Correction: Boston Globe Movie Directory Shoots Blanks – Again!

November 28, 2013

Seems the hardreading staff spoke too soon when we reported earlier that the Boston Globe had straightened out its production snafus in the Movie Directory pages. We foolishly relied on the Globe’s ePaper for our images instead of the dead-tree edition, in which the pages look like this (photos courtesy of the Missus):

 

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Just like yesterday. Except today’s an even bigger moviegoing day.

National Amusements, presumably, remains unamused.


Thanksgrubbing at the Boston Globe?

November 28, 2013

New trend in newspapers (via Politico):

WE LOVE THAT THE THANKSGIVING PAPERS remain pleasantly plump. The (Portland) Oregonian in our driveway had 46 inserts, including a 60-page Macy’s monster with inserts within the insert.

WHAT WE DON’T LOVE: The new, Scrooge-like practice of charging home-delivery subscribers MORE for the paper BECAUSE it’s fat with ads (“added value”), and therefore more lucrative for the publisher. Jim Romenesko posted the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s note to its EZ Pay subscribers: “Because of its large size (last year’s was 5 pounds), the Thanksgiving Day newspaper is the most expensive to produce and difficult to distribute. … Effective this year, we will charge a premium rate of $2.35 for the Thanksgiving Day newspaper. This charge will be debited to your newspaper account … Our Christmas Day holiday edition will be packed with after-holiday savings from your favorite retailers. … [W]e will charge a premium rate of $1.50.”

 

Here’s the Romenesko post (from November 7).

Some newspapers, though, are only going halfway with the gambit.

WE’RE FINE WITH charging more for today’s fat issue at the newsstand, which a bunch of papers are doing: The WashPost imposed Sunday rates ($2.50 instead of $1.25); The Boston Globe is the Sunday price of $3.50, up from the daily $1.25. L.A. Times is $2, up from the usual $1.50. Regular prices: Chicago Tribune at $1.50; Newsday (Long Island) at $1.25.

 

From today’s Globe:

 

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What about Newsstand Nation – you fine with that?


Boston Globe Fails to Run Movie Pictures

November 28, 2013

The Boston Globe’s art department has some ‘splaining to do after these Movie Directory pages ran in the stately local broadsheet’s G Section yesterday.

 

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For those of you keeping score at home, here are the whateverplexes that got blanked.

Dedham:

 

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Foxboro:

 

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Lawrence:

 

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Lowell:

 

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National Amusements, presumably, was not amused.

Especially on the moviegoing day before Thanksgiving.

File under: Not giving thanks.

P.S. All better today.

 

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New Boston Herald Columnist: ‘No Conflict of Interest’

November 27, 2013

As the hardreading staff wrote late last week, new Boston Herald columnist/Boston Herald Radio host Adriana Cohen came to the job(s) with an Picture 1entangling alliance: She serves on the Finance Committee of Two-Time Charlie Baker’s GOP gubernatorial campaign. We contacted her on Friday to ask if she would be leaving that position now that she works for the feisty local tabloid.

“That’s up in the air right now,” she told us.

So we waited a decent interval and tried again. And here’s what she replied today:

There is no conflict of interest. I’m a radio host and opinion writer, not a reporter.

 

That’s no surprise at a news organization that allows other columnists to appear at public fundraising events for Republican candidates (c’mon down, Howie Carr and Michael Graham!).

But it’s nothing a legitimate news organization would allow.


Menino Gets (B)right with Herald

November 26, 2013

Yesterday the hardreading staff chronicled the Great Boston Official Tree Lighting Snub delivered to the Herald by Boston Mayor Tom Menino. Of course we fully expected a makeup in today’s edition of the frosted local tabloid. And there it is, smack dab on Page 15.

 

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So now the Globe and Herald are even.

Until next ad.


Menino to Herald: Scrooge You!

November 25, 2013

Back page of today’s Boston Globe A section:

 

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See that down at the bottom? The media sponsors?

So you’d think the ad ran in the Boston Herald today too, right?

Wrong.

Then again, we’re guessing the mayor’s people have either a) gotten an earful from the Heraldniks, or b) already reserved a full page in tomorrow’s edition of the frosty local tabloid.

Season’s Gratings!


Conflict of Interest for New Herald Columnist?

November 21, 2013

After the hardreading staff wrote about the Boston Herald’s new columnist/radio co-host Adriana Cohen earlier this week, a sharp-eyed commenter sent us this:

The Herald promo made her sound like Mary McGrory, but I’ve never heard of her. Then I clicked on her own bio and it says she’s a fundraiser for Scott Brown and sits on Charlie Baker’s finance committee.

Is that current information, or did she have to step down from that post once she got the column?

 

Well, it’s certainly current on Cohen’s website (although the Scott Brown fundraising seems to be in the past tense).

 

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We’ve sent an email to the Baker campaign to clarify the matter. We hope.

We’ll keep you posted.


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.


Globe Steals Herald Front Page

November 18, 2013

Today’s Boston daily double features a rarity: The Boston Globe front-pages what should have been the Boston Herald’s Page One.

First, here’s what the feisty local tabloid actually ran:

 

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That’s fine – gotta do the Pats when it’s Monday Night Football and Coakley’s jumping on the junkets is good (and it beat the Globe). But the Health-Connector-Is-Worse-Than-Obamacare story is thrice-told news at this point. It doesn’t really merit another front page hit.

Crosstown, the Globe’s Page One has the story the Herald should have had.

Boston police officers wary of GPS for cruisers

Fear too much scrutiny of police under city’s plan

The pending use of GPS tracking devices, slated to be installed in Boston police cruisers, has many officers worried that commanders will monitor their every move while supervisors insist the system will improve their response to emergencies.davis-big-10025

The change, a result of contract negotiations between the city and the patrol officers union, puts Boston in league with small-town departments across the state and big-city agencies across the country that have installed global positioning systems in cruisers.

Boston police administrators say the system gives dispatchers the ability to see where officers are, rather than wait for a radio response. Using GPS, they say, accelerates their response to a call for a shooting or an armed robbery.

 

Just think how that translates to the Herald’s front page, all donuts and dozing off. Can’t you see it?

Well, there’s always tomorrow.


Boston Herald’s BRAmpage, Part Three

November 16, 2013

The feisty local tabloid’s real-estate crusade continues today, with two full pages dedicated to ripping the lid off Mayor Tom Menino and his Boston Redevelopment Authority marionettes.

 

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Of special note is this whack at one BRA member in particular (if you guessed that he has union ties, vote yourself a special treat).

BRA defends decision to OK Monahan vote

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s newest appointee to the BRA board failed to recuse himself when the panel voted to approve a massive downtown development project largely funded by his union’s national pension fund.

Boston Redevelopment Authority officials yesterday defended union boss Michael Monahan’s vote to OK the Government Center Garage development plan, ASTU1842.JPGwhich won unanimous approval at the board’s Thursday meeting.

Monahan is the business manager of the 7,000-member International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 and a trustee of its pension fund, one of the largest contributors to the National Electrical Benefit Fund. The national fund is a big financial backer of the project.

 

Right. More shenanigans on the development front.

And no doubt developing . . .

Postscript from our JohnHenryGlobeWatchToday’s edition of our stately local broadsheet did cover that Yawkey Way sweetheart deal the Herald covered  yesterday. So, move along, move along – no conspiracies to see here.