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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‘Clueless’ star Stacy Dash, Twitter and the often toxic mix of politics, entertainment and social media

»Posted by on Oct 11, 2012

‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash jumped into the political waters and sent a Tweet about her personal decision to vote for Mitt Romney, the Repubican candidate. The Stacey Dash Tweet was well under 140 characters, but boy did ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash cause an uproar. ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash appeared on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan’ and said she was “shocked and saddened” by the response from her Tweet. Here’s what happened. On Sunday ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash Tweeted: “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” Not only did the Tweet generate lots of feedback from the public, she also got a not-so-nice response from fellow actor Samuel L. Jackson:...

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Fox News Channel backpedals on news story that resembles GOP propaganda

»Posted by on Jun 4, 2012

The video, if you’ve seen it, is rather stunning. Fox News Channel on its morning show “Fox & Friends” aired a four minute story that almost everyone agrees could have been a story produced by the Republican National Committee. It is so blatantly one-sided, complete with the election drama music and it certainly makes President Obama look bad. There is zero attempt within this video to be fair. It is clearly Republican. It centers around President Obama’s slogan “Hope and Change” from 2008. The exercise was to examine whether the Obama Administration has lived up to the saying. It has no reporter “track.” It only has clips from newscasts, soundbites and that music. The piece is well produced. No doubt about it....

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Mitt Romney should go on ‘Saturday Night Live’ before producers change their mind

»Posted by on Apr 19, 2012

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Mitt Romney and an invite for him to appear on Saturday Night Live. Mitt Romney gets skewered on the show each week, but he has yet to come on the show himself. As he and his team considers whether or not to appear, I have this advice for him: Do it! In my mind, this is a no-brainer. The Saturday Night Live invite is a gift and could not have come at a better time. Even Mitt Romney, even with his enormous wealth, could not buy the publicity he could get from it. So, why do I feel he should accept? Get to Know Him. It will help people get to know him. The public feels like he is too guarded. Nothing like a little skewering face-to-face to get people to know you and be able to judge your character. Self...

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The rush to bash Rush Limbaugh and what the right’s radio king needs to do now

»Posted by on Mar 7, 2012

I’ll give Rush Limbaugh credit for commanding attention. He certainly knows how to dish it. And his missteps make news too. Especially one this big. Last week, Rush Limbaugh attacked law student Sandra Fluke calling her a “slut” and “prostitute” after she advocated that insurance companies cover birth control. Some advertisers have suspended ads from his popular show. And news outlets around the country can’t stop talking about it: The talk is so acute, on RushLimbaugh.com, Rush Limbaugh posted a message: “Everything is fine on the business side. Everything’s cool. There is not a thing to worry about. What you’re seeing on television about this program and sponsors and advertisers is just...

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