Take a gander at the pathetic ad campaigns magazines and newspapers are running to promote their industries.

Media criticism.
Sept. 28 2010 6:17 PM

Advertisements for Themselves

Take a gander at the pathetic ad campaigns magazines and newspapers are running to promote their industries.

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Correction, Sept. 29, 2010: The original version of this article mistakenly referred to a "25 percent low" in advertising sales. It should have read a "25-year low." ( Return to the corrected sentence.) It also gave the incorrect name for the NAA advertising campaign. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

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