Two-Daily Town Primer (Puppy Doe/Calle Edition)

September 30, 2013

(First in an occasional series illustrating the essential difference between the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald)

The Sunday Boston dailies provided a stark contrast in what they’re willing to devote major real estate to in their newsholes.

Start with the Boston Herald, which is obsessed with Puppy Doe, a pit bull that “was severely beaten, starved, burned and stabbed in the eye” after being adopted from the Craigslist pet section – and eventually euthanized.

Representative sample from a week ago:

 

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Now comes yesterday’s two-page spread (complete with the Herald’s ever-present E-edition Random Little Green Numbers – because the feisty local tabloid apparently has Joe Cocker as its webmaster).

 

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Crosstown at the Boston Sunday Globe, a very different tragedy occupied its attention.

Page One piece by Meg Murphy and Steven Wilmsen:

 

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The jump is four full pages of heartwarming heartbreak about five-year-old Caroline Cronk’s battle with cancer .

 

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Draw your own conclusions.

 

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