Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

New York Times Keeps Pimping Out Its Staffers to Subscribers

As the hardworking staff has previously noted, the New York Times routinely deploys its journalists to accompany (and schmooze with) civilians on Times Journeys to the four corners of the earth – an enterprise that is rife with potential conflicts … Continue reading

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Blogola Goes Big-Time in Mainstream Media

For several years now the hardtracking staff has noted the growing use of blogola in violation of Federal Trade Commission guidelines, from Lord & Taylor’s paying 50 bloggers under the table to wear a dress from its Design Lab clothing collection and … Continue reading

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U.S. Tobacco Companies Run Ads Attacking Themselves

From our M.C. Escher desk Yesterday, this full-page ad ran in about 50 major U.S. newspapers.   And for the next year, this TV spot will run five times a week during prime time on ABC, NBC, and CBS.     … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec’ at Currier Museum

Well the Missus and I trundled up to the Granite State over the weekend to catch The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art (through January 7) at the Currier Museum of Art and say, it was … Continue reading

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C.J. Chivers (Rhymes With Shivers) Is One Helluva Writer

On a beautiful sun-dappled afternoon last May, I sat on a bench in Square Henri Galli, a Paris pocket park across the Seine from Île Saint Louis, and while des enfants frolicked about, read a New York Magazine article that … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (Horse’s Mouth Edition)

From our That’s Just Sad desk From time to time the hardclipping staff chronicles the mangled phrases issued by the differently clichéd among us and, man, they just keep piling up. Here’s our latest collection, in reverse chronological order. (Boldface … Continue reading

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We’re Shocked – Shocked! – at ‘Casablanca’ Exhibit Reviews

The Natick-based International Museum of World War II has mounted a new exhibit, The Real and Reel Casablanca (November 10 through February 3), which features “75 artifacts drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection that provide unmatched insights into the decisions surrounding the … Continue reading

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Cornel West Wants Paul Ryan To Be President

It has come to the attention of the hardworking staff that today is Refuse Fascism Day! Who knew? Well, not to get technical about it, anyone who read Wednesday’s New York Times, which featured this full-page ad.     That … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘The Revolutionists’ at Central Square Theater

Well the Missus and I trundled over to Cambridge on Saturday (which is a colossal pain in the ass on weekends through December 17th) to catch the Nora Theatre Company’s production of The Revolutionists (through November 12) at Central Square Theater … Continue reading

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Jemele Hill=John Garfield in ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’

As you splendid readers undoubtedly know, ESPN lightning rod Jemele Hill has been handed a two-week suspension by the cable sports network for, yes, reckless tweeting. Via CNN Money: ESPN suspends Jemele Hill over NFL tweets ESPN has suspended host … Continue reading

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