Boston Herald Is the Local Line King in Sports

January 31, 2016

Ever since the Boston Globe dumped the Tank McNamara comic strip from its Scoreboard page last year (a move the hardreading staff roundly denounced), the hately local broadsheet has been shrinking its agate-type offerings at an alarming rate.

Exhibit Umpteen: Saturday’s edition of the Globe, specifically the top of the Scoreboard page.

 

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Look at all those college basketball games. Then look at the anemic Latest line.

That’s just sad.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, meanwhile, there was this:

 

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And that’s just the half of it. Literally.

Today’s editions bring more of the same. Globe Sports:

 

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Herald Sports:

 

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Hey, Globeniks: Get your sports guys in line, eh?


Boston Globe Editorial That Looks Like Advertising

January 29, 2016

First in what we think might be a long-running series

Did the Boston Globe just reprint a Delaware North/Boston Properties press release?

From yesterday’s mately local broadsheet:

 

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Close-up of the un-bylined piece:

 

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Text from the “Globe Staff”:

Boston Properties and Delaware North Wednesday officially launched construction of a massive new complex on Causeway Street in front of TD Garden and North Station. Dubbed, “The Hub on Causeway,” the first phase of the complex underway will include a new grocery store from Star Market, a 15-screen movie theater from ArcLight Cinema, office space, and underground parking.

The first phase is to open in late 2018.

Additional phases would bring a 38-story residential tower, and two shorter towers for offices and a hotel.

The developers are also building a new entrance to North Station as well as an underground connection between the train and subway stations.

 

Sure sounds like a press release to us.

That reminded the hardstashing staff of a post we uncharacteristically held off publishing several weeks ago:

When its home delivery isn’t going Chernobyl, the Boston Globe has been all about advertising partnerships lately. So you’ll excuse us if we wonder about this piece in [the January 3rd] Address section of the $tately local broadsheet.

 

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Up close:

 

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The hardcounting staff tallies the plugs (and potential advertisers) thusly:

Heidi Pribell/Pribell Interiors: 5

Medusa Studio: 1

Visual Comfort: 1

Osborne and Little: 1

Oly: 1

Global Views: 1

Bernhardt: 1

Ballard Designs: 1

 

Maybe nothing will come of this. Maybe something will. We’ll keep an eye out.

[Full disclosure: In truth, we’ve been less than vigilant in tracking the potential advertisers above. We’ll try to do better in the future.]

But Delaware North/Boston Properties?

That’s a done deal.


Northern Avenue Bridge: Fix It or Nix It?

January 28, 2016

From our Late to the Bridge Party desk

The headscratching staff freely admits we’re confused: Is Boston’s venerable Northern Avenue Bridge slated for a $100 million fix or a $100 million replacement?

Or are they the same?

From yesterday’s Jordan Graham/Owen Boss piece in the Boston Herald:

Public shock unlikely to derail GE deal

Critics blast tax breaks

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Massive tax breaks that helped bring General Electric’s world headquarters to the Hub are being blasted by critics for creating too sweet a deal for the global conglomerate — but don’t expect a public movement like the one that derailed the Boston 2024 Olympic bid to sidetrack the relocation.

In exchange for agreeing to move its global headquarters to the booming Seaport District, GE will get $145 million in grants and tax breaks from the city and state. But under the agreement, Boston will also pay up to $100 million to fix the dilapidated Northern Avenue Bridge . . .

 

Then again, there’s Shirley Leung’s column in yesterday’s Boston Globe.

Out with the old, Lynch says

The Northern Avenue Bridge could soon fall down, and US Representative Stephen Lynch is ready to release $9.4 northern ave. bridge 1-175606million in federal funding to help design a new one.

The city will need to match a portion of the money, but Lynch has been waiting more than a decade for Boston to do something about the century-old span. Last week, officials said they plan to start removing the dilapidated bridge in March after the Coast Guard raised concerns that it might tumble into the Fort Point Channel.

 

But here’s the headscratching part:

The Walsh administration will begin a formal public process this spring to decide whether to rehab the bridge or build a new one. The city has to do something after committing up to $100 million to replace the link as part of its agreement to woo General Electric Co.’s world headquarters to Boston.

 

Except the Herald says the commitment is to fix the link, not replace it.

So, to recap:

The local dailies agree that the Northern Avenue Bridge is dilapidated.

But, as Leung might say, will the state fix it or nix it?

You tell us.


Boston Herald Endorses ‘Not Mean-Spirited’ Christie?

January 27, 2016

From our Whiskey Tango Foxtrot desk

Yesterday’s Boston Herald featured this endorsement in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary.

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But as governor of a largely Democratic state he also knows well that you don’t get anything done on the homefront without cooperation.

He has been gutsy on the campaign trail — and yes it takes guts to talk about entitlement reform, which he has.

He has also established a solid reputation in New Jersey for education reform and expanding school choice, and for criminal justice reform, including tackling the growing problem of drug addiction by expanding the use of drug courts and treatment options.

And there is just something about that Jersey guy attitude — feisty but not mean-spirited, tough but not hateful — that has a shot at taking an angry electorate and helping it find a focus and a purpose.

 

Not mean-spirited? Not hateful? Tell that to the young woman Christie sandblasted in a New Hampshire town hall meeting Monday night when she asked why he hadn’t stayed in his home state a little longer to help the recovery effort from last weekend’s monster snowstorm.

 

 

Not to get technical about it, but it wasn’t “just one county”  in Jersey that got walloped by the storm. So Christie is not only mean-spirited, he’s a liar. Even worse, Christie went on for another five minutes berating the young woman.

Memo to the feisty (but not mean-spirited?) local tabloid:

Chris Christie is just a big fat bully.


Did Howie Carr Get a Head Transplant?

January 26, 2016

Boston Herald huckster Howie Carr can often be seen in the pluggy local tabloid hawking one thing and another other than his column.

Representative sample:

 

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But check out Donald Trump’s #1 coat holder (latest mash note here) in this ad today.

 

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Is it just us, or does that not even look like the same person?

Just wondering.


Boston Globe Readers Won’t Deliver Boston Globe

January 26, 2016

But Boston Herald readers might.

At least that’s the assumption of Publishers Circulation Fulfillment, the Globe’s once and current distributor. For the past few days, PCF has run this ad in the drivey local tabloid.

 

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The details:

 

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But, as the hardreading staff has noted, “Before anyone jumps at this excellent opportunity . . . he might do well to check out Aviva Chomsky’s In These Times piece about the whole Globe delivery meltdown and the havoc new distributor ACI Media has wreaked on local drivers. In addition to all the ACI mishegoss, there’s this collateral damage: ‘[T]hose who were kept on by PCF are also faced with longer routes to deliver the same number of papers, because of the Globe’s decision.'”

Meanwhile, Globe readers still see this on the lately local broadsheet’s website.

 

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Apparently, PCF = Pretty Compromised Fulfillment.

Ouch.


Boston Globe Distributor Wants Herald to Deliver

January 23, 2016

Publishers Circulation Fulfillment, the Boston Globe’s off-again on-again demi-distributor, is looking for a few good drivers . . . in the Boston Herald.

From today’s edition of the drivey local tabloid:

 

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Details here:

 

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Before anyone jumps at this excellent opportunity, though, he might do well to check out Aviva Chomsky’s In These Times piece about the whole Globe delivery meltdown and the havoc new distributor ACI Media has wreaked on local drivers. In addition to all the ACI mishegoss, there’s this collateral damage:

 [T]hose who were kept on by PCF are also faced with longer routes to deliver the same number of papers, because of the Globe’s decision.

 

Caveat drivers, eh?