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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (‘Uphill Lift’ Edition)

From our annual That’s Just Sad desk As the hardworking staff wends its way through this veil – sorry, vale – of tears, we’ve felt obliged to keep track of the mangled phrases employed by our differently worded brethren, who go … Continue reading

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Student ‘Social Influencers’ Earn an F in Disclosure

From our kissin’ cousins at Sneak Adtack College students have always been natural-born marketers. Among their friends, they toss off more winners and losers than a race course tout. But increasingly, they’re touting for dollars, as Claire Ballentine’s piece noted the … Continue reading

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Ayanna Pressley’s Campaign Makes It in New York, New York

The New York Times took a beating two months ago for whiffing on the defenestration of 10-term incumbent (and potential future House Speaker) Rep. Joe Crowley by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th Congressional district. Apparently, the Grey Lady has resolved … Continue reading

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NYT Uses Its Journalists Offline, Then Abuses Them Online

As the hardworking staff noted yesterday, the New York Times is increasingly turning its journalists into arm candy for revenue-enhancing commercial ventures, from Times Journey duty to high-powered busine$$ forums. Meanwhile, the Times has stripped its homepage of their bylines. … Continue reading

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Is the New York Times Pimping Out Its Major Journalists?

As our kissin’ cousins at Sneak Adtack noted the other day, the New York Times has been using its journalists as arm candy at a rapidly accelerating pace. The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi pointed out last year that Times Journeys excursions … Continue reading

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Recycling My 17-Year-Old Boston Globe Piece On . . . Recycling

Back in 1991, when curbside recycling was still in its infancy, I wrote a Boston Globe Magazine piece with the headline, “I’m Recycling As Fast As I Can (Label Removed).” It wound up with this headline instead. And etc. Seventeen … Continue reading

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New York Times Gives Boston’s ‘Moulin Rouge’ Big Thumbs Up

Turns out it’s not just the Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout who’s smitten with Boston theater productions. New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley likes them too. Songs to Sin By in a Smashing ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Its pieces zoom through … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (Trump European Geography Lesson Edition)

More evidence that the Cheeto-in-Chief is America’s first pre-literate president. (The hardworking staff has already established that Donald Trump is America’s first cubist president – he’s been on every side of every issue.) Anyway, the World According to Trump: Man, … Continue reading

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Purdue Pharma Opioid Ads Keep Trying to Dull Sackler Pain

As the hardworking staff has resolutely noted, OxyContin pusher Purdue Pharma has been spending millions of dollars in an attempt to 1) adwash the Sackler family’s responsibility for hooking millions of Americans on opioids and 2) minimize the current blowback … Continue reading

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These Stealth Ads Are Literally the Pits

This is the post our kissin’ cousin Sneak Adtack was born for. From Ng Huiwen’s piece in The Strait Times: No sweat: Japanese company sells advertising space on women’s armpits Looking to promote your brand? No sweat. A Japanese advertising company has … Continue reading

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