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Tue., Aug. 5, 2014
Strategic Communications & NSA: Perfect Together
By John Berard
 

NSA logoThe National Security Agency's posting of strategic communications director job drew much skepticism, but the intelligence deserves praise for its commitment to best practices.

Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
We Need Billy Jack
By Kevin Foley
 
Billy JackI was sorry to see that Tom Laughlin, the creator of the iconic “Billy Jack” movie franchise, passed away recently. Very few film heroes fought social and economic injustice the way Laughlin’s fictional former Green Beret did.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Nov. 1, 2013
Gingerich: How Extremists Ruined the GOP Brand
By Jon Gingerich
 
Growing disenfranchisement and dissatisfaction within the Republican Party has engendered the Tea Party’s rise and subsequent ransacking of today’s conservative movement.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
It's Not a 'Shutdown'; It's a 'Putdown'
By Joe Honick
 
Calling the indescribable circus underway in the nation’s Capitol a “shutdown” violates the purposes of the English language to adequately describe actions attributable to adults supposed to be leaders, all paid and more than adequately supported by taxpayers.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Oct. 1, 2013
ObamaCare Goes Into Effect (whether you like it or not)
By Jon Gingerich
 
Today the Affordable Care Act became official. States opened enrollment on exchanges for private insurance, with coverage slated to effectively begin January 1. It’s done, it’s real, it happened — even with our government temporarily shuttered.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Sep. 30, 2013
Obama Wins Healthcare PR Victory By Default
By Kevin McCauley
 
There’s only one PR campaign worse than President Obama’s failure to promote Obamacare, his signature legislative achievement. That’s the crazed obsession of Tea Party Republicans to shut down the government.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Aug. 22, 2013
DeBlasio Sticks to His Gut; Quinn Commits Heresy
By Kevin McCauley
 
Red SoxThe New York Times yesterday dropped a “bombshell” on public advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign for NYC mayor, informing readers that he’s a fan of the hated (by New York Yankee fans) Boston Red Sox.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Aug. 20, 2013
PR Drills for Gold with Mexico's Pemex
By Kevin McCauley
 
Petroleos MexicanosBP has been running ads in the Wall Street Journal and other financial outlets, complaining that’s it’s being robbed by the gold-diggers living on the Gulf of Mexico (and their legal teams) who are seeking unwarranted compensation for its massive oil spill. That’s a questionable position.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
Weiner Blindsides Spitzer on PR Front
By Kevin McCauley
 
We are in midst of the summer news doldrums. The oppressive heat that has kept New York City sweltering has worsened the news drought.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Mar. 22, 2013
Syria Puts Obama's PR Skills on the Line
By Kevin McCauley
 
Kevin McCauleyPresident Obama is escalating his rhetoric against the Syrian regime in the aftermath of a dubious report of a chemical attack.  It's going to take a long more than tough talk from the president to rally U.S. public support for another military adventure in the Middle East.

Americans, still stung by the misadventure in Iraq and the continued agony of Afghanistan, are solidly against arming the motley crew of rebels who are trying to overthrow the country's butcher, Bashar al-Assad.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Mar. 14, 2013
Big Government Bashers Gather to Rant
By Arthur Solomon
 
If you enjoy revisionist history, demagogic lectures and fairy tales, believe that Big Government Democratic legislation since the 1930s will result in the United States becoming a socialist, fascist or communist country, long for the days when economic royalists and robber barons, past and present, know what’s best for the  economy, and that Americans should swim or sink without a government safety net, you’re probably a believer in Thomas Jefferson’s philosophy of  “… government is best which governs least…”
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Mar. 12, 2013
Ryan is Gift That Keeps on Giving for Democrats
By Kevin McCauley
 
Paul RyanThere’s a kernel of truth to the notion that Republicans lost a very winnable presidential election because of poor PR. 

Clueless Mitt Romney, of 47 percent infamy, certainly was no match for President Obama and the Democratic communications machine -- though the commander-in-chief did make it interesting during his debate snooze.

The biggest stumbling block for the GOP comes down to a more daunting obstacle: issues. The party is simply on the wrong side of them when it comes to matters that affect the vast bulk of Americans.

For example, take the so-called “Path to Prosperity” budget introduced today by Congressman Paul Ryan, a guy who’s the gift that keeps on giving to the Democrats. A more apt name: “Road to Disaster” for the Republican party.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Mar. 7, 2013
D'Amato Fights Upper East Side Garbage Facility
By Kevin McCauley
 

Former New York Senator Al D’Amato is representing real estate interests and residents of Manhattan’s swanky Upper East Side that want to kill New York City’s plan to reopen a marine waste transfer station on 91 St and the East River.

