Turn the Boston Herald Sideways, It Sorta Disappears

January 16, 2020

Since Digital Worst – sorry, First – Media bought it in 2018, the Boston Herald has been, to borrow a phrase from the great Raymond Chandler, thin as the gold on a weekend wedding ring, officially making the Herald the flimsy local tabloid.

And getting flimsier all the time.

Take yesterday’s edition: Of the paper’s 48 pages, four-and-a-half were given over to house ads such as this one.



Something under two pages were occupied by display – that is to say, paid – ads.

That’s non-business-as-usual for the fading local tabloid, which is suffering  knee-buckling decreases in both circulation and ad revenue.

As the redoubtable Don Seiffert noted in the Boston Business Journal last month, “[a]s of September 2014, the Herald had weekday print circulation of 60,960. As of this past September — six years later — that number was down to 33,337. Over the past year, the Herald’s weekday print circulation fell 16 percent.”

The paper’s Sunday circulation is even lower than its weekday readership, a distinction few metro dailies can claim.

Bottom line: The Boston Herald is disappearing in slow motion right before our eyes.

No wonder the hardreading staff has kissin’ cousins at It’s Sad to Live in a One-Daily Town.

And it will be, whatever you might think of the dodgy local tabloid.

New Casino Slots Opening Ad in Globe, Not Herald

June 25, 2015

From our Local Daily DisADvantage desk

Plainridge Park – the “first and only” (so far) casino in Massachusetts – opened yesterday in the aptly named town of Plainville. (And no, we didn’t know where Plainville is, either.)

But yes, the gambling hell (as Raymond Chandler would call it) did take out a full-page ad in yesterday’s Boston Globe to celebrate the big event.


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But not, interestingly, in the Boston Herald.

Not to stereotype or anything, but if you’re trolling for slots parlor habitués, wouldn’t you bet on the free-spending readers of the thirsty local tabloid over the tight-fisted readers of the stingy local broadsheet?

Just askin’.

Wynn Everett: No Globe Readers Need Apply

October 16, 2014

Wynn Resorts – which won the casino bake-off with Mohegan Sun last month – looks to be quickly embedding itself in the local economy. The proposed Everett gambling hell – sorry, hall (tip o’ the pixel to Raymond Chandler) – ran this ad in today’s Boston Herald to promote the upcoming Wynn Resorts Vendor & Career Information Sessions.


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Money quote:


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Average salaries over $50,000? (Is Steve Wynn’s factored in?) $120 million per annum on goods and services? I’d take all of that with a shaker of salt, yeah.

Meanwhile, no such golden opportunities are available crosstown at the Boston Globe. But maybe the Globe set could find gainful employment at the new UniQlo opening tomorrow at the Northshore Mall. Glenn Howerton, Actor/Producer certainly did.


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Hey, Globe readers: Write if you get work.

Jeez: Only Boston Globe Reports Quincy Creche Crashers Returned Stolen Statues

December 8, 2013

If it’s Advent, it’s open season on nativity scenes everywhere.

But pity especially poor Quincy, MA, which suffered yet another creching loss on Wednesday.

From boston.com:

Statues stolen from Quincy Center nativity scene; third theft in nine years


Statues of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and a lamb were stolen from a nativity scene in Quincy Square early Thursday morning and a shepherd left behind on a sidewalk in the third such incident at the creche scene in the past nine years, Quincy police said . . .

A street sweeper discovered the crime when he found the shepherd statue on a nearby sidewalk at around 2:24 a.m., police said.

“The shepherd was out on the sidewalk and the Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and a lamb were missing,” said Captain John Dougan, Quincy police spokesman.


Happily, the Boston Globe reported yesterday, at least some of the lost are found.

Statues from nativity scene are recovered

Lamb taken from Quincy creche is still missing

Three statues plundered from a nativity scene in Quincy Center sometime overnight Wednesday were discovered undamaged early Friday by a construction crew and were returned to the manger Friday afternoon, officials said.

“They found Jesus, Mary, and Joseph at the end of Furnace Avenue,” said Captain John Dougan, Quincy police spokesman. “They found all of them except for the lamb. That is still on the lam.”



Yesterday’s Boston Herald print edition, which was thinner than the gold on a week-end wedding ring (tip o’ the pixel to the great Raymond Chandler), had nothing about the recovery.

Regardless, here’s our question for the good folks of Quincy:

What’s the Baby Jeez doing out there on December 4th?

Is this some kind of Preemie Jesus protest in the War on the War on Christmas?

Or what?

Herald Goes Double ‘Dutch’

August 21, 2013

The Boston Herald devotes two pages today to remembrances of the great Elmore Leonard, who died yesterday at age 87.

Start with the Associated Press obituary, which begins “He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of Crime. Every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller . . . ”


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The obit includes Leonard’s legendary writing tip: “Try to leave out the parts that people [tend to] skip.”

In addition to that, the Herald has appreciations by James Verniere and Bill Burke.


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From Verniere’s piece:

In terms of the films based on his work, no one compares to Leonard except perhaps another hard-boiled master, Raymond Chandler (“The Big Sleep,” “Farewell, My Lovely”), and genre masters Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. That’s the company of giants. Leonard was one.



Crosstown at the Boston Globe there’s an obit picked up from the Washington Post, and an item in Names.

But the feisty local tabloid takes this round.