Subsidized Critic Makes Big $plash in Boston Globe

November 25, 2016

As both the Boston Globe and the New York Times noted several weeks ago, Zoë Madonna has started a 10-month gig as classical music critic for the Globe, which is receiving financial support from the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation (details on the SCFM pilot program here).

Madonna filed what seems to be her maiden piece on November 10 (hard to know for sure because the Globe’s search engine is a total trainwreck), but today she got the whole Names page.

 

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In the Globe story announcing Madonna’s arrival, editor Brian McGrory had this to say:

“We could not be more delighted to participate in this novel experiment with such worthy partners. We are excited about the benefit to our industry, to some of the great cultural institutions of Boston, and most especially to our readership, which will very much appreciate the proven talents of this young critic.”

 

The Times piece, on the other hand, addressed the part that might not be so beneficial: “[T]he new Globe arrangement raises journalistic questions, since some of the nonprofits that will help foot the bill for its critic come from the very music world Ms. Madonna will assess.

McGrory told the Times the Globe “would be on the lookout for potential conflicts and work to avoid them.”

The hardreading staff has no reason to doubt the purity of the Globe’s intentions or the integrity of Ms. Madonna’s work. We wish them both good luck in keeping the camels out.


Chipotle to Boston Herald: Eat Me (Ad-Free Edition)

September 22, 2016

From our Local Dailies DisADvantage desk

Yesterday’s Boston Globe featured this full-page ad from Chipotle, which is desperately seeking eaters after multiple food-borne illness outbreaks.

 

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Whatever.

No such advertisement, however, appeared in yesterday’s spicy local tabloid (although it did run in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal).

Memo to Chipotle’s marketing nudniks:

Boston Herald readers eat crappy food too.

Smarten up, eh?


NYT Stiffs Boston Globe on Dershowitz Sextlement

April 13, 2016

As the hardreading staff noted several days ago, the Boston Globe broke the story of Alan (Claus von Bugle) Dershowitz’s settlement of allegations that he had sex with a minor.

Sex allegations against Dershowitz called mistake

 

Two plaintiffs’ lawyers admitted Friday that they made “a mistake” when they accused famed attorney Alan Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 12.07.50 PMDershowitz of having sex with their client when she was a minor.

The admission came in a joint statement released by the lawyers, Paul G. Cassell and Bradley J. Edwards, and Dershowitz to settle defamation suits the two sides filed against one another in state court in Florida.

“Edwards and Cassell acknowledge that it was a mistake to have filed sexual misconduct accusations against Dershowitz,” the statement said. “[A]nd the sexual misconduct accusations made in all public filings … are hereby withdrawn. Dershowitz also withdraws his accusations that Edwards and Cassell acted unethically.”

 

Now comes yesterday’s New York Times piece about the same.

Dershowitz and Two Other Lawyers Settle Legal Fight

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The noted defense lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz and two lawyers who had sued him claiming defamation have dropped court actions against each side, ending a prominent dispute that included accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Dershowitz.

The settlement, announced on Friday, included a financial arrangement. But a lawyer involved in the case would not say who had paid.

 

And the Times piece would not say who had the story first.

Hey, Timesniks: We know you got shortchanged when you sold the Globe. But bad form to short them back.


NYT Beats Boston Dailies on Local Legal Landmark

February 23, 2016

Yesterday’s New York Times featured this devastating front-page piece by Michael Corkery and Jessica Silver-Greenberg on a Boston area tragedy.

A Nursing Home Murder and a Family’s Arbitration Fight

Elizabeth Barrow celebrated her 100th birthday at a backyard gathering with her son and three grandchildren in the coastal Massachusetts town where she raised her family and cooked lunches in a school cafeteria.

A month later, in September 2009, Mrs. Barrow was found dead at a local nursing home, strangled and suffocated, Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 12.56.51 AMwith a plastic shopping bag over her head. The killer, the police said, was her 97-year-old roommate.

Workers at the nursing home, Brandon Woods in South Dartmouth, Mass., had months earlier described the roommate in patient files as being “at risk to harm herself or others.”

