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iPhone 5 Case

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When GOP Parody Ads Attack

Until the 2012 presidential race moves past the infighting stage and the field narrows enough for would-be contenders to start picking on foes from across the aisle, we’re going to see the likes of this little parodic number by Jon Huntsman’s daughters skewering Herman Cain’s recent, ineffable campaign ad.

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE


This Just In: Obama Running for President

Is he in? That would be a yes. Barack Obama has made official his run for his second term as president, launching his first 2012 campaign advertisement with a focus on everyday Americans who apparently still believe his ’08 slogans.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE


David Byrne
Wikimedia Commons / livepict.com

David Byrne Hits Charlie Crist With Suit Over Song

Let it be understood that Talking Heads’ 1985 classic tune “Road to Nowhere” was not intended for use in political campaigns. Embattled Florida Gov. Charlie Crist found this out the hard way after setting a campaign ad to the song without singer/composer David Byrne’s permission—which he clearly wouldn’t have gotten anyway.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


mia
vimeo.com

A Ginger’s Response to M.I.A.

M.I.A.’s controversial nine-minute, banned-from-YouTube music video fails to show that discrimination is about real, historical inequalities.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE



mancrunch.com

Gay Dating Site Wants In on Super Bowl Action (Update: Video)

A commercial for a gay dating website isn’t likely to air during next week’s Super Bowl. The site, ManCrunch.com, submitted an ad that CBS is still “deliberating” on. ManCrunch was told all spots had been sold, but other potential advertisers are being told otherwise.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dave Martin

Anti-Abortion Group to Air Super Bowl Ad

Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based Christian conservative group, is really breaking its bank. The group announced it is buying 30 seconds of Super Bowl ad time during which it will air an anti-abortion message featuring former University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Guest-Stars in Pro-Coakley Ad

In hopes of ensuring that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is the winner in Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by the late Ted Kennedy, President Barack Obama has taken to the airwaves in a TV ad supporting Coakley’s bid for office in a tight race against Republican challenger Scott Brown.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


Googlehand
businessweek.com

Privacy Intrusion With a Twist

Google on Wednesday officially announced its entry into the fray of contextualized advertising—serving up advertisements in accordance with a user’s prior Web-surfing habits. The move, which has raised alarm in the privacy community, carries an unprecedented privacy twist: Google users will now be able to see and edit the information the company collects about them.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


Chambliss ad

Saxby Chambliss Needs New PR Team

In this age of YouTube and ever-diminishing privacy, those who choose to position themselves—and, by extension, their families—in the public eye ought to know not to let a potentially creepy moment like this make it to video.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


bike race ad

Don’t Let This Happen to You

Regardless of whether or not Obama’s your man on Tuesday, this message from his campaign serves as a useful—and humorous—reminder that this election isn’t over until it’s over.

Posted on Nov 4, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and daisies
Composite: wikimedia, flickr/coffee monster

ABC Pushing ‘Daisies,’ Not Democrats

The Obama campaign is running a big media blitz on Wednesday night, with CBS, Fox, NBC and Univision all airing the Democratic presidential candidate’s muy mysterioso half-hour advertisement at 8 p.m., but ABC and the CW won’t be joining in the Obamathon.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Ads Also Aim to Deceive

John McCain has taken a lot of heat for his dishonest campaign ads, but it seems Barack Obama has gotten in on the game. The New York Times scolds the Democratic nominee for running commercials “that have matched the dubious nature of Mr. McCain’s more questionable spots.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE



washingtonpost.com

McCain Blinks, Claims Debate Victory

John McCain has caved as expected and will debate Barack Obama in Mississippi. But rather than give his opponent a chance to win, McCain is already claiming victory. The whole saga has left a bad taste in Mike Huckabee’s mouth.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


pro-choice ad
npr.org/blogs/secretmoney/

Culture-War Ads Coming Your Way

This latest report from the “Secret Money Project,” an ongoing joint project by the Center for Investigative Reporting and National Public Radio, follows the money trail to the sources behind independently funded political advertisements on hot-button issues like abortion and religion that are cropping up as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE


Obama ad

Obama Ads, McCain-Is-Economically-Clueless Edition

Turns out that having Phil Gramm on one’s economic advisory team may not be the best way to demonstrate one’s readiness to inherit the gigantic mess that the U.S. economy has become under the Bush administration’s not-so-close watch—or at least that’s what Obama’s camp is pointing out in this ad on the financial debacle.

