Tag Archives: The Guardian

Scott Brown Is So Phony, Even His Ads Are Faked

Accidental Sen. Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) has always struck us as a manufactured item, and his latest ad in the 2014 New Hampshire Senate rumpus only cements that impression. From BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw: Scott Brown’s Campaign Ads Feature Green Screened Stock Footage … Continue reading

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The Sneak in Review: The Future of Native Advertising Is . . .

Once around the park, James, and don’t spare the sources! It’s all-native-all-the-time in the ad biz nowadays, with everyone – marketers and news media alike – jumping on the ads-in-sheep’s-clothing bandwagon. Exhibit Umpteen (via MediaPost’s Online Publishing Insider): 2013 will be … Continue reading

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Our ‘Beat the Press Party’ Bakeoff (One Town, Two Different Places Edition)

The Great Boston MediaWatch Dogfight this week provides another episode in our long-running One Town, Two Different Places mediadrama. Boston Herald’s underdog Press Party featured this: On Press Party this week we talk about why the media’s attention was so focused … Continue reading

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Big Branding Opportunity For Pope Francis

Lots of shoutouts for the interview Pope Francis gave to Italian Jesuit journal Civiltà Cattolica this week, including this piece from Friday’s Wall Street Journal front page. Pope Warns Church Focusing Too Much on Gays, Abortion Francis Sets Out Vision … Continue reading

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Seamus On The Boston Herald! STILL No Heaney Obit

Today marks the third edition of the Boston Herald to ignore the death of the great Seamus Heaney. It’s not like anyone at the dicey local tabloid would have to actually read some of Heaney’s poetry. They could just run a wire … Continue reading

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Dr. Dre’s WSJ Two-Step

From our Ad/Ed Pas de Deux desk Monday’s Wall Street Journal featured this piece that reads like a press release for Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Beats Electronics Looks to Scratch HTC The maker of the popular Beats by Dr. Dre … Continue reading

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Ask Dr. Ads: What’s Up With The News Corpse – Er, News Corp – Ad?

Well the Doc opened the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out. Dear Dr. Ads, Rupert Murdoch has just split his News Corp empire in two: 21st Century Fox, the entertainment division, and the new News Corp print/publishing division. … Continue reading

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Big Data-mining Is No Laugh RIOT (Raytheon Division)

The hardtracking staff heard a segment last night on the CBC radio show Q (podcast here) about a new surveillance system developed by Raytheon and reported by James Ball of The Guardian: Why we should all worry about being tracked online ‘Riot’ software developed to … Continue reading

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Shootout At The YouTube Corral

The gun nuts (both divisions) are at it again with dueling TV spots that exist in entirely parallel universes. From TPM: NRA Returns To Message Calling Obama’s Plans Elitist In High-Capacity Magazine Ad Forget the softer tone. The National Rifle … Continue reading

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Newseum’s Top Ten Pope-a-Lope Front Pages Skips the Best One

Every day The Newseum posts its Today’s Top Ten Front Pages, which featured this on Tuesday: Caught Off Guard Monday’s shocking news of Pope Benedict XVI’s impending resignation caught the world, and the media, off guard. Today, newspapers around the globe caught up, with front-page … Continue reading

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