April 3, 2017
The hardreading staff isn’t wired enough to be at the New! Improved! Fenway Park this afternoon for the Red Sox home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates (huh?), but we did take the time to check out the Boston dailies for all the hopeful/gleeful advertisements that normally accompany the start of a new season.
And there were . . . none.
Nothing in the Boston Globe, nothing (big surprise) in the Boston Herald.
Even odder, the Globe’s 18-page Baseball 2017 preview yesterday had no pom-pom ads, just this:
Seriously? Two half-page car ads?
What’s wrong with this town?
May 4, 2016
From our What the Frack? desk
As the hardreading staff has previously noted, a tree-hugging consortium called Consumers for Sensible Energy has been insensibly spending tens of thousands of dollars on ads in the Boston Globe to little or no effect.
Here’s the group’s ad opposing a new pipeline and Liquified Natural Gas facility for Eastern Massachusetts.
Yesterday, they took their message to the State House steps in Boston, also to little or no effect. The protest got some coverage in the Salem News and the Berkshire Eagle, but a long MassLive story about the Senate’s climate committee hearing yesterday made no mention of the protest. The Boston Globe and Boston Herald had nothing about any of it.
Even worse was the deafening silence on social media: The protest generated exactly one tweet at #StopThePipelineTax, the hashtag the group has spent all that ad money publicizing.
Plug “Consumers for Sensible Energy” into the Twitter search box and you get exactly zero tweets about the protest.
Memo to Consumers for (All Those Dollars and No) Sensible Energy: Next time, just set your money on fire.