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MediaPost Editor-At-Large Barbara Lippert ( covers the intersection of pop culture, advertising and marketing. For many years, Lippert was the award-winning author of the Adweek Critique. She speaks at conferences and appears on TV as an expert on media trends and advertising imagery.

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  • A Million Little Manila Envelopes: Truth, 'Compromat,' Fake News by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 01/13/2017)

    Clint-- Thanks for commenting. I appreciate your readership. I realize we probably won't see eye-to-eye, but I'd like to respectfully respond. Isn't it a little ironic that Trump went around for years while Obama was president, saying he was "Illegitimate" because he wasn't born here? I believe the guy is too smart to have thought that the search for the birth certificate was anything but a stunt to get him talked about and embraced by the Tea Partiers. And he did it!  It gave him the momentum to run for office.The extreme right wing did nothing but shut Obama down and whine for the entire 8 years. And whether you agreed with his politics or not, he was a president with a fine, disciplined mind and ethic. Not one scandal. Even Trump has admitted that Russia hacked the election. And there's a reason he hasn't released his taxes. And that's just the tippy top of so many squirrely things going on. 

  • The Mysterious World Of Megyn Kelly by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 01/06/2017)

    She told the poisoning story in her book. She also mentioned it could have been a stomach flu, but that was less likely. 

  • The Mysterious World Of Megyn Kelly by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 01/06/2017)

    Thanks for the comments, everyone. I didn't get a chance to include what really bothered me about the timing of her book: she included the fact that Trump often offered gifts and stays to journalists (she turned them down and he got angry.) And also that he knew about her question in advance and tried, via Roger Ailes, to put the kibosh on it. And also, not incidentally, that she woke up the morning of hte debate feeling fine, and then had a weird driver who kept insisting on getting her coffee. She drank a bit of it and then got violently sick. Not enough to keep her off the moderation panel that night, but enough to keep a vomit bucket underneath the desk!Obviously, revealing any of this pre-election might have had an effect, especially when Trump made such a big deal about Donna Brazile letting Hillary know the topic of a question ahead of time.  She saved the info for a time when it would help her book sales. 

  • A Brow-beaten Stiff: The Saga Of H&R Block by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 12/31/2016)

    Jeff. Ha. and true. I should have pointed out that the tiny, Pee Wee style suit hardly allows for donuts!

  • A Brow-beaten Stiff: The Saga Of H&R Block by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 12/31/2016)

    FF, great point. Hope this let them eat cake tone does not continue. I hadn't even realized that "Donut" has the let 'em eat cake theme-- but perhaps donuts are ostensibly more democratic? ;-)

  • A Brow-beaten Stiff: The Saga Of H&R Block by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 12/31/2016)

    Thanks for the Hamm info, Tom.  I'll have to look into "A Young Doctor's Notebook." I was using the "dive" thing after the  high high of Mad Men, which will probably never be duplicated, no?  

  • Property Brother: Trump Remakes The People's House by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 12/23/2016)

    Thanks, Chuck. Happy Holidays and here's to a tank-free 2017!

  • The Mythmaker In The White House: Jackie And History by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 12/09/2016)

    Thanks, Chuck. You are absolutely correct. He was being moved to another location and paraded past the media and onlookers! Duly noted. 

  • Good Grief by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 12/05/2016)

    I thought Snoopy had much more mileage in him. Agree about this replacement-- yikes! They shot the brief, exactly! when does the ad come out? 

  • Marketing By Fiat: Cialis Santa And The Real Fizzle by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 12/02/2016)

    Claudia--  Eartha Kitt's "santa baby is a classic. The song was written in 1953.

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