I wish I could figure out why the Boston Herald prints letters to the editor which are so mind-numbingly stupid that they leave the reader agape, his jaw dropped so far that it spills his morning coffee.
Both the big local dailies wrote about an IRS processing center in Andover over the weekend. See if you can guess which paper wrote which story:
The Herald finds a way.
A member of the band, that is, not the city, over Inside Track coverage of Brad Delp's suicide. Dan Kennedy rounds up the coverage.
The Herald takes a dim view of everything the Boston City Council has ever proposed, or something. Yeah, Steve Murphy's idea to stop roofies with sippy-cup lids was completely nuts, but that was three years ago, not this "season," as the Herald implies. How dare Rob Consalvo "take inspiration from Governing magazine." What a maroon! And Michael Flaherty's idea for buying snow-melting... Read more
The Herald didn't get invited to a press conference at which Northeastern announced the end of football, so the Herald is retaliating by refusing to cover Huskies sports, including the successful basketball team.
Adam Reilly surveys reaction to the Herald's shocking revelation that Amy Bishop played Dungeons and Dragons as a teen, just like Mucko McDermott and, um, Curt Schilling. He awaits the Herald's discovery of a third murderous D&D player, because as any ink-stained wretch knows, it's not officially a trend without three examples.... Read more
Adam Reilly provides the proof.
The Herald and Channel 5 both had stories on their Web sites this morning claming that a Milton man found dead in a Quincy snowbank yesterday was a Southie boyo who ratted out Bulger when Bulger turned his back on the guy's family after he was sent to the stir. The stories (the Herald broke it, Channel 5 reported on it) were complete with loving... Read more
Joe Dwinell reports that by waiting a couple minutes, he blew a 0.0 on a breathalyzer after brushing his teeth with the same toothpaste the Cambridge state senator claims set off his at-home tester (not the same one the Herald used, though).
For good measure, Dwinell also downed some Coors Lite and a shot of 80-proof Bushmills single-malt whiskey to see what... Read more
Maybe I'm just bitter because I never have a clue who any of the unidentified rapscallions in columns like this are and am too lazy/uncurious to ever attempt to find out (let alone read the columns all the way to the end). But what's the point of running item after item without naming the offending parties save to blackmail their PR people into giving... Read more
The Globe has a front-page story today about Frank McCourt, his wife, their divorce and how LA hates the pair. I must be the only person in Boston not familiar with Frank McCourt's physiognomy, because the Globe didn't mention it at all while highlighting the Missus's features, right there in the lead:
It was 2001, Frank McCourt had just pitched a roomful of businesspeople... Read more
Yeah, it's just a Simpsons image, and everybody does it, but a paper that's gone on a crusade against city workers who actually know how to use the Internet might want to spend a second in introspection. Like, maybe Herald honchos might want to ask Jules Crittenden, one of their editors, why he's posting political rants on his personal blog during work... Read more
Hacks yuk it up on Facebook.
With nothing else happening at City Hall this week, the Herald sics reporters Dave Wedge and Jessica Heslam on city staffers who post on Facebook and Twitter during work hours.
Oh, God, the horror! Why, it takes sheer seconds to post something to Facebook or... Read more
At Blue Mass. Group, David Kravits makes the case. At issue: What Coakley said in response to some question by Janet Wu on Channel 5's new political show. Speaking of which, KennedySeat.com wonders when the adults will show up on the show:
... In the three episodes of this show I have watched (I skipped Christy), I have continually been struck by how... Read more
Herald Publisher Pat Purcell says the paper could start charting a subscription for online access to its stories by next year, the Herald reports, adding, however, that Purcell also said he realizes it might not work unless the Globe also agrees to charge.
You may recall the Herald used to charge for access to its columns but ended that when it appeared few people... Read more
With beer pong now linked to swine-flu outbreaks, my God, what's next? The Herald demands answers.
So the Fire Department puts out a $100,000 fire in a prominent Chinatown restaurant and uncovers illegal living quarters and possibly a gambling den in the seven floors above it. The Herald has the story. The Globe doesn't.