Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Laura Stampler writes at Time Magazine that during a commercial break for the 2014 Golden Globes, Microsoft aired a minute-long ode to the heroic women of 2013 to drum up attention for its search engine Bing. "Sure, on a night hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ad could have been seen as a savvy embrace of influential women," writes Stampler. "But given that the technology company employs Mark Penn, the erstwhile image-maker for both Bill and Hillary Clinton, to run its new aggressive advertising strategy, the campaign offered up another, more intriguing possibility: Could it be that the ad — touting leaders like Margaret Thatcher, Gabrielle Giffords, Angela Merkel, and Janet Yellen — was really just a slick, subliminal and one-hundred percent free endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign?" Some ad execs and political pundits wondered as much. "If we're being honest, these Microsoft Bing ads should be followed with a "Vote for Hillary" end card," tweeted advertising executive Liz Taylor. Mark Penn, mastermind of Hillary Clinton’s infamous “3 a.m. phone call” ad that drew blood from the Obama campaign in 2008, became Corporate VP at Microsoft for Strategic and Special Projecfts in 2012 and some have wondered whether Penn would leave Microsoft to join Clinton for another possible presidential run. Although Penn claims to be all in with Microsoft, the new spot shows that Penn might not have to choose between Microsoft and Clinton after all.
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