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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 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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PR mistake: Accused wife beater, former news anchor Rob Morrison does interview in a bar

»Posted by on Feb 21 2013

So I was reading Mediabistro this afternoon and this article headline caught me eye: "Rob Morrison, Interviewed at a Bar, Maintains Innocence." Unless you are a bartender, under mostly any circumstance doing an interview at a bar is a mistake. It's a huge problem if your name is Rob Morrison. Morrison, in case you are not following the story, is accused of trying to choke his wife. He's reported to be involved with a string of domestic abuse allegations. It seems apparent that he has an...

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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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Bob Costas gun control comments out of bounds

»Posted by on Dec 03 2012

NBC broadcaster Bob Costas knows how to get attention. Yesterday he decided to opine about the Jovan Belcher tragedy to advocate for gun control. Bob Costas generally offers opinions that are popular with the public. He's been the sports commentator version of a populist politician, expressing positions that the vast majority of the public typically agree with. Not this time when Bob Costas fired off his mouth on gun control. Bob Costas used his halftime segment on NBC's "Sunday ...

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