DisapPeaRing credibility

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“I bet it’s brand-new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized, and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green Massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”Kellyanne Conway on MSNBC. 02.02.17

President Obama didn’t impose a six-month ban on refugees and there was no Bowling Green Massacre. The story Kellyanne Conway was referring to as justification for the president’s immigration ban was the 2013 sentencing of two Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after they were found guilty of providing material support to Al Qaeda in Iraq.

If the new president’s top communication adviser had simply misspoken as she later claimed, reporters and social media critics might have brushed it off as an unfortunate verbal gaffe. But Conway was lambasted for the mistake because her credibility had already been disappearing. The former pollster and political commentator had twisted the truth–a.k.a. “spinning”–far too often when talking to reporters, most notably when she defended Press Secretary Sean Spicer after he inflated the size of the inauguration’s audience by saying he was providing “alternative facts.”

As Conway has taken on the difficult task of representing and often defending her factually-challenged boss, she’s damaged her own reputation to the point that reporters have come to expect her to twist reality. “For sheer, jaw-dropping wonder…a typical Conway television interview…is a circus of euphemisms, a festival of distractions and a testament to the stamina of a willed smile,” wrote Frank Bruni in The New York Times last month. “No claim is too laughable or denial too ludicrous if it counters the supposed insidiousness of the other side.”

After a spokesperson or a PR practitioner loses the trust of the public as well as their media relationships, it can almost never be recovered. Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” are now subjected to daily ridicule of pundits, reporters, and comedians (watch “SNL”) alike. She’s become an excellent case study in why the truth really matters, and why spin on behalf of any client–especially the White House–is ultimately destructive. Your thoughts?

50 thoughts on “DisapPeaRing credibility

  1. Jennifer Im

    As much as I hate Trump’s administration, I respected Kellyanne for her gall and I suppose what could be called loyalty. She had a terribly difficult job as a Public Relations person. After all, PR professionals are communicators and bridges. Their purpose should be to share information that already exists, not to make things up to make a brand look better than it really is. In order for PR professionals to conduct themselves ethically and responsibly, he/she must represent a company that’s equally as willing to be honest and transparent. At this point, no PR professional could truly defend Trump without lying or bending the facts. Personally, I think KellyAnne should have quit the second Trump got elected. She would be known as a legend for having promoted a faulty “product” like Trump and succeeded. Now, as you stated, no major business would hire her for fear of negative connotation. She is no longer a PR professional. She’s a spin doctor.

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  2. Bianca Kroening

    Kellyanne Conway is a self-destructive communicator. It is publicists like her that give PR people the reputation for spinning the truth just to put their client in a more favorable light. If our president really believes that his plans and new ideas are going to benefit our country, then why does she feel the need to lie about him? It’s unfortunate for us, the consumers of her “alternative facts,” that she made it to a position of so much power. PR is supposed to be trustworthy. What can we do from here?

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  3. Anwar Ahmad

    Credibility is essential when working in the Public Relations Field. Kellyanne Conway clearly ruined her reputation when stating that President Obama enforced a “ban” similar to President Trump. Spinning a story or claiming alternative facts insists that the audience is dumb or easily persuaded. This is clearly not true. Once credibility is lost, it is extremely hard to gain back the trust of others. Because of her mishaps, Kellyanne Conway is now the butt of many jokes. It is not surprising because she is apart of the Trump administration. But what happens when the Trump administration is over? How can one be taken seriously after that? Although it is not surprising that President Trump had influenced his administration to say whatever they please,it is disappointing that someone whose profession is communication would not be careful with their rhetoric.

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  4. Kassara McElroy

    Disappearing credibility is a very fitting title to this blog post. KellyAnne Conway is an example of what not to do when addressing the media. The truth will take a PR practitioner far in life.

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  5. Gabby Sully

    Kellyanne Conway is painful to listen to in general, but by trying to exaggerate a fictional massacre should have suspended her from airtime. Today, she violated a federal ethics rule by insisting shoppers purchase Ivanka Trump’s merchandise after being pulled from Nordstrom because of failings sales. Spicer announced that she has been “counseled on that subject, and that’s it.”
    We’re taught early on in public relations that if you’re going to give information, deliver it truthfully with as much knowledge as you can. Once you spread false or incomplete information, your reputation is over. When trying to compare Obama’s immigration ban to the current one, the Obama administration’s “ban” was a slow-down of processing Iraqi refugee’s. There were too many people coming into the country at once and after the “Bowling Green Massacre,” approximately 58,000 admitted refugees were reevaluated for safety concerns.
    It’s essential information like this that is left out which allows those promoting the GOP to just say “Well, Obama did it too,” and it’s left at that. It’s sad because they know people will listen to the first thing they’re told because they heard it on the news, and it has to be true.

