Politics

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 public record but I should have made additional disclosures on air when we covered the foundation. “I now believe that direct and personal donations to that foundation was a mistake. Even though I made them to support work done to stop the spread of AIDS, help...

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

»Posted by on Jan 20, 2015

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

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 to produce a nomination. “Any other year it may not have been politically correct to support a movie like this,” I said to Fox News. “But given these crazy times, it may seem un-American not to. Americans want to believe that good...

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

»Posted by on Jul 8, 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-dozen on-duty law officers in uniform took part in a re-election event for Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa despite Florida laws saying public employees must avoid political activity during working hours. “Spokesmen for two of the agencies involved, the Hillsborough...

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Monica Lewinsky: ‘Vanity Fair’ essay a PR win

»Posted by on May 7, 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 happened and reflecting to the public that she gets the scope, the significance and accepts it for what it is. The article is not vengeful. It does not seem politically motivated. It seems very honest, real and good-hearted. From what I’ve read, you walk away actually liking...

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Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford: A lesson of what not to do in crisis public relations

»Posted by on Nov 15, 2013

Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford seems to be doing a lot of apologizing. Every day brings another apology. The apologies usually punctuate a rant at City Hall where he declares his innocence and suggests the he is the victim and the world keeps attacking him. Of course his assessment of reality might be somewhat clouded by drugs, after all he has admitted to using illegal drugs. And it isn’t like he’s acting rationally. Let’s be honest: He’s acting like someone who’s using and abusing. Now there are accusations of binge drinking and solicitation of prostitution on City Hall property. He denies it but it seems like almost no one believes him. Though he apologizes, time and time again he comes across as insincere and forced–coming...

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

»Posted by on Jan 8, 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 covering some of the biggest issues facing the world today are appearing in a fictional comedy about the White House and the President of the United States (POTUS)? I have nothing against the show. Really not. In fact I am rooting for it....

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