Boston Chinstrokerati Play Jared Remy Blame Game

May 28, 2014

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

Today’s Boston dailies bury the needle on the Contrast-O-Meter in the assigning of blame phase of Jared Remy’s first-degree-murder trial. In the wake of Remy’s preemptive guilty plea, local columnists cast their gimlet eye on very different subjects. Start with Yvonne Abraham’s front page piece in the Boston Globe.

Rampager makes one more  attack on his victim

WOBURN — What a bizarre mix of contrition and blame-shifting we saw in Middlesex Superior Court Tuesday. What a spectacle of the depths to which people can sink. What a vividly detailed map of the wasteland brutality leaves behind.rathe_remy_met07a

Standing in that low-ceilinged, fluorescent lit courtroom, Jared Remy called Jennifer Martel, the woman he murdered with gruesome force at least partly witnessed by their 4-year-old daughter, “an angel.”

He’s the one at fault for killing her, he said. No share of the blame should go to his parents, who his lawyer said had been unfairly maligned, held partly responsible by some for not doing more to rein in a violent son who had been spiralling blatantly out of control for years.


Right – tell that to the Boston Herald, where columnists Margery Eagan and Joe Fitzgerald engage in a slapfight over Jared Remy’s father Jerry, whose career as a Red Sox sportscaster could be – some say should be – collateral damage in this tragic affair.

Count Eagan among the latter.

 ‘RemDawg’ benefits from a blatant double standard

Jared Remy has spared his daughter Arianna and Jennifer Martel’s family the anguish of a gruesome trial. He has also spared his father AN3V8624.JPGJerry and helped him keep his job behind the NESN microphone broadcasting Red Sox games.

Sox fans are clearly divided over whether the sins of the son should be visited upon the father. But they might feel differently about Jerry Remy’s lighthearted banter if they heard Martel’s murder described in stomach-churning testimony by neighbor Kristina Flickinger Hill.


And they’d definitely feel differently, Eagan writes, “if it were Phoebe Remy’s career on the line. If a mother spent thousands of days on the road while all three of her children were having run-ins with the law, they’d say she abandoned her children, cruelly and selfishly, when they needed her most. She’d also lose her job in a nanosecond.”

Fitzgerald, for his part, decries “armchair quarterbacks who have turned the misery of Jared’s parents into a merciless cottage industry.”

“What kind of parents were they?”

“Were they enablers, thus creators of the monster he became?”

“Should Jerry continue as a Red Sox broadcaster?”

It’s contemptible.


Actually, what’s contemptible, as Abraham points out, is Jared Remy’s explanation of the brutal murder.

“I always told Jen she could leave,” he said. “But do not threaten me with my child. That night, Jen had a knife in her hand and threatened me with my daughter, so I killed her. I don’t think it’s right when women use their kids against their fathers.”

It was chilling, appalling, this matter-of-fact assertion of cause and effect. His twisted invocations of his rights as a father — he mentioned it once on the stand and again in his statement — mocked all of the lofty talk of accepting responsibility that preceded it. Even as he sat in handcuffs and leg chains, admitting he had done something unspeakably awful, he was blaming his victim.


One town, three different worlds, no waiting.


Boston.comment: KidVid Says Site Redesign Is ‘Crap’

May 25, 2014

From our Late to the House Party desk

The new! improved? has met with decidedly mixed reviews, some of which the site itself is showcasing, as the redoubtable Jim Romenesko reports.



The kids in this video are reading actual complaints that got after its recent redesign. Here are some of the “child actors’” lines:

* “I can’t find anything I’m looking for.”
* “I feel like I’m looking at a children’s picture book.”
* “My wife and I hate your website.”
* “I think my grandmother might like this site.”
* “Is this an April Fool’s joke?”


And etc.

(Romenesko: “That’s the son of news and homepage editor Hilary Sargent on the right; the other two belong to Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan.”)

And the whole thing belongs to, which “owns” the redesign in its YouTube video.



The hardreading staff’s favorite: “ is like the squirrelly uncle you put up with on holidays.”

Squirrel on, DotComniks.


Boston Herald Gets Scroogled on Estately Search Map

May 24, 2014

From our Late to the Search Party desk

The hardlyreading staff finally got to yesterday’s Boston Herald we didn’t get, and here’s what we found on page 17:


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Except – according to Ezra Klein groupie Ezra Klein’s new Vox popup site – it’s nonsense.

This viral map of American Google searches is hilarious — and totally misleading

We at love our maps. But sometimes, pretty maps turn out too be good to be true. That’s the case with this seemingly awesome map of “what each state googles more than any other.” Who knew that everyone in Texas was wondering whether they had herpes? Aside from the 78,000 people who shared this map, of course.