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  6. Haley Moffatt

    I find it incomprehensible that a White House official can go on national television and dispel “alternative facts,” lies, and deceitful information on behalf of the Presidential Administration. On top of the number of mistakes Kellyanne Conway is making, Sean Spicer, the Press Secretary, is letting every credible media outlet in the world know that lying and making things up just to benefit someone is an okay thing to do.

    It seems childish and rude how a White House official would actually think that the American public doesn’t deserve the truth behind the office of the leader of the free world, and it’s setting a poor example to media outlets present and future. Additionally, spinning the truth helps no one but the person who may be damaged by the whole truth. After the whirlwind election full of outrageous comments and the first few weeks of Trump’s presidency, you would think press administration within the White House would advise these public figures speaking on behalf of the White House to be wise with what they are saying, knowing facts will be checked and challenged by many media outlets. This is also setting a poor example for future administrations, by exemplifying just how lying and being deceitful seems acceptable for the President’s officials to do.

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  7. Haley Moffatt

    It makes you wonder what kind of standards this sets for those with a profession in the media; if it’s okay for a White House official to always rely on spinning the truth or lying what kind of ethical standards does that set for everyone else in the media? Having a reputation of always spelling falsehoods out or lying is lethal for public relations practitioners, so to watch someone involved in communicating vital information from the White House to the American public does not make me feel confident.

    If Kellyanne Conway was serious about becoming a truly respected aid to the President, she should discontinue these nuisances and start picking up more ethical practices.

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  8. Olivia H

    It’s apparent now that it wasn’t just a slip of the tongue either. Conway had said “Bowling Green Massacre” on two other occasions. The presidency has barely even begun and already has been marred by scandal and a reputation for lying.At this point, for any company or organization, I would say this much bad PR would result in total meltdown. How, this administration still has any support is beyond me. The Bowling Green “Massacre” snafu is only part of the disaster that is the travel ban. Conway stating false information is just some of the proof that it should never have happened, seeing as she had to cite an event that never happened as justification. It also shows that this administration has no problem passing on false information or “alternative facts.”

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  9. Sara Fox

    While this incident is laughable, Kellyanne’s reputation was tarnished long ago when she began working for Trump. For the same reason that many musicians refused to perform at his inauguration, being publicly associated with our president is a career killer. That being said, while her blatant lie is outrageous, yet not surprising for a paid Trump supporter, it’s a common occurrence in our media. In a case where it didn’t kill his career, Brian Williams, as someone else mentioned, lied on air and was rehired by NBC. Evidently, it didn’t matter that the Nightly News anchor was feeding America pure fiction. Therefore, I don’t think Kellyanne’s lies are her down fall because, as we’ve seen, the public can forgive. Her association with Trump is her actual demise.

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  10. Jenna Morace

    I think that its ridiculous for someone to ruin their own credibility all for the support of someone else. At the end of the day your career is your career and no one else’s. Even in the situation of Kellyanne Conway she is making poor ethical choices to support Trump but what happens after Trump? What if his career goes south due to his falsification of information? At that point she goes down with him. Spin is destructive no matter who your representing. The truth always comes out and I believe that if you are twisting the truth it will be exposed; or karma will hit you one way or another.

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    1. Alexandra Halbert

      In the world of public relations, or any profession for that matter, credibility is absolutely imperative. The moment an individual fabricates a story, it’s likely that they will never again be respected by the public eye. This must be acknowledged in politics especially. When a politician or admired individual misleads the public, their reputation is damaged, or in most cases, completely ruined. I think this particular instance is quite eye-opening. As public relations professionals, it’s our duty to manifest credibility. We must work with credible sources; we must be credible sources. Spinning a story to promote your own ideas, or in this case someone elses, will never do any good. As my classmate stated, “the truth always comes out.” Why is any story worth your career?

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  11. Elliot Rubin

    I’m not sure what it is more upsetting, the fact that Conway consistently distorts the truth , or that Trump and his administration encourage her and Spicer misleading the public as they do. For all the talk that Trump “tells it like it is”, he was actually the most dishonest of all the candidates during the campaign, and he and his staff are not doing much better now that he’s in office. It is very troubling that the Trump administration would prefer to lower the reputation over a solid source of media (such as CNN) over “fake news”, though they can’t no accountability in ensuring that they all tell the truth themselves.

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  12. Stephanie Rubbino

    I agree with the fact that once a PR practitioner blatantly lies to the public it’s hard to gain their trust again. Although in some cases like Kellyanne Conway’s, some may take her word for what she is saying due to her high ranking and that fact that she is working for the president helps the matter as well. They may overlook the lies and follow what she is saying blinding because of her job title. I do believe that spokespeople do have a tendency to spin stories because in reality they are just trying to make their client/company look good. In Conway’s case, she is very extreme and at this point she’s doing the public a disservice. The only thing Conway is good at is entertaining the public with her lies and fairytale stories.

