Monthly Archives: November 2011

Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Thrifty Obama Edition)

Barack Obama (D-I Need You to Do Me a Favor) has launched his first ad campaign with a small buy on national satellite television (DISH, DirectTV). Via MSNBC’s First Read: The ads, per NBC’s Alex Moe, urge supporters to go … Continue reading

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My New York Daily News Debut

Back when I was in high school, I used to send crank Letters to Editor of the New York Daily News that invariably began one of two classic Daily News ways: 1) “Where do you get off . . .” … Continue reading

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Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Ad Spending Tally Edition)

MSNBC’s First Read has helpfully provided an update on TV advertising expenditures so far in the 2012 presidential election (although it’s awfully secretive about the source of its numbers): Among the GOP presidential candidates: – Perry $2.8 million (including the campaign’s national … Continue reading

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Brownwashing (Coalition For American Jobs Edition)

(First in an anticipated series of posts examining examples of Brownwashing, which – similar to Greenwashing - is “the unjustified appropriation of [political] virtue by . . . a politician . . .  to create a pro-[voter] image, sell a [candidate] or … Continue reading

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Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Mitt v. Mitt Edition)

The Democratic National Committee has loosened the pursestrings to run a six-state TV spot targeting Split Romney: Via the  Associated Press: DNC ad targets Romney over flip-flops WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are using humor to try to undermine Republican Mitt Romney, … Continue reading

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Let The $4 Billion Rumpus Begin! (Deplorable Mudslinging Edition)

The NYT-industrial complex was in high dudgeon on Sunday, with hall monitor Page One pieces in both the New York Times and the Boston Globe on the sad state of political advertising. From the Times: TV Attack Ads Aim at … Continue reading

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Rick Perry & Thrust (PAC Man Edition)

While most restrictions on independent advocacy groups have been stripped away by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, one has remained: that PACs, Super PACs, 501(c)4 organizations and etc. (primer here) cannot coordinate their advertising with a candidate’s ad … Continue reading

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NYT NYM Wars

Spurred on by the New York Times, the Sneak ADtackniks have been on the nym wars lately like Brown on Williamson (see here and here). Now come the Times Sunday Review review of the topic: Sunday Dialogue: Anonymity and Incivility on the Internet Readers debate the benefits and … Continue reading

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Private Oy: Facebook And The Super Snoopers (Part Two)

Last week the Sneak ADtackniks posted a trifecta of online-privacy cautionary tales, including concerns about thenym wars - the argument over pseudonyms on the Internet – and a panel discussion conducted by the Wall Street Journal. In the course of the latter, Public Parts author Jeff (I … Continue reading

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Mitt Romney: GOP Hair Apparent

Friday New York Times Page One report: Image Expert Shapes Romney (His Hair, Anyway) BELMONT, Mass. — Voters routinely ask about it on the campaign trail. Pundits chronicle the slightest changes in its presentation. There is a Facebook page devoted … Continue reading

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