Boston Globe Print Circulation Sinks 11% to 68,806

June 28, 2022

From our Death by a Thousand Paper Cuts desk

For the past few years, the hardreading staff has unhappily tracked the knee-buckling declines in the Boston Globe’s daily print circulation, while the Boston Business Journal’s redoubtable Don Seiffert has chronicled the Globe’s halting digital subscriptions.

But we were totally unprepared for William Turvill’s piece the other day in the UK’s Press Gazette.

Top 25 US newspaper circulations: Print sales fall another 12% in 2022

Our top 25 ranking, based on figures shared by the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), shows that The Wall Street Journal and New York Times retain the largest daily print circulations in the US.

Gannett’s USA Today keeps third place, but is close to seeing its print circulation fall below Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post.

Here’s the top part of AAM’s newspaper circulation chart.

Boston Globeniks: We’re Number 14! We’re Number 14!

Everyone else: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

All due respect.

Boston Herald Endorses ‘Not Mean-Spirited’ Christie?

January 27, 2016

From our Whiskey Tango Foxtrot desk

Yesterday’s Boston Herald featured this endorsement in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary.

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But as governor of a largely Democratic state he also knows well that you don’t get anything done on the homefront without cooperation.

He has been gutsy on the campaign trail — and yes it takes guts to talk about entitlement reform, which he has.

He has also established a solid reputation in New Jersey for education reform and expanding school choice, and for criminal justice reform, including tackling the growing problem of drug addiction by expanding the use of drug courts and treatment options.

And there is just something about that Jersey guy attitude — feisty but not mean-spirited, tough but not hateful — that has a shot at taking an angry electorate and helping it find a focus and a purpose.


Not mean-spirited? Not hateful? Tell that to the young woman Christie sandblasted in a New Hampshire town hall meeting Monday night when she asked why he hadn’t stayed in his home state a little longer to help the recovery effort from last weekend’s monster snowstorm.



Not to get technical about it, but it wasn’t “just one county”  in Jersey that got walloped by the storm. So Christie is not only mean-spirited, he’s a liar. Even worse, Christie went on for another five minutes berating the young woman.

Memo to the feisty (but not mean-spirited?) local tabloid:

Chris Christie is just a big fat bully.

Freed! The P.J. Wallace One!

April 14, 2014

Several weeks ago the hardreading staff noted that Boston Globe Cartoon Caption Captain P.J. Wallace had been sort of disappeared from the Globe West edition.

What seemed to be his swan song:


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The next week . . . nothing.

But yesterday, there was this:


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Hey, Globe Westies: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

You know we’ll be calling you later today.


Free the P.J. Wallace One! (II)

April 7, 2014

As the hardreading staff previously noted, P.J. Wallace’s Cartoon Caption Contest – which the Boston Globe has run on Sundays for, like, forever – mysteriously disappeared from the paper last week.

Not to mention this week.

Here’s where it should have appeared yesterday:


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We’d like to ask P.J. Wallace: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? But we can’t find him on Google, Facebook, or Twitter. (Some cartoons here, but that’s about it.)

Plug him into the Globe search engine and you get this:


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And this:


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And this:


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Hey, P.J. – give us a holler, yeah?


Why No Letters to the Editor About Boston Globe Sale?

August 8, 2013

Red Sox owner John Henry’s bargain-basement purchase of the Boston Globe has generated plenty of news coverage this week.

But, oddly, no Letters to the Editor in the stately local broadsheet.

Monday’s letters:

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Tuesday’s letters:

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Wednesday’s letters:

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Even odder, there’ve been no letters in the Boston Herald.

Not on Monday. Or Tuesday. Or Wednesday.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, yeah?

Let’s see what happens today. But the hardreading staff is not optimistic.