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Attorney-Client Privilege is Shaky for PR

Tue, Jun. 5, 2018

By Bill Huey

Despite a New York Times claim, PR people who think they are protected under attorney-client privilege do so at their own peril. Court rulings on attorney-client privilege for PR advice are all over the place, with judges making opposite rulings within six months of each other. (2 reader comments)

Trump Pays Memorial Day Tribute to Himself

Mon, May 28, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

TrumpDonald Trump believes veterans who died fighting for America would be "very happy and proud" of his achievements on this Memorial Day and presumably every day. (2 reader comments)

John McCain Is No 'Loser'

Mon, May 28, 2018

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickWould it be possible for Donald Trump to even express the slightest tribute to John McCain for his service to the country, while the Senator is still with us?

New NFL Kneeling Policy; A PR Punt Too Late

Fri, May 25, 2018

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser SeitelNFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the bumbling billionaires who own the league's 32 teams still can't quite deal with the 2016 crisis triggered by Colin Kaepernick's decision to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. (1 reader comment)

Trump Is Winning PR War With Mueller

Fri, May 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Robert MuellerDonald Trump's relentless attacks launched against Robert Mueller (e.g., "phony collusion," "witch hunt") have apparently diverted the public's attention from the achievements of the Special Counsel. (4 reader comments)

Starbucks Takes Self-Inflicted PR Hit

Mon, May 21, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

StarbucksStarbucks, which ranks among the country’s most socially responsible companies, is taking heat from social media critics who blasted it for apparently opening its doors, restrooms and patios to anybody who wants to hang out or use its restrooms. (3 reader comments)

Too Many Thoughts and Prayers

Fri, May 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Santa FeGeneration Z, which has grown up with school massacres, puts a safe and secure environment as its No. 1 work priority, according to a survey by Interpublic's Canvas Blue. How sad? We are all complicit in the failure of Congress to confront the gun lobbying and enact tough gun control laws. (4 reader comments)

Politicians, Corporate America Are Killing the Truth

Thu, May 17, 2018

By Rene Henry

Rene HenryOfficial Washington and Corporate America are killing the truth. Even worse, society is condoning their untruthful behavior. Lies have become so common that lying is becoming accepted behavior.

Novartis Enters The Swamp

Wed, May 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

NovartisNovartis is a sophisticated $50B global pharmaceuticals giant that claims it hired the shell company of Donald Trump’s “fixer” Michael Cohen to “get out ahead” in understanding the new administration’s healthcare agenda. That’s pretty laughable. (2 reader comments)

Independents Believe Mueller Over Trump

Fri, May 11, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Mueller TrumpSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller is gaining credibility among independent voters in the key swing states of Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. That's trouble for Trump. (1 reader comment)

What Was AT&T Thinking?

Wed, May 9, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

AT&T and Michael CohenThe telecommunications giant paid $200K to the shell company of Michael Cohen, personal injury lawyer and Donald Trump’s fixer, for insights into the new administration. (6 reader comments)

Iso-Trump Makes Move on Iran Nuke Deal

Tue, May 8, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Houston Rockets guard Joe JohnsonHouston Rockets guard Joe Johnson earned the nickname, Iso-Joe, for his one-on-one play at the expense of teammates. Iso-Trump kills Iran nuke deal to isolate the US from allies and adversaries. (1 reader comment)

Hats Off to Speaker Ryan for Getting it Right

Fri, May 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Patrick ConroyHats Off to Speaker Paul Ryan for reinstating Rev. Patrick Conroy, whom he had canned in a huff, to his post as House chaplain. (1 reader comment)

Lies, Lies and More Lies

Wed, May 2, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Ralphie from A Christmas StoryDonald Trump has stepped up the pace of daily lies and distortions, according to the Washington Post. The White House could use a shipment of soap right about now. (6 reader comments)

White House Correspondents Assn. Mocks First Amendment

Mon, Apr. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Margaret TalevWhite House Correspondents’ Assn. president Margaret Talev didn’t cover herself in glory with her criticism of comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance at its annual over-the-top gala on April 28. She made a mockery of Wolf's right to free speech. (2 reader comments)

Wolf Gives White House and Media the Trump Treatment

Mon, Apr. 30, 2018

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyMichelle Wolf took no prisoners at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner. In fact, her performance was not unlike President Trump's vulgar personal attacks on friend and foe alike.

Trump Tries Again to Find VA Chief

Thu, Apr. 26, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Ronny JacksonPresident Trump already has a replacement in mind to replace Ronny Jackson (aka "the Candy Man") as nominee to lead the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The pick is "somebody with political capability," while the VA needs somebody with strong managment capability. (4 reader comments)

Why Subscription-Based News is the Future

Mon, Apr. 23, 2018

By Todd Barrish

Todd BarrishA growing distrust in clickbait headlines and the corrosive atmosphere of fake news is sending the public fleeing digital news sources and returning to subscription-based media properties that offer quality reporting and great storytelling. (1 reader comment)

Becoming Less Green

Thu, Apr. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Ketchum surveyThe public may be warming to President Trump's position that environmental regulation kills jobs and stifles economic growth. Ketchum finds that concern for the environment plummets during the past year. (2 reader comments)

Three Cheers for Sir Martin, PR Man Extraordinaire

Mon, Apr. 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Kevin McCauleyLove him or not, WPP's Martin Sorrell was the leading PR spokesperson for the ad/community, which is notorious for its close-mouthed leaders. He'll be missed. (2 reader comments)

Fixing Roads and Approval Ratings

Thu, Apr. 12, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Kevin McCauleyTrump the Builder has the opportunity to re-launch his infrastructure program to repair roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and his approval ratings. (2 reader comments)