Despite apologies, PR problems linger for George Stephanopoulos

»Posted by on May 17 2015

This Week with George Stephanopoulos began as it usually does today. But 14 minutes into it came something usual for the program: an apology. It's the fourth time the embattled ABC News chief anchor apologized. The words he used today were the same he read from the TelePrompTer Friday on Good Morning America. “Over the last several years I’ve made substantial donations to dozens of charities, including the Clinton Foundation,” Stephanopoulos said. “Those donations were a matter of...

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Target Michael Moore: Filmmaker creates PR crisis but denies criticizing ‘American Sniper’

»Posted by on Jan 20 2015

The Clint Eastwood blockbuster 'American Sniper' is breaking box office records and even has some Oscar buzz going for Best Picture. It got six Academy Awards nods in all. Before the movie was released, some Hollywood insiders predicted an Oscar snub because of the subject matter of 'American Sniper'... that it wouldn't appeal to left-leaning Academy voters. Fox News contacted me after the nominations were announced and I said that timing of this movie aligned perfectly with world events t...

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The PR offensive by former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi

»Posted by on Oct 28 2014

It hit Facebook and it spread like wildfire. Not surprising, really. It was a status update from a celebrity opening up about what some might consider his kinky sex life. The confession was from Jian Ghomeshi, the once uber popular CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) host of "Q." Jian Ghomeshi is adept at asking questions that trigger celebrities to open up. But up until now, he never talked publicly about his private life, particularly his sex life. But Jian Ghomeshi, 47, did just t...

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PR whoops! On duty police officers attend political event but they weren’t working it

»Posted by on Jul 08 2014

If you don't live in Florida then you may not be aware that it's quite a contest going on in the race for governor. Gov. Rick Scott, Republican, is running for a second term against Charlie Crist, a Democrat who used to be a Republican and is the former governor. Yep, it's an interesting race. Anyway, plot thickened today when on duty police officers who were not working the event showed up for a campaign stop for Scott. According to a report in the Naples News: "At least a half...

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Monica Lewinsky: ‘Vanity Fair’ essay a PR win

»Posted by on May 07 2014

Good for you, Monica Lewinsky! Monica Lewinsky is out with an essay published exclusively in Vanity Fair magazine in which she writes about her affair with President Clinton. “It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” she writes. “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.” The writing is clear. The writing is crisp. And she does an excellent job taking ownership of what...

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‘Duck Dynasty’ ratings down: What’s to blame–stiff competition, anti gay statements or botched public relations?

»Posted by on Jan 17 2014

For weeks now, A&E television network executives have wondered about the impact of star Phil Robertson's statements about gays and how the botched response by the network itself would impact 'Duck Dynasty' when the show premiered this month. Would the numbers climb because of the controversy, stay about the same, or take a hit? Well, the season premiere of 'Duck Dynasty' aired Sunday night at 10 p.m. This morning we're learning that those numbers took a HUGE hit. httpv://you...

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