Boston Dailies Leave Readers Hanging

September 22, 2014

From our Show Us the Money Shot! desk

Since the days of the sainted Edward R. Murrow, the first rule of TV newswriting has been Say Cow, See Cow. It’s also a pretty good rule of thumb for print media. But not so much in today’s local dailies. In reporting on the celebrity sighting at Gillette Stadium yesterday, they adopted a Say Cow, See Whatever approach.

Boston Globe Names:


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Boston Herald Inside Track:


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Huh?  Where’s the picture of the hung five?

Turns out you have to go to the Globe’s website to see it.

Fans got a good laugh when Mark Wahlberg accidentally left Robert Kraft hanging for a high five after the Patriots scored their touchdown Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Wahlberg, who’s still in town to shoot “Ted 2,” sat in the owner’s box during the game and (above) chatted with QB Tom Brady before kickoff.


Or go to YouTube:



Globe print subscribers are welcome to have a cow over the slight.

Boston.comment: KidVid Says Site Redesign Is ‘Crap’

May 25, 2014

From our Late to the House Party desk

The new! improved? has met with decidedly mixed reviews, some of which the site itself is showcasing, as the redoubtable Jim Romenesko reports.



The kids in this video are reading actual complaints that got after its recent redesign. Here are some of the “child actors’” lines:

* “I can’t find anything I’m looking for.”
* “I feel like I’m looking at a children’s picture book.”
* “My wife and I hate your website.”
* “I think my grandmother might like this site.”
* “Is this an April Fool’s joke?”


And etc.

(Romenesko: “That’s the son of news and homepage editor Hilary Sargent on the right; the other two belong to Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan.”)

And the whole thing belongs to, which “owns” the redesign in its YouTube video.



The hardreading staff’s favorite: “ is like the squirrelly uncle you put up with on holidays.”

Squirrel on, DotComniks.


Bootin’ Newton Schools a Textbook Case

October 23, 2013

Here’s what greeted the hardreading staff on Page 3 of today’s Boston Herald.


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The ad comes from an outfit called Americans for Peace and Tolerance, which describes itself as “[an]  organization composed of concerned citizens, academics, and community activists. As Christians, Moslems, and Jews, we are united by the need to keep America hate-free. We believe peaceful coexistence among diverse ethnic populations is only possible if we promote  a climate of tolerance and civil society.”

In this case, promoting it with some pretty aggressive advertising. From their website:

APT runs ads in multiple Massachusetts newspapers about hateful education materials in Newton schools

Starting Wednesday, October 23, Americans for Peace and Tolerance will begin to run ads in Massachusetts area newspapers calling on Newton Public Schools to removePicture 2 hateful education materials from their curricula. The ads urge taxpayers to contact Newton School Committee Chair Matt Hills and Mayor Setti Warren and express their concerns. The ads will run in the Boston Globe Boston Herald, the Newton Tab, the Jewish Advocate, and the Boston Metro. For more info on what students are learning in Newton Public Schools, go to


That Open Newton Schools website features this video, among other things.


That’s just one of 35 videos Americans for Peace & Tolerance has posted on its YouTube channel. The APT website lists Dr. Charles JacobsDr. Dennis Hale, and Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Mansour as the directors of the organization.

But wait! There’s more!

Parents for Excellence in Newton Schools has a website with reviews of the book in question, the Arab World Studies Notebook. And the reviews are – surprise! – not good.

The hardreading staff is trying to contact some of the players involved here. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for who besides us reviews this high school drama.