Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Even Stealth Marketers Don’t Trust Native Ads

The hardtracking staff may soon be out of business if we keep seeing headlines like this one (via MediaPost): Marketers Still Not Sold On Native Advertising Nut graf: What’s really keeping more marketers from going native is a lack of quality … Continue reading

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That’s Just So Mean! (HRC/NYP Edition)

Today’s New York Post was clearly channeling the National Enquirer with this Page One political screamer. (Tip o’ the pixel to the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages.)     Even more hyperventilating than the front page was the piece itself, which was … Continue reading

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NYT’s Jim Brosnan Obit Lacks Heinz-Sight

Jim Brosnan, a baseball-hurler-turned-word-twirler, died last week, as the New York Times noted yesterday. From the estimable Bruce Weber’s obit: Jim Brosnan, Who Threw Literature a Curve, Dies at 84 Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a relief … Continue reading

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Weird Religious Ads in the New York Times (II)

On Friday the hardlypious staff noted the half-page ad that an outfit dauntingly called The Church of Almighty God ran in the New York Times. Yesterday the Almighties doubled down with a full-page ad in the Times.     Like the … Continue reading

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Weird Religious Ads in the New York Times

First in a definite series As dedicated readers of the New York Times will have noticed, all kinds of fringe religionistas run ads in the old Grey Lady on a regular basis. The hardlyworking staff has been remiss in failing … Continue reading

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Tales from the New York Times Subscription Desk

First in a possible series As the hardmoving staff recently noted, the Missus and I are decamping from our happy home of 28 years and trundling back to the lovely courtyard building whence we came. (Campaign Outsider Sidebar: Hey! America! … Continue reading

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Correction o’ the Day (Bad News for Oysters Edition)

From Wednesday’s New York Times Corrections: NEW YORK An article in some editions on Thursday about the approval of a $511 million loan to build a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge misstated the portion of the loan that could be … Continue reading

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New MBTA Operator Jumps the (Fast) Track

It’s been nothing like a smooth ride for Keolis Commuter Services, which has just replaced the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. as the operator of local public transit systems. First there was the factory-installed Boston race rumpus, in which local … Continue reading

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Head-Scratching Ad o’ the Day (California Chrome Edition)

From our 25 Days Late, $50,000 Dollars Short desk Two years ago Skechers USA got caught shortchanging consumers with deceptive advertising. From a 2012 Federal Trade Commission press release: Skechers Will Pay $40 Million to Settle FTC Charges That It … Continue reading

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So Long to My Desk of 37 Years

Well the Missus and I are moving to a new place and, say, it’s swell. It’s also smaller and more, er, refined than our current place. So I decided my desk has to go. Back story: In 1977, I shared a … Continue reading

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