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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

Jailed Journalist’s Story Resonates Today

With talk in Washington of “going after leakers” and the U.S. Attorney General refusing to deny that journalists could be charged with crimes for not revealing sources, the name Brad Stone popped into my head. As an aspiring journalist 31 years ago, I remember it well. Stone was a WJBK-TV producer who spent two days … Continued

Bullies Never Garner Loyalty

Every day, our firm generates, reviews and strategizes on developing and implementing effective communications initiatives. And while those communiqués can take many forms and be delivered through a range of platforms, the end goal is typically the same: Compel audiences to act in a way that positively affects business objectives. Call it relationship building. Call … Continued

After Stunt, Will Journalists Keep Going Back To Calley?

For five weeks leading up to the Mackinac Policy Conference, Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley, had journalists thinking he would announce his candidacy for Governor on May 30th, on the first day of the Conference. All over social media, the Calley camp bought ads teasing “5.30.17.” In this interview with WJR’s Frank Beckmann on April … Continued

Black Hole Sun

Was there anyone that wasn’t shocked and saddened to turn on the radio or TV this morning and learn of the tragic and untimely death of singer Chris Cornell?  After performing last night in Detroit at the Fox Theater with the reformed Soundgarden, early media reports indicate he may have taken his own life. An … Continued