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Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
SKDKnick Reps Freed US Contractor
By Kevin McCauley
 
alan grossSKDKnickerbocker is repping Alan Gross, the jailed American contractor released by Cuba following the move to normalize diplomatic ties between it and the US.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 19, 2014
Sony's Guide to Not Handling a PR Crisis
By Fraser Seitel
 
fraser seitelThe best thing that can be said about Sony Pictures Entertainment's crisis management is that it is "consistent."
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 18, 2014
Blog: Big Four TV Nets Should Rally Around Sony
By Kevin McCauley
 
interviewThe Big Four TV Networks should ride to Sony's rescue and broadcast "The Interview," which would attract a huge audience and build goodwill for CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 17, 2014
Hacked Sony Relies on Rubenstein
By Greg Hazley
 
sonySony Pictures Entertainment is leaning on Rubenstein Communications as it faces the unprecedented cyber attack and publication of its internal communications and intellectual property.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
Sard Drives PR for Embattled Airbag Maker Takata
By Greg Hazley
 
takataTakata Corp., the airbag maker enmeshed in a massive recall over exploding inflators, has hired Sard Verbinnen & Co to guide communications after criticism over its weak response to the crisis.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Dec. 16, 2014
5W Handles $72M High School Senior Fraudster
By Kevin McCauley
 
5W Public Relations handles Manhattan high school senior who deceived press about earning $72M through stock trades made at lunch breaks.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Dec. 12, 2014
PR-Challenged SeaWorld Demotes CEO
By Kevin McCauley
 

jim atchisonJim Atchinson, 48, will step down as CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment and move into a vice chairman slot at the PR challenged theme park operator on Jan. 15.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Dec. 10, 2014
CIA Torture Report: Shock, Sadness and a New Opportunity
By Joe Honick
 
honickRelease of gruesome CIA torture report demonstrates that America is strong enough to deal with this stain on the national reputation.
Category: Crisis Communications
Thu., Dec. 4, 2014
Watch Those Backdrops!
By Bill Huey
 
bill hueyThe White House could have used the late imagemeister Mike Deaver after an embarrassing backdrop relocated President Obama to "The White Tribal Nations" conference.
Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Dec. 1, 2014
Dropping the PR Hammer on Daddy Huxtable
By Fraser Seitel
 

cosbyBill Cosby is finished. No matter what he does or says from here on in, PR-wise, his professional reputation -- like Lance Armstrong's or Tiger Woods' or Bill Clinton's -- will forever be tarnished by his personal failings.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Nov. 28, 2014
TransCanada Splits With Edelman
By Kevin McCauley
 
energy eastTransCanada dropped Edelman following widespread reports that the independent PR firm is waging a "smear campaign" to win support for the controversial Energy East Pipeline project.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Nov. 25, 2014
A Hamlet-like Decision and a PR Teaching Tool
By Arthur Solomon
 
solomonThe O'Dwyer site has an interesting poll regarding what action Bill Cosby should take regarding the allegations against him.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Nov. 25, 2014
Cosby and the Non-Answer
By Ronn Torossian
 
torossianBill Cosby's worries are not about rape allegations beyond the statute of limitations. They are about public scorn and the collapse of an iconic image built over nearly six decades.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Mayor de Blasio's PR Blind Spot
By Fraser Seitel
 
noerdlingerThe saga of a media-battered aide reveals a blind spot for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that threatens to plague his mayoralty; namely, his lack of understanding or respect for the value of PR.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Nov. 18, 2014
Blog: Edelman Gets Slammed for Doing PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
pipelineSkewed coverage of Edelman's PR program to win support for TransCanada's controversial Energy East Pipeline shows media's lack of understanding of modern communications and what PR firms do.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Nov. 14, 2014
21st Century Crises to Challenge PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
bob moranEmerging 21st Century corporate crises are game-changers for PR people, Institute for Public Relations told at its trustees research symposium yesterday at NYC's Yale Club.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Nov. 11, 2014
Blog: End of Ebola Epidemic Story
By Kevin McCauley
 
ebolaDr. Craig Spencer exited New York City's Bellevue Hospital and held a press conference today, where he received the now traditional hug from the highest available public official.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Nov. 11, 2014
Cleaning Products on Defensive After Child Accident Report
By Greg Hazley
 

podsThe $30B cleaning products sector is on the defensive after the journal Pediatrics published a study claiming more than 17,000 children were injured by laundry detergent "pods" introduced in 2012.

Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Nov. 5, 2014
Foley: Incompetent PR Behind Obama's Monumental Failure
By Kevin Foley
 

kevin foleyPresident Obama has to look no further than his incompetent PR operation to find the cause of his political downfall and last night's disaster for Democrats.

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Nov. 3, 2014
Levick's Crisis PR Point Man Exits
By Kevin McCauley
 
gene grabowskiGene Grabowski, who handled crisis, litigation communications and issues management at DC's Levick, has moved to Washington-based kglobal as partner.
Category: Crisis Communications
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