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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

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

Spicer Continues To Embarrass PR Professionals

Sean Spicer is an embarrassment to PR. He was an embarrassment in January, when in a fascist-style diatribe of propaganda, he infamously repeated his boss’ false claims. He was an embarrassment when he said, in response to a question about Syria, “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical … Continued

Kid Rock Performs A Rare PR “Never”

There are very fewer “nevers” in the PR business. One of them, at least for you, should be “never deny media credentials out of spite.” Kid Rock, scheduled to open the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit with a string of concerts didn’t like a column in the Detroit Free Press, so he and/or his … Continued

Reporter Risk in the Eye of the Storm

The on-going, once-in-a-lifetime storm events in Texas and Florida not only obliterated homes and power lines but also virtually blew all other news out of the water for the better part of two weeks and counting. This week, the New York Times’ Sopan Deb took an interesting look at TV storm reporting asking, in essence, … Continued