Boston Herald

By - 6/16/09 - 9:56 am

A columnist who pulls down almost seven figures a year, lives in a Wellesley manse and went to Deerfield Academy takes some cheap shots today at some guy who went to Boston State, whose father was a Boston cop and whose grandmother was an early union organizer.

Dan Kennedy fills in the background on Howie Carr's hatchet job on Globe Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten.

By - 6/4/09 - 8:24 am

Last week, the Herald reported state Rep. Gloria Fox was under investigation for "sneaking a murderer’s girlfriend - previously bagged for engaging in 'sexual acts' with the killer con - into a state prison in Bridgewater."

Darrell Jones, the inmate in question, fires back at the Herald with a blog post.

By - 5/28/09 - 12:14 pm

Lauren Beckham Falcone reviews a book about "the happiest place on earth" by a "Disney addict" and reveals that she knows more drug slang than the average Mouseketeer. Perhaps that explains why it's so happy, though her references call up some pretty unhappy situations...

By - 5/26/09 - 9:19 am

The Herald headlines: Coed tied to killing fights graduation ban.

The story also mentions "a second coed." Well, at least they didn't refer to them as "leggy" or "gamine" or anything, so progress marches on.

By - 5/7/09 - 12:02 am

Dan Kennedy recounts 50 years of bad blood and revenge between the Globe and the Herald.

Meanwhile, the Herald reports the deal negotiated by the paper and the Newspaper Guild calls for an 8.3% pay cut, furloughs and the end of guaranteed life employment for some employees.

By - 5/3/09 - 3:30 pm

OopsiesSure, he's entitled to gloat, again, at the possible impending demise of the Globe.

But really, Howie, complaining that the Globe blew it in 2006 in some sports column? Is that really that much worse than Spygate? You have such a good memory, Howie - you're always bringing up obscure moments in hackdom from the 1970s - surely you couldn't have forgotten something that happened just last year?

And what about that time back in 1983 when Kevin White got you guys but good and you ran that front-page exclusive about him running for re-election, only it turns out he wasn't? That was a good one, too. Guess that means you should shrivel up and die, as well, huh?

By - 4/27/09 - 4:27 pm

The Herald is besides itself in outrage that Philip Markoff has no money and will get a public defender, maybe even two, that bastard.

What? Innocent until proven guilty? What? Even the broke have a Constitutional right to a lawyer? When did all this happen? It's an outrage!

By - 4/27/09 - 11:08 am

Down 13.6% from a year ago on weekdays, and 11.2% on Sundays, reports Media Nation (quoting Editor & Publisher). Will the Globe now be forced to reduce the rates that it charges advertisers?

By - 4/27/09 - 9:18 am

The Globe would never give us a photo of a rat in a Harvard sweatshirt.

Speaking of the Globe, though, does anybody know if the May 1 deadline means that the possible last ever edition of the Globe is April 30 or May 1?

By - 4/23/09 - 3:20 pm

What would the Herald be without its beloved adjectives? I've been reading up on the Philip Markoff case at, and here's their basic romance novel/suspense thriller back-cover summary of the players in this sad story:

Philip Markoff is brooding, seemingly clean-cut, clean-cut, dashing, cruel, hateful, creepy and strapping. As a teen-ager, he was geeky, nerdy and gawky but also all-American.

His fiancee is doting, lovesick, beautiful and blond.

By - 4/10/09 - 8:20 am

To explain why the Globe should die right this second. Guy sure knows how to nurse a grudge.

By - 4/7/09 - 9:09 am

Eileen McNamara reveals she is not a big fan of Times ownership of the Globe.

Meanwhile, the Herald, which gave McNamara some venting room, goes into hyper-turbo Globe coverage mode, which is probably more fun than writing about its own slow demise.

By - 4/5/09 - 9:41 am

It may seem like a twisted suggestion out of Dr. Moreau's "Island of Lost Souls" -- an action that seems to violate nature itself -- but in this new era of extraordinary business machinations, why aren't we talking about finding a way to merge the Globe and the Herald?

By - 3/27/09 - 5:11 pm

About half voluntary, the Herald itself reports.

By - 3/13/09 - 9:20 am

The Gals are greatly amused at what they consider pisspoor reporting by Adam Reilly and Dan Kennedy for daring to question some blogger's contention that the Globe will be out of business by year's end.

Dan Kennedy in turn is greatly amused that the Wingo Square denizens have yet to correct their own report that the Globe-will-fold post was published by Time magazine, when, in fact, it wasn't.

By - 2/27/09 - 7:44 pm

To 400 workers, in the hopes that 20 will actually take the paper up on it; publisher says paper is in the black for the current fiscal year.

By - 2/25/09 - 10:43 am

So Republicans held a protest against the proposed gas tax on the steps of the State House and a few people showed up.

But how few? The Globe reports several dozen people showed up. The Herald puts the number at two dozen in the headline and a more precise "25" in the story.

Ed. Note: The Herald seems to have replaced its initial story with this AP story that doesn't mention a number in the headline but still says "25" in the body.

By - 1/2/09 - 6:55 pm

As Boston's two major dailies head towards a seeming financial death spiral, it's time once again to ask whether they should be charging for access to online content.

When the computer age dawned, a "hacker ethic" emerged, holding that information should be free and accessible to all. (Steven Levy's fascinating book, Hackers, is especially recommended.) That ethic has permeated the Web, which in less than a decade has become an incredible free library of human knowledge and a great source of informed and diverse commentary.