Boston Globe Namesniks Finally Credit Their Sources

February 20, 2017

First, disclosure.

The hardreading staff has a serious beef with the Boston Globe’s Names column, as we noted in a recent post.

Boston Globe ‘Names’ Outs Howie Carr, Stiffs Two-Daily Town

Twice this week the hardreading staff has noted that Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, a charter member of the Donald Trump coat holder brigade, is also now a member of Trump’s swanky Florida resort Mar-a-Lago.

We also noted that neither Boston daily had reported on Carr’s quantum leap in social status, ending yesterday’s post this way: “Hey – you Namesniks at the Globe: Wanna grab a piece of this?”

Apparently they did, since this appears under Mark Shanahan’s byline in today’s snakey local broadsheet.

Trump backer Howie Carr is now a Mar-a-Lago Club member

Conservative talk-show host Howie Carr fancies himself a man of the people, albeit one who went to an exclusive prep school (Deefield Academy), attended a fine liberal arts college (University of North Carolina), and resides in a wealthy Boston enclave (Wellesley). So it should be no surprise that, like any other average Joe, Carr has become a newly-minted member of the Mar-a-Lago Club, President Trump’s posh Palm Beach, Fla., retreat.

 

That, not surprisingly, went over like the metric system here at the Global Worldwide Headquarters. But, hey, that’s show biz.

Then again . . . we did seem to tap into some basic sense of decency in the Namesniks, as yesterday’s column featured something new (at least as far as we can tell) – honest to God attribution.

 

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Of course, that does nothing for the hardbleeding staff.

But we’re happy to take one for the team.

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Correction o’ the Day (Graham Moore Is Not Gay)

February 26, 2015

During last Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast, screenwriter Graham Moore delivered this moving acceptance speech upon winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Imitation Game.

 

 

Monday’s Boston Globe featured workmanlike Oscar wrap-ups by Matthew Gilbert and Ty Burr, who noted, “Graham Moore’s emotional acceptance speech recalling his suicidal adolescence was a highlight of the evening.”

Then, inexplicably, Wednesday’s Globe featured this:

 

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For the life of us, we can’t find the offending passage. (It doesn’t help that the Globe fails to provide an online Correction with a link to the specific piece. At least not that we could find.)

Regardless, here’s what the Googletron yields:

 

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So, to recap: The Boston Globe never meant to imply that Graham Moore is gay. Even if it didn’t.

Sorted.


Hey! Boston Herald *Was* Above All with Birdman Ad

February 25, 2015

Half a century ago the New York Daily News had a regular feature called $5 for Your Most Embarrassing Moment. And about 90% of the entries included this phrase:

“Was my face red!”

Well, call us the hardredding staff.

The other day, we posted this in the wake of the Academy Awards broadcast:

 

Well the hardreading staff was leafing through the Boston Herald this morning, as is our wont, when we turned page 5 to discover this:

 

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Double take:

 

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Wait – is that really an ad? And if so, why does it appear in the feisty local tabloid but not the Boston Globe? Or the New York Times? Or anywhere else, at least according to the Googletron.

It’s just kind of weird, isn’t it? Then again, maybe the Herald is Above All other papers.

Weird.

 

Actually, not so weird, as it turns out.

From yesterday’s New York Times:

 

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So the flighty local tabloid was, if not Above All, at least Before All.

Excellent!


Today’s Ad-vantage in Boston Dailies: Birdman Herald

February 23, 2015

Well the hardreading staff was leafing through the Boston Herald this morning, as is our wont, when we turned page 5 to discover this:

 

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Double take:

 

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Wait – is that really an ad? And if so, why does it appear in the feisty local tabloid but not the Boston Globe? Or the New York Times? Or anywhere else, at least according to the Googletron.

It’s just kind of weird, isn’t it? Then again, maybe the Herald is Above All other papers.

Weird.


Herald Scribes Hand-Wring Over ‘Would He?’ Allen

February 4, 2014

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof kicked off quite a rumpus with his Sunday piece in which Dylan Farrow accused her adoptive father Woody Allen of sexually molesting her when she was seven years old.

Dylan Farrow’s Story

WHEN Woody Allen received a Golden Globe award for lifetime achievement a few weeks ago, there was a lively debate about whether it was appropriate to honor a man who is an artistic giant but also was accused years ago of child molestation.

Allen’s defenders correctly note that he denies the allegations, has never been convicted and should be presumed innocent. People weighed in on all sides, but one person who hasn’t been heard out is Dylan Farrow, 28, the writer and artist whom Allen was accused of molesting.

 

Well, she has been now – Kristof posted this on his blog over the weekend.

An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow

What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led dylan-farrow-blog480-v3me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.

For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didn’t like . . .

 

Compelling stuff, and enough to draw two columns in the Boston Herald today.

First up: Margery Eagan, who calls the allegations “sickening.”

In the days leading up to the Oscars, we’ll likely hear that Dylan is lying, crazy or both. Or we’ll hear the old dodge of critics, that we must separate the 082003stars3man from the art. Many artists — male artists, anyway — are creeps, scoundrels and worse.

But how can we separate Woody Allen’s art from the nauseating, criminal allegations Dylan Farrow first told her mother and police two decades ago? Last night, I tried watching “Annie Hall” again. Whenever Allen appeared, I didn’t see a cinematic genius. I saw a sick, monstrous father in that dim attic with his shattered little girl.

 

Next up: James Verniere, who asks this question:  “Are ‘Annie Hall’ and ‘Blue Jasmine’ any less great if their creator did what Farrow says he did?”

A better question might be, should the Times have run Kristof’s column at all? That’s the one Times public editor Margaret Sullivan asked on her blog yesterday. She doesn’t provide an answer, but she does write this: “I urge those who who have not yet done so to read Robert B. Weide’s illuminating article [in The Daily Beast]. It provides essential context.”

And a good place to start.

UPDATE: Margery Eagan replies, “Better place to start Maureen Orth’s piece — Weide completely underwhelming, plus he big time in woody camp.” Possible tiebreaker: this Guardian piece by Michael Woolf.

 


Herald Held Hostage by Reality, Day One

February 26, 2013

Stop the presses! The Schadenfreude Gazette has actually stipulated to the facts about the imminent sale of crosstown rival Boston Globe.

From today’s edition of the feisty local tabloid:

85th Annual Academy Awards Oscars, Vanity Fair Party, Los AngeleRupert Murdoch has ‘no interest’ in the Boston Globe

Media titan quashes talk of bid

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch won’t be bidding on the Boston Globe, according to … Rupert Murdoch.

“Emphatically, no,” Murdoch said when buttonholed on the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, according to a tweet by Variety’s deputy editor Cynthia Littleton.

Littleton tweeted Sunday night: “Rupert Murdoch not interested in Boston Globe. Flat out denial on red carpet. ‘Emphatically, no’ he assured #oscars.”

 

Of course, the only “talk of bid” that needed to be quashed appeared in – wait for it – the Herald, which resolutely ignored the reality that federal cross-ownership rules prohibit Murdoch from owning a television station (Fox 25) and a newspaper (the Globe) in the same market (Boston).

But  why get technical about it.

After all, it’s the Herald.