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The Mooch Gets It Wrong, Again

Wed, Aug. 16, 2017

By Arthur Solomon

Arthur Solomon The industry rules once governing “off-the-record” conversations between reporter and news sources have changed. (1 reader comment)

Trump Spins Out of Control

Tue, Aug. 15, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Trump at Aug. 15 news conference in lobby of Trump TowerPresident Trump today "retracted" blaming white supremacists for Charlottesville chaos, returning to "many sides" position that was ridiculed as weak on Saturday. Does Trump want to lead America or right-wing fringe? (5 reader comments)

Steve Bannon May be in for Ride of his Life

Fri, Aug. 11, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Dr. StrangegloveWhite House strategist Steve Bannon is the guy to blame for the "fire and fury" nuclear showdown with North Korean madman Kim Jong-un. Without Bannon, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House. (1 reader comment)

Americans Are Turned Off and Turning Off the News

Wed, Aug. 9, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Howard Beale Network rantTaking a cue from Howard Beale of "Network," Americans are turning off their TV sets when news programs air. Reuters Institute finds 38 percent of Americans avoid news. (3 reader comments)

Trump Trashes Scouts

Mon, Aug. 7, 2017

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyDonald Trump represents everything the Scouts don’t want young men to become. Yet there he was. (1 reader comment)

Will Dunkin' Donuts Drop Half its Name?

Mon, Aug. 7, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianDunkin' Donuts is rolling out a name change in several markets, leaving many to wonder what other changes executives have in store for the donut and coffeehouse brand.

A Silver Lining Amid Fewer Print Pubs and Reporters

Fri, Aug. 4, 2017

By Frank Tortorici

Frank Tortorici A shrinking media landscape means fewer outlets for PR practitioners to shop their clients’ stories, but growing opportunities exist for savvy media relations specialists who know how to make their pitches stand out in a crowd. (1 reader comment)

The Media Contact Who Got Away

Fri, Aug. 4, 2017

By Bob Brody

Bob BrodyEvery once in a while, a PR person gets to know a member of the media who develops into what we like to call a contact. Such was the case for me and Joe Rago. (2 reader comments)

Scientists Call for Journalists to Counter ‘Fake News’

Mon, Jul. 24, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Union of Concerned ScientistsThe Union of Concerned Scientists rapped the world of “alternative facts” and called on journalists to hold the White House and Congress accountable for actions that “threaten scientific integrity and science-based policies.”

O.J. Gets Parole: What Now?

Mon, Jul. 24, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe recent news that O.J. Simpson had been granted parole briefly set the clock back on the American conversation to the early 90s. (1 reader comment)

The Failure of Donald Trump's PR

Sat, Jul. 22, 2017

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser Seitel Donald Trump is a walking PR disaster; the original “Ready Fire Aim.” Sean Spicer went to work each day knowing that his function was unappreciated, his counsel ignored and his contribution to any public understanding of the Administration’s actions, virtually impossible. (2 reader comments)

Mayweather v. McGregor is Marketers' Dream

Mon, Jul. 17, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe upcoming battle between boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts legend Conor McGregor is a marketers' dream and case study for future PR textbooks.

What Was NYT's David Brooks Thinking?

Tue, Jul. 11, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

New York Times article by David BrooksDavid Brooks, New York Times op-ed writer, today broke new ground in condescending behavior in writing about a trip to a gourmet lunch shop with a high-school graduate. (2 reader comments)

Team America Slogs Through Fourth of July

Wed, Jul. 5, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

The Wrap website articleTeam America slogged through a tough Fourth of July. We were mostly blue (as in down in the dumps) during our celebration of the red, white and blue.

Sarah Palin is Back Just in the Nick of Time

Thu, Jun. 29, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Sarah Palin Sues New York TimesSarah Palin, Alaska’s half-term governor, emerged from the shadows this week, picking up where she left off in her war against the “lamestream media." Welcome back! (5 reader comments)

Help Wanted: Crisis Manager for Brand USA

Tue, Jun. 27, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Pew Research CenterDonald Trump has greatly diminished Brand USA and it's going to take one genius of a crisis manager to restore luster to the country's image. (3 reader comments)

Publicis Groupe's Arthur Sadoun: The Lion of Cannes

Fri, Jun. 23, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Arthur SadounPublicis CEO Arthur Sadoun, who officially took over for Maurice Levy on June 1, rocked the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity by announcing that the French combine will take a pass on next year's show. His action may save the show from itself. (1 reader comment)