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Who Cracked Hack Attack?

Who Cracked Hack Attack?

Now that former probation commissioner John J. O’Brien has gone down like the Hindenburg, the local dailies have  begun patting themselves on the back in earnest.

Today’s Boston Globe Page One:

The federal prosecution was based in large part on a 2010 Boston Globe Spotlight series that exposed widespread patronage hiring in the Probation Department, which oversees defendants facing charges in a…

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The NABJ Is Coming! The NABJ Is Coming!

The NABJ Is Coming! The NABJ Is Coming!

Once again, ad-vantage, Boston Globe. From today’s Sports section comes this ad for the 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair of the National Association of Black Journalists (in two parts for legibility).

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Looks great. Except … George Washington? Really? Or is it just me?

Anyway, crosstown rival Boston Herald once again got adnored. On the other hand, the feisty local tabloid does…

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Boston Globe Ad-vantage: Hillary and Hamas

Boston Globe Ad-vantage: Hillary and Hamas

From our Ad Hoc desk

Interesting confluence of ads in the Boston Globe today.

On page A6:

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And before you say, “Really, Hillary? Sam’s Club? Seekonk?” you should remember that Walmart/Sam’s Club sells a helluva lot of books every year.

Plus, it seems fitting that Madame Former Secretary should share an edition of the Globe with this ad (back page of the A section):

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Drive-’em-nuts graf:

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Wynn-Lose Casino Bid in Boston Dailies

Wynn-Lose Casino Bid in Boston Dailies

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

In Boston’s ongoing Casino Roulette, the latest Wynn Resorts offer got very different reactions in the local dailies.

Boston Globe:

Wynn makes offer to Boston

Proposal is richest to a city near planned Everett casino

Wynn Resorts has offered the City of Boston $1 million upfront and $2.6 million annually, along with hiring preferences for city bbcfcc7493b24cd4be382d27cbf275be-bbcfcc7493b24cd4be382d27cbf275be-0residen…

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Demoulas Ad Fits Boston Globe to a (Arthur) T

Demoulas Ad Fits Boston Globe to a (Arthur) T

The endless Demoulas Family/Market Basket rumpus will no doubt have its own A&E reality program (Grocery!) eventually, but for now it’s playing out mostly in the local dailies.

Saturday’s installment featured this Page One piece in the Boston Globe.

Workers stand up for ousted Demoulas

Thousands skip Market Basket to back ex-chief

TEWKSBURY — They left their jobs as butchers and baggers,…

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Boston Globe Scribe Don Aucoin’s Son Also Rises in WSJ

Boston Globe Scribe Don Aucoin’s Son Also Rises in WSJ

Don Aucoin, whose fine theater criticism graces the Boston Globe on a regular basis, must be bustin’ his buttons over this piece in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.

Portrait of a Prodigy

Is Matthew Aucoin the Next Leonard Bernstein?

Most 4-year-olds going to visit their grandparents in Florida while away the flight kicking the seat in front of them. Matt Aucoin spent the trip composing “Cloud…

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Deval Patrick’s Hollow Holocaust Reference

Deval Patrick’s Hollow Holocaust Reference

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Am I Still Here?) sort of stepped in it the other day, making a comparison that’s ill-advised nine out of ten times and indefensible the other.

Yesterday’s Boston Globe, Page One:

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(Interesting – but not unusual: The web subhead was the much blander “Says immigrants detained in Southwest deserve a safe haven.”)

As night follows day, crosstown rival Boston…

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The Yin & Yang of the Globe & Herald

The Yin & Yang of the Globe & Herald

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk (in cooperation with our Late to the Party desk)

Yesterday’s Boston dailies provided a textbook compare ‘n’ contrast case study on several fronts.

Start with the Boston Herald’s front page:

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What followed was Jessica Heslam’s page 2 column about sports radio moron Kirk Minihane’s gutless bitchingabout FOX Sports fox Erin Andrews’ lame All Star Game…

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G.M. Hits (Like a) Rock Bottom

G.M. Hits (Like a) Rock Bottom

General Motors as it once was:


General Motors as it now is (via Wednesday’s New York Times full-page ad):

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Body copy:

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Got that? Your house key = death trap if you’re driving a “vehicle involved in the ignition recall.”

Hey, G.M. – could you get any vaguer?

Not surprisingly, the ad also doesn’t mention this Page One upper right…

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Politico Pimps Out Its Daily Tipsheets to Advertisers

Politico Pimps Out Its Daily Tipsheets to Advertisers

From its inception, Politico has pursued one objective: to win the morning. Toward that end, the (mostly) online publication has launched an armada of daily tipsheets.

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For some time now, those daily digests have featured embedded advertising along these lines (from the 7/15/14 Politico Playbook):

** A message from JPMorgan Chase & Co.: In May, we committed $100M to support Detroit’s…

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