After a police inquiry, the roommate — despite her age and dementia — was charged with murder. The authorities did not focus on the nursing home, though. Brandon Woods claims that, except for some minor arguments, the two women got along nicely. When the roommate was deemed unfit to stand trial and committed to a state hospital, the sensational case that shocked this corner of New England essentially disappeared.

 

Until the Times unearthed it yesterday, that is.

Mrs. Barrow’s son, Scott, has been trying to hold Brandon Woods accountable for the past six years. According to the Times piece, “Mr. Barrow was barred from taking Brandon Woods to court in 2010 because his mother’s contract with the nursing home contained a clause that forced any dispute, even one over wrongful death, into private arbitration.”

But next month a Massachusetts state court will hear his case against Brandon Woods in “a crucial test of a legal strategy to prevent nursing homes across the country from requiring their residents to go to arbitration, where there is no judge or jury and the proceedings are hidden from public scrutiny.”

And the Times had the story – which is staggering and wide-ranging – before the local dailies did.

To be fair graf goes here.

To be fair, the Boston Globe did pick up the Times piece in its Business section yesterday.

 

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But still – a bit of a Boston beatdown, eh?


Boston Herald: Jeb Should Just Set $14m on Fire

December 27, 2015

From our Day Late, Dollar Short desk

The fiscally local tabloid had this one all to its own self yesterday.

 

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Is he nuts? graf:

 

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Crosstown, the Boston Globe front-paged Matt Viser’s piece about the pollution of polls in the political process. And down in the Big Town, the New York Times examined whether Jeb Bush is funny. Here’s guessing WMUR and etc. think he’s hilarious.

Anyway, score one for the Herald.


No Panera Bread Dough for Sunday Boston Herald

June 15, 2015

From our Never-Ending DisADvantage desk

Once again the Boston Herald is, as they say in the Midwest, sucking hind teat.

Exhibit Umpteen: This ad, which ran on page A3 of yesterday’s Boston Sunday Globe.

 

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Nuts to fast food graf:

 

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The same ad ran in yesterday’s New York Times (which published this Associated Press interview with Panera founder Ron Shaich last month about the chain’s No No List).

But, insult to (financial) injury, there was no ad whatsoever in the Boston Herald, whose readers arguably could use some healthier fare.

One more missed meal for the hungry local tabloid.


Herald Won’t Bushwhack Jeb Over Spanish Lie

April 7, 2015

See what the hardreading staff just did there? We wrote a Boston Herald headline about the Boston Herald.

You splendid readers are no doubt aware of the current rumpus about Jeb “There’s No I in Hispanic” Bush’s identifying himself as “Hispanic” in his 2009 voter registration. That’s normally mother’s milk for the frothy local tabloid, but not in this case. Instead, Jaclyn Cashman defends the next in line of succession at the House of Bush – and takes a whack at Elizabeth Warren in the process.

Unlike Liz Warren, Jeb Bush rises 
above minority misstep

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The 2016 presidential race could come down to the fake American Indian versus the fake Hispanic.

Jeb Bush reportedly identified himself as Hispanic on a 2009 voter-registration form, and yesterday it sparked a social media firestorm. Bush’s camp sought to downplay the kerfuffle yesterday, releasing a statement saying: “It’s unclear where the paperwork error was made. The governor’s family certainly got a good laugh out of it.”

Bush’s son, Jeb Bush Jr., who is half Mexican, poked fun at his dad on Twitter by using the hashtag #HonoraryLatino. The former Florida governor responded to the tweet, “My mistake! Don’t think I’ve fooled anyone! RT @JebBushJr LOL — come on dad, think you checked the wrong box #HonoraryLatino.”

 

Self-effacement! Cross-generational humor! Excellent!

Not like those prune faces at the Grey Lady: “The New York Times, which broke the story, isn’t taking this gaffe lightly. ‘Confusion over heritage,’ the paper declared, ‘is no laughing matter during a campaign season.’”

Yeah yeah – whatever.

Crosstown at the Boston Globe, Dan Wasserman draws a different line.

 

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Your punchline goes here.