June 30, 2016
The hardreading staff is a longtime devotee of Boston Globe comic strips such as Dan Piraro’s Bizarro, Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead, and Darby Conley’s Get Fuzzy, and we’ve long had a morning routine of reading the Globe Sports section, then turning to the back of the Metro section to read the funny pages.
When suddenly – magically! – the comics pages appeared at the back of the Sports section. (D6 and D7 for those of you keeping score at home.)
No advance warning.
No Editor’s note.
And then today – poof! – the comics pages are back at the rear of Metro.
Hey, Globeniks: Some respek, eh?
March 2, 2014
As the hardreading staff has previously noted, Mrs. John Henry (a.k.a. Linda Pizutti) is heading up the John-Henry-owned Boston Globe’s GRANT program, which purports to provide financial assistance to local community programs through Globe-subscriber contributions.
That’s all well and good, but Saturday’s Globe seemed to cross the line with this item in its Business section.
Really, Globeniks: You wanna start using your newshole as a marketing tool?
Isn’t that supposed to be the exclusive province of the Boston Herald?
February 16, 2014
It’s been All Olga All the Time at the feisty local tabloid this weekend as the Boston Herald wages jihad against embattled Department of Children and Families Commissioner Olga Roche.
Start with yesterday’s blowout front page:
Inside there’s double-trouble for Roche. (Inexplicable Little Green Numbers sold separately.)
And, of course, there’s the standard-issue Time to clean house editorial.
Today, on the other hand, Roche is reduced to the top of Page One.
Then again, the DCF commish also gets the traditional His ‘n’ Her columns by Howie Carr and Margery Eagan (they make great parting gifts!), neither of which is especially kind to Roche.
That seems to be the Boston Globe’s department. The stately local broadsheet has barely laid a glove on Roche, as these search results for “Olga Roche” attest:
Where are the editorials? The op-ed columns? Doesn’t anybody at the Globe have an opinion about the dismal state of DCF affairs? We’re not saying the Globeniks should go all Howie on Roche, but damn – something’s in order here, isn’t it?
For the moment, at least, it’s not just Deval Patrick who’s looking disengaged.
April 8, 2013
From our Gronkmageddon desk
Sunday’s Boston Herald plays its New England Patriots scoop Gronk-and-center in the Sports section:
The Ron Borges/Karen Guregian report:
Another Rob Gronkowski setback
Sources say readiness for year in peril
Wes Welker may not be the only important pass catcher Tom Brady is missing when the Patriots season begins in September. His biggest one may be absent as well.
According to multiple sources familiar with the situation, tight end Rob Gronkowski has been battling a stubborn infection in the area around where a second metal plate was installed to repair his broken left forearm and his readiness for the season is in jeopardy.
Crosstown rival Sunday Boston Globe had, well, nothing on the Gronkbeat in its print edition.
But our stately local broadsheet did post this on its website at 11:33 on Sunday morning:
Gronkowski has infection and could need more surgery
Rob Gronkowski’s left arm continues to be a concern for the Patriots and their standout tight end.
The infection that led to Gronkowski undergoing a third surgery on the forearm has lingered, and according to league sources, he could be facing a fourth surgery if it does not clear up in the coming weeks.
If the infection continues, doctors could decide to remove the second plate he had placed in his arm because that could be the cause of the infection — but it is unknown at this point exactly what is causing the infection, one of the sources said.
Things could be further complicated if it is discovered that the infection has spread to other parts of the arm.
One thing that didn’t spread: Credit to the Herald for breaking the story.
Poor form, Globeniks. Poor form.
September 7, 2012
As the hardreading staff noted the other day, the Boston Herald reported that “Massachusetts Republicans looking to overshadow Elizabeth Warren’s turn in the national spotlight [at the Democratic National Convention] are releasing a video with Cherokees at a nearby reservation saying her heritage claims are ‘slapping Native Americans in the face.'”
The Boston Globe, on the other hand, was silent on the issue.
Now the Globe’s kissin’ cousin, the New York Times, has weighed in:
For Warren, Bad Blood over Ethnic Claims
Karen Geronimo, a member of the Mescalero Apache tribe in town for the Democratic convention, knows what she wants from Elizabeth Warren, the Senate candidate from Massachusetts: a blood sample.
“Someone needs to make her take a DNA test,” said Ms. Geronimo, whose husband, Harlyn Geronimo, is the great-grandson of the legendary warrior Geronimo.
The still-simmering controversy over Ms. Warren’s self-proclaimed American Indian heritage has chased her from the campaign trail in Massachusetts to the convention hall, resonating with a small but vocal constituency: American Indian Democrats.
But still no mention in the local broadsheet.
Hey, Globeniks: Isn’t it good to live in a three-daily town?
Even if this is a crap issue?