News Copy Is News Copy, Not Ad Copy

Dennis Ryerson of the Indy Star doesn’t like to see newspaper copy used in political ads. He believes there’s an implied endoresement there that doesn’t exist, so it’s misleading. Newspapers such as The Star have worked hard to remain an independent voice, not tied to any special interest. It’s hard to convince some people of […]

Hillary Isn’t Running for the Nomination, She’s Running for President

Her lines: “You know, if you’re a family that is struggling, and you don’t have health care, well you are invisible to this president. If you’re a single mom trying to find affordable child care so you can go to work, well, you’re invisible too. And I never thought I would see that our soldiers […]

Will Run For Mayor For Food

image courtesy of Flickr member, Laughing Squid According to Scott Beale, San Francisco artist “Chicken John” Rinaldi, wants to run for mayor, but needs to raise $5000 by 5pm this Friday, August 10th in order to be on the ballot. To meet this monetary demand from the city, Chicken scraped together enough money to run […]

Why Doesn’t Dennis’ Brand of Common Sense Sell?

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John Edwards’ Hair Piece (Piece Of Video, That Is)

I didn’t watch the entire Democratic Presidential debate last night, but it was formatted so that the questions were asked by ordinary people via their own YouTube videos. Each campaign also was given time to play their own video. Here’s the one from John Edwards: I’m not a huge fan of John Edwards, but I […]

Consumer Generated Political Advertising

Do you want to see one of the funniest leads in modern-day journalism? Here it is, courtesy of Associated Press: Given all that’s at stake in the 2008 presidential race, it’s a bit terrifying to realize that by one measure, a major role is being played by an aspiring model/actress/fashion designer/former beauty pageant contestant named […]

A Propagandist’s Threat

Dana Milbank attended a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC where he got to witness the Sudanese ambassador to Washington, John Ukec Lueth Ukec, make a fool of himself. In a bizarre twist of events, the ambassador threatened to cut off shipments of the emulsifier gum arabic, thereby depriving the world […]

Bill Richardson Applies To Be President

In the interest of being fair and balanced, here are a couple of spots for former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson: Compare and contrast those with the pointless Romney spot I put up yesterday. If you’re going to sell candidates like toilet paper, well, it’s easy to see which brand sounds better. We are starting […]

Romney Rhymes With Empty, And This Spot Shows Why

How many verbal and visual cliches can you fit into a 30-second spot? “This isn’t the time to shrink…” “It’s a time to stand in strength…” “If we lock our arms together…” You couldn’t write an emptier, more vacuous political commercial if you tried. All that’s missing are little blond kids waving flags. Share

Big Sister

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The best consumer-generated ads we’ve seen out there are for political campaigns. And this is just a sample of what we’re in for in 2008: As I understand it, this wasn’t sanctioned by the Obama campaign. But I love it. Share