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.

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

February 21, 2013

The hardreading staff usually restricts itself to the print editions of the local dailies, but we just can’t wait till morning for the bakeoff over the New York Times Co. plan to sell the Boston Globe.

So . . . from their respective websites.

Boston Globe:

Times Co. hires firm to find buyer for The Boston Globe

The New York Times Co. said Wednesday that it plans to sell the New England Media Group, including The Boston Globe and its related online properties, and has hired an investment banker to find a buyer.

The Times Co. has hired Evercore Group, a New York-based firm that has been involved in other newspaper transactions, to help solicit bids from potential buyers.

“Our plan to sell the New England Media Group demonstrates our commitment to concentrate our strategic focus and investment on The New York Times brand and its journalism,” said Mark Thompson, chief executive of the Times Co., in a statement.

 

And etc., including this: “The Times Co. last tried to sell the Globe in 2009, after first threatening to shut the newspaper down because it was losing money. After receiving wage cuts and other cost-saving concessions from Globe employees, the Times Co. decided not to sell at that time, saying it had received bids lower than it had hoped from two different business groups.”

Who – what – want to pony up more now?

(As best the hardremembering staff recalls, they were offering $35 million for what the Times Co. paid $1.2 billion to buy.)

Expanded Globe story here.

Cut to the Boston Herald:

Boston GlobeStaff braces again as Globe on block

The worst kept secret in town — that The Boston Globe is up for sale — 
became official yesterday when the paper’s New York owners publicly put it back on the block in a move that set off wild speculation about who will buy the beleaguered broadsheet and what’s in store for its staff.

The proposed sale — announced in a press release by its owner, The New York Times Co., that caught the Globe’s staff off guard — marks the second time the paper has been on the market since 2009. It also comes as key managers have jumped ship in recent months, among them editor Marty Baron and boston.com general manager Lisa DeSisto.

Industry experts predict it could be a tough sell for the Times, unless it takes on the tens of millions in Globe pension obligations.

 

Kevin Kamen, a newspaper broker from New York, estimates the Globe’s worth at $63 million, according to the Herald report.

Of course, Herald columnist Howie Carr values it significantly lower.

Clueless fops wonder why they’re tanking

Who in his right mind would ever buy The Boston Globe?

Maybe the physical plant of the “newspaper” on Morrissey Boulevard, but the actual product? Let me put it another way: When was the last time you bought an actual copy of The Boston Globe? Why would you, it only encourages them.

Has ever a publication fallen so far, so fast?

It’s the Carnival Triumph of the newspaper business. It’s the Patriots in the second half against the 
Ravens. It’s Tim Murray in his jammies, flooring his state Crown Vic as the stone wall looms up ahead.

 

It’s also Howie trying way too hard.

Then again, what else is new?


Marty Baron’s Swan Song

December 10, 2012

Call it Marty Baron’s Last (Pulitzer) Waltz.

The Boston Globe editor is leaving to become editor of the Washington Post in January, but in the meantime he’s leaving this: A three-part series called Justice in the Shadows, which details – in impressive detail – the thousands of “convicted criminals released since 2008 because their native countries would not take them back.”

The first installment ran in the Boston Sunday Globe:

greene_secretcriminals2_metJUSTICE IN THE SHADOWS | SECRET CRIMINALS

UNWANTED AT HOME, FREE TO STRIKE AGAIN

The vast and secretive US prison system for immigrants, stymied when it tries to deport some criminals, has quietly released thousands, including killers, a Globe investigation shows.

FLUSHING, N.Y. — Qian Wu thought the man who brutally attacked her was gone forever.

She was sure that Huang Chen, a Chinese citizen who slipped into America on a ship and stayed in the country illegally, would be deported as soon as he got out of jail for choking, punching, and pointing a knife at her in 2006.

But China refused to take Chen back. So, after jailing Chen on and off for three years in Texas, immigration officials believed they were out of options and did what they have done with thousands of criminals like him.

They quietly let him go . . .

Chen then finished what he had started earlier, bashing Wu on the head with a hammer and slashing her with a knife. As she lay crumpled in a grimy stairwell, he ripped out her heart and a lung and fled with his macabre trophies . . .

Wu is just one casualty of an immigration system cloaked in a blanket of secrecy that the Founding Fathers could not have imagined, a blanket that isn’t lifted even when life is at risk.

The Globe has dedicated some serious newshole space to this series. Sunday’s real estate review:

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And still two parts to come.

Like we said – serious newshole space, serious Pulitzer push.