When We’re Wrong About the Herald, We Write It

April 16, 2014

The Walt Whitman desk is standing down.

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted that Boston hit the trifecta in the Newseum’s Today’s Top Ten Front Pages (sorry, no archive).

To wit:

Staying Strong

While addressing the continued struggles to overcome the physical and emotional wounds suffered during the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, today’s front pages also focus on inspirational stories of community, heroism, and healing. The vivid front page of the Metro – Boston Edition effectively acknowledges the tragedy of that “dark day,” while looking forward to “a bright future.”

 

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And here’s what we predicted:

Gotta be killing the Heraldniks that Metro Boston got the shoutout in the copy, but that won’t keep the feisty local tabloid from running a “news story” about their high honor in tomorrow’s edition.

 

But even though the Herald usually treats a Top Ten nod like its version of the Pulitzer Prize, not so today.

Therefore, to paraphrase the great Whitman:

We castigate ourself, and singe ourself, 

And what we assumed you shall not assume . . .

Not to get technical about it.

 


Which of These Papers Will Blow Its Own Horn Tomorrow? That’s Right – The Herald

April 15, 2014

On the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, local newspapers got the hat trick in the Newseum’s Today’s Top Ten Front Pages.

Staying Strong

While addressing the continued struggles to overcome the physical and emotional wounds suffered during the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, today’s front pages also focus on inspirational stories of community, heroism, and healing. The vivid front page of the Metro – Boston Edition effectively acknowledges the tragedy of that “dark day,” while looking forward to “a bright future.”

 

The Top Ten:

 

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Closer:

 

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Even closer:

 

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Gotta be killing the Heraldniks that Metro Boston got the shoutout in the copy, but that won’t keep the feisty local tabloid from running a “news story” about their high honor in tomorrow’s edition.

Our Walt Whitman desk is on full alert.

 


Hark! The Herald! (Howie Carr-toon Edition)

March 11, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

The hardreading staff knows the definition of news is changing (see virtually any David Carr column in the New York Times), but only in the Boston Herald can its own columnist’s humping his cut ‘n’ paste books be considered worthy of space in the newshole.

From today’s flacky  local tabloid.

 

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To the best of our knowledge Howie Carr is no relation to David Carr (much to the latter’s relief, we’d guess). Even so, Howie’s just bustin’ his buttons, isn’t he?

Please check all sharp objects at the door.

 


Hark! The Herald! (DCF Edition)

February 28, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

As the hardreading staff has repeatedly noted, the Boston Herald has been on the tragically inept Massachusetts Department of Children and Families like Brown on Williamson.

But it’s never official until the feisty local tabloid salutes itself.

Consider it official. From today’s Herald:

 

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Special bonus from the firsty local tabloid: this editorial (“Lying on the record”), which – hold on to your hat! – actually quotes the Boston Globe. Twice.

(There’s also this report on yesterday’s lost cover teen being found unharmed, and a thoroughly predictable Michael Graham column.)

Crosstown, the Globe front-paged the story that the paper had posted on its website yesterday.

So now both local dailies are on the case(workers). As they should be.

 


Hark! The Herald! (‘Tomorrow’s Edition Today’ Edition)

January 10, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

Say, the feisty local tabloid is on some awards run, yeah? A mere one week after garnering a coveted Today’s Top Ten Front Pages award from the Newseum, the Boston Herald has done it again!

“Bridge-Gate” Day 2: The Apology

If you like your state politics with a touch of scandal, it’s a good week to be reading the newspapers. As “Bridge-Gate” continues, today’s headlines focus on Gov. Chris Christie’s epic, apologetic news conference.

 

The Big 10:

 

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Look for tomorrow’s Herald to devote meaningless real estate in the news hole to this precious award.

Or is that vice versa?

P.S. That’s two Top Tens in two days of Christiepalooza for The Courier News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star-Ledger, and New York Post. Something to shoot for, eh, Heraldniks?


Hark! The Herald! (Tomorrow’s Edition Today Edition)

January 3, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

The feisty local tabloid will be celebrating in its news pages tomorrow after winning yet another Today’s Top Ten Front Pages award from the Newseum.

The Deep Freeze

The weather outside is frightful, but front-page photos are so insightful. When temperatures plunge, winds gust and you’re slogging through snow and ice, the only way to dress up for the extreme weather is to cover up. For Page One, that’s the opportunity for a close-up.

 

And here they are:

 

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Boston Herald Victory Dance to follow soon.


Hark! The Herald! (Orbitz Forfeitz Edition)

December 29, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

Saturday’s Boston Herald featured yet another feisty local tabloid triumph.

Delta says it will honor man’s tix

Delta Airlines has reversed its decision — after repeated Herald inquiries — to deny a man planning a family vacation to Disneyland 12613deltamg001the rock-bottom fare he booked through Orbitz on Thursday due to a systemwide web glitch that also offered $68 Hub-to-Hawaii round-trip flights.

“I’m not so frustrated by losing the tickets, just more by the way they’re treating me,” said Abel Feldhamer of Long Island, N.Y., when he first contacted the Herald yesterday. “They’re getting good press proclaiming they’re honoring these fares when they’re slapping some people in the face.”

