Not Just the Globe: Herald Has Stripped Comics Too

April 16, 2015

For the past several days, the hardgrieving staff has lamented the loss of Tank McNamara, the comic strip the Boston Globe dropped from its Sports pages last week.

But now splendid commenter Mark weighs in with his own lament.

What about the carnage in the Herald comic pages? You could see the handwriting on the wall for The Knight Life when the cartoonist took strong anti-cop positions after Ferguson. But what did Lio do to piss off the Howie Carr Fan Club? He’s been dumped for the long-dead Charles Schultz and 45-year-old Peanuts strips!

 

For the uninitiated: The Knight Life and Lio.

(To be frank graf goes here.)

To be frank, we had no idea all that was happening; the hardchuckling staff hasn’t read the Boston Herald comics page since it dumped Mark Parisi’s Off the Mark umpteen years ago.

Regardless, here’s the current incarnation of the flighty local tabloid’s comics pages.

 

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Carnage, indeed.

We feel your pain, Mark.


Hey! Boston Herald *Was* Above All with Birdman Ad

February 25, 2015

Half a century ago the New York Daily News had a regular feature called $5 for Your Most Embarrassing Moment. And about 90% of the entries included this phrase:

“Was my face red!”

Well, call us the hardredding staff.

The other day, we posted this in the wake of the Academy Awards broadcast:

 

Well the hardreading staff was leafing through the Boston Herald this morning, as is our wont, when we turned page 5 to discover this:

 

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Double take:

 

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Wait – is that really an ad? And if so, why does it appear in the feisty local tabloid but not the Boston Globe? Or the New York Times? Or anywhere else, at least according to the Googletron.

It’s just kind of weird, isn’t it? Then again, maybe the Herald is Above All other papers.

Weird.

 

Actually, not so weird, as it turns out.

From yesterday’s New York Times:

 

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So the flighty local tabloid was, if not Above All, at least Before All.

Excellent!


The Fix Is In? No Love for Boston Herald in WashPost Top Political Reporters List

January 28, 2015

Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza posted this on his political blog The Fix today.  (Tip o’ the pixel to Dan Kennedy at Media Nation.)

The Fix’s 2015 list of best state political reporters

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The most under-appreciated reporters in the political world are the scribes covering state and local politics. They rarely get the attention of their colleagues at the national level but are often covering the very politicians and national trends that come to impact the broad political landscape.

Every two years (or so), I like to honor these reporters with a look at the best of the best from each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. The list below was built almost entirely on recommendations from the Fix community — here on the blog, on Twitter at #fixreporters and on Facebook. A few of my personal favorites are included as well.

 

Skim down about halfway and here’s what you find:

 

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Conspicuous by its absence? That’s right – the Herald. Granted, this was a beauty pageant judged by political junkies who gravitate toward the Washington Post, but it’s unlikely ideology was the driving force here. It just might be that people fail to take the flighty local tabloid seriously anymore.

As for us, we don’t know Jim Hand’s work, but there’s no one here we’d pull to plug a Heraldnik into the mix. They just don’t really belong. Then again, that’s pretty much how they like it.