Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

The Grey Lady Moneti$es Yet Another of Her Journalists

As the hardworking staff has diligently chronicled, the New York Times is turning itself into a full-service, well, service. Travel agency, tchotchke shop, conference center – you name it, the Times will do it. For money, of course. Now comes the … Continue reading

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Shut Up: Ring Lardner Explained

From the first time I read a Ring Lardner short story (“Haircut,” I believe, like a billion other American high schoolers), I’ve been a huge fan of his work. So much so that back in the ’70s and ’80s I … Continue reading

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Seats Still Available for NYT’s Worldwind Global Journey!

In journalism nowadays, there’s sell out, and then there’s sold out. The New York Times’s Around the World by Private Jet: Cultures in Transformation might be the former, but it’s apparently not the latter. Here’s how the Times Journeys site describes … Continue reading

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The Grey Lady Opens the Kimono All the Way

As the hard tracking staff at Sneak Adtack has dutifully noted, the New York Times is increasingly blurring the line between advertising and editorial. Especially prevalent are the Russian nesting ads the Times has developed – advertising in the print … Continue reading

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Campaign Outsider Gets No Love From ThirdLove Press Room

Yesterday the headscratching staff wrote about some puzzling ads that have run recently in major daily newspapers, including this one from Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal.     About which we commented thusly: First of all, a bra ad in the … Continue reading

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Very Strange Ads ‘n’ Ends From This Week’s Daily Papers

As the hardworking staff diligently perused its costly home-delivered newspapers the past few days, we’ve encountered a number of full-page ads that have left us, well, bemused. Start with this two-page spread in the Sunday New York Times Pride 2017 … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (‘To Know Trump’ Pre-Verbal Edition)

From our To Know Trump (established in 2010!) desk Last month STAT’s Sharon Begley wrote this piece about Donald Trump’s increasing disconnection with the English language. Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change? It was the … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (‘Tamper Down’ Edition)

From our That’s Just Sad desk Every now and again the hardclipping staff chronicles the mangled phrases uttered by the differently clichéd among us and, man, they are legion. Here’s our latest batch, in reverse chronological order. • The other … Continue reading

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Instagram Fesses Up to Instascamming Users

Turns out it’s not a pretty picture at Instagram. The wholly owned subsidiary of Facebook (a bargain at $1 billion five years ago) is the mobile equivalent of three-ad monte, allowing sponsored posts to masquerade as genuine content. As Gavin … Continue reading

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Gillette and Harry’s Cross Blades in Sunday’s New York Times

The Battle of the Blades between longtime category leader Gillette and upstart razor maker Harry’s went full-page boogie in yesterday’s New York Times. First up: This Gillette ad on A7.   The Harry’s ad (back page of the Sunday Styles … Continue reading

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