Globe Has Memorial Ad-vantage Over Herald (III)

April 21, 2013

Since the Marathon bombings last Monday, there’s been an outpouring of support and sympathy for Boston in the ad pages of the local dailies.

Except not so much in the Boston Herald.

And not at all in today’s edition of the feisty local tabloid.

The Boston Globe, on the other hand, is fat with tributes to the Olde Towne and its people.

To wit:

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The stately local broadsheet even ran its own full-page ad:

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Maybe the Herald got shut out today because it’s one of the few daily newspapers whose circulation is lower on Sunday than on weekdays.

Or maybe just because it’s the Herald.

Regardless, judge for yourself how much these ads are a tribute to Boston versus how much they’re a trumpet for the sponsors.

Photo finish, we’d say.


The Tamerlan Tsarnaev Diaries (Boxing Edition)

April 21, 2013

From our Compare and Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk

Interesting columns in Saturday’s local dailies about Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s short-lived boxing career.

Ron Borges in the Boston Herald:

Boston Marathon SuspectsPro boxer threw punches with ‘evil’ Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2010

If Edwin Rodriguez knew back in late 2010 what he knows now, his boxing encounter in Worcester with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev would have had a different ending, that’s for sure.

Reached yesterday afternoon, Rodriguez, the No. 2-ranked super middleweight in the world, pulled no punches when discussing his only encounter with Tsarnaev.

“I wasn’t trying to kill him; we were just sparring,” Rodriguez said, “but I would have if I knew he was that evil and a coward.”


Money quote:

“It told you everything that he showed up at my gym with nobody,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve never been to a gym by myself. When you go to someone else’s gym, you always want someone to have your back.”


Crosstown at the Boston Globe, columnist Kevin Cullen filed this:

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a pretty good boxer, and he fashioned himself a tough guy. He was so tough he was charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

Last Monday, tough guy Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother left bombs on the sidewalk on Boylston Street and killed an 8-year-old boy, a 29-year-old woman who grew up in Medford, and a 23-year-old Chinese graduate student at Boston University.


Money quote:

It takes a tough guy to pack a bomb with ball bearings and nails and purposely put it in a crowd so that it will kill and maim men, women, and children. The Tsarnaevs were so tough that when they decided to kill a fine police officer named Sean Collier on Thursday night, they approached him from behind and shot Collier in the head even before Collier could get out of his cruiser.


Boston journalists are fighting mad about the Marathon mayhem, no doubt about it.

New York Cops Give Props to Herald

April 20, 2013

On Thursday the hardreading staff noted that the City of New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association ran a “We’re with you” full-page ad in the Boston Globe but not the Boston Herald.

So what turns up in Friday’s Herald but this:

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We don’t think so.

Front (Page) and Center in Marathon Bombers Manhunt

April 19, 2013

Interesting crisscross for the front pages of today’s local dailies.

Here’s what landed at the hardreading staff’s doorstep this morning.

Boston Herald:




Boston Globe:




But here’s Page One in the electronic editions of the two papers.

Boston Herald:


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Boston Globe:


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So the Herald ePaper features its late-edition front page while the Globe ePaper has its early one. Which makes it seem like the feisty local tabloid was out front of the stately local broadsheet on this story.

Except it wasn’t.

Were not sure what – if anything – this means. We only know the gap between the print world and the digital world  just keeps getting wider.

Globe Has Memorial Ad-vantage Over Herald (II)

April 18, 2013

So the reporting on Monday’s Marathon bombing has gotten a little ragged, yeah? Helpful Boston Herald tick-tock of yesterday’s rumpus:


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That last item is: “7 p.m. FBI cancels press conference.” A fitting end.

Regardless of the helter-skelter nature of the news coverage, though, the tribute ads have continued to run in the local dailies.

This DePrisco ad ran in both papers:


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So did this Marshalls ad:


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Old friend Mo Vaughn also bought space in the locals to express his condolences, but the graphics were different. Here’s the Herald version:


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And the Globe one:


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In addition, the Globe featured two ads that did not appear in the Herald. First was Lord & Taylor, which is no big surprise (see Bloomingdale’s/New York Post story here).


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Also absent from the Herald was this ad, which is a surprise:


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Just not, apparently, with the readers of our feisty local tabloid.

Globe Has Memorial Ad-vantage Over Herald

April 17, 2013

First off, both Boston dailies have acquitted themselves admirably in their coverage of the Marathon bombing, each playing to its particular strengths. And today both the  Globe and the Herald feature full-page ads from sympathizers and well-wishers in the wake of Monday’s horrific events.

Aer Lingus, for example, ran this ad in both papers.


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Ditto for this ad from the United Methodist Church:


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But this ad ran only in the Globe:


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That reminds us of the story (perhaps apocryphal) back in the ’80s about the publisher of the New York Post approaching Bloomingdale’s president Marvin Traub and asking him why the retailer didn’t advertise in his paper.

“Because,” Traub said, “your readers are my shoplifters.”



Out of Editorial Control

April 16, 2013

From our Compare and Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk

The local dailies adopt very different stances in today’s editorials about the Marathon bombing.

Start with the Boston Globe, which urges Bostonians to take the high road.

2013-04-15T214534Z_01_BOS08R_RTRMDNP_3_ATHLETICS-MARATHON-BOSTON-BLASTAfter Marathon attack, fellowship must prevail

BOSTON REMEMBERS its pain. The inscription on the back of the Beacon Hill memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his legendary Civil War regiment declares, “The memory of the just is blessed.” The plaque on the Bay Village site of the Cocoanut Grove fire describes a “phoenix out of the ashes.” The Public Garden memorial to those who lost their lives on 9/11 proclaims, “The people of Massachusetts will always remember. . .”

