Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor Ruth Marcus applauded her paper’s decision to spend money on an expensive Super Bowl ad. She even claimed that the commercial wasn’t actually meant to promote the Post, despite the logo being shown at the end of Sunday night’s pricey spot.



It is hard to fathom some people support Nike's decision to make former NFL star Colin Kaepernick the center of a new advertising campaign. That’s right, the guy who wore socks with cops as pigs, wore a pro-Castro T-shirt and then said Cuba was a better country than America. He said our country was founded on slavery and the “genocide of Native Americans.”



Remember the charge that President Trump mocking Don Lemon and Maxine Waters as dummies was painted as racist? The other day, MRC analyst Nick Fondacaro e-mailed me a New York Times listing of all of Trump's Twitter insults, which clearly demonstrated that Trump is very generous in the "dummy" insults -- including "low IQ," "not bright," and "clueless." I counted 34 Caucasian Americans on this list.



Tuesday, the Washington Post, whose motto since February 2017 has been "Democracy Dies in Darkness," gave precious access to a supporter of Xi Jinping's consolidation of power in mainland China. "Shanghai venture capitalist" Eric X. Li also taunted the West, claiming that "liberal democracy in its current state seems incapable of producing a leader half as good."



On Friday, all three network morning shows touted Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and gun control activist David Hogg demanding that advertisers pull their sponsorship of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show after she mocked him on Twitter – for which she has apologized. However, missing from all the hand-wringing about civility was any acknowledgment that Hogg and several other student activists have repeatedly used media appearances to hurl vile attacks against anyone who disagrees with them.



What is more predictable than a never-ending well of virtue signaling from the cable news network that always seems to have a chip on its shoulder? After being roundly mocked for their “Apple vs. Banana” ad last Fall, CNN is back at it again with another fruit-related anti-Trump commercial.



The unease among advertisers over falling National Football League TV ratings is starting to boil over. One of the league's major sponsors is considering pulling the plug on its NFL advertising next year, and, according to Business Insider's Mike Shields, other "brands are threatening to pull ads from NFL coverage if NBC keeps covering players' national-anthem protests." If those ad dollars go away, technological shifts may cause advertisers to decide not to return.



How could this fail to sell beer? Take two unattractive, unfunny, big-mouth celebrity liberals, put them in an unfunny, unimaginative political campaign format, have them talk down to the audience with some tired lefty talking points, and watch sales soar!



Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment isn’t just campaign fodder, believes Brian Beutler, who in a Monday piece argued that by telling “impolite truths,” Clinton pulled an already-loose thread and may have furthered the unraveling of the GOP. Assuming Donald Trump doesn’t become president, some Republicans will “wish to dislodge Trump and Trumpism from the party,” observed Beutler, but he doesn’t think they’ll succeed if they underestimate the prevalence of bigotry among Trump’s supporters. Unfortunately, he noted, “anti-Trump conservatives remain uncomfortable admitting the scope and severity of America’s racism problem.” In other words, for those conservatives to achieve their goal, they’ll have to concede that Hillary’s allegation was essentially correct.



The dust has settled, the ink has dried, and a bankruptcy judge has approved Univision's purchase of Gawker Media for $135 million at auction. How does Gawker fit into Univision's media strategies, and what follows this blockbuster move? Let's take a look.



Secret isn’t just selling deodorant these days; it’s also advertising the fabled ‘wage gap.’ In the company’s popular “Raise” commercial, a young woman stand in front of a bathroom mirror, nervously preparing to ask her boss for raise. But whether or not her deodorant can hold up against her anxiety takes a back seat to her battle for equal pay.



Daily Kos writer Hunter is amazed at the ongoing failure of supposedly influential Republicans to understand that as far as the party base is concerned, Donald Trump’s “racism and sexism and conspiracy theories” are features, not bugs. The peg for Hunter’s Monday post was a new TV ad from the GOP-friendly Our Principles PAC which quotes a slew of the degrading comments Trump has made about women.

“This fine group of Republican party stalwarts does deserve some kudos for their late-in-the-day attempts to walk the party back from the brink of Trumpism so they can snuggle back into the warm embrace of a Ted Cruz theocracy or a Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan-style feeding of the poor into wood chippers,” allowed Hunter. “But that doesn’t mean any of it is going to work. Trump has given the conservative base a taste of what they could have…and who knows if they'll settle for merely shutting down the government in Cruzian tantrums.”