When We’re Wrong About the Herald, We Write It

April 16, 2014

The Walt Whitman desk is standing down.

Yesterday the hardreading staff noted that Boston hit the trifecta in the Newseum’s Today’s Top Ten Front Pages (sorry, no archive).

To wit:

Staying Strong

While addressing the continued struggles to overcome the physical and emotional wounds suffered during the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, today’s front pages also focus on inspirational stories of community, heroism, and healing. The vivid front page of the Metro – Boston Edition effectively acknowledges the tragedy of that “dark day,” while looking forward to “a bright future.”


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And here’s what we predicted:

Gotta be killing the Heraldniks that Metro Boston got the shoutout in the copy, but that won’t keep the feisty local tabloid from running a “news story” about their high honor in tomorrow’s edition.


But even though the Herald usually treats a Top Ten nod like its version of the Pulitzer Prize, not so today.

Therefore, to paraphrase the great Whitman:

We castigate ourself, and singe ourself, 

And what we assumed you shall not assume . . .

Not to get technical about it.


Herald’s Breaking News: Herald Breaking News

November 15, 2012

Walt (“I celebrate myself, and sing myself”) Whitman would love the Boston Herald today.

The feisty local tabloid  devotes Page One to . . . itself!

Via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages:

Inside there’s a big takeout on unemployment reform:

Labor boss pledges to close jobless benefits loopholes

The state labor chief — caught off-guard last spring by a series of Herald exposes that showed retired cops, vacationing teachers, election officials and others pocketing unemployment pay — is vowing to close loopholes and push a new law to stop city and town workers from “gaming the system.”

“To taxpayers, we have a message that we hear your concerns. We share that you should be paying only (unemployment) costs for those individuals who are entitled to it,” state labor secretary Joanne Goldstein told the Herald yesterday.

And there’s also this priceless paragraph:

“We appreciate the Herald bringing this to our attention so that we can look at the whole system … to lower (unemployment) costs for municipalities,” Goldstein said. “It’s a good example of the power of the press to the extent that you were able to raise awareness of this issue.”

But wait – there’s more: A handy clip ‘n’ save chart/timeline:



Somewhere beyond the grave, Walt is smiling.