But that map is full of lies. You can’t, as the original post containing the map promises, “learn a lot about America” from it. Here’s why.


See for yourself. The Herald certainly didn’t bother to.


Boston Herald Subscription: Biggest. Waste. Ever.(VII)

May 23, 2014

As one of the 17 home subscribers the Boston Herald boasts, the hardreading staff has drastically reduced its expectations of the local daily. But the paper has failed to clear even that low bar. Actually it failed to jump at all today.

The foisty local tabloid told us it had “printing problems” last night. But of course the Herald has printing problems every night, BECAUSE ITS PRINTER IS ALSO ITS CROSSTOWN RIVAL.  So for the most part either 1) the Herald’s early edition gets printed – what? – 24 hours in advance, or 2) it doesn’t get printed at all.

Neither of those fates, unsurprisingly, is ever visited upon the Boston Globe.

Regardless, here’s the front page that did not land at the door of the Global Worldwide Headquarters this AM.


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Sleepy’s, eh? Sounds about right.


Red Sox Coverage Is Easy-Peavy in Boston Dailies

May 19, 2014

Every now and then the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald are in perfect harmony, as opposed to their usual yin-yang seesaw. And the hardreading staff is aways happy to chronicle those fortunate moments.

Today, the sports pages of the two dailies feature what appears to be the exact same image of yesterday’s losing Red Sox pitcherJake Peavy.

Globe version (by Jim Davis):


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Close up:


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Herald version (by Matt West):


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Close up:


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Excellent! But let’s not have too many, boys – you know, the space/time continuum and all that.


Boston Herald Subscription: Biggest. Waste. Ever. (VI)

May 19, 2014

As the hardlyreading staff noted this past weekend, our front porch failed to nestle a Boston Herald delivery either Friday or Saturday.

But yesterday the twicey local tabloid tried to make up for it by delivering two copies of the Sunday edition.

Page One of the first:


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Just for the record, Page One of the second:


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Okay, we’re done now.


Boston Herald Subscription: Biggest. Waste. Ever. (V)

May 17, 2014

From our Tab-void desk

As one of the 17 home subscribers to the Boston Herald, the hardreading staff has exceedingly low expectations in terms of quality of service.  But the heisty local tabloid has hit new lows this week.

Yesterday: No paper. “Printing problems,” they said. (What – Howie ran out of crayons?) But, the nice lady assured us, they’d include it with today’s delivery.

Today: Forget two – we got no Heralds this morning.  But we did get Barron’s. (Your head scratch goes here.)

Front page:




Just for the record, front page of today’s Herald that we never got:


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Yeah. Whatever.


Firefighters at Ladder 15 and Engine 33 Herald the People of Boston

May 12, 2014

Looks like the family of Edward J. Walsh Jr., the Boston Fire Department Lieutenant who lost his life fighting a nine-alarm Back Bay fire in March, really started something over the weekend.

Page 3 of today’s Boston Herald:


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Very classy. (As the hardreading staff noted, the Walsh family ran their ad in the Herald on Saturday, then ran one in the Globe on Sunday. We’ll see if the BFD follows suit.)

Also firefighter-related is this ad in today’s Herald:


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Hmmm. We called Precision Fitness Equipment to get more info, especially about the involvement of any Massachusetts fire departments in this bakeoff. There is none, as it turns out. A pleasant fellow named Dave Aykanian says the company had done something similar seven or eight years ago (he remembers a Quincy fire station winning back then) and, given all that’s happened with firefighters lately, thought it would be nice to do something for them.

Okay, then. Pretty sure that ad will not be running in the Globe tomorrow.


Boston Sunday Globe a Real Education in Academic Marketing

May 12, 2014

Our stately local broadsheet was one giant bazaar for higher-ed advertising yesterday.

Start with the The New U in the Globe’s Ideas section.


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Then check out this all-business ad from Bentley University.


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And this full-page ad from UMass Boston.


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And this UMass Lowell quarter-page (just for scale) ad.


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And finally, this big wet kiss from the Globe’s News in Education program.



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Among the thankees: Lesley University, Regis College, and – wait for it – UMass Lowell.

Educational, yes?


Walsh Family Ads Boston Globe to Fallen Hero Tribute

May 12, 2014

On Saturday the hardreading staff noted the Boston Herald ad the Walsh family ran saluting Edward J. Walsh Jr., the Boston Fire Department Lieutenant who lost his life fighting a nine-alarm Back Bay fire in March.

Yesterday it was the Boston Globe’s turn. From page A4:




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Rest in peace, Ed Walsh.

And rest assured, Walsh family:

It’s Boston that should be thanking you.