 

You can catch the particulars here. But know this:

An Orbitz spokesman did not return a call or email from the Herald yesterday.

 

Guilty as charged, yeah?


Hark! The Herald! (Page One Blog Edition)

December 5, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

So what pops up on page two of today’s Boston Herald but . . . Page One.

 

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The inaugural edition:

December 5, 2013: Welcome to the Page One Blog

Welcome, everyone, to the Page One Blog, where we’re going to provide some information and details on each day’s Boston Herald cover.bh-2013-12-05-E-A001

As Page One Editor, it is my goal — working in conjunction with Editor in Chief Joe Sciacca and Managing Editor/Creative Gustavo Leon — to produce an impactful, interesting and engaging cover page. The emphasis on Page One is solely only-in-the-Herald content, be it stories broken by our reporters, exclusive interviews, the passionate opinions of our news, political and sports columnists, or simply a compelling staff photograph. Obviously, there’s excellent material to work with!

 

If they do say so themselves.


Hark! The Herald! (‘Trending Now’ Edition)

November 19, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

They keep rolling the rock up the hill at the feisty local tabloid. Here’s their latest addition to Boston Herald Radio: the Trending Now webstream featuring political columnist Joe Battenfeld and commentator Adriana Cohen.

 

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(In case you’re asking yourself “Who’s Adriana Cohen?” here’s her website and Twitter feed.)

From the newsverpromo:

“When the mics go hot on ‘Trending Now,’ listeners will be treated to the single-most-fortified three hours of news and talk in Boston and probably the country,” said Boston Herald Radio Executive Producer Tom Shattuck.

 

The hardreading staff has no idea what “fortified” news and talk is, but we’re guessing it involves artificial ingredients.

Beyond that,  Cohen also got her own column today, straight off some journalistic Welcome Wagon.

Look who’s slamming the middle class

ADP_7535.JPGPresident Obama has misled the American people. He promised that if you liked your doctor and health plan, you could keep them. To date, 5 million Americans have received policy cancellations. Many in the middle class are being forced into new plans at a much higher cost.

Wait a sec! Didn’t President Obama and our own U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaign on the platform they were the party that protects the middle class? Weren’t they the ones who lambasted the GOP for pushing government policies that “hammered” the middle class?

Well my question for voters is, who’s getting hammered now?

It’s the middle class.

 

Not a helluva lot new there, eh? But a boffo debut in terms of newspaper real estate.

By contrast, today’s Boston Globe introduced TV critic Matthew Gilbert’s new column Bookish with this at the bottom of Page One:

 

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Now if the Globe would just give Gilbert his own show on RadioBDC, we’d have a fair fight on our hands.


Hark! The Herald! (Miss Da Mayah Edition)

November 13, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

What will the Boston Herald do when Tom Menino vacates the corner office at City Hall?

Probably a  lot more of this:

 

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Inside, Menino sort of answers the question.

Menino: Ties to B.R.A. no problem with BU post

Mayor Thomas M. Men­ino brushed off conflict-of-interest concerns about his new Boston University gig as a “typical Herald question,” even as the school — which has 
enjoyed a building boom during his administration — is seeking approval from the Menino-appointed BRA to develop its Commonwealth Avenue campus and South End medical facilities.STNY8490.JPG

State ethics laws say 
elected officials should avoid even the appearance of a conflict. Menino, who faced similar scrutiny while considering a job at Harvard University, cut a Herald 
reporter off halfway through the BRA question.

“It’s that typical Herald question. I feel sorry for you guys. I really do,” Menino said, adding that his legal team gave him the green light to take the job. “I’ve been 
extremely cautious about that issue. I’ve been overly cautious. It’s good to have the hindsight to deal with this 
before it becomes a problem.”

 

That’s, well, problematic for the feisty local tabloid, which provides this helpful graphic of some past and future BU developments. (Full disclosure: The hardreading staff moonlights as a mass comm prof at BU.)

 

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And then there’s this handy punch list of current projects:

• A 15-story, 250,000-
square-foot academic building at Commonwealth 
Avenue and Granby Street, approved as part of the school’s 10-year master plan;

• A 100,000-square-foot addition to the law school building, approved in the same 2012 master plan;

• A 150,000-square-foot life-sciences and engineering building, up for approval at the BRA’s meeting tomorrow, and

• A 27,800-square-foot addition to the Moakley Cancer Center at Boston Medical Center, also up 
for approval tomorrow.

 

So no conflict of interest there? You can almost hear Menino thinking, How does that conflict with my interests?

The Urban (Studies) Mechanic even takes a swipe at predecessor Kevin White, who upon leaving office, the Herald writes, “accepted a BU teaching job some saw as a quid pro quo for brokering a deal to help the school build a multimillion-dollar science center.”

“It’s a different situation than Kevin White. Different era, different president, different times,” Menino said. “We’re very cautious on these issues. It’s a real program that I’m doing.”

 

Ouch. When does the statue of Menino kicking the Kevin White statue in the shins go up in front of Faneuil Hall?


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