Boston Herald to Globe Editorial Push: Press This!

August 15, 2018

Tomorrow is the big day for the Boston Globe’s nationwide initiative to counter Donald Trump’s “dirty war against the free press.” Roughly 200 newspapers have signed on to publish editorials tomorrow explaining and defending the importance of a free and independent press in America, as the Globe details in this web piece today.

200 newspapers join Globe effort on freedom of the press editorials

Around 200 news publications across the United States have committed to a Boston Globe-coordinated effort to run editorials Thursday promoting the freedom of the press, in light of President Trump’s frequent attacks on the media.

Some of the most respected and widely circulated newspapers in the country have committed to taking a stand in their editorial pages, including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Sun-Times. The list ranges from large metropolitan dailies to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.

 

But when you scroll through the list itself, there’s one paper that’s conspicuous by its absence.

That’s right . . . the Herald.

So we sent this note to Boston Herald editor Joe Sciacca.

Hi, Joe,

Hope all’s well.

[We’re] just posting to Two Daily Town about the Globe’s nationwide push for editorials fighting back against Donald Trump’s “dirty war against the press” and couldn’t help but notice that the Herald is not one of the newspapers participating.

Could you perhaps just drop [us] a quick note about the Herald’s position on this initiative? [We’re] guessing [our] splendid readers would be very interested in that.

Thanks,
[The hardreading staff]

 

We will, as alway, keep you posted.

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Boston Dailies Split on Trump-Kraft Bromance

December 24, 2017

From our Tear the Sheets desk

There seems to be some confusion at the local dailies about what exactly transpired between White House squatter Donald Trump (R-Donald Trump) and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (R-NFL) over the GOP tax bill passed the other day.

According to yesterday’s Boston Herald Billionaire Bromance piece, Trump claimed that Kraft “based on this tax bill he just wanted to let me know that he’s going to buy a big plant in the great state of North Carolina and he’s going to build a tremendous paper mill there or paper products plant.”

But the Boston Globe’s Jon Chesto had a different take.

Unfortunately, the Kraft Group offered little clarity on the matter. A spokesman confirmed that Kraft and Trump spoke, and that Kraft believes the bill will spur corporate America to make significant capital investments.

But is a Kraft affiliate building another one in the Tar Heel State? The Kraft spokesman wouldn’t say. A spokesman for that state’s economic development office was similarly elusive.

 

As is just about everything Donald Trump has ever said.


Boston Globe Buckrakes for Chinese Propaganda

April 30, 2017

Yesterday the hardreading staff was surprised to find tucked into its home-delivered Boston Globe a 20-page Weekend Edition of China Daily, the international house organ of the Chinese government.

Sample article:

Will China help US rebuild its bridges?

The $1 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by US President Donald Trump signals win-win opportunities for China and the United States, according to experts.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told the Boston Globe last Friday that she expected Trump’s $1 trillion plan to debut this summer after the administration tackles tax reform.

“We’re on track,” Chao said of the infrastructure bill. “There’s a great deal of discussion over the most difficult part of the initiative, which is funding it.”

 

You’d be nuts to exclude us graf.

China’s record in the past decades in building massive infrastructure projects has been widely recognized in the world. By the end of 2016, China ranked No 1 in the world in the mileage of high-speed rails, expressways and urban transit systems, according to the country’s National Development and Reform Commission. Seven of the world’s largest container ports are also in China.

 

The rest of China Daily’s stories are equally sunny side up, as you’d expect. We’d love to show you the whole thing, but the Globe chose not to include the insert in yesterday’s ePaper.

Wonder why.

Wonder also – as we have in the past – what’s not for sale at the Boston Globe.


Huh? Planned Parenthood Ad in Boston Globe Sports?

March 27, 2017

From our Wait – what? desk

The headscratching staff came across this Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) ad in yesterday’s Boston Globe Sports section.

 

 

No question Planned Parenthood is right in the middle of the public debate at this point. As this Axios piece notes, the organization could be Donald Trump’s next emergency.

The fight to defund Planned Parenthood could shut down the government in less than a month. It’s getting hardly any media attention but it’s the most immediate emergency confronting the Trump administration, which is reeling after its Obamacare fiasco.

 

Fair enough, but we still don’t get why PPLM would spend money on an ad that reaches an overwhelmingly male audience.

So we’ll give them a call and, as always, keep you posted.


