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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

Another Day, Another POTUS Blunder

Donald Trump needs to stick to written statements and teleprompters and eschew social media forever. I intimated as much in my blog yesterday. Yet, considering the gravity of the aftershocks in Charlottesville including the pulling down of a Confederate statue in Durham yesterday, it would be irresponsible for me to not at least update yesterday’s … Continued

Trump Finally Does Right By Charlottesville

I like to think I am (or strive, to be anyway) an equal opportunity critic and equal opportunity praise-er. After all, as Denzel Washington put forth in his role in the movie, “Fences”: You got to take the crookeds with the straights. It takes all types, in other words, and no one is perfect. Donald … Continued

Media Companies Mess Up PR… And It Matters

Unveiling a new logo ranks high among communications challenges. Logos for established businesses contain emotion, which, upon a change, can spill into reaction, especially online in the era of social media outrage. We have worked with clients in these situations to minimize controversy and maximize explanation and context. Even then, we have prepared clients for … Continued

Trump's "Truth" and Consequences

In recent days I’ve been watching, listening and reading about the latest trials and travails regarding Russia and the Trump administration; simultaneously biting my tongue on commenting and chomping at the bit to weigh in. So without bringing politics into it (if that is at all possible, really), let’s take a look at what has … Continued

Pick Your Mantra, Then Answer Journalists

Sometimes, journalists just can’t help themselves. Even when not in an interview, they ask questions that get you thinking. Last week, one of our clients hosted journalist, author and educator John U. Bacon as a keynote speaker at a charity fundraising event. In conversation before his speech, Bacon asked me a terrific question. When it … Continued