Have you seen the Globe today?
Yankees-Red Sox, Celtics-Lakers, Donald Trump-World. There’s nothing like a good rivalry and when the Boston Herald and Boston Globe engage in a tong war for readers, it makes for great reading and, for those of us in the business, riveting inside baseball chat.
But the latest contretemps has little to do with content and it’s a battle that the Globe is losing to the Herald and, more importantly, its readers. Ever since the Globe moved its printing operations to Taunton, there has been failure upon failure in delivery and quality, both in its own paper and those that it prints, such as the Herald.
While the tabloid took a measured approach earlier in the year, acknowledging its rival cum business partner was doing the best it could, someone on Fargo Street decided niceties don’t feed the bulldog.
“We are upset that the paper you count on for the best news, sports and entertainment coverage in Boston is poorly reproduced, is frequently late or not delivered to our home delivery customers or at a retail store,” the Herald wrote in a scathing “Notice to Readers.” “We talk with the Globe on a regular basis but unfortunately the remedies they put forth to solve the production problems have failed miserably.”
“We are embarrassed,” Henry wrote in his front page note a couple weeks ago. “We are sincerely sorry to all those affected. And we have crews working around the clock to make this right. We hoped to have this resolved by Labor Day. Quite bluntly, we are not convinced that will be the case.”
Henry clearly knows his stuff because this weekend, a week after Labor Day, the Globe tweeted out a service update about the Sunday paper that if it wasn’t so frustrating to subscribers would be laughable.
“Due to production problems the paper may be delivered at any point throughout the day or on Monday,” read the tweet.
For many of the dead-tree subscribers, it is maddening and threatens to winnow the already-declining base of loyal readers. Comments on social media offer some new mottos for the Globe, such as “Yesterday’s news tomorrow.”
It also could undermine one of Henry’s fiscal strategies in the news business. The Globe had been printing a number of papers at the old Morrissey Boulevard plant before moving to Taunton earlier this year. It is a key revenue source, especially with customers including the New York Times and regional editions of the Wall Street Journal. The Globe had also been printing the Patriot Ledger and the Brockton Enterprise, but GateHouse has since moved those operations to its Auburn plant.
But the paper hurting the most in this is the Herald. The Globe has a decent online subscription base and those who receive the print edition of the Times and the Journal have full free online access as well. But the Herald more than any other paper around relies on its newsstand and box sales and if the paper isn’t there for the morning commute, the day is lost. And that kills its advertising revenue, such as last week when Thursday delivery botched getting its large supplement to kick off the New England Patriots’ season into readers’ hands.
So while it may be winning the war of words in this battle, the Herald is losing out when its larger rival fails in production. Maybe they ought to recruit some Globe reporters and editors to deliver more than the news. They have experience.
A Globe editorial backs legislation that would create a civil fine against falsely representing a pet dog as a service animal, but says more needs to be done about the problem at the federal level.
Senate President Stan Rosenberg is in Europe on an unannounced 10-day junk…, er, conference of senate presidents, a trip that could delay important legislation such as supplemental budgets and veto overrides. (State House News Service)
The Patriot Ledger and The Enterprise, in an editorial that ran in both papers, denounce the appointment of four members to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission who voted against the referendum. The editorial says the appointments are an indication that elected officials who opposed the ballot question are looking to sabotage the voter-approved law.
James Aloisi says the proposed tower at Boston’s Winthrop Square doesn’t just cast shadows on Boston Common. It also is so high that it would force planes to shift runways, putting more of a burden on East Boston and communities to the west and north of Boston. (CommonWealth) A copy of the letter Massport sent to state environmental officials about the building is here (CommonWealth).
Telegram & Gazette columnist Dianne Williamson has an amazing story about a gay Ugandan woman’s struggle for survival and how she ended up at Hadwen Park Congregational Church in Worcester with Pastor Judy Hanlon.