Posted on Sep 19, 2008 READ MORE


McCain and Gramm
AP photo / Douglas Healey

Earth to McCain: It’s a Crisis

Gag me with a spoon, as Valley girls used to say. Did you see that McCain-Palin ad promising “tougher rules on Wall Street to protect your life savings, no special interest giveaways”? Just how dumb do they think we are?

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


Crisis ad

McCain Campaign Ads: Impending Economic Cataclysm Edition

John McCain’s campaign would like to nominate—who else?— John McCain and Sarah Palin as just the ticket to get Americans out of financial crisis, claiming they’ll fight “special interest giveaways” on Wall Street(?!), cut taxes and, of course, drill, baby, drill!

Posted on Sep 15, 2008 READ MORE


Rove

Rove: Attack Ads Have Gone Too Far

President Bush’s former aide Karl Rove knows a thing or two about crafting campaign messages and, although he does not spare Barack Obama’s campaign, he now says that John McCain’s team has gone beyond the “100 percent truth test” in its recent crop of ads targeting the Illinois senator.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008 READ MORE


Alaska Maverick ad
factcheck.org

Fact-Checking McCain’s ‘Alaska Maverick’ Ad

With all the spin and rumor-mongering going on this election season, it’s a good thing there’s FactCheck.org to do some much-needed investigation, because those inflated claims and scurrilous smears only work when voters don’t do their homework.

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


No Maverick

Maverick? Not So Much

With its latest ad, “No Maverick,” Barack Obama’s team takes aim at John McCain’s self-styled rabble-rousin’ outsider image, offering a few examples of why the “maverick” line doesn’t work for the Arizona senator or his new sidekick from Alaska.

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
Flickr / soggydan

Note to McCain: Ease Off on the POW Talk

Patriotism and sacrifice for one’s country usually make for reliable go-to topics for politicians, but according to Talking Points Memo, John McCain’s detractors and admirers alike are starting to suggest that the Republican presidential hopeful and his campaign honchos dial it down a bit on the subject of McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 23, 2008 READ MORE


Pocket ad

Obama and McCain Spar Over Oil

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have recently changed their positions when it comes to dealing with the burgeoning energy crisis and America’s all-too-apparent dependence on foreign oil, but that doesn’t mean each presumptive nominee isn’t going to keep pointing out the other’s potential inconsistencies and flaws, as Obama’s new ad here demonstrates.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


McCain 'The One' ad

McCain Campaign Even More Obsessed With Obama

Right, so we’ve just seen the comparisons to Britney and Paris in John McCain’s “Celeb” commercial, one of several ads from Team McCain’s oeuvre that perhaps unwisely focus almost exclusively on the presumptive Democratic nominee instead of on McCain’s own policies and positions. Now, here’s Charlton Heston’s Moses impersonation to ratchet up the Camp-O-Meter in “The One,” a McCain spot that ends by ... saying Obama “might be The One.” Huh?

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Both Ways Ad

MTV Launches Political Spots With Anti-Obama Ad

MTV has become quite the changeling, now resembling not in the least the network that debuted in the early 1980s. Recently, the cable mainstay announced it will start airing political advertisements, and Team McCain seems to be first out the gates with this “Both Ways Barack” attack ad.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


SC ad
Q Notes

South Carolina Back in the Closet

A tourist-targeted advertisement announcing that “South Carolina Is So Gay” caused one state employee to lose his job after Gov. Mark Sanford caught wind of the ad, which was featured in London during Gay Pride week.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


Lollipop and flies ad
adfreak.com

Lollipops, Flies and Veils: A Love Story

When confronted with the uncomfortable task of explaining sexual relations to the uninitiated, it’s often handy to look to the animal kingdom for reassuringly “natural” and helpfully vague metaphorical material. Just take the trusty birds-and-bees dodge, for example—or that old yarn your grammy told your ma about the lollipop and the flies. Wait, what?

