Globe – Not Herald – Has Inside Track on Red Sox Sweetheart Deal

September 22, 2013

The John Henry Era™ at the Boston Globe has officially begun.

From Saturday’s edition of the estately local broadsheet:


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It’s not until the 13th graf of that front-page piece that the Globe deigns to disclose.

Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry is currently in the process of purchasing The Boston Globe and its related properties from The New York Times Co. for $70 million.

Though Yawkey and Lansdowne are public streets, the BRA did not put the lease of those properties out to competitive bid, which would have given other businesses the opportunity to challenge the Red Sox for the rights. Indeed, earlier this year, a businessman from Everett told the BRA he was interested in securing Yawkey Way concession rights.

The BRA did not consider his offer, and officials said it would be difficult to put Yawkey and Lansdowne out for public bid because the Red Sox, as an abutting property owner, would effectively have the power to block a competitor from gaining those rights. Since the 2003 season, the Sox have had the exclusive right to sell concessions on that portion of Yawkey Way.


Okay, then. Business as usual in MeninoWorld.

Crosstown, Saturday’s Boston Herald, not surprisingly, was clueless.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s Herald edition isn’t any cluefull.

Boston dailies, we have a problem.


Crushin’ Kerry

September 20, 2013

As if Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t have enough mishegoss in his life, he gets a couple of dope slaps in the local dailies today.

Start with this piece in the Boston Globe:

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Statements have at times haunted the new secretary

WASHINGTON — John F. Kerry has a history of speaking his mind, both in speeches and in off-the-cuff remarks. It is a habit that over the course of his long public career has sometimes haunted him.

He became a national figure in 1971, when he said many members of the military in Vietnam, including himself, had committed atrocities, a statement his detractors criticized during his 2004 presidential run. During that failed campaign, he was also accused of being a “flip-flopper” for the clumsy way he explained his votes on Iraq War funding: “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”

Now, as secretary of state, where carefully articulated positions are the ingredients of successful international diplomacy — and where misstatements of policy or inartful comments can reverberate through foreign capitals — Kerry has made several remarks this year that his staffers have been forced to clarify or disavow.


Speaking of clarify or disavow, there’s this facewash from the Boston Herald’s Inside Track:


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The Kerry folks insist that Long Jawn hasn’t had any work done (“That’s not a denial, that’s a fact”), but others beg to differ.

“He had a ton of fat grafting into his lower face,” said Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Boston University Medical Center. “If you look at his face before, he was very gaunt. The side of his cheeks were sunken in and hollow.”

Spiegel didn’t think much of the work the secretary of state had done, either.

“He’s been a little over-injected, I would say . . . “


I say!


Boston Herald Redefines Exclusivity

September 17, 2013

The Boston Herald was on the proposal by state Rep. Marty Walsh (D-Boston Mayoral Race) to redevelop City Hall Plaza like Brown on Williamson.

Monday’s front page:


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Inside story:

Marty Walsh pushes City Hall redevelopment

Mayoral candidate state Rep. Martin J. Walsh is pushing a dramatic downtown development plan that would put a new City Hall under private ownership and open up Boston’s most coveted site to a hotel, apartments and stores.

“You could put a hotel boutique here. [We think he meant boutique hotel.] You could put a full hotel here. You could have an office building. You could put so much in this area,” Walsh told the Herald while walking through the vast, deserted brick plaza yesterday morning. “We could have shops … that would fit in with 
Faneuil Hall Marketplace.”

The Dorchester Dem­ocrat’s plan, which he 
unveiled exclusively to the Herald yesterday . . .


That is, of course, if by “unveiled exclusively to the Herald” you mean “also unveiled to the Boston Globe.”

From Monday’s Globe Metro front page (print edition headline):

Walsh proposes City Hall sale

Boston mayoral candidate state Representative Martin J. Walsh announced a proposal Sunday to revitalize downtown by selling City Hall Plaza to a private developer and moving government services somewhere nearby — an idea sharply criticized by some of his opponents.

“This area must evolve from a 9-to-5 weekday government-dependent culture to a culture economically driven to add value 24/7,” Walsh said in a statement from his campaign.


Apparently a nonexclusive statement.

Not to get technical about it.

Fun fact to know and tell:

Both dailies reported that City Hall could “fetch” between $125 million and $150 million. But the Globe added this:

The idea of moving City Hall has been discussed for decades. In 2006, Mayor Thomas M. Menino proposed selling the plaza to private developers for between $300 million and $400 million and using that money to build a new City Hall on the South Boston Waterfront.


So, wait – City Hall is now worth half as much as it was seven years ago?

Tom Menino has some ‘splainin’ to do.


Hark! The Herald! (Front Page Twofer Edition)

September 12, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

You can’t spit without hitting a Top Ten Front Page at the Boston Herald these days.

The Newseum tapped Monday’s Page One as a Top Ten choice, and it did the same for yesterday’s.


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The text says: “Today’s front pages offered a fascinating juxtaposition of two major news stories: President Barack Obama’s speech on the possibilities of diplomacy and force with Syria, and the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The pairing of these stories offers quite a lot of food for thought on a day that encourages us to ‘never forget.'”

And, as night follows day, today’s edition has this:


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As foolish as the Herald’s back-patting practice might be, the hardreading staff says unreservedly that yesterday’s front page was terrific.

Nicely done, Heraldniks.

But hardly all done. Today’s front page didn’t receive any accolades, but it does engage in more self-promotion.




The inside scoop:

IMG_8368.JPGA Herald(ed) treat: Boston Cream Shake takes the cake

Thanks to the delicious inspiration of a Marblehead reader, Hub frappe fans can sip a sinfully delicious homage to the Boston Herald.

Welcome the Boston Cream Herald Shake, which debuts on Blue Inc.’s menu this month.


Chef Jason Santos, the Herald reports, “wanted to craft a milkshake in honor of the Boston Herald. Last month he launched a contest for Fork Lift readers to submit flavor and/or recipe ideas.”

The winning shake has 700 empty calories. Strikes us as the perfect tribute to the feisty local tabloid.





Hark! The Herald! (Breaking Newseum Edition)

September 10, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

The Boston Herald is once again trumpeting the receipt of a Newseum Top Ten Front Pages designation for yesterday’s edition. Under the headline “They’re Baack!” the Newseum site noted:

Sunday’s kickoff of the new NFL season marked the return of great front-page photographs of the winners and losers, as well as the winning headlines. The best two: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “Adding Injury to Insult, ” and “Victo … no, a loss, ” in the Tampa Bay Times.


And don’t forget the Herald, with this Page One.




Which turned up on Page 10 of today’s edition.


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Notice that only the top half of that front page is devoted to the Patriots. And still the feisty local tabloid won! That’s like winning a fight with one hand tied behind your back!

Just amazing, eh?


Stop the Presses! Boston Herald Prints Correction!!

September 9, 2013

It’s a rare day when the Boston Herald admits in print that it’s made a mistake – sort of the tabloid equivalent of Halley’s Comet.

But get a load of today’s Page 2.


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This special occasion certainly deserves the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Memorial Close-up:


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Mark your calendars, folks. Concessions to accuracy don’t come easy for some.


Boston Herald at a Distinct DisADvantage

September 9, 2013

Here are some of the ads that ran in the Boston Sunday Globe.


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And here are their counterparts in Sunday’s Boston Herald.






That’s right – none of those ads ran in the feisty local tabloid.

Draw your own conclusions.