May 28, 2017
The hardreading staff is a longtime fan of thoroughbred racing’s annual Triple Crown bakeoff, although we prefer fewer rather than more threefers.
So, as we gallop toward the Belmont Stakes, chalk this up as a good year: Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby, then finished eighth in the Preakness to Cloud Computing.
Except in Boston GlobeWorld.
From Saturday’s edition:
Thankfully, the Boston Herald had the real racing form.
Hey, Globeniks: Saddle up, eh?
May 8, 2017
As the hardreading staff has previously noted, we’re one of roughly 17 home subscribers to the Boston Herald, which means that virtually all of the feisty local tabloid’s dwindling print circulation comes from newsstand sales.
So it’s no surprise that this Notice appeared on page 2 of today’s edition. (Note the reverse typeface, which is harder to read, especially for us elderly folk.)
Close-up (sort of):
The sneaky local tabloid does say that the price increase “will not affect home-delivered copies of the Boston Herald,” which has up to tens of subscribers issuing a sigh of relief.
Still, that’s a one-third newsstand hike from Saturday . . .
. . . to today.
Which means the pricey local tabloid now costs the same as the Boston Globe.
The Herald’s newsstand price is also now double that of the New York tabloids, which, to be fair, are constantly waging price wars. Rising above the fray, the New York Times newsstand price is $2.50.
Two and a half times more for the broadsheet? That seems closer to the natural order of things, no?
April 29, 2017
The hardreading staff is first to acknowledge that replacing the Boston Herald’s longtime Inside Track diva Gayle Fee is a daunting task. And, all due respect, new Track Gal Olivia Vanni has gotten off to a largely undistinguished start.
But she kicked ass today.
Local Festers Shireena El Gallal and her sister Lamann dished all the gory details about the Bahama drama to Vanni, who totally scooped the Boston Globe.
We’re sure the Namesniks at the Globe will do their usual clip ‘n’ paste job in tomorrow’s edition. Maybe, instead of their usual M O, they’ll actually credit their sources.
April 28, 2017
From our No Credit Where Credit’s Due desk
It’s one thing for the Namesniks at the Boston Globe to rip off the hardreading staff. It’s quite another to xerox the Boston Herald without attribution.
From today’s Names:
Only one thing missing from the piece – acknowledgement that the firsty local tabloid’s Jessica Heslam had the story two days ago.
New honcho at 5 generates static
‘Move it’ mandate miffs on-camera staff
There’s a new “move it, move it” mandate being preached by Channel 5’s top newsroom honcho — but some miffed reporters don’t want to dance along.
Paige Harrison, who took over as WCVB-TV’s news director in January, has laid down a harsh edict demanding reporters get expressive during every TV live shot and stand-up.
Hey, Globies – maybe you could be more stand-up, eh?
April 18, 2017
From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk
Jet Blue has come up with a timely campaign to chase the Income Tax Blues: the Jet Blue Tax Return Flight. Here’s how it works.
Locally there’s also this ad in today’s Boston Globe.
But there’s no such ad in – that’s right – the Boston Herald. So the hardtsking staff posted this on Twitter:
We’ll let you know if we get a #TaxReturnTweet.
April 15, 2017
From our Local Dailies DisAdvantage desk
Be of good cheer, splendid readers! Today not only marks the return of the swan boats to the Boston Public Garden, but it’s also #OneBostonDay, as Mistah Mayah declares in this full-page Boston Globe ad.
There is, however, no One Boston Day ad in today’s Boston Herald.
Could that be because of Herald headlines like Mother of shot child says ‘Marty Walsh is a liar’? Or Liz Warren and Marty Walsh need to grow up?
We’re guessing inquiring minds at the thirsty local tabloid want to know.
April 3, 2017
The hardreading staff isn’t wired enough to be at the New! Improved! Fenway Park this afternoon for the Red Sox home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates (huh?), but we did take the time to check out the Boston dailies for all the hopeful/gleeful advertisements that normally accompany the start of a new season.
And there were . . . none.
Nothing in the Boston Globe, nothing (big surprise) in the Boston Herald.
Even odder, the Globe’s 18-page Baseball 2017 preview yesterday had no pom-pom ads, just this:
Seriously? Two half-page car ads?
What’s wrong with this town?