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When PR and Ad Terrorism Crossed A Line

What happened this past week to one businessperson and community leader should never happen anywhere. Media executives and communications professionals should pay attention and agree that it crossed a line. We know that media, both traditional and social, can be powerful tools for expressing and shaping opinion. But when tactics cross over into acts of … Continued

Has Corporate PR Been Reduced To Gatekeeping?

Sometimes, journalists can write about PR better than many PR types. Case in point, this analysis from The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein. If you work in news or PR, or just have curiosity about what we do, please read it before continuing. Thank you. This piece reflects a trend we see far too often. Corporate … Continued

“Fake News” Claims Revealed As Biggest Fake Of All

While its title certainly doesn’t do anything to shed an elitist image, the new Showtime documentary series “The Fourth Estate” shows viewers, for the first time, how news is made in the unprecedented news environment that began in late January 2017. The series producers had unprecedented access to the New York Times, every day for … Continued

Would You Buy A Used Car From This PR Firm?

A week after the annual Mackinac Policy Conference, it’s still easy to think about the 2018 Conference pillar of trust. In full disclosure, the Conference’s organizer, the Detroit Regional Chamber is a Tanner Friedman client and I serve as a primary media contact for journalists covering the annual gathering of Michigan’s business, political and nonprofit … Continued

Be Careful Not To Paint “The Media” With A Broad Brush

After nearly 30 years of working in and around “The Media,” it’s interesting to hear the perspective of professionals from other disciplines after experiencing what it’s like to be interviewed by journalists, especially inside newsrooms. This week, I arranged for multiple interviews, editorial meetings and journalist briefings in advance of a major business event. All … Continued

Evaluating Alma Mater In Crisis

It’s one thing to analyze the crisis response of a university. In 20 years, I’ve had the privilege to work with more than a half-dozen institutions to help them through times of bad news. Those are often the first stories I jump on to evaluate responses, so as to provide the most current counsel possible … Continued