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Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Taunt Gains Traction Overseas

Thu, Dec. 13, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

CPJThe Committee to Protect Journalists finds a sharp increase in the number of reporters throughout the world jailed on charges of reporting 'fake news." Despots give a hearty round of applause to president Trump. (9 reader comments)

US Ridiculed, Ex-Senators Warn of Constitutional Crisis

Tue, Dec. 11, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Wells GriffithDid you ever think that you would see the day on which the United States, the former proud leader of the free world, was ridiculed, mocked and laughed at during an open session of an international conference? Meanwhile, 44 retired Senators urge Senate to stand tall in the event of a constitutional crisis. Welcome to Donald Trump's America. (1 reader comment)

China Clobbers US in Influence Game

Fri, Dec. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

China DailyWhile president Trump ridicules American reporters and declares the media the "enemy of the people," China is spending millions to fortify its media and overseas propaganda institutions in a bid to promote its image in the US and throughout the world. (9 reader comments)

Sir Martin Sorrell: PR Genius

Wed, Dec. 5, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellYou’ve got to hand it to S4 Capital chief Martin Sorrell: the guy is a PR genius as the media spill plenty of ink in reporting his deal to acquire an obscure ad tech firm. (2 reader comments)

Facebook's Zuckerberg, Sandberg Hit Rock Bottom

Mon, Nov. 19, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Nick CleggFacebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and COO Cheryl Sandberg hit rock bottom in an already brutal year last week. Does Nick Clegg, Facebook's incoming global affairs chief and former head of Britain's Liberal Democrats, really want to be a part of this mess? (5 reader comments)

Terrorists in the Caravan?

Wed, Nov. 14, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

CaravanAs president Trump warns of non-existent terrorists from the Middle East imbedded in the Central American caravan, his administration has no clue of the whereabouts of battle-hardened ex-Gitmo detainees. (3 reader comments)

Amazon Faces 2HQ PR Challenges

Tue, Nov. 13, 2018

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickAmazon faces PR challenges of living up to the promises made to Crystal City and New York's Long Island City, its new second headquarters partners. (2 reader comments)

Thank Veterans by Utilizing Their Experience

Mon, Nov. 12, 2018

By Dick Pirozzolo

Dick PirozzoloVeterans come home with general leadership and management skills, and other qualities that are a huge benefit to civilian employers. (1 reader comment)

Election Results Are a Breath of Fresh Air

Fri, Nov. 9, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Nancy PelosiThe Democratic-controlled House will play an important PR role in raising awareness of "green" issues and thwarting the Trump Administration's anti-environmental agenda. (2 reader comments)

CNN Stands Tall

Wed, Nov. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Trump AcostaPresident Trump swings into full "press is the enemy of the people" mode. "Fake news" CNN reminds the president that "free press is vital to democracy." Here we go. (3 reader comments)

Hats Off to the DC Post Fact-Checkers

Fri, Nov. 2, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Fact CheckerLet's hear it for the hardest working people in journalism! Hats off to the Washington Post fact-checkers who have spent countless hours and sleepless nights analyzing the 3 am gems from the Tweeter-in-Chief. (2 reader comments)

Political Times Have Been Worse

Thu, Nov. 1, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Major GarrettAre you down in the dumps? Has political hate and vitriol have you feeling blue? Snap out of it. You are guilty of 'presentism.' Things have been much worse, according to a Commpro panel. (1 reader comment)

How Low Will Trump Go?

Thu, Nov. 1, 2018

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyDonald Trump throws all pretense to civility out the window with his caravan fear-mongering strategy, which is nothing more than a desperate bid to rescue himself from investigations launched by a Democratic-controlled House. (3 reader comments)

Will PR Leaders Step Up to Promote Civility?

Wed, Oct. 31, 2018

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickWill leaders of the PR community step up to counter hate and rising anti-Semitism in the US following the slaughter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh? (6 reader comments)

McKinsey Takes Hit to Blue-Chip Reputation

Mon, Oct. 22, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

McKinseyMcKinsey & Co, which likes to think its reputation towers over consulting firm competitors, took a PR hit from news that its work for Saudi Arabia may have been used to crack down on social media 'influencers.' (3 reader comments)

Endeavor Mulls Break from Saudis Over Reporter Scandal

Mon, Oct. 22, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianEndeavor’s forthcoming decision to step away from a deal with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund provides a lesson in the cost of pulling the plug on a public relationship. (6 reader comments)

Trump Spins Saudi Yarn

Thu, Oct. 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Mohammed Bin SalamLet's hope Donald Trump is kowtowing before the Saudis because he really thinks they are going to buy billions in US weapons, and not because the Royals have their tentacles deeply dug into TrumpWorld. (10 reader comments)

Yes, Trump Called a Citizen 'Horseface'

Tue, Oct. 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

TrumpIt's pretty clear that Donald Trump wants the Republicans to lose the House in the upcoming midterm elections, a defeat that would get him off the hook. (5 reader comments)

Banksy Pulls PR Stunt of the Year

Mon, Oct. 15, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianRenegade artist Banksy created invaluable buzz when one of his most famed works appeared to self-destruct moments after being sold at a Sotheby’s auction.

Does Publicis Really Want Saudi Arabia as a Client?

Fri, Oct. 12, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jamal KhashoggiDoes Publicis Groupe, parent of Qorvis Communications, really want to represent Saudi Arabia after reports that its agents allegedly tortured, murdered and dismembered a prominent dissident and Washington Post columnist? Publicis CEO Arthur Sadoun has a big decision to make. (6 reader comments)

Uncle Vlad is Watching You

Tue, Oct. 9, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Vladimir PutinFacebook, the No. 1 "fake news" weapon of choice of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and his army of trolls during the 2016 election, now wants to put a camera, video screen and microphone in the homes of millions of Americans. (2 reader comments)

Rubbing Salt into the Wound

Mon, Oct. 8, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Brett KavanaughThe ceremonial swearing-in tonight of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is icing on the PR cake for Donald Trump, but it's rubbing salt into the wound of the millions of Americans who opposed his Supreme Court pick. (1 reader comment)