Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

New York Times Editing Slashback: You Reap What You ‘Sew’

As CNN’s Brian Stelter noted yesterday, “fascinating public editor column by Liz Spayd, all about the NYT editing processes.” Readying The Times for Editing 3.0 THE NEW YORK TIMES has a reputation for impeccable editing. Not just because it can … Continue reading

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Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (“Zappy” Zapolin Edition)

From our All Those Dollars and No Sense desk It’s amazing the number of people who will shell out six figures to run a New York Times ad that no one will read. Yesterday’s Times featured the latest sucker who should … Continue reading

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Ted Williams’ Former Florida Home Gone Fishin’ for a Buyer

The Splendid Splinter’s old fishing shack is back on the market. Well, maybe not shack. From Friday’s Wall Street Journal Mansion section: Ted Williams’s Florida Fishing Spot Goes on the Market In the Florida Keys, the onetime home of baseball … Continue reading

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Heads Up! NYT’s Jim Rutenberg Footnotes Today’s Column

Well this is new. New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg has a couple of term-paper-style footnotes in his piece today. Check out the middle and righthand columns.     And here are the footnotes themselves, at the end of … Continue reading

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One America, Two Different Worlds (Jonathan Chiat Edition)

First in what promises to be a long-running series It’s news to no one that liberals and conservatives in this great land of ours live in parallel universes. But with the ascension of Hair Apparent Donald J. Trump to the nation’s highest … Continue reading

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Mike Allen Shameless Trump Suck-Up Watch (Parts 1-3)

Mike Allen, the man the White House used to wake up to, has moved his home address from Politico to the delusional startup Axios, where he currently curries favor with D.C.’s movers and shakers – and especially Trumpsters. Exhibit A Mikey’s servile selfie at … Continue reading

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Donald J. Quixote Is America’s First Potemkin President

The new White House administration is pretty much Donald Trump and Kellyanne Panza (tip o’ the pixel to New York Times columnist Frank Bruni). From Russell Berman’s piece in The Atlantic: A President Without an Administration The Trump transition is behind … Continue reading

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Fred Taylor, Gil Scott-Heron, and the Bicentennial Blues

Sad to say, Saturday’s Boston Globe featured this front-page probituary of Boston jazz impresario Fred Taylor. Another blow to the local jazz scene: Legend Fred Taylor fired ousted at Scullers Fred Taylor, a legendary figure on the Boston jazz scene since … Continue reading

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Why Boston Isn’t New York (Billy Joel Concert Edition)

Full disclosure: The hardworking staff grew up in Manhattan, but we’ve lived in Boston for the past 42 years. So we can’t help noticing the yin and yang of the two cities. Latest example: The Billy Joel concert index. Yesterday’s … Continue reading

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Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (RefuseFascism Edition)

From our All Those Dollars and No Sense desk The last time This Desk reported on a Trump Derangement Syndrome spasm in the Times, it was this $200,000 full-page ad in July from Josh Tetrick, the vegan mayonnaise czar of Hampton … Continue reading

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