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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

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

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

20 Years Since Diana, At Least Local Media Has Changed

It was the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend 1997 and it quickly became an “all hands on deck” situation. I was working as a local TV news producer and I, along with virtually all of my colleagues, had to give up our holiday weekend time because of a story that was anything but local. Princess … Continued