Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

We Time’s-Upped Lena Dunham Way Before The Sisters Did

Lena (Bad News) Dunham opened the family-sized can of worms when she posted this on Instagram. That led to this rebuttal, as chronicled by Paper’s Beatrice Hazlehurst. TIME’S UP SAYS LENA DUNHAM WAS NOT PART OF THE MOVEMENT Reese Witherspoon, … Continue reading

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NYT to Run New ‘Truth Has a Voice’ Ad During Golden Globes

The New York Times is continuing its year-long Truth campaign with this spot on Sunday’s Golden Globes broadcast, spotlighting its coverage of sexual harassers from Weinstein to O’Reilly to dozens more.   According to Ad Age reporter Ann-Christine Diaz, “[the] … Continue reading

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WSJ Print Advertising Touts WSJ-Produced Native Advertising

From the Russian Nesting Ads desk at Sneak Adtack This week the Wall Street Journal started running tag-team ads in its print edition that direct readers to digital ads created by the paper’s in-house native advertising shop. This quarter-page ad, for … Continue reading

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Time’s Up for Lena Dunham in the Ranks of the Sisterhood

Harvey Weinstein Fallout, Exhibit Umpteen: A group of high-profile show business women have formed a group called Time’s Up, which describes itself as “a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere.” New York Times culture reporter … Continue reading

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Todd Heisler Wins NYT ‘Year in Pictures’ Bakeoff

As you splendid readers doubtless realize by now, the hardlooking staff annually tallies the  results of the New York Times Year in Pictures review. And that time-honored tradition continues with this year’s edition. Header: Tragedy. Triumph. Trump. Photographs that tell … Continue reading

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Opioid-Pushing Sacklers Administer Advertising Methadone

Let us now speak of the Sackler brothers – Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond – patriarchs of the pharmaceutical-fueled family that has made billions of dollars from the sale of OxyContin, the marketing of which has undeniably triggered America’s current opioid … Continue reading

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More Unsavory MBTA Advertising From Legal Sea Foods

As the hardtsking staff has noted on numerous occasions, Legal Sea Foods owner Roger Berkowitz has a penchant for ads that are equal parts puerile, tasteless, and banned by the MBTA. (Our kissin’ cousins at Two-Daily Town have their own … Continue reading

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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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