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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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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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PR crisis: Paula Deen feels the heat, but is she cooked?

»Posted by on Jun 24 2013

Paula Deen knows her way around a kitchen and a recipe. With her words, and her response so far, she unexpectedly cooked up a mess for herself. The Food Network dropped her and her four shows. Facebook and Twitter are going nuts with people opining--both for and against Paula Deen. Here's how I see it. Paula Deen's biggest problem in the short term will be with retailers, e-tailers and anyone else who has a business venture with her. Those businesses will feel the pressure on th...

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Is it coincidence that Lance Armstrong gave his first interview to the network owned by a former sponsor?

»Posted by on Jan 18 2013

I love Oprah just like the next person. She does a great interview. But in some respects it's mind-boggling as to why Lance Armstrong would choose Oprah and her fledging network, OWN, to launch a blockbuster media spin campaign. So it made me wonder, why Oprah Winfrey? OWN is a joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Networks. Guess who was one of Lance Armstrong's biggest sponsors as he competed in the Tour de France? You guessed it: Discovery Channel. He was a member of ...

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NBC’s ‘1600 Penn’ further blurs line between news, fiction

»Posted by on Jan 08 2013

So I read with interest how Larry King would guest star on the new, much hyped NBC show "1600 Penn." Larry King, though he interviewed news makers, was not a hard core journalist. He is a talk show host. But Savannah Guthrie of "Today" and NBC's Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd are very real and very working. Both are influential journalists who also have been tapped for guest-starring roles on "1600 Penn." Am I the only one bothered by this... that real journalists cove...

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