That leaves Boston with the Metro — another irony, since 49 percent of it is owned by the Times Co. — and the Herald.
The Metro is a robo-paper, a soulless shell that treats news as a commodity.
The Herald is a different sort of faux newspaper. It is perfectly postmodern. It defines itself not by what it is (which is too often too hysterical, too hateful, too disreputable), but by what it is not (the Globe).
The Herald is not incapable of good journalism. Reporter Jay Fitzgerald's coverage of some aspects of the Globe crisis has been superior.
But the paper's gleefully malicious tone when covering the plight of its competitor is no exception to its norm. It is an unremittingly nasty piece of work: vile to the Globe, vile toward so many.
One of the joys of living in Boston is out-thinking the city's signature institutions: telling Harvard how to be smarter, out-strategizing Red Sox management. If the inconceivable were ever to happen, and the Globe were to disappear, who would news junkies pit their wits against? The Metro? The Herald? Get serious.
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