Boston Globe’s Comics Page Reboot Is a Total Joke

February 6, 2019

The Great Comic Strip Follies at the Boston Globe continued yesterday. As the hardreading staff previously noted, right before Christmas the cheapskately local broadsheet announced that it had “discontinued several strips and two puzzles” from its daily editions.

By “several strips,” of course, they meant 11.

Two weeks later, the Globe moonwalked from its comic strip mining.

 

 

And yesterday the results were in, as we learned from this editor’s note.

 

They gotta be nuts graf:

 

 

Seriously? Rose Is Rose instead of Get Fuzzy? Adam @ Home instead of Zippy? We’re sorry to say this, but Globe readers are idiots.

(Then again, restoring the Jumble is a good call. The old man used to toss it on the breakfast table to see who could be first to solve it without any writing implements. It was good clean American fun.)

Regardless, the Great Globe Comic Strip Tease is now officially over.

Badly done, Globeniks. Very badly done.

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Boston Globe Pinheads Perform Comics Strip Tease

January 7, 2019

As the hardreading staff noted at the time, last month the Boston Globe announced that the cheapskately local broadsheet had “discontinued several [comics] strips and two games.”

By “several,” of course, they meant 11.

(The Globe’s math skills leave much to be desired, as we discovered when the paper played DNA newsletter for Elizabeth Warren last year.)

Regardless, that relegated the comics to a single anemic page.

 

Cut to today’s edition of the Globe, where the editor moonwalks on his strip mining of the comics pages.

We’ve already indicated our choices: Zippy, Get Fuzzy, Mother Goose & Grimm, Bliss, and Bizarro.

Make sure to weigh in on yours as well.


Marty Walsh’s Ad Promotes #OneBoston(Daily)Day

April 9, 2018

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

It seems that Mistah Mayah has been following our kissin’ cousins at One-Daily Town, given that this City of Boston ad appears in today’s Boston Globe but not the Boston Herald.

 

 

That’s the hat trick for Walsh: He also snubbed the thirsty local tabloid the past two years.

Whatsamatta, Marty – coverage in the Herald not fawning enough for you?

Show some class, man.


Why Is AARP Hatin’ on the Boston Herald?

June 29, 2016

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

Once again, the thirsty local tabloid gets no love from the full-page-ad set.

Today’s Boston Globe features this costly advertisement from the Massachusetts chapter of AARP.

 

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But nothing in the Boston Herald.

Hey, AARPniks: Old people read the Herald too! (We should know – we’re one of them.)


Comic Book ‘Warrens’ Split Coverage in Local Dailies

April 7, 2016

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ain’t Sayin’) is unquestionably a political force on the national scene. But now she’s a comic book “Force” as well, although that means very different things in today’s Boston dailies.

Boston Globe:

 

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Nice little promo for the book and the senior senator.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, columnist Howe Carrtoon mails in – predictably – a very different take, which you can read if you like, although we don’t recommend it.

Liz and let Liz, eh?


Elizabeth Warren Hits Boston Dailies Double

March 23, 2015

The local dailies are giving a whole new meaning to the Warren Report.

Yesterday’s Boston Globe was a Love Letter to Liz (actually a mash note, not to get technical about it). The paper devoted over 25% of its Ideas section to making a Warren for President case, starting with this rare front-page editorial.

Democrats need Elizabeth Warren’s voice in 2016 presidential race

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DEMOCRATS WOULD be making a big mistake if they let Hillary Clinton coast to the presidential nomination without real opposition, and, as a national leader, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren can make sure that doesn’t happen. While Warren has repeatedly vowed that she won’t run for president herself, she ought to reconsider. And if Warren sticks to her refusal, she should make it her responsibility to help recruit candidates to provide voters with a vigorous debate on her signature cause, reducing income inequality, over the next year.

 

There are three – count ’em, three – other pieces playing variations on that theme in this high-priced spread:

 

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That’s a lotta real estate for Warren to gobble up.

Not to be left home from the dance, the Boston Herald jumped on the Lizwagon today.

 

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For starters, there’s this Kimberly Atkins column:

For Clinton to win she needs Warren to run

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WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren, as we now know her, would make a terrible presidential candidate. But her party, the Democrats — including presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton ­— need Elizabeth Warren to run.

Because they need a primary, and no one else can give them one.

 

The Herald’s Tom Shattuck is even more desperate for a Warren run.

Please, please, PLEASE! Go for it!

Let the movement begin.

Starting today, all good progressives should write it on their Starbucks latte cups:

Run Liz Run.

And don’t stop there. Facebook profile pics, Twitter avatars, the dirty windows of your Priuses, Subarus and Range Rovers — even the Burberry sweater your Maltese named “Chloe” wears — take a Sharpie to that Shar-Pei and scrawl “Run Liz Run.”

 

(There’s also, inevitably, this: Indian claims would be under microscope.)

Funny – the Globe wants a Warren run to help Hillary Clinton, while the Herald wants one to hurt her.

Imagine that.


Boston Herald’s Clinton Obsession Is Hill-arious

February 25, 2015

The feisty local tabloid has a hill-acious dislike of Hillary Rodham Clinton, with today’s edition serving as Exhibit Umpteen.

Start with the page 2 column by the always unreadable Adriana Cohen, who rattles on about salary inequality in both the Obama White House and Clinton’s training-wheels-up presidential campaign.

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Now flash forward to today — she’s reportedly given the top jobs, and salaries, on her exploratory presidential campaign staff to men.

But that’s not all.

Back when she was a U.S. senator for New York, reports are now surfacing that she paid women on her staff only 72 cents to a man’s dollar. Proof she’s no champion of women.

 

Okay, then.

Next page, Tom Shattuck’s column about a softball interview with Elizabeth Warren on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Into the middle of his rant (he called MSNBC “America’s most shamelessly partisan cable ‘news’ channel” – didn’t he read this?), Shattuck drops an H-bomb.

All anyone really cared about Warren this week wasn’t the middle-class hammering thing. Monday was the day the hated conservative genius Karl Rove’s video went viral — brilliantly using Warren’s own words, in her own voice, in a video to hammer Hillary Clinton.

 

Okay, then.

Moving along in our madcap review, say hello to Joe Fitzgerald, who serves up some Clinton evergreens.

Are you, too, tired of looking at Hillary Clinton?

It infuriates her when anyone suggests she rode her husband’s coattails to prominence, but who was she before Bill’s star began to rise?

Indignantly assuring us she was “no Tammy Wynette, standing by her man” when it was revealed her man was a lecher, she raged against a “vast right-wing conspiracy” for making his philandering public.

As Secretary of State, when asked by Sen. Ron Johnson if she had any thoughts on the motives behind the murders of four Americans in the attack at Benghazi, she snapped, “At this point, what difference does it make?”

 

Okay, then.

Next up: Jonah Goldberg’s syndicated column on the op-ed page.

Hillary searches for true (’16) self

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“Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald’s Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JC Penney or
J. Crew?”

That was the opening question of a front-page Washington Post story on Clinton’s effort to figure out her “brand.” To that end, she has recruited a team of corporate marketing specialists to “help imagine Hillary 5.0.”

After decades of public life, even Clinton doesn’t really know who she is — or at least who she should be this time around.

 

But the Herald sure does.