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Monday, May 21, 2018

EXCERPT: ‘Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and The Rise of Celebrity Politics’

Liking Ike tells the story of how Eisenhower’s celebrity politics was developed on Madison Avenue, practiced in the White House, debated in the press, protested by his opponents, and then remade by subsequent generations of politicians and stars.

July 30, 2016
Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed Jonah Peretti delivers a keynote speech during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

BuzzFeed Goes Back On $1.3 Million Ad Deal With GOP, Compares Trump To Cigarettes

“We certainly don’t like to turn away revenue that funds all the important work we do across the company,” CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in an email to BuzzFeed staff. “However, in some cases we must make business exceptions: we don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason.”

June 6, 2016
Supporters of Dr. Ben Carson congregate near Dr. Carson's book tour bus after a book signing in Ames, Iowa.

Campaign Consultants And Media Companies Are Cashing In On Our Corrupt Elections

Carson, in an interview with CNN after he announced that he would be dropping out of the race, said “We had people who didn’t really seem to understand finances, or maybe they did—maybe they were doing it on purpose.”

March 23, 2016
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the second half of a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

How to Make Billboards Uglier

It’s “a bit creepy,” says Andy Stevens. And he works for Clear Channel!

March 10, 2016

Every Dollar Isn’t Equal In 2016 Digital Advertising

Just before Christmas, the Senate Majority PAC — a group formed to help Senate Democrats win seats in the Senate — announced a nearly $1.5 million digital advertising campaign.

January 8, 2016

That Buzzing In Your Pocket? It’s A Politician Wanting Your Vote

This election cycle, campaigns are expected to fully embrace mobile advertising as a way to target voters anytime, anywhere.

August 31, 2015

My Life Among The Mad Men

Our ad man remembers the real-life mad men he has known.

May 15, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor’

When Mad Men is over, check out ‘From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor,’ an irreverent inside look at the 1960s world of advertising.

April 5, 2015

LA Times Names Internet Strategist Nicco Mele Deputy Publisher

Nico Mele has helped politicians win elections through his technological expertise. He now joins the Los Angeles Times as deputy publisher.

November 18, 2014

No-Fly Zones Over Disney Parks Face New Scrutiny

The “no fly” zones over Disney amusement parks were put in place after the 2011 terrorist attacks, but it is time to take another look at the flight restrictions.

November 10, 2014

The Big Campaign Question: Cable Or Broadcast?

In campaigning for midterm elections, candidates must weigh the advertising options of either “narrowcasting” with cable or reaching the biggest audience possible with broadcast.

October 7, 2014

Al Feldstein, Editor Of Mad Magazine, Dies At 88

By David Colker, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The goofy, cartoon face of Alfred E. Neuman looked out from the cover of Mad magazine for decades in various guises, always with the same message: “What, Me Worry?” “He looked like a boob, but he had a very interesting philosophy” said Al Feldstein, who as editor […]

May 2, 2014