April 15, 2020
From our No Credit Where Credit’s Due desk
Let’s stipulate here that the Boston Globe has done yeoman’s work covering the local coronavirus calamity.
But let’s also acknowledge that the Globeniks have occasionally drafted off the work of other news organizations in the process.
Exhibit A: This Page One Globe story last Saturday.
Moving piece. No mention, though, of the Boston Herald’s Page One story that ran three days earlier.
Exhibit B: This piece by Steve Annear in yesterday’s Globe.
Separated by coronavirus, 88-year-old Watertown man uses bucket truck to see wife at nursing home
“They could have lifted me 10 stories and it would not have bothered me,” Nick Avtges said. “As long as I got to see her.”
Up until recently — before everything changed — 88-year-old Nick Avtges would wake up each morning, have his breakfast, and then head out to see his wife, Marion, at the Maristhill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where she’s been living for the last year. He would stay with her all day, hardly leaving her side.
“He’s been a very devoted husband,” said James Tracy, president and administrator of the Waltham center. “He never missed a day.”
But in March, as the novel coronavirus continued to spread, posing a critical threat to residents at facilities like the one where Marion, 85, is staying, the center went from reducing its visitations to not allowing visitors at all.
Once again, no credit to the original story by Joanna Tzouvelis six days ago in the MetroWest Daily News.
(To be sure graf goes here)
To be sure, lots of other news outlets drafted off the MetroWest story without attribution.
But you’d think the Boston Globe – five days later – would be better than that.
Unfortunately, you’d think wrong.
April 5, 2020
From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk
As the hardreading staff has noted numerous times, the Boston Herald has long been the wallflower at the local advertising dance.
And so it remains in the time of coronavirus.
To be sure, Kappy’s Fine Wine & Spirits has been a loyal customer lately with full-page ads like this one.
And Stop & Shop ran this thank you ad today.
But that’s pretty much it for the thirsty local tabloid.
Crosstown at the Boston Globe, though (wait – that doesn’t work any more since the Globe moved to State Street and the Herald moved to Braintree and anyway everyone’s working remotely so the hell with it) – the full-page ads are coming fast and furious.
Yesterday there was this ad from the Veterans Cannabis Project urging Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Bogart) to designate all adult-use Massachusetts cannabis dispensaries as essential services.
Auto magnate Herb Chambers also went full-page yesterday.
Today is even better for the stately local broadsheet. It got the Chambers ad again and the Stop & Shop thank you ad. But today’s edition also features this Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ad.
And this Uber ad.
Memo to Blue Cross and Uber: Maybe next time send some of that love to the Herald as well.
April 4, 2020
As the hardreading staff noted the other week, there’s something up with the Boston Globe’s Saturday edition. First there was the abandonment of its WSJr format and return to the paper’s normal configuration, comme çi.
Then there was this.
The hardreading staff received a call [last month] from the Globe sales department offering us a couple of bucks off our outrageously expensive Sunday print/all access digital subscription for the next three months (which still costs half of our old seven-day print subscription) – plus the Saturday print edition at no extra charge for the next three months and beyond. Plus plus a buck a month thereafter off our old subscription price.
We were supposed to get our first bonus Saturday paper yesterday. We didn’t.
That was March 21st. Today marks the third Saturday in a row we’ve failed to get the Globe’s print edition.
We’re not sure what kind of scam this might be. But we’re pretty sure it’s some kind.