Pic via NYT reporter Stephanie Clifford
This is a guest post by Tom Siebert, agency vet and former Adweek/Mediapost reporter.
Fiends, Gossips, Backstabbers — lend me your eyes. I come to praise Stuart Elliott, not to bury him.
Figured the guy deserved as much on his last day as The New York Times’ ad industry columnist, especially after Agency Spy’s anonymous comment brigade started tossing dirt even before the body was metaphorically laid to rest in the Grey Lady’s backyard graveyard of escalating buyouts, layoffs and nudged retirements.
C’mon folks. Even among this crowd, he deserves better. Apparently the most common complaint about Stuart Elliott is that he never worked a day in the ad business, so he couldn’t really relate. This is, of course, ridiculous — does a writer need to have been a cop or killer to cover a murder? — but also misses the point.