Red Alert! The Red Sox Have an Official Red Wine!

July 13, 2018

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

Who knew? It turns out the Olde Towne Team has an Official Red Wine, as readers of today’s Boston Globe discovered in this full-page ad.

 

 

The pitch:

 

Chateau Auguste certainly seems to be a hit with oenophiles: A quick check of the Googletron reveals that the 2017 Rosé featured in the ad rates from 3.4 to 4.5 stars; the 2015 Bordeaux in the background gets 4 stars. We’ll see how it plays at Fenway, though.

Two other things:

1) The ad got us to wondering who else might be an official sponsor of the Sox. We know – from all those delivery trucks – that W.B. Mason is the Official Office Products Supplier of the Boston Red Sox (and also sponsors the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, and the Tampa Bay Rays, along with the NHL’s Boston Bruins).

But we had no idea that Cincinnati-based Cintas is the Official Restroom Sponsor of Fenway Park. That’s good to know. (There’s a bunch of others here.)

2) The Chateau Auguste ad did not run in the Boston Herald. That makes it the thirsty local tabloid times two.

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Boston Herald Gets Props From Boston Globe & NYT!

July 8, 2018

Stop the presses! The feisty local tabloid was totally legit yesterday!

Start with the Boston Globe, where correspondent Matt Stout (formerly of the Boston Herald) filed this report.

Judge overseeing Hefner lawsuit steps down

The Superior Court judge who approved a request to shield the name of the man suing former Senate president Stanley C. Rosenberg and his husband, Bryon Hefner, abruptly stepped down from the civil case Friday, shortly after the two filed paperwork opposing it.

Judge Debra A. Squires-Lee did not say why she recused herself from the case against Hefner and Rosenberg, which alleges that Hefner sexually assaulted a then-State House aide and that Rosenberg “knew or was aware” that Hefner posed a risk to others.

The aide, identified as John Doe in court filings, said Hefner sexually assaulted him at least three times in 2015 and 2016.

 

Make Joe Sciacca go nuts (bad division) tenth graf:

The Boston Herald first reported Rosenberg and Hefner’s filings.

 

Then again, Jennifer Schuessler’s New York Times piece yesterday about BSO flutist Elizabeth Rowe’s equal-pay lawsuit quite likely eased the pain.

Star Flutist Sues Boston Symphony Over Pay Equity

The top flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has filed a gender pay discrimination suit against the ensemble, claiming that her compensation is only about 75 percent that of her closest comparable colleague, the orchestra’s principal oboist, who is a man.

The suit, which was filed on Monday by Elizabeth Rowe, the orchestra’s principal flutist and one of its most prominent musicians, appears to be the first under a new law in Massachusetts that requires equal pay for “comparable work.” The law was passed in 2016, but it did not go into effect until Sunday, after employers had two years to rectify disparities.

 

Make Joe Sciacca go nuts (good division) fifth graf:

[A]ccording to Ms. Rowe’s lawsuit, which seeks $200,000 in unpaid wages, pay disparities can be significant. Ms. Rowe, 44, is paid about $70,000 less each year than John Ferrillo, 62, the principal oboist, based on data in the lawsuit and tax records. That is despite the fact that they play next to each other and are both “leaders of the orchestra in similarly demanding artistic roles,” according to the lawsuit, which was first reported by The Boston Herald.

 

That, my friends, is music to the hungry local tabloid’s ears.


Boston Globe Love Letters No Longer a Kept Column?

July 3, 2018

As the hardreading staff has previously noted, the Boston Globe is increasingly willing to rent out its editorial content willy-nilly to marketing sponsors.

Exhibit Umpteen, as related in this space last month:

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, the $tately local broadsheet has allowed a marketer to get to second base with Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein. As we previously noted, ever since April the column has been leased out to – sorry, presented by – the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Today, the relationship got even chummier.

 

Beyond that, the Globe has relentlessly flogged the Kripalu-sponsored Love Letters podcast in quarter-page ads.

So imagine our surprise when we saw this, well, naked edition of Love Letters in today’s Globe.

Wait – have the Lovebirds torn the (broad)sheets?

And was the breakup really necessary?

Not to rub it in or anything.


Hobby Lobby Has Come-to-Jesus Ad in Boston Herald

July 1, 2018

Quick refresher course: Arts and crafts chain Hoppy Lobby, which is owned by the Oklahoma City-based Green family, was one of two companies that wound up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court four years ago when it refused on religious grounds to cover contraceptive services for its employees.

