Herald Blows Lede in Michele McPhee Libel Suit

February 14, 2016

Today’s Boston Herald beat its crosstown rival to this story by Owen Boss:

Suit filed against reporter, news agencies for marathon bombings-related report

A Chelsea family with Chechen roots has filed a $105 million libel suit against journalist Michele McPhee and a Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 1.47.03 PMhandful of news outlets that referenced a story she wrote for ABC News in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, claiming the 
article had a disastrous 
impact on their lives and personal relationships.

The Umarov family’s lawsuit — which was first reported by Universal Hub — was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston and claims that McPhee’s article published March 4, 2014, titled “Feds Searching for Friend of Boston Marathon Suspect, ‘Concern’ Over Chechnya Trip,” has caused “irreparable damage to their reputations and esteem, as well as a loss of associations, and loss of potential gainful employment.”

 

The Herald’s web version doesn’t provide a link to the Universal Hub post or McPhee’s ABC piece. Worse, it doesn’t mention that McPhee is a former reporter and columnist at the dodgy local tabloid. You’d think they might’ve included that.

Then again, the Herald piece was quick enough to name the other defendants in the libel suit: McPhee Productions, ABC News, The Daily Mail, Heavy, Inc., News Corp. Australia, DMG Media, the New York Daily News and anti-Islamic activist and journalist Pamela Geller. A lot of deep pockets there.

Crosstown, at this moment anyway, the Boston Globe has nothing on the story.

(Parenthetically, is it just the hardreading staff or is the Globe’s search engine much lamer these days?)

More, no doubt, to come.


Hark! The Herald! (Tsarnaev Defense Edition)

December 30, 2014

Today’s edition of the selfie local tabloid once again demonstrates its Heraldcentric theory of the universe, as it reports that the trial of  alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is all about, well, the Boston Herald.

Lawyers blast feds over Herald column

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers have again asked a judge to postpone his trial, challenging Dzhokhar Tsarnaevprosecutors’ claims about their preparation process and slamming a Herald column that criticized the defense’s repeated efforts to seek delays.

In the motion filed yesterday, Tsarnaev’s legal team disputes the government claim that they have refused to stipulate to any evidence — an acknowledgement that would preclude bringing in officials to testify about how it was acquired and handled.

 

The Herald column in question? This one:

 

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According to today’s report, “[t]he defense motion cites Herald reporter Bob McGovern’s Dec. 26 Full Court Press column, which referred to the defense’s ‘foot-dragging’ and ‘stall tactics’ as an example.”

Jackpot!

As you might expect, crosstown at the Boston Globe there’s nary a word about foot-dragging or stalling or stipulating . . . or the Herald.

Tsarnaev defense renews pitch to delay trial

Says prosecutors sent thousands of documents late

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Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev renewed their push Monday to delay his death penalty trial, set to start in one week, until the fall.

In papers filed in US District Court, the attorneys for the 21-year-old, who is accused of detonating two bombs at the 2013 Marathon finish line along with his late brother, Tamerlan, said the government has handed over thousands of documents to them at the last moment.

As a result, the attorneys wrote, there is no way they can be ready to defend Tsarnaev both during the trial, and if he is convicted, during the penalty phase, where jurors will be asked to decide whether the former Cambridge resident deserves the death penalty.

 

One town, two different trials, eh?


Forget Tabloid Format – Boston Herald Is Just Small

April 17, 2014

It’s awards season for newspapers right now, and Boston hit the dailies double in the latest journalism lovefest.

From the Boston Globe:

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Nice, eh? Spread the love to WBUR and the Herald, even if the latter did catch a bit of an elbow:

Both the Globe and the Boston Herald took first place for deadline reporting on the Boston Marathon bombings. The Globe won in the category for newspapers with more than 100,000, while the Herald won for newspapers with daily circulation of more than 50,000 but less than 100,000.

 

And crosstown at the firsty local tabloid? Here’s how it played:

 

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Actually, call it the frosty local tabloid. And call it a sore winner.

 


New York Post Circles the Boston Globe

April 16, 2014

The Big Town’s feisty loco tabloid has a distinct Boston accent today.

Start, as seems appropriate, with Page One (tip o’ the pixel to FishbowlNY).

 

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Look familiar? Right – it’s the Boston Globe’s stunner of an interactive photo from yesterday’s Marathon bombing anniversary edition.

The story inside comes compliments of old friend Leonard Greene, late of the Boston Herald.

Solemn ceremonies mark anniversary of Boston Marathon bombings

 

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

 

Survivors of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing commemorated Tuesday’s anniversary of the deadly blast with solemn ceremonies and a shared determination to keep moving forward.

Gathering at the now-sacred site where two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through a dense crowd near the race’s finish line, runners, spectators and supporters paused to reflect on the moment their lives changed forever.

“Last year, I was on the ground at the finish line,” said Kevin White, who was injured by shrapnel that ripped through his legs. “This year I’ll be running across it. It kind of proves to people that evil isn’t going to win.”

 

Big Town v. Bean Town? Boston all the way.

 


Peter Emerson O’Neil of Norfolk, MA Makes the Googletron

April 16, 2014

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted that one Peter Emerson O’Neil of Norfolk, MA ran this ad in the Boston Herald on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

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We also noted that Mr. O’Neil was nowhere to be found on the Googletron.

But no more.

 

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We await further details.

 


Which of These Papers Will Blow Its Own Horn Tomorrow? That’s Right – The Herald

April 15, 2014

On the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, local newspapers got the hat trick in the Newseum’s Today’s Top Ten Front Pages.

Staying Strong

While addressing the continued struggles to overcome the physical and emotional wounds suffered during the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, today’s front pages also focus on inspirational stories of community, heroism, and healing. The vivid front page of the Metro – Boston Edition effectively acknowledges the tragedy of that “dark day,” while looking forward to “a bright future.”

 

The Top Ten:

 

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Closer:

 

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Even closer:

 

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Gotta be killing the Heraldniks that Metro Boston got the shoutout in the copy, but that won’t keep the feisty local tabloid from running a “news story” about their high honor in tomorrow’s edition.

Our Walt Whitman desk is on full alert.

 


Marathon Memorial ADvantage to Boston Globe

April 15, 2014

First off, can any of you remember a day when both local dailies had wraparound front pages? (Can’t find the Globe wrapper, but this interactive feature comes close.)

 

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Us neither.

But Marathon memorial ads mostly migrated to the Globe.

 

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And this one, which we totally don’t like.

 

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The only memorial ad that ran in the Herald (outside of a Macy’s ad that ran in both dailies) was this:

 

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We plugged Peter Emerson O’Neil into the Googletron but nothing came up. Maybe he will now.

P.S. This house ad for the Globe’s Pulitzer probably belongs here too.

 

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