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Does Woodward’s Book Sound Like Where You Work?

In the PR agency business, we get inside hundreds of workplaces. Many are exemplary, powered by values and a commitment to a principled culture. But we have encountered others that are cesspools of dysfunction, crippled by giant ego and successful despite of what goes on in the corner office. How do they survive? Often because … Continued

Treason or a Reason?

Amid investigations and indictments and “tell all” books the New York Times this week published an Opinion piece by an anonymous author purporting to also represent others within the White House to much debate and fury. “Treasonous” shouted the president and his proponents. Rather, I would argue, it is the perfect demonstration of what can … Continued

Catholic Church Must Practice What It Preaches

The news outlet that broke the Catholic Church scandal in 2002 – the venerable Boston Globe – has once again gotten the story right in a just published editorial, “Law Enforcement Must Clean Up the Catholic Church.” The first line of the piece says it all: “Time’s up for Pope Francis and the leaders of … Continued

The Search for Common Ground on the Gridiron

With the official kickoff to a brand new NFL season just a couple of weeks away, we appear still mired in the discussion on the national anthem. Same old controversy, different day? Perhaps. Even with each new development – most recently ESPN’s decision not to broadcast the anthem during its live Monday Night Football telecasts … Continued

National Newspaper Editorial Effort Doesn’t Meet PR Test

In their common crisis of credibility, a top priority for U.S. news outlets should be busting myths, include those perpetuated by the President of the United States. One common misperception, which seems to have grown in stature in recent years, is that somehow, separately owned and operated news organizations are coordinated as “The Media,” together … Continued

The New White House PR Move You Shouldn’t Copy

In real life, the worst reaction to a news story you don’t like, is “We’re going to pull their credentials.” It’s even worse than, “We’re going to pull the ads.” Take it from someone who has granted thousands of credentials and even seen a few revoked, which, absent a violation of a credential policy (which … Continued