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


Googlehand
businessweek.com

Inquiry on Search Partnership

A recent advertising partnership between search giant Google and competitor Yahoo has antitrust authorities worried. Not only does a Google-Yahoo deal look ridiculous in name, but critics (such as Microsoft) say the partnership would consolidate Google’s control of Internet search ad revenue to a whopping 90 percent of U.S. market share.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


O'Reilly mayonnaise panel

O’Reilly Agitated Over Gay-Seeming Mayo Ad

Bill O’Reilly is just beside himself about a new, ultra-confusing British advertisement for Heinz mayonnaise. He’s so troubled, in fact, by the sight of two men kissing (!) for no apparent reason (?!), that he enlists the aid of two other talking heads, Jane Hall and Bernard Goldberg, who are also willing to pretend this matter deserves airtime and extended commentary.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


Cusack

John Cusack’s McCain/Bush Pop Quiz

Actor John Cusack is ramping up his political presence during this election cycle with his film “War, Inc.” and now this advertisement from MoveOn.org, in which he points out how George W. Bush and John McCain are remarkably similar in some pretty fundamental ways, regardless of McCain’s recent bids to distance himself from the outgoing president.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


McCain advertisement

John McCain: War = Bad

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee (still waiting for the handy acronym here, people) John McCain has a new advertisement that makes a play for the anti-war crowd with his bold pronouncement: “I hate war.” All right, but how does his latest incarnation explain the liberties he once took with a certain Beach Boys surf classic?

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton on Olbermann

Clinton Talks Bin Laden, Scaife on Olbermann

Sen. Hillary Clinton paid a (virtual) visit Monday to Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown,” where she offered explanations for why she used an image of Osama bin Laden in her new campaign ad and why she accepted the support of Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh-based media mogul who was once considered a key figure in the “vast right-wing conspiracy” against the Clintons during Bill’s tenure in office.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton ad
youtube.com

Clinton’s ‘Red Phone’ Ad

In the waning days before the crucial electoral contests in Ohio and Texas, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has released targeted advertising emphasizing her readiness to handle the most dangerous security threats to the nation and suggesting that she would be better prepared than Barack Obama to pick up the dreaded “red phone.”

Posted on Feb 29, 2008 READ MORE


A&F ad
hamptonroads.com

Abercrombie Ad Rankles Va. Beach Cops

Teen-targeting retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has long pushed the erotic envelope when it comes to its saucy ads, usually depicting proto-Adonises stripped to the waist and gamboling together, with a scantily clad female or two thrown in for good measure. The company’s latest campaign, though, was clearly too much for the (fashion) police of Virginia Beach, Va.

Posted on Feb 3, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani ad

Fear-Mongering, Giuliani Style

Um, is it just us, or did Rudy Giuliani’s camp seize upon the strike-induced lull in Hollywood to hire out talent to make what looks and sounds like a Mideast-themed action movie trailer to promote his presidential campaign?  “A religion betrayed ... a nuclear power in chaos ... madmen bent on creating it. ... ”  Steven Seagal’s people should take notes from this one.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


poster
huffingtonpost.com

Postering for Change in ‘08

It’s hard to limit oneself to just a couple dozen names, slogans and events representing the worst of the Bush years, but that’s what the folks at The Huffington Post have done for a postering campaign designed to promote Democratic candidates and shame Team Bush for its transgressions.

Posted on Dec 15, 2007 READ MORE


Gringos in Paradise

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Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks Ad NBC Won’t Run

NBC has told the Dixie Chicks it won’t run an ad for their documentary because in it they criticize President Bush. Watch it.
The irony: The Dixie Chicks are being silenced in trying to advertise a film about how they were silenced.

Posted on Oct 27, 2006 READ MORE


Tables Turned
From the N.Y. Times

‘Stay the Course’ Backfiring for GOP’ers

In stark contrast to the 2002 and 2004 campaigns, Democrats in races all over the country are now pummeling their GOP opponents for advocating a “stay the course” stance in the failed Iraq war. Karl Rove’s strategy of trying to turn a weakness into a strength is backfiring big-time.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


No tampons allowed
Illustration: Blair Golson

No Tampon Ads During the Papal Visit

The Polish town of Wadowice has banned ads for alcohol contraceptives, lingerie and tampons during Pope Benedict’s visit. You won’t believe why…. Read on….

Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


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