hardreading staff predicted the other day, the passing of Tom Menino has triggered a tornado of tribute ads honoring Mistah Mayah.

And it touched down in yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe.

From front to back of the Globe’s A section.

Page One:

 

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Page Two:

 

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Page Five:

 

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Page Seven:

 

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Page Nine:

 

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Page 11:

 

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Page 13:

 

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Crosstown, the total number of Menino tribute ads in Sunday’s Boston Herald: Zero.

Big surprise, eh?

P.S. Amid all the Big J journalistic encomiums, here’s Tom Menino’s obit in the Globe’s real-people Death Notices.

 

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That also didn’t run in the Herald.


Who Is Nick Varano?

November 1, 2014

In the wake of Boston-Mayor-for-Life Tom Menino’s death, there will be . . . ads.

Lots of them.

(Check today’s editions of the local dailies for further details. The hardreading staff certainly will.)

First out of the blocks, though, is one Nick Varano, who ran this full-page ad in yesterday’s Boston Herald.

 

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And this half-page ad in the Boston Globe.

 

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So who, exactly, is Nick Varano? Plug him into the Googletron and you get this.

Okay then.

UPDATE: Actually, no tribute ads in today’s locals. Check again tomorrow, yeah?


Tom Menino, the Cartoon Version

October 31, 2014

As we have noted on numerous occasions, Boston is lucky to be not only a two-daily town, but a two-cartoonist town as well.

And both weigh in on the death of former Mayor Tom Menino in similar style today.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:

 

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The Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:

 

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Two for the road, yes?


Boston Herald Subscription: Biggest. Waste. Ever. (IV)

March 16, 2014

As the splendid readers of Two-Daily Town might remember, the hardreading staff is one of 17 home subscribers (a.k.a. The Few. The Proud. The Idiots) the Boston Herald boasts.

Consequently, here’s the front page of the fusty local tabloid that hit our porch this morning (tip o’ the pixel to the Missus).

 

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Right: All sports, all the time.

By contrast, here’s the front page of today’s Boston Globe.

 

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Exactly.

A later edition of the Herald did feature this front page, but the corn was off the cob by then. 

 

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We can’t wait until the Globe starts printing its papers  – and the Herald’s – in Millbury (see Dan Kennedy’s piece here). At that point the Sunday Herald will likely roll off the presses sometime Friday afternoon.

Fusty, indeed.

 


Boston Herald Rips Off CommonWealth Magazine (Part II)

March 3, 2014

As the hardreading staff noted last week, CommonWealth Magazine broke this story about Boston Mayor Marty Walsh reassessing yet another sweetheart deal for the Red Sox and Fenway Park.

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Agreement makes permanent Van Ness Street arrangement

THE ADMINISTRATION OF Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said it is reviewing an agreement the city struck with the Boston Red Sox in October that formalized a long-standing arrangement allowing the club to close off Van Ness Street during Fenway Park events.

The agreement, signed by Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and Mayor Thomas Menino’s police and transportation commissioners, makes permanent what appears to have been an informal arrangement between the club and the city allowing the team to close off the section of Van Ness next to Fenway during games. The Red Sox typically used part of the street for employee parking, paying no fee to the city to do so.

 

We also noted that the story was Xerox-reported by numerous other news outlets – including the Boston Herald and the Associated Press – without crediting CommonWealth.

What we failed to note was this further rip-off by the Herald.

Reporter Colman Herman wrote this in his piece: “No other single private entity is allowed to close off a street in Boston on a regular basis.”

In Richard Weir’s Herald report, that sentence is placed in the mouth of Gregory Sullivan, “the former state former [sic] inspector general  . . . [who] dismisses the Sox’ arguments as ‘irrelevant and a smokescreen.'”

“This is another precious gem dropped into the Red Sox basket at the expense of the taxpayers,” Sullivan, the research director of the Pioneer Institute, said of the Van Ness Street contract. “It’s a public street owned by the city of Boston. And no private party should have exclusive rights to use it in this way without compensating the city. Period. … No other single private entity is allowed to close off a street in Boston on a regular basis.” [Emphasis added]

 

We have it on good authority that Sullivan contends he never said that last part.

Back to you, Boston Herald and Richard Weir.

 


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