April 30, 2013
After eating its crosstown rival’s dust for two weeks, the Boston Herald finally got more love on the tribute advertising front than the Globe. All the stately local broadsheet has today is this quarter-page ad from Boston Sports Clubs:
The feisty local tabloid, on the other hand, has this full-page ad from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce:
Chalk one up for the little guy, eh?
April 28, 2013
From our Compare & Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk
Some days – very often Sundays – the difference between the local dailies is starker than usual. Today is one such day.
The Boston Globe has published what, so far at least, is the definitive chronicle of the five days between the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line and the apprehension of the surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
What follows is an eight-page reconstruction of the week’s events “based on more than 100 interviews with police, government officials, and witnesses.”
The extensive timeline included in the special section features extensive infographics like this one (click to enlarge):
Meanwhile, the Boston Herald tossed off this (click to enlarge):
No one expects the feisty local tabloid can do the sort of flood-the-zone, Pulitzer-seeking coverage the Globe can. But you’d think it could certainly do better than “Rude awakening.”
Then again, maybe the hardreading staff needs to wake up itself, and lower the bar accordingly.
April 28, 2013
The Boston Herald continues to criticize news organizations that erroneously reported an arrest two days after the Marathon bombings – without noting that the feisty local tabloid itself did exactly the same thing.
Exhibit A: The Herald’s Press Party webbcast on Friday, which the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider previously chronicled.
Exhibit B : Today’s op-ed by retired Heraldnik Guy Darst.
Always a new(s) way to blunder
Let’s not be too hard on the unfortunate John King and CNN for erroneously reporting in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing that a suspect had been arrested. The pressures of a 24/7 news cycle are nothing new to a special class of journalists who have worked under them for more than a century, reporters for the wire services. Some of their blunders are legendary — and instructive.
The leading wire service, the Associated Press, also reported an arrest just as King did.
Just as numerous news outlets – including the Herald – did. Handy referesher chart from the excellent Chart Girl:
The Herald should grow up and take its lumps for inaccurate reporting, instead of compounding it with even more.
April 26, 2013
From our Don’t Know What to Make of This desk
This is a headscratcher: Carbon-copy photos in the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, attributed to different photographers.
From the Herald’s Inside Track:
Matt Damon: ‘It’s good to be home’
Matt Damon may be a Harvard man, but when he heard Mark Wahlberg’s reaction to the Boston Marathon attacks, he thought it summed up pretty well what everyone from Boston was thinking.
“Being from Boston, that day is sacrosanct,” the Oscar winner said yesterday. “We’re all out of school … My brother, for the first time in 10 years he wasn’t standing at the finish line with my two nephews. Half the time, he ran it. It’s a very life-affirming day. And I’m sorry to say, but I saw a quote Mark Wahlberg had … and you know, being from this community, that’s the perfect description of what we felt.” Photo credit: Ted Fitzgerald.
From the Boston Globe’s Names column:
Matt Damon receives Arts Medal from Harvard
We’re guessing Harvard won’t make a habit of honoring dropouts, but the school made an exception Thursday for Matt Damon.
The actor, who has somehow managed to do all right without ever graduating from the World’s Greatest University — he attended from 1988-1992 — was presented with the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal during a ceremony at Sanders Theater. Photo credit: Bill Brett
Is it just us, or are those photos identical?
How does that happen?
Or is it just us.
April 24, 2013
Chalk up yet another homophobic tweet, this time from Boston Bruins player Tyler Seguin. As Track Gal Gayle Fee noted in today’s Boston Herald:
Seguin sorry for tweet
Bruins baby Tyler Seguin apologized yesterday for a tweet he sent out that some have called homophobic. Seguin, who appeared in a video with Boston rapper Slaine, sent out a missive about it saying, “Just listened to the song in my bed. Gave me goosebumps no homo…” The tweet came at an inopportune time, seeing as how theNHL just became the first professional league to partner with the gay rights organization You Can Play.
Seguin apparently realized he’d done something dumb almost immediately and deleted the tweet and apologized within minutes of sending it.
Of course, tweet-and-delete is sort of a flawed gameplan, as, say, Anthony Weiner could tell you.
But Seguin got lucky crosstown at the Boston Globe, where the Namesniks pre-deleted it for his convenience.
Tyler Seguin apologizes for tweeting homophobic slur
Bruins forward Tyler Seguin has apologized for using a homophobic slur in a tweet about a music video by Boston rapper Slaine. “Last night I made an insensitive comment which I sincerely regret,” @tylerseguin92 tweeted Tuesday. “It was my mistake and I want to apologize to those who were offended.” Monday night, the 21-year-old forward tweeted a link to the video, which apparently features a couple of Seguin’s friends. He quickly deleted the post and tweeted an apology: “You know when your half asleep and say or write something without thinking twice or realizing what you said. Apologies on last tweet. Gnight.”
The rest of the item contains a non-comment from the Bruins and a statement from You Can Play about how Tyler made a mistake but he’ll learn from it.
For now, though, the biggest lesson is that the Globe plays better defense than Seguin does.