Mayor Bloomberg unveiled his solid waste management plan in 2002, a program that called for an equitable distribution of NYC’s garbage. The program calls for transporting NYC garbage via barge or rail thus reducing the number of fume-belching trucks from city streets.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Wed., Mar. 6, 2013
Swallowed Spin on Iraq is Hard to Spit Up
By Kevin McCauley
 
As the U.S. “celebrates” the tenth anniversary of George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, MPO Research Group (Washington) released a report today that finds two-thirds of the 57 percent of Americans who supported the attack during the war’s early stages still believe it was the right thing to do. 

Despite widespread knowledge that the justification of the war -- Iraq had weapons of mass destruction -- turned out to be bogus, only a third of early war backers have since changed their minds. That distressing number illustrates the harmful nature of spin. It’s hard to un-spin spin, especially when it was presented by an authority figure like the president of the U.S.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Mar. 4, 2013
New York Times Makes Untimely Cut
By Kevin McCauley
 
The New York Times killed its “Dot Earth” environmental blog on Friday after it posted more than 5,300 postings. 

Management referred readers to check out the paper’s Caucus blog for green policy news and the Bits blog for technology news. It also provided Twitter accounts for staffers who contributed to Dot Earth. 

The spiking of Dot Earth follows the NYT decision in January to close its environmental bureau. 

What was the Times thinking?
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Fri., Mar. 1, 2013
TV News At Its Nadir
By Arthur Solomon
 

For people interested in in-depth news coverage, television news has always been overrated.  I’m not referring to the occasional exceptions like Edward Morrow’s take down of Sen. Joe McCarthy or Walter Cronkite’s reporting on Viet Nam but to the daily news reports, which are normally nothing more than extended sound bites or synopses of happenings.

But the superficiality of TV news reached a new low with the extensive coverage of two stories – one of a serious nature; the other a hoax:
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Feb. 26, 2013
Why Have We Become So Numb?
By Kevin McCauley
 
Why have we become so numb? Is it due to senseless war in Iraq and endless war in Afghanistan? 

As the Friday budget sequester deadline looms, only a quarter of Americans are keeping their eye on the “action” in Washington, according to a survey released Feb. 25 by Pew Research Center and the Washington Post

Despite that lack of interest, 60 percent of Americans believe the automatic spending cuts will have a major impact on the nation’s economy. What gives?
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Mon., Feb. 25, 2013
Cheers for Life of Leisure in Post-Employment USA
By Kevin McCauley
 
Help Wanted signMy favorite conservative columnist, Ross Douthat, in his Feb. 23 New York Times piece, put a somewhat positive spin on post-employment America, or the life of leisure “enjoyed” by people struggling to get by on food stamps and a series of minimum wage jobs. 

It makes one wonder if Ross knows anybody who has been pounding the pavement day after day in search of work. It’s a soul-crushing experience. 

His piece was reminiscent of a Wall Street Journal editorial a few years back, which toasted the “lucky duckies” who paid no federal income tax because their wages were so low.
 
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Thu., Feb. 21, 2013
Propaganda 'Blowback' to Star on Oscar Night
By Kevin McCauley
 
The State Dept.’s public diplomacy corps will be glued to the TV on Oscar Night, rooting for the success of “The Bushkazi Boys” a 29-minute film that is nominated in the short film live action category. 

The Wall Street Journal today reported that Bushkazi Boys was funded almost entirely by the State Dept.’s $150M propaganda budget to “support Afghan media and burnish the U.S. image in Afghanistan.” It was shot in Kabul with the help of a dozen aspiring Afghan filmmakers who were paired with professional mentors.
 
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
Tue., Feb. 19, 2013
Post Office's Missed Opportunity
By Kevin McCauley
 
The Post Office is threatening to eliminate Saturday delivery as part of its restructuring plan to put a dent in its $25m daily red ink flow. The move has been universally panned by rural politicians who view their post offices as hang-outs for the locals. 

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is overlooking a golden opportunity to generate some big bucks for the USPS. Greeting cards! This blogger made a trip to the Grand Central Post Office earlier today to pick up stamps and was amazed to find a rack of birthday cards up for sale.
Category: Public Affairs Commentary
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