Can you imagine how much more boring, and even worse, local coverage would get without the Herald? Let's compare the coverage of yesterday's King Arthur's Lounge murder in the Globe and Herald:
Here's what the Globe's John Ellement had to say about the dead man:
The deceased was identified by Kyes and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office as 28-year-old Jeff Santiago, who was living in Everett.
That's basically what I posted yesterday, based on pretty much zero work (I got the same press release the Globe did).
And here's what the Herald's Jessica Fargen, Mike Underwood and Laurel J. Sweet wrote:
An Everett construction worker shot to death in a horrific late-night bloodbath inside the notorious King Arthur's Lounge was awaiting trial for allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend. ...
Salem District Court Judge Robert A. Cornetta issued an arrest warrant for Santiago last Friday when he failed to show up for a pretrial hearing on an August 2006 case accusing him of chasing Kristen Gaudet, 29, around her apartment with a knife in a drunken rage.
Court records obtained by the Herald noted Santiago had an "alleged affiliation with the Latin Kings" gang and a lengthy history of arrests involving "assaultive behavior" and "firearms." ...
Notice anything different? Plus, the Herald is not just painting a picture of a troubled man, but describing the sort of troubled man one could see hanging out at a joint like King Arthur's (site of the infamous 1982 murderous cop rampage, etc., etc.).
But wait, there's more. The Globe's Adrian Walker, struggling to maintain his title as World's Most Boring Metro Columnist, stayed up past his bedtime yesterday to write a recap of Deval Patrick's state-of-the-state speech that, while passable, was completely redundant because the Globe's lead editorial said exactly the same thing (only in fewer words). In contrast, over at the Herald, Peter Gelzinis seemed to recognize which story people would be more likely to talk about today:
It is said that nothing good ever happens after midnight. In King Arthur's, it's always past midnight.
Go, Herald, go!
Oh, wait, what's that you say? Boston has two other daily papers? Yep, sure does. Boston Metro's report is based entirely on press releases (just like mine!). BostonNow? Even fewer details than in the Metro story.