Globe Steals Herald Front Page

November 18, 2013

Today’s Boston daily double features a rarity: The Boston Globe front-pages what should have been the Boston Herald’s Page One.

First, here’s what the feisty local tabloid actually ran:


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That’s fine – gotta do the Pats when it’s Monday Night Football and Coakley’s jumping on the junkets is good (and it beat the Globe). But the Health-Connector-Is-Worse-Than-Obamacare story is thrice-told news at this point. It doesn’t really merit another front page hit.

Crosstown, the Globe’s Page One has the story the Herald should have had.

Boston police officers wary of GPS for cruisers

Fear too much scrutiny of police under city’s plan

The pending use of GPS tracking devices, slated to be installed in Boston police cruisers, has many officers worried that commanders will monitor their every move while supervisors insist the system will improve their response to emergencies.davis-big-10025

The change, a result of contract negotiations between the city and the patrol officers union, puts Boston in league with small-town departments across the state and big-city agencies across the country that have installed global positioning systems in cruisers.

Boston police administrators say the system gives dispatchers the ability to see where officers are, rather than wait for a radio response. Using GPS, they say, accelerates their response to a call for a shooting or an armed robbery.


Just think how that translates to the Herald’s front page, all donuts and dozing off. Can’t you see it?

Well, there’s always tomorrow.

Our Dogged Local Tabloid II

December 27, 2012

Sad to say, the Boston Herald’s gala two-part series on the Boston Police K-9 Unit ends not with a bang, but with a whimper. What earned Page One treatment yesterday (plus a 17-paragraph, tw0-video report) is shuffled off to page 11 today, and doesn’t appear anywhere on the Herald’s homepage or News & Opinion page.

(If you plug the reporter’s name – Robert Greim – into the search box, you still don’t get the story. We tried to plug “Crime Biters,” the name of the two-part series, into the search engine but that was a bust too.)

Finally! Got the piece via the Googletron:

IMG_3409.JPGPartners on job, at home they’re family

When the criminals are cuffed and the workday is done, the police officers and dogs in Boston’s K-9 unit don’t part ways — they head home together.

The K-9 crime biters and their human handlers who make up the Boston Police Special Operations K-9 Division work and live together 24/7, fostering a special bond that lasts even after the dogs retire.

“They really do become part of the family,” said Officer Joseph Fisher, a handler in the K-9 unit.

It goes on from there for eight more heartwarming paragraphs, some of which feature multiple sentences. There’s also a “K-9 Dogs at Home” video, which might sound redundant but probably doesn’t look that way.

All in all, a disappointing end to a series that started with so much promise.

Our Dogged Local Tabloid

December 26, 2012

The Boston Herald, God love it, is always scrapping to retain its foothold in the local news media, which leads to enterprising front pages like Wednesday’s (via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages):



Part One of the series focuses on the K-9 Unit’s preparation for drug- and bomb-sniffing duty.

121212copdogmg001.JPGK-9 squad keeps Hub’s streets clean

Barking up the right tree

Before the giant LNG tankers are allowed into the city, Boston’s crack bomb-sniffing K-9 squad sweeps the gargantuan ships seven miles out at sea.

If a bullet, spent magazine or gun must be found, these crime biters are called.

The U.S. Postal Service, DEA, ATF and area schools all have Boston Police Special Operations K-9 Division on speed dial.

“It’s just amazing what these dogs can do,” said Sgt. Frank Flynn, commander of the K-9 unit. “They won’t quit until we tell them to stop.”


Just like the Herald, yeah?

As the feisty local tabloid is wont to do these days, it also features videos of the dog-training on its website.

Given all that, would it be unfair of the hardreading staff to point out that Part One of the series is all of 17 paragraphs long? That compared to, say, the Boston Globe’s 68 Blocks series, this is sort of Nerf journalism?

Yes, it would be unfair.

The Herald newsroom has fewer than a dozen general-assignment reporters, with stripped-down crews across the board. In some ways, it’s a miracle they get a paper out every day.

So, in the holiday spirit, let’s all appreciate the Herald for what it brings to the table every day, shall we?

Doggone it.