Boston Globe Joins Anti-Trump Banner Wave

March 27, 2017

It all started with Donald Trump’s Dark Knight, Steve Bannon, labeling the news media the opposition party.

Next thing you know, the Washington Post pasted this tagline under its banner.

Not surprisingly, the Post also rolled out DDiD merchandise, which was – not surprisingly – roundly mocked. Exhibit A: The Weekly Standard’s Trumpopleptic Tees piece.

Even WaPo’s arch-rival, New York Times editor Dean Baquet, took a shot at the Post’s darkness mongering.

“I love our competition with The Washington Post. I think it’s great. But I think their slogan — Marty Baron please forgive me for saying this — sounds like the next Batman movie.”

 

Regardless, Marty Baron’s old newspaper, the Boston Globe, has now joined the banner wavers.

While cruising the Globe’s website yesterday, the hardreading staff encountered these headers.

 

 

 

 

You get the idea.

Whether prospective subscribers get it is another question entirely.


Boston Globe Namesniks Finally Credit Their Sources

February 20, 2017

First, disclosure.

The hardreading staff has a serious beef with the Boston Globe’s Names column, as we noted in a recent post.

Boston Globe ‘Names’ Outs Howie Carr, Stiffs Two-Daily Town

Twice this week the hardreading staff has noted that Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, a charter member of the Donald Trump coat holder brigade, is also now a member of Trump’s swanky Florida resort Mar-a-Lago.

We also noted that neither Boston daily had reported on Carr’s quantum leap in social status, ending yesterday’s post this way: “Hey – you Namesniks at the Globe: Wanna grab a piece of this?”

Apparently they did, since this appears under Mark Shanahan’s byline in today’s snakey local broadsheet.

Trump backer Howie Carr is now a Mar-a-Lago Club member

Conservative talk-show host Howie Carr fancies himself a man of the people, albeit one who went to an exclusive prep school (Deefield Academy), attended a fine liberal arts college (University of North Carolina), and resides in a wealthy Boston enclave (Wellesley). So it should be no surprise that, like any other average Joe, Carr has become a newly-minted member of the Mar-a-Lago Club, President Trump’s posh Palm Beach, Fla., retreat.

 

That, not surprisingly, went over like the metric system here at the Global Worldwide Headquarters. But, hey, that’s show biz.

Then again . . . we did seem to tap into some basic sense of decency in the Namesniks, as yesterday’s column featured something new (at least as far as we can tell) – honest to God attribution.

 

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Of course, that does nothing for the hardbleeding staff.

But we’re happy to take one for the team.


Boston Globe ‘Names’ Outs Howie Carr, Stiffs Two-Daily Town

February 10, 2017

Twice this week the hardreading staff has noted that Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, a charter member of the Donald Trump coat holder brigade, is also now a member of Trump’s swanky Florida resort Mar-a-Lago.

We also noted that neither Boston daily had reported on Carr’s quantum leap in social status, ending yesterday’s post this way: “Hey – you Namesniks at the Globe: Wanna grab a piece of this?”

Apparently they did, since this appears under Mark Shanahan’s byline in today’s snakey local broadsheet.

Trump backer Howie Carr joins Mar-a-Lago

Conservative talk-show host Howie Carr fancies himself a man of the people, albeit one who went to an exclusive prep school (Deefield Academy), attended a fine liberal arts college (University of North Carolina), and resides in a wealthy Boston enclave (Wellesley). So it should be no surprise that, like any other average Joe, Carr has become a newly-minted member of the Mar-a-Lago Club, President Trump’s posh Palm Beach, Fla., retreat. Politico.com reports that Carr and his second wife, Kathy, are a few of the regular folks who’ve become Mar-a-Lago members since Trump moved into the White House. The Carrs must have really scrimped and saved to be able to swing the club’s initiation fee, which recently doubled to $200,000. We tried to reach Carr on Thursday to talk about the many perks and privileges he’ll be enjoying at Mar-a-Lago, but no luck. The right-wing radio host was an early supporter of Trump’s peculiar brand of populism and their friendship has only grown. Indeed, Carr was among 800 ordinary Americans who spent New Year’s Eve with Trump at the Mar-a-Lago Club.

 

Politico.com reports? Like all of a sudden you read the Politico Playbook item buried in last Monday’s edition?

C’mon, man – credit where credit’s due, eh?