Boston Globe Editorial Board Snipes at Newsroom

October 18, 2017

From our Late to the Party Pooper desk

As the Great Amazon Headquarters Bakeoff approaches it denouement, interested parties are starting to answer last call with one final plea.

Thus the Boston Globe weighed in yesterday with this editorial.

Boston is primed for Amazon

Amazon is offering one city a winning lottery ticket. The home selected for its second headquarters campus can expect a concentration of tens of thousands of men and women with talent, education, and the resources to flourish.

No surprise, then, that dozens of communities around the country are tripping over themselves to vie for the prize. Stonecrest, Ga., pledges to de-annex 345 acres and name the new burg “Amazon.” Tucson, Ariz., sent the online retailer a 21-foot tall cactus. Vancouver is touting Canada’s liberal visa policy in its pitch to win the sweepstakes.

But the Commonwealth doesn’t need gimmicks. Nor do we need to brag . . .

 

No need to brag? Then what was that four-page mash note to Jeff Bezos labeled “Newsroom Commentary” that wrapped the Metro section in Sunday’s Globe?

 

 

Is it possible that the Globe’s editorial nose is out of joint because of the “commentary” part at the top of that first page? Say what you will, but the hardreading staff loves a good turf battle at the stately local broadsheet.

Especially since the turf at their new headquarters is so much smaller than before.

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Boston Globe Puts on the Pom Poms for Amazon HQ2

October 16, 2017

The Great Amazon Headquarters Bakeoff has generated some very, well, imaginative proposals for Jeff Bezos’s second home, as Leanna Garfield at Business Insider has chronicled.

Amazon has triggered a $5 billion bidding war — here are the craziest proposals for its new headquarters

After Amazon announced in September that it will build a second headquarters in an undetermined location, more than 50 North American cities concocted bids to persuade the company to choose them.

The company’s new campus, called HQ2, will bring 50,000 new jobs. Amazon will invest $5 billion in its construction, making the offer one of the largest corporate-civic opportunities in recent American history.

Proposals are not due until October 19, but many cities have already disclosed their plans to woo Amazon. And some are more extreme than others.

 

Our favorite: The offer from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-Donald Trump’s Meatloaf) of $5 billion in tax breaks, according to The Observer. That means Amazon would get its headquarters for free, yes?

No wonder Mr. 5×5 is out of a job.

But none of the pitches, to our knowledge, is quite like the four-page “Newsroom Commentary” that wrapped the Metro section of yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe.

 

 

 

 

 

(Readable version here.)

Not surprisingly, the hardreading staff has questions.

Question #1: Shouldn’t this be labeled “Editorial Commentary”? The newsroom is supposed to focus on, well, news – not commentary. That’s the bailiwick of the editorial pages.

Question #2: Isn’t this a bit Chamber of Commerce Pep Squad-ish? (Interesting that Shirley (You Jest) Leung has the only byline in the four-page spread.)

Funny, we thought the Globe was the umpire, not the pitcher.

We must be wrong.


EF Education First Puts PR First in Boston Globe Ad

October 2, 2017

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

Some of you splendid readers might be scratching your heads over this full-page ad in today’s Boston Globe.

 

 

EF is Education First North America, which loves the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for millions of very good reasons.

To wit:

EF Education First Breaks Ground on Third Building in Cambridge, Creating International Education Campus Along Charles River

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and many Commonwealth and City of Cambridge leaders today joined EF Education First North America CEO Dr. Edward Hult to break ground on the company’s third new building in Cambridge’s North Point neighborhood, which will result in the creation of 300 new jobs, acres of new public parkland and recreational amenities, and a new permanent operations and maintenance facility for the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

 

The press release also notes this: “In 2014, the Massachusetts State Legislature unanimously passed special legislation allowing EF to acquire a 125,000-square-foot parcel of land owned by DCR and MassDOT for $20.4 million USD, which previously housed a temporary maintenance facility for DCR. The proceeds from the land sale will fund the construction of a permanent maintenance facility for DCR on one portion of the parcel, which represents an important unmet Big Dig mitigation obligation.”

Swell.

But wait, there’s more – this item ran in the Business section of today’s Globe, a sort of gift-with-purchase.

 

 

Interesting that the press release didn’t mention the $31 million state handout, but, hey, you can’t have everything.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, however, they pretty much can’t have anything. Education First might love the DCR, but it doesn’t care a fig for the thirsty local tabloid, presumably on the assumption that Herald readers aren’t interested in language classes and overseas education trips.

Huh.