September 29, 2014
As our Walt Whitman desk attests on a regular basis, the Boston Herald is a past master at using its newshole to promote . . . that’s right – the Herald. And now apparently, the fuzzy local tabloid is offering the same sort of ad-itorial package to its advertisers.
Witness the latest installment of the paper’s daily plug for Boston Herald Radio, the webcast that up to several people a day listen to.
Nice bit of venial synergy for Dunkin’ Donuts, eh? Lede of the “interview” at left.
Todd Wallace, field marketing manager for Dunkin’ Donuts, joined Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” with Hillary Chabot and Joe Battenfeld to talk about the iconic coffee chain’s new products.
You gotta hear this segment to believe it. Those Heraldniks sure can take the r out of radio.
September 29, 2014
The hardreading staff was cruising through the Boston Globe Sports section this morning and amid the final final farewells to the irreplaceable Number Two, Derek Jeter, Number Two (but not at Fenway Park), we came across this full-page ad.
Our first thought: Yeah, thanks suckers.
Our second thought: Wonder if Boston GlobeSox owner John Henry ran the same ad in crosstown rival Boston Herald.
Oh yes he did.
Good for him, eh?
Only question left: Will the fans be back?
Oh yes they will. Dan Shaughnessy notwithstanding.
September 28, 2014
It’s Sendoff Sunday for Yankee great Derek Jeter as he says so long to baseball and the Fenway Faithful. So it’s not surprising that the local dailies have some parting gifts for the splendid shortstop who, as far as we know, never got a nickname.
From the Boston Globe, it’s a bouquet of stats – Jeter’s career relative to the Red Sox. (On the web here, but graphics not really working.)
Close-up of Jeter’s numbers:
Nice, but a little cold and calculating.
Crosstown at the Boston Herald, the sendoff is much warmer.
And the feisty local tabloid goes into extra innings, as Track Gal Gayle Fee tracks Jeter’s dating average.
Tip o’ the cap to the Herald on this one.
September 27, 2014
From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk
Marty Walsh needs to unkiss the Blarney Stone. On his trip to the Ould Sod, Boston’s mayor has gotten shamrocks in his eyes for the second time in as many weeks, earning him the top half of today’s Boston Herald.
The feisty local tabloid dedicates a full page inside the paper to this piece:
MAYOR OFF HIS BEANS
Walsh slips with hockey idea
Mayor Martin J. Walsh was forced to walk back yet another off-the-cuff statement, this time after a firestorm set off by his bizarre proposal to play the Beanpot hockey tournament in Belfast — the mayor’s second gaffe in two weeks that has PR experts urging his handlers to rein him in.
In a move that left sports fans baffled and set Twitter ablaze, Walsh expressed his support for a “Belfast Beanpot” yesterday, telling the BBC, “In light of the recent Sister City twinning between Belfast and Boston, which is underpinned by a long-standing connection between the two cities through ice hockey, I think it would be wonderful to bring the Beanpot to Belfast and am lending my support to the campaign.”
The Beanpot Tournament is a 62-year-old Boston tradition in which Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern University hockey teams compete for Hub bragging rights.
That got the Twitterati’s Irish up, but not so much at the Boston Globe, which tucked the rumpus into the SportsLog section.
Now we know – it’s possible to moonwalk on ice.
September 24, 2014
This is mother’s milk to the feisty local tabloid.
‘Sweetheart’? C’mon, Charlie
Gaffe could haunt Baker
Charlie Baker just can’t get it right when it comes to women.
The GOP gubernatorial candidate is desperately seeking female votes, but his latest gaffe — calling FOX 25 political ace Sharman Sacchetti a “sweetheart” — is sure to land him in the doghouse with some women voters.
The Jessica Heslam piece in today’s Boston Herald, not surprisingly, contains the obligatory apology from Baker, whose campaign seems to be choreographed by Joe Cocker.
“I apologize to Sharman, as she is an accomplished professional and someone who I have come to both respect and consider a friend,” Baker said in a statement.
There are also the usual statements from the usual suspects in the umbrage-industrial complex.
Just for the record, here’s the incriminating video (see 1:03).
Crosstown at the Boston Globe, not a peep.
C’mon, cupcakes – get on the stick, eh?
September 22, 2014
From our Show Us the Money Shot! desk
Since the days of the sainted Edward R. Murrow, the first rule of TV newswriting has been Say Cow, See Cow. It’s also a pretty good rule of thumb for print media. But not so much in today’s local dailies. In reporting on the celebrity sighting at Gillette Stadium yesterday, they adopted a Say Cow, See Whatever approach.
Boston Globe Names:
Boston Herald Inside Track:
Huh? Where’s the picture of the hung five?
Turns out you have to go to the Globe’s website to see it.
Fans got a good laugh when Mark Wahlberg accidentally left Robert Kraft hanging for a high five after the Patriots scored their touchdown Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Wahlberg, who’s still in town to shoot “Ted 2,” sat in the owner’s box during the game and (above) chatted with QB Tom Brady before kickoff.
Or go to YouTube:
Globe print subscribers are welcome to have a cow over the slight.
September 17, 2014
It’s Norma Parziale Day in the Boston dailies, as the Everett resident makes the front page of both.
Big shoutout in the Boston Herald:
Ditto in the Boston Globe:
We plugged Ms. Parziale into the Googletron to see how far her fame extended, and we got her Facebook page. Just in case you want to send congrats.
September 15, 2014
The undoubtable Alan Dershowitz has penned a five-part polemic for the Boston Globe, promoted this way on Page One of yesterday’s edition:
And here’s the first installment in the series, published in yesterday’s Ideas section.
War of principles
How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory?
WHEN DEMOCRACIES seek to protect their citizens against new threats posed by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, and Boko Haram, the old rules — designed for conventional warfare among nations — sometimes become anachronistic. New balances must be struck between preserving people’s civil liberties and protecting them against terrorist violence. As Aharon Barak, the former president of the Supreme Court of Israel — a nation that has confronted this issue over many decades — once put it: “Although a democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless has the upper hand.”
Barak was right on two scores: The commitment to the rule of law constrains democracies in fighting terrorists who have no concern for international law; yet although we must fight terrorism with one hand behind our back, that does not mean that we cannot use the other hand forcefully, effectively, and legally.
So why skip the five-part series?
Start with this gonna-drive-us-nuts graf:
None of these issues is amenable to simple answers. They require nuance and calibration — qualities often lost in the emotional debates engendered by the controversial practices employed against terrorists.
Nuance and calibration?
Sounds a lot like “roll your own.”
That’s a one-part series as far as we’re concerned.
September 13, 2014
Extra! Extra!! Pennant Fever Ungrips Hub!!!
From today’s Boston Globe Sports section:
Really? The Red Sox have been feeling the heat of the postseason scramble? But now they don’t?
As the redoubtable Bob Ryan would say:
September 12, 2014
From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk
A couple of noteworthy ads in today’s local dailies that are, once again, worlds apart.
Boston Globe, page A7:
(The James W. Foley Legacy Fund website is here. News coverage here.)
That ad did not – wait for it – run in today’s Boston Herald. But this one did.
(Note the fine print: “Cruise Travel Outlet is not associated with or represent Market Basket in any way.” No surprise there, outside maybe of the tortured grammar.)
That ad – no surprise either – did not run in today’s Globe. But this front-page piece did.
One more thing Arthur T. Demoulas is likely grateful for: He doesn’t have to go on that gruesome-looking cruise.