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New “Fake News” Denials Ripped From Old Playbook

When the President of the United States dismisses serious stories by established media organizations as “Fake News” (a term originally coined to describe something far different), his supporters cheer, others cringe, some roll their eyes and many don’t know what to think. But I stumbled across something in recent days that shows how this phenomenon, … Continued

Trump’s Sticks and Stones

Just hours ago, The Huntington Post reported on the latest presidential appearance, writing: “President Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit, an event sponsored by the Family Research Council, a group known for its anti-LGBTQ views.” Today, it was not so much what Trump said as where he said it. Where is … Continued

Notes from 2007 Reveal Media and PR Change

Among the interesting finds from the Tanner Friedman office move earlier this year was two pages of notes used for a presentation about media change in October 2007. Now, ten years later, reexamining what I shared with an audience of professionals from various businesses then and comparing it with today’s environment serves as a reminder … Continued

Business Crunch Time Means More Now Than Ever

It’s the first day of the fourth quarter. For many businesses, particularly in professional services, that means it’s time to face the reality that has emerged since The Great Recession. You work in a seasonal business and now is crunch time. We do too. When I tell fellow business people I know that the roughly … Continued

Take a Knee. Take a Stand. Take a Moment for Contemplation

Sports. Politics. Patriotism. Three subjects where no matter what you say or opine, you are going to find great passion and disagreement. And when they overlap, as they have done in recent days, there can erupt a firestorm that can produce both dialogue and divisiveness. The former is healthy. The latter, exactly what we as … Continued

Incentivizing Music Fans With a More Direct Approach

Time was you listened to your favorite music radio station who would play a new single from a forthcoming album while keeping you informed of the album release date (which your local record store also typically listed on a sign board weeks in advance in their shop). New album is released, head to record store, … Continued