Boston Herald Jacks Up Newsstand Price by 33%

May 8, 2017

As the hardreading staff has previously noted, we’re one of roughly 17 home subscribers to the Boston Herald, which means that virtually all of the feisty local tabloid’s dwindling print circulation comes from newsstand sales.

So it’s no surprise that this Notice appeared on page 2 of today’s edition. (Note the reverse typeface, which is harder to read, especially for us elderly folk.)

 

 

Close-up (sort of):

 

 

The sneaky local tabloid does say that the price increase “will not affect home-delivered copies of  the Boston Herald,” which has up to tens of subscribers issuing a sigh of relief.

Still, that’s a one-third newsstand hike from Saturday . . .

 

 

. . . to today.

 

 

Which means the pricey local tabloid now costs the same as the Boston Globe.

 

 

The Herald’s newsstand price is also now double that of the New York tabloids, which, to be fair, are constantly waging price wars. Rising above the fray, the New York Times newsstand price is $2.50.

Two and a half times more for the broadsheet? That seems closer to the natural order of things, no?


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.


Boston Globe Critic Misses Biggest Broadway Fail

November 30, 2015

The hardreading staff yields to no man in our respect for Boston Globe theater critic Don Aucoin.

But, man, did he miss the boat in his front-page piece yesterday.

Theater companies find fault sometimes is in their stars

Marquee names are a draw at the box office but can be a drain on the stage

As both noun and verb, there is probably no more important word in show business than “star.’’

But the reality is that when it comes to the stage, glittering names on the marquee can be a decidedly mixed Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 1.23.19 AMblessing. Theater companies and producers who try to tap into star power are often faced with a trade-off between the potential of boffo box office (especially advance sales) and the peril of artistic letdown (which alienates the very audiences who bought those advance tickets). The biggest name onstage can also be the weakest link.

Because they’re squeezing in theater appearances between movie or TV commitments, some big-name stars appear out of synch and out of place. Watching them flounder, you wonder how much work they did to unearth the essence of their characters, how little thought they’ve given to the unique dynamics of live performance (for instance, projecting to the last row, since there are no close-ups in theater), and even, sometimes, how certain of their lines they are.

 

The biggest Broadway bust, though, is the one Aucoin does not mention: Al Pacino in David Mamet’s new play China Doll.

Representative headlines:

Al Pacino having trouble remembering lines, needs telepromter

Al Pacino needs teleprompters for lines in terrible new Broadway play

Ticket sales have been good regardless, so the producers pushed back the opening by two weeks to this Friday, which means the reviews might be buried in Saturday’s editions of the New York papers.

Sort of like the play itself should be.

But, apparently, will not.


New York Post Circles the Boston Globe

April 16, 2014

The Big Town’s feisty loco tabloid has a distinct Boston accent today.

Start, as seems appropriate, with Page One (tip o’ the pixel to FishbowlNY).

 

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Look familiar? Right – it’s the Boston Globe’s stunner of an interactive photo from yesterday’s Marathon bombing anniversary edition.

The story inside comes compliments of old friend Leonard Greene, late of the Boston Herald.

Solemn ceremonies mark anniversary of Boston Marathon bombings

 

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

 

Survivors of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing commemorated Tuesday’s anniversary of the deadly blast with solemn ceremonies and a shared determination to keep moving forward.

Gathering at the now-sacred site where two homemade pressure-cooker bombs ripped through a dense crowd near the race’s finish line, runners, spectators and supporters paused to reflect on the moment their lives changed forever.

“Last year, I was on the ground at the finish line,” said Kevin White, who was injured by shrapnel that ripped through his legs. “This year I’ll be running across it. It kind of proves to people that evil isn’t going to win.”

 

Big Town v. Bean Town? Boston all the way.

 


Hark! The Herald! (‘Tomorrow’s Edition Today’ Edition)

January 10, 2014

From our Walt Whitman desk

Say, the feisty local tabloid is on some awards run, yeah? A mere one week after garnering a coveted Today’s Top Ten Front Pages award from the Newseum, the Boston Herald has done it again!

“Bridge-Gate” Day 2: The Apology

If you like your state politics with a touch of scandal, it’s a good week to be reading the newspapers. As “Bridge-Gate” continues, today’s headlines focus on Gov. Chris Christie’s epic, apologetic news conference.

 

The Big 10:

 

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Look for tomorrow’s Herald to devote meaningless real estate in the news hole to this precious award.

Or is that vice versa?

P.S. That’s two Top Tens in two days of Christiepalooza for The Courier News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star-Ledger, and New York Post. Something to shoot for, eh, Heraldniks?


All Helle Breaks Loose at Boston Herald

December 12, 2013

Our selfie-obsessed local tabloid is back at it again today, as if yesterday’s examination of Barack Obama’s shutterbug diplomacy at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service wasn’t enough.

Today’s Page One:

 

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From there readers got the usual left-right punches from Margery Eagan and Howie Carr, along with a thumbnail sketch of Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the dame who started the whole rumpus. Topping it all off: a piece that featured the local chinstrokerati tsk-tsking that Obama should have known better.

Uh-huh.

Crosstown rival Boston Globe has been more selfie-possessed: The stately local broadsheet ran a New York Times wire story yesterday and has pretty much given the Great Dane the air.

But cruise down I-95 to the Big Town, and the New York Post more than makes up for the Globe’s selfie-restraint.

 

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Post firebrand Andrea Peyser really unloads on Obama’s merry memorial. We’ll skip right to the climactic conclusion:

Thorning-Schmidt attempted to laugh off the whole thing, saying, “It was not inappropriate.’’ Not inappropriate?SAFRICA-MANDELA-MEMORIAL

Pairing a black suit and blue tie is not inappropriate. Giving your wife grounds for divorce might be seen as otherwise.

But people won’t soon forget the escapades of the people whose salaries they pay.

President Obama has some ’splaining to do. To the woman he married. To his daughters. To the people of South Africa. And to the scandalized folks here at home.

He owes the world an apology.

 

Wow. Talk about selfie-righteous, eh?


Hark! The Herald! (A-Roid Edition)

August 6, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

Well our feisty local tabloid won another big award yesterday – a coveted Top Ten Front Pages nod from the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages.

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Today is the day that Major League Baseball is expected to suspend 10 players for their ties to a Florida anti-aging clinic. The biggest catch among them: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who could be suspended through 2014. Some of the front pages in today’s Top Ten have already passed judgment. Don’t hold back, New York Post. Don’t hold back.

Here’s yesterday’s Boston Herald contribution:

 

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(That’s it – we’re definitely starting a Boston Herald Little Green Numbers group on Facebook.)

And here is today’s Herald putting on the pom-poms:

 

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Their Moms must be so proud.