Why the Boston Globe Matters and the Herald – Almost – Doesn’t

Exhibit Umpteen: Yesterday’s front pages of the local dailies.

Boston Herald:

 

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Boston Globe:

 

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Call the roll: Three major stories on Page One of the Globe (BRA, Pope FrancisRevere casino) vs. zero major stories on the Herald’s Page One. (To be fair, the feisty local tabloid did make news inside with this Foxy Lady strip club, er, bust.)

So it’s no contest on the issue of content.

More important, though – without the Boston Herald, the Globe is Roger Federer pre-Rafael Nadal: A dominant force with no worthy rival to really challenge it (Federer won Wimbledon in 2003 against Mark Philip-friggin’-poussis for God’s sake).

So once again: We’re lucky to live in a two-daily town.

Regardless of the merits of the two dailies.

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