A Herald editorial says it’s fine for Boston nonprofits to make voluntary payments to the city since they are exempt from property taxes, but the city should not shame those institutions that don’t contribute the amount the city sets as the expected contribution.
Herald News columnist Marc Munroe Dion says despite Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia’s youth, the FBI’s investigation of the man Dion calls the “Day Care Don” shows he is decidedly old school.
Steve Bannon sits down with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes and Bannon doesn’t pull any punches, calling the Bush administration a bunch of idiots and saying the firing of FBI director James Comey was the biggest mistake in modern political history.
With three empty seats already on the seven-member Federal Reserve board and the vice chairman’s impending resignation, President Trump has the chance to remake the central bank and greatly impact fiscal policy if he and Congress can get moving on nominations. (U.S. News & World Report)
With all the noise coming out of the White House, Trump is quietly leading a sea change for socially conservative policies. (New York Times)
AmeriCann out of Colorado says it has raised $10 million in capital to build one of the largest marijuana growing facilities in the country in Freetown near Fall River. (MassLive)
As Worcester and other communities compete for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Mike Tamburro, vice chairman of the team, urges Rhode Islanders to keep the club in Pawtucket. (Providence Journal)
Sports businesses are investing in esports, but is video-game playing really a sport? Opinions are mixed, judging from the comments of participants at the North American League of Legends Championship Series at TD Garden. (CommonWealth)
It, a film adaptation of a Stephen King novel, breaks all sorts of box office records. (Time)
A Globe review of his tenure says Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s track record with the Boston public schools has been marked by incremental progress, not bold reform or big steps forward.
A Herald editorial voices support for legislation to authorize “innovation zones” that have more autonomy over staffing and curriculum in school districts with low-performing schools.
Helga Duncan, an associate professor of English at Stonehill College in Easton, addresses students on the subject of anti-intellectualism. (CommonWealth)
State senators are finalizing work on major legislation to address health care costs — but they are revealing little of its details. (Boston Globe)
Advocates say there has been sea change for the better in the operation of Bridgewater State Hospital since the state handed the reins to a new private contractor in April. (Boston Globe)
CEOs at nonprofit hospitals in southeastern Massachusetts pull down salaries between $700,000 and nearly $2 million, well-above the national average. (The Enterprise)
Sen. John F. Keenan says Gov. Charlie Baker is taking privatization too far at the MBTA. (CommonWealth)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren calls for more investment in the MBTA, as the reform before revenue debate rages on. (CommonWealth)
Andrew Savitz of Consumers for Sensible Energy says the operator of New England’s power grid, Gordon van Welie, is biased in favor of natural gas pipelines. (CommonWealth)
The number of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in Massachusetts is increasing sharply. (MetroWest Daily News)
Despite Cape Wind being on its last gasp, a ruling by the US Fish and Wildlife Service says the turbines don’t have to shut down during migration periods for piping plovers and terns. (Cape Cod Times)
Orion Krause, the 22-year-old charged with a quadruple murder in Groton, is a recent graduate of the music conservatory program at Oberlin College and described by a friend and former professor as a gentle and friendly young man. (Boston Globe) More than 100 people gather in Groton to remember the victims. (Boston Herald) Krause came to the home of a Groton couple completely naked and told them, calmly, that he had just killed four people. (Sentinel and Enterprise)
A new niche is emerging in the legal world: law firms that specialize in defending students against campus sexual assault charges under Title IX. (Boston Globe)
A federal appeals court reverses the 2014 conviction of two Teamsters on charges of threatening to picket businesses to get them to hire union workers. (Boston Globe)
As Irma’s winds rise, so does the debate over storm reporting on TV. (New York Times)
The Cincinnati Enquirer assigned 60 reporters, photographers, and videographers to explore a story entitled: “Seven Days of Heroin, This is What an Epidemic Looks Like.”PASSINGS
Joe DeNucci, a one-time ranked middleweight boxer who went to serve for 24 years as state auditor, died on Friday of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at age 78. (Boston Globe)