Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

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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Zero Bostonians Pony Up For AJC Ad Supporting Israel

As the 50th anniversary of Israel’s six-day war unfolds in myriad narratives, the American Jewish Committee (a.k.a. the AJC) ran this ad in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Here’s the text:   But what really caught the eye of the hardcounting … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging Church of the Covenant’s Tiffany Sanctuary

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown yesterday to partake of Common Boston, this weekend’s festival that calls itself “a unique opportunity to discover and explore the region’s rich architectural, cultural, and historic resources.” From innovative wood shops and rooftop gardens … Continue reading

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JFK Library Shuns Boston Dailies, Runs Wall Street Journal Ad

The new exhibition JFK 100: Milestones and Mementos at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will no doubt get some rocket-fueled promotion in the coming weeks, but its marketing campaign has sort of blown up on the launch … Continue reading

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Museum of Fine Arts Gets Shoutout From Turkish Government

From our Late to the Regifting Party desk The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey ran this ad in Friday’s New York Times.     Talk Turkey grafs:     Nice! Happy ending! Except . . . … Continue reading

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