A commitment to rise to the occasion, to endure what must be endured, to remember all who suffered and lost their lives in times of strife, is written into the fabric of the city . . . And just as the vibrant city surrounding the site of the Boston Massacre is the ultimate tribute to the Revolutionary generation, a renewed embrace of the fellowship inherent in the global marathon will be Boston’s way of honoring those who were killed or injured on April 15, 2013.


In other words, summoning the better angels of our nature, to borrow from Abraham Lincoln.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, though, the tone is quite different.

Justice demands, get the bastards

Once again this nation has come under attack. But this time it is onour territory. This time it is on that patch of sacred ground we call Boston. And it was on that special day we reserve for celebrating everything that is good about our city — the day we welcome the world and its best runners into our midst. The day we make them part of our community for just a little while.

But on that day — Marathon Day, Patriots Day — this town was violated by those who clearly have no respect for life, particularly for the American way of life. On that day two well-placed and well-timed bombs brought the Marathon to a screeching halt, sent scores of spectators to the hospital and brought the terrorists what they wanted, what terrorists always seek — chaos, confusion and fear.


But, the editorial concludes, “[w]e will not live in fear. We will demand that the cowardly bastards who did this be brought to justice. Nothing else will do.”

Summoning the bitter angels of our nature, eh?

Boston Is a Burger Burg

April 10, 2013

Red meat lovers, rejoice. Both local dailies feature burgers samplers in today’s editions. Must be some alignment of the stars. Or napkins. Or something.

Regardless, here’s the front page of the Boston Globe’s G section:


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And here’s the story, by Michael Andor Brodeur:

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Rating Boston’s newest burger joints

What Boston may lack in parking spots, it makes up for in burgers. They’re absolutely everywhere. They arrive on puffy kaisers at no-nonsense pubs, dabbed with truffle mayo at spiffy bars, or preciously presented in grass-fed wads at conscious counters. This must be a lousy place to live for someone who dislikes burgers. Suffice it to say, that person is not me . . .

Defining the best burger is bound to be a highly individualized pursuit, with lots of passion and little consensus. And with three promising new entries on the scene — the Danny-Meyer-helmed New York import Shake Shack at Chestnut Hill, the fast-spreading Washington, D.C.-based franchise Five Guys, and local burger-done-good (but never well done) Tasty Burger — the task only gets more diffcult.


Spoiler alert: Brodeur picks Tasty Burger as the tastiest. And here’s what Globe readers picked:


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Crosstown at the Boston Herald, the Fork Lift lays out a burgerthon:


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And here’s Kerry Byrne’s Top Ten on the Marathon route (click to enlarge):


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Very convenient that both local dailies rated burgers on the same day, yeah?

Your Venn diagram goes here.

Whitey Wars in Local Dailies

April 10, 2013

From our Dueling Excerpts desk

For the past three days, the Boston Herald has been excerpting columnist Howie Carr’s new book Rifleman: The Untold Story of Stevie Flemmi, Whitey Bulger’s Partner.

(The hardreading staff suspects that lots of the book is Carr’s Already Told Story of Stevie Flemmi, but we can’t say for sure since we have no intention of actually reading the book or the excerpts.)

Regardless, today’s Herald features the final excerpt in the three-part series:

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FBI always had a place for the thug

Gangster Stevie “the Rifleman” Flemmi is due in Boston in June to testify in his longtime underworld partner Whitey Bulger’s federal murder trial. In today’s excerpt from my new book, “Rifleman,” based on Flemmi’s 2003 confession, he details some of his dealings with corrupt FBI agent H. Paul Rico:

When they first met in 1958, Rico was a young FBI agent and Flemmi was an up-and-coming hoodlum. Pretty soon they were, you might say, thick as thieves.


And etc.

Previous excerpts include this:


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And this:


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All three come in the wake of the Boston Globe’s relentless promotion of the Kevin Cullen/Shelly Murphy book Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice. From the Globe’s February 10 front-page advertorial:

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New biography traces Bulger’s rise, reign, and the reckoning ahead

As he sits brooding in his drab cell awaiting trial, South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger is telling friends that while he feels tortured by his cramped captivity, with its isolation, strip searches, and dismal food, he is ready and eager for “the big show” — the trial where he will defend his sense of honor if not exactly his innocence . . .

Bulger’s generous view of himself, not as a cunning killer and cynical informer but as a criminal with scruples and a kind of noble romantic, is detailed in a new and comprehensive biography of Boston’s most infamous criminal, to be published this week. Also detailed are all the reasons not to accept his self-serving self-portrait, from his long and murderous career as a gangster to his well-documented history of providing information to the FBI.


That would be Cullen and Murphy’s book, which was not only flogged on the Globe’s front page, but in numerous fiull-page ads like this as well:


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The hardguessing staff’s conclusion: The Cullen/Murphy book will do a lot better than Carr’s cut ‘n’ paste job.

We’ll leave it to you to check the Amazon numbers.


Hark! The Herald! (U.S. Senate Debate-o-rama)

April 9, 2013

The Boston Herald has officially become a perpetual self-promotion machine. Case in point: The feisty local tabloid 1) co-sponsored a UMass-Lowell debate last night between Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch (that’s good); 2) streamed it live on the Web (okay); and 3) devoted six full pages to it in today’s paper (huh???).

Start with the front page:


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Then on page 2 Hillary Chabot provides the basic play-by-play, and a plug for the debate replay .


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Flip to pages 4 and 5 for columnists Margery Eagan and Joe Battenfeld, plus a helpful Scorecard, plus another plug for the debate replay.


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Then pages 6 and 7 feature reaction from readers, a focus group, UMass-Lowell junior Corey Lanier, and the Herald’s Peter Gelzinis.


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Oh, yeah – don’t forget to watch the replay.