Monthly Archives: November 2009

Ouch!

From Sunday’s New York Times piece about “Street Court,” a syndicated program hosted by one Michael Mazzariello that adjudicates small-claims cases en plein air: “Street Court” is the latest in a long line of court shows that dredge the in-boxes … Continue reading

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Steve Pagliuca Keeps Calling My House

So the Massachusetts U.S. Senate special election is a layup for Attorney General Martha Coakley according to Sunday’s Boston Globe poll. Coakley gets the support of 43 percent of respondents when asked who they would vote for if the primary … Continue reading

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The Robinson Rapport

The best sideshow in town right now is Jack E. Robinson’s U.S. Senate windmill-tilting in the special GOP primary for Ted Kennedy’s seat. Improbably, Robinson has gotten props in the Sunday Boston Globe’s op-ed pages and on WBUR’s Radio Boston. … Continue reading

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Ad o’ the Day®

Headline on a New York Times full-page advertisement for Barneys: Have a Witty Holiday! Quotes in the ad: “Brevity Is The Soul Of Lingerie” – Dorothy Parker “The Only Way To Get Rid Of Temptation Is To Yield To It” … Continue reading

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Two Flags Over Martha Coakley

As Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley continues her Joyless Pursuit of a U.S. Senate Seat, the lack-of-personality profiles just keep piling up. Latest entry: Adrian Walker’s Boston Globe Metro column headlined “A charisma shortage.” It describes Coakley as stiff, mechanical, … Continue reading

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What the Butler Saw

Federal district court nominee Louis Butler of Wisconsin is the latest GOP litmus test for the Obama administration. Here’s the lede to the Wall Street Journal editorial headlined “The White House Butler”: As consolation prizes go, Louis Butler can’t complain. … Continue reading

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The Axis of Ego

Say, that was some Jerkathon Tom Ashbrook hosted this morning on WBUR’s On Point. It featured the parasitic Michael Wolff of Newser, the insufferable Jeff Javis of Buzz Machine, and the intractable Stephen Brill of Journalism Online. Listener discretion is … Continue reading

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Robert Frankapalooza, Updated

More on New York’s love affair with legendary photographer Robert Frank: The Wall Street Journal has a review of Frank’s “The Americans” retrospective at the Met here. A WSJ review of two gallery shows (Robert Mann, Pace/MacGill) of works by … Continue reading

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Healthcare Deform

These days you can’t spit without hitting a healthcare reform ad ($600 million spent and counting). Take this full-page New York Times advertisement from an outfit called the “Employment Policies Institute,” which describes itself as “a non-profit research organization dedicated … Continue reading

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Ad o’ the Day

From the distinguished – not to mention virtual – University of Phoenix, Damage Control Division: A full-page New York Times ad with the headline, “Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Counselors of University of Phoenix.” Sample copy: Let’s defy our critics … Continue reading

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