Monthly Archives: December 2012

‘After I Kind Of Straighten My Tie’

Ever since WGBH (We’ve Gotten Bone Headed) dumped Eric in the Evening, the hardlistening staff has been tuning into TSF, the Paris jazz station we favor in the City of Light Service. Tonight, we heard Nat Cole’s version of “Walkin’ … Continue reading

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Boston Herald: A Year In Picture

The hardreading staff has long been baffled by BostonHerald.com, which is to news websites what the Edsel was to automobiles. Exhibit Umpteen: The Herald’s online Year in Pictures, which features up to one photo. . . Read the rest at It’s Good to Live … Continue reading

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New York Times Outsources Part Of Its Year In Pictures

The hardcounting staff could be wrong about this, but it sure seems the annual New York Times Year in Pictures section features an unusual number of photos from non-Times sources. Our unofficial tally starts with the Page One photo showing “Buried … Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu On Boston TV In 1978

BuzzFeed’s relentless clip whisperer Andrew Kaczynski has unearthed a 25-year-old appearance by now-and-then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on WGBH’s The Advocates. 28-Year-Old Benjamin Netanyahu On A Local Boston TV Show In 1978 The future Israeli Prime Minster and MIT … Continue reading

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Howie Carr’s WTKK Drive-By

Boston Herald columnist/WRKO squawker Howie Carr is experiencing an extreme bout of Howenfreude over the demise of FM talk station WTKK. (Full disclosure: The hardreading staff did a weekly segment on the Jim & Margery show.) Today’s triumphant nyah-nyah from Carr: Talk radio’s not dead, just … Continue reading

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Marketers Very Content With Branded Content

The rush toward ads in sheep’s clothing continues apace, as this report from MediaPost’s Center for Media Research indicates: Aggressive Marketing Spending on Branded Content According to a new survey, “The Spending Study: A Look at How Corporate America Invests in Branded … Continue reading

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NYT Adstravaganza: Starbucks Fixing, Yoko UnFracking

Interesting full-page ads in Friday’s New York Times. On Page Five, this ad for Starbucks’ Come Together campaign to Fix the Debt: Furthermore, here’s the message chairman Howard Schultz posted on the Starbucks website: Let’s Come Together, America Wednesday, December … Continue reading

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Herald Can’t Make Up Mind About Markey

First today’s Boston Herald tells us this: Mr. Ed draws yawn in Senate horse race Seriously, is this the best the Democrats can come up with? Ed Markey? This is a guy who has been in Congress for 36 years — … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren PACs A Low-Profile Punch

In keeping with her Marcel Marceau press conference last month, Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-I’m Not There) has relentlessly avoided the spotlight in advance of taking her U.S. Senate seat. From Thursday’s Wall Street Journal: A High-Profile Newcomer Keeps a Low … Continue reading

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Gay Republicans To Obama: Chuck Hagel

The wheels are starting to come off the Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense bandwagon. From BuzzFeed: Chuck Hagel’s Record On Guns, Abortion Raises More Questions Few reasons for Democrats to support the would-be Pentagon chief. WASHINGTON — Former Sen. … Continue reading

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