As ABC News reported at the time on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, “the Supreme Court said . . . that two for profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs do not have to provide a full range of contraceptives at no cost to their employees pursuant to the Affordable Care Act,” since the act’s mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

(Unsurprising sidebar: It was, of course, Justice Anthony Kennedy who provided the swing vote in the 5-4 decision.)

Now, presumably swollen with newborns, Hobby Lobby has resumed its Bible thumping with this full-page ad in today’s Boston Herald.

 

 

The ad is a mishmash of God-and-Country quotes from Presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, etc. Representative sample:

The apparent objective, beyond bridging the Church-State divide, is to tout the company’s Ministry Projects, which donate to “several charities and organizations that the Green family has selected based on each charity’s specific needs and mission.”

To wit:

Interestingly, the ad did not run in today’s Boston Globe.

Your conclusions go here.


Boston Globe Whiffs on BPD Commish Dish

June 30, 2018

It started Thursday night with WBZ-TV’s report that Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is leaving the department.

 

 

The Boston Herald’s Dan Atkinson and Antonio Planas reported the requisite denials in today’s edition.

Evans: I Hate These Rumors

Hub’s top cop denies he’s leaving post

An exasperated police Commissioner William B. Evans denied that he’s leaving his post as rumors about him departing to Boston College dogged the city’s top cop on the eve of one of the most violent times of the year.

Community leaders said the confusion about Boston Police Department leadership doesn’t help as neighborhoods gear up for a weekend before Fourth of July likely to see shootings in the city’s neighborhoods.

WBZ reported Thursday that Evans, who Mayor Martin J. Walsh named commissioner when he took office in 2014, was leaving to take over the Boston College police force. Walsh and Evans have furiously denied the reports and a BC spokesman said the university had no comment.

 

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, reporter Danny McDonald had a story about Evans, but not the story.

City police wary ahead of Fourth celebrations

Boston police will have extra patrols in the city’s neighborhoods to deal with large parties in coming days, as the temperature heats up and the Fourth of July approaches, city officials said Friday.

Speaking at a press conference in front of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the holiday is “always a challenging time” for the department. Last year, 15 people were shot over July Fourth weekend in 10 separate incidents, said Evans.

“Traditionally, it’s been a violent weekend,” he said.

The department worries about large, loud parties throughout the city, as well as people setting off fireworks illegally, he said.

 

No word in the Globe, however, about whether the department worries about losing its leader.


MA Newspaper Publishers Do Support Anti-Tariff Ad

June 28, 2018

From our Stop the Presses desk

Earlier today the hardreading staff noted that the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association did not appear in this ad protesting the Trump administration’s knee-buckling tariffs on newsprint from Canada.

 

 

Shortly after we left a voicemail for MNPA executive director Robert Ambrogi, he called back to say the group actually was part of the Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers coalition and hadn’t realized that the MNPA wasn’t included in the ad or listed on the STOPP website. Moreover, he said his group strongly supports efforts to get the tariffs lifted.

In addition, he just sent us an email saying that at some point tonight, the MNPA’s name and logo will be on the STOPP website.

Happy to set the record straight.


Mass. Newspaper Publishers Bail on Anti-Tariff Ad

June 28, 2018

Except for the Boston Herald, that is, where this full-page ad ran on Page 11 of today’s edition.

 

 

The ad comes from a coalition called Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers, which describes itself as “printers, publishers, paper suppliers and distributors that represent mostly small businesses in local communities that employ more than 600,000 workers in the United States.”

We have joined together to fight proposed government tariffs on newsprint that have been initiated by petitions filed by a single newsprint mill, NORPAC, an outlier in the industry that is owned by a New York hedge fund, with no additional pulp or paper operations in the United States or globally. The proposed tariffs will force our member companies to cut jobs not only at newspapers, commercial printing, and book publishing operations, but throughout the supply chain, such as paper manufacturers, ink suppliers, fuel producers, and equipment manufacturers.

 

Here’s a better look at the list in the ad (the latest news on NORPAC – the North Pacific Paper Company  – is here).

 

 

 

Upon close inspection, there’s one name that does not appear on that list: the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association. (For the record, the ad did not run in today’s Boston Globe.)

So we put a call in to MNPA executive director Robert Ambrogi to ask what was up with the group’s conspicuous absence.

We will, as is our wont, keep you posted.