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The Devil and Ms. Barry

Tue, Jan. 16, 2018

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanCondé Nast’s decision to bring on a "digital expert" with no background in magazine publishing as Glamour’s newest editor-in-chief isn’t the best strategy for saving the struggling magazine brand.

Jake Tapper, Stephen Miller and the Art of Non-Communication

Tue, Jan. 9, 2018

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanCNN's Jake Tapper's interview of White House advisor Stephen Miller is must-see TV for anyone who wants to understand the incompetency of President Trump's most trusted aides and the sad state of journalism.

Facebook Puts Spin on Propaganda Allegations

Mon, Jan. 8, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianFacebook is touting a new “troll tool” that allows users to determine if content came from the Internet Research Agency, a troll farm with links to the Russian government.

Trump Painted into the Corner

Thu, Jan. 4, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Fire and FuryDonald Trump's decisions are becoming more and more audacious. Is he trying to divert the public's attention from the major threat facing his administration: Mueller's probe of Russian meddling into the US election and possible Trump family collusion? (11 reader comments)

AT&T, Comcast and the Wisdom of H.L. Mencken

Wed, Jan. 3, 2018

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanH.L. Mencken's 1926 comment "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public" seems tailor-made for the promises that AT&T and Comcast are making in the wake of the Trump tax cuts.

Sky's No Limit for Trump’s Tweets

Tue, Jan. 2, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

realdonaldtrumpPresident Trump, who wants to loosen 'burdensome regulations' on airlines, today claimed his strict action on commercial aviation resulted in zero 2017 deaths from passenger plane crashes. Fake news! (8 reader comments)

Saving the Democrats

Tue, Dec. 26, 2017

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser P. SeitelMemo to Democrats: Suck it up, stop whining about Trump, find new/younger working class leaders, adopt an easily understood plan about helping the poor/middle class/dreamers/climate and organize to get the vote out. (4 reader comments)

We Have One Thing to Do: Vote

Wed, Dec. 20, 2017

By John Berard

John BerardIt is often said of PR pros that those representing themselves have a fool for a client. I hope not because I’ve have taken on myself as a client, hoping to promote into a peer-to-peer movement that can get us and our friends to the polls for the next national election. (2 reader comments)

Infrastructure Paves Way for Advertising’s Comeback

Thu, Dec. 7, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

andrew essexTraditional advertising is obsolete. America’s crumbling roads, bridges, interstates, railroad stations and airports are the new whitespace for creative directors and advertising copywriters. (1 reader comment)

Netflix Plays the Right Card

Mon, Dec. 4, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

house of cardsA Netflix executive today disclosed that the “House of Cards” will return for a sixth and final season, brightening the holiday season for about 2,000 people who are either directly or indirectly economically tied to the program.

PR Played Key Role in Rebirth of KKK

Fri, Dec. 1, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Elizabeth TylerTwo PR pros played a major role in the 1915 rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan and earned the equivalent of $11M for their 15 months of work. (3 reader comments)

Fortune’s Faded Glory

Fri, Dec. 1, 2017

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanA series of bad business decisions and an exodus of talent has left Fortune magazine a shell of its former self. (5 reader comments)

Is Trump Copying Putin?

Wed, Nov. 29, 2017

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickPresident Trump is looking more and more like his chum, Vladimir Putin, in his effort to be the singular face of the US government to the American people and the world.

Bah Humbug to Macy’s Move to Require Reservations for Santa

Mon, Nov. 20, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

grinchMacy’s flagship 34th Street store made plenty of local headlines this weekend with news of its decision to require parents to make reservations in order for their kids to get a picture with Santa Claus. The retailer may emerge as the new Grinch.

NFL Resorts to Gimmicks to Save Ratings

Mon, Nov. 20, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe National Football League, in a desperate attempt to energize ratings and reignite a spark with its fans, has turned its attention to one of its most troubled properties: Thursday Night Football. (2 reader comments)

Commentary: Is Trump Trying to Kill CNN?

Wed, Nov. 8, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

CNNAre the invisible hands of Donald Trump pulling the strings in the Justice Dept's demand that AT&T divest CNN in order to win approval of its $85B Time-Warner takeover?

Hats Off to Free Speech Warrior Brad Paisley

Fri, Nov. 3, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

BradPaisleyHats off to free speech warrior and country music star Brad Paisley who used his celebrity to shame the Country Music Assn. into dropping its attempt to muzzle the press covering its 51st awards program Nov. 8 in Nashville.

The Media Maestros Who Brought Down Weinstein

Thu, Oct. 19, 2017

By Eric Starkman

Eric StarkmanThere’s more to the story surrounding the media's impressive takedown of Harvey Weinstein than what’s being publicly reported. (1 reader comment)