Boston Globe Runs Aditorial to Preserve Yawkey Way

April 22, 2018

As the hardtsking staff has repeatedly noted, the Boston Globe can be a bit loosey-goosey about drawing a sharp line between advertising and editorial content.

So we were less than surprised to find this on Metro B2 today.


On the left are all the charities given donations by the Yawkey Foundation. At lower right is this body copy.

(There’s only sketchy information available about the Connors Family Office, but it’s clearly associated with local macher Jack Connors, who has adamantly opposed the Yawkey Way name change.)

Here’s the thing, though: On no part of the page does the word “advertisement” appear.

And here’s the other thing: Back in the 1960s legendary adman David Ogilvy postulated that 80% of people read only the headline of an ad. Fifty years later, do we think more than one in five read the ad’s body copy?

Fewer is more like it.

Our kissin’ cousins at Campaign Outsider have a long-running series, Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times, in which 1) all the ads look more like ads than the Connors one in today’s Globe, and yet 2) all of them are labeled “Advertisement.”

It’s a good guess that Connors didn’t want to spoil the visual effect by having his ad labeled an ad, but the $tately local broadsheet really should have higher standards than that.

Shouldn’t it?

Friends of Jack Connors Unfriendly to Boston Herald

June 12, 2017

Saturday night marked the 10th annual Beach Ball to benefit Camp Harbor View, a pet project of Boston macher Jack Connors.

Yesterday’s local dailies, however, featured very different versions of the shindig.

Start with this full-page ad that friends of Jack ran in the stately local broadsheet.



Oddly, there was no actual coverage of the Beach Ball in the Boston Sunday Globe.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, there was of course no such ad-ulation from the FOJs. But there was this coverage of the event by the ubiquitous Erica Corsano.



(To be fair graf goes here)

To be fair, today’s Globe does have this day-late-nine-million-dollars-short item in the Names column.

That’s a lotta jack, eh?

Jack Connors Ad-mires Julie Joyce

February 28, 2014

Fact #1: Jack Connors – former Hill Holliday and Partners Healthcare honcho – is wired like Con Ed.

Fact #2: Connors ran this ad in Thursday’s Boston Globe, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his consigliere Julie Joyce.


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For the tiny-type impaired:


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Fact #3: Julie Joyce is now wired like Con Ed.


On Mayoral Race, Local Dailies Get into Business Together

July 24, 2013

Well, the Boston mayoral candidates released their campaign finance reports for the second quarter and darned if the local dailies didn’t notice the same thing: No bucks yet from the big-bucks set.

Boston Herald:

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From businessman Jack Connors to developer John Fish to Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and concessionaire Joseph O’Donnell, many of the city’s top power brokers are playing it safe in the mayor’s race — but leaving the crowded field of candidates hanging in the balance at a crucial time in the election.

A Herald review of the latest campaign finance reports found that Connors, Fish, Lucchino, Kraft and O’Donnell have yet to contribute to any of the dozen candidates running to replace Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Also sitting on the sidelines so far are Putnam Investments CEO Robert Reynolds, Hill Holliday CEO Karen Kaplan, State Street Bank’s Jay Hooley, Suffolk Downs chief Richard Fields, Celtics owner and venture capitalist Stephen Pagliuca, Red Sox co-owner John Henry and former John Hancock Insurance CEO David D’Alessandro.


As the feisty local tabloid points out, all of the above are subject to the $500 maximum contribution per candidate, “but they also boast the extensive contacts to organize fundraisers that can bundle tens of thousands of dollars in donations at a single pop.”

Popping crosstown to the Boson Globe, newly minted Business columnist Shirley Leung devotes her maiden voyage to the same topic – and pretty much the same names.

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If you are a serious candidate for mayor, you have driven past the scrubby warehouses of Newmarket Square, to the headquarters of Suffolk Construction, for an audience with CEO John Fish.

And when you arrive, expect a surprise. Fish, an unofficial kingmaker in Boston, told me he’s in no rush to support anyone — not with his time, not with his money. Will he ever? “Time will tell,” Fish explained.

He’s not the only one disappointing candidates this season.

Many of Boston’s business elites are sitting on the sidelines in the first truly open mayoral election in 30 years. It would be unfair to call them apathetic. Their doors are open to candidates and they’re following the issues, but their wallets are closed and their BMWs are free of bumper stickers.


(Wait – 30 years? What happened to the eight-way donnybrook in 1993?)

What sets Leung’s piece apart, though, is her inclusion of some bigwigs who have ponied up at this stage:

Not everyone is abstaining, even if they are not exactly revealing their support. Boston developer Ronald Druker is doing his best impression of a high roller at a Vegas roulette table, betting the maximum $500 each on Felix Arroyo, Dan Conley, John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, and Mike Ross, according to state campaign filings.

“I may ultimately give to some more,” said Druker.

Developer Joseph Fallon, who is building out the Fan Pier office and condo complex in the Seaport District, gave $500 in May to Conley, the Suffolk district attorney, and raised another $30,000 for him. Fallon also contributed $500 to Consalvo’s campaign this month and has given to Marty Walsh’s run.


One final note: Both papers also mention  the Vault, a “cabal of executives” who engaged in a very high level of backroom politics for decades. The Vault was to mayoral elections in the ’50s and ’60s what the money primary is now. May the best (financed) man or woman win!

UPDATE: The hardreading staff didn’t read hard enough. The Herald also mentioned the developers who have coughed up dough to several candidates.


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Apologies all around.

Boston Globe on the Block (Take Two in the Local Dailies)

February 21, 2013

Today’s Boston Globe tucks the news of its imminent sale discreetly below the fold on Page One:

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The Schadenfreude Gazette, on the other hand, goes a bit bolder.

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Note the “employees get word by press release.”  Don’t forget to tweest, eh?

Inside, more of the same:

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This is manna from heaven for the Herald. Don’t expect them to stop shoveling it in for quite a while.