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  13. Elizabeth Giangarra

    While studying the field of public relations you are always reminded to not “spin ” the story. I think that its interesting for Kellyanne Conway to take such a negative and careless approach. I think this also related to media ethic and is her approach appropriate? I think that she truly has a choice within her career to lie or speak the truth, i think that its a poor ethical choice for her to lie and demanded her reputation. Kellyanne is a success women but i wonder in some situations what she is thinking and who does the public relations for her ?

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  14. Daniela Gagliano

    It just goes to show how important credibility is as a PR professional. Trust is something that’s not easily given, but can easily be taken away. In this case, no one can take Kellyanne Conway seriously now, or trust her insight; she’s a joke. Credibility is everything you have in this industry and once that’s gone, so are you.

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  15. Marielle McCartin

    I agree with you. The use of her “alternative facts” have destroyed her credibility. The media will no longer look to Kellyanne Conway was a reputable source for real news and information. It makes the Trump administration look unprofessional and spinning the facts allows people to criticize the administration more and more. We are taught to tell the truth although spinning the story may make the news sound more acceptable. It is unethical to spin stories and the practitioner or journalist will no longer be perceived as a source of useful information.

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  16. Grace Finlayson

    I had my first Public Relations class with you and on the first day, you told the class that Public Relations is not spin, however, Kellyanne Conway has been doing this for our now 45th President since his campaign started. She has lost her credibility, but there are still people in America who believe everything that she and President Trump proclaim. I think that has been a terrifying thing about this presidency among other things. It is great that the press and shows like SNL have been calling Kellyanne out, but there are still people out there that think she is the most credible source for what is happening at the white house.

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  17. Erik P Hansen

    In an internet age where anything said in front of a camera or online is forever stored and accessable by all, it makes little sense to me why anyone would be so willing to spin or lie on such a scale like Conway has done. Spinning in such a day and age, especially so severely, simply does not seem to be worth the potential of getting exposed on an international platform and losing essentially all the reputation that one has spent their career building up. Even long after she’s done working for Trump, quotes like these will be hanging over here for the rest of her career. Gaffs like hers serve as even more of a reminder of how important is it to not spin or lie of public relations.

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  18. Emily Levine

    In my very first PR class at Hofstra, we learned on on of the very first days of class that all we have as PR professionals is our word, and that if our client is asking us to lie for them, it is better to quit than to appease the client. Whenever I’m asked by friends and family about whether or not I’d be willing to lie for a client, I tell them about what I learned in that class, and they usually all respond with, yeah that sounds great, but when you’re making a huge paycheck, its harder than you think. But I still believe keeping your dignity and telling the truth is the most important thing you can do, and Kellyanne Conway is now permanently tainted as a liar. Even if she were to do a one eighty and start telling only the truth, people still wouldn’t believe her because people don’t like being lied to and they will never forget it if you do lie.

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  19. Brier Davis

    This is very reminiscent of the 2003 film Shattered Glass, a fabricated event being used to further an agenda. Of course in the film it was the reporter’s career that profited from the falsities, but in this situation Ms. Conway is using the made up bowling green massacre to justify her parties agenda, which was the border closures. Of course any hit to a reporters credibility is disastrous, but I feel that in this age of fast and non stop media cycles this blunder like many others will eventually and sadly be forgotten.

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  20. Wendy Timana

    As a student considering entering the field of PR, I have encountered several people who have a skewed perception of PR. This hurts the credibility of serious PR professionals who do not believe in spinning and want their profession to stop being seen as lying/leaving out the truth. Kellyanne, as arguably the biggest PR person in the nation right now, is truly giving her colleagues much more to prove. PR people now have to somehow distance themselves from the image of PR that Kellyanne has portrayed. Kellyanne is not trusted by the public and she needs a GOOD PR team for herself in order to fix this mess she has created.

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  21. Marli Delaney

    When using an ethical standpoint, the truth is what should be shared. PR practitioners and spokespeople should thus tell the truth for their credibility’s sake. I initially wasn’t sure of my opinion towards this post from yesterday until it was discussed today in class that on the other side of the spectrum an employer might like a good “spinner” in the way that the dishonesty can sway the believers in the direction of an organization’s favor- I was surprised that there is a form of respect here but there are all types of people in this world so it reminded me to keep my eyes open in regards to that. I find the act of spinning to be manipulative and it makes me hope that I don’t ever end up being one to believe what isn’t true when it comes to something very serious, and I also hope that this upcoming generation of PR practitioners and spokespeople don’t abuse spinning in the way that it currently is being utilized.

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  22. Ben martin

    What concerns me the most is that people actually trust her word. The problem is that in a position of power, people expect you to be truthful with them. When the people in power are not holding the truth as a high pillar of their platform, the public has two options: dissent or follow blindly.

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  23. liad zayit

    I agree, once a person loses trust it could be very difficult to gain it back. Being aware of choice of words especially in the politics industry it is crucial. Regardless of what the truth is it has to be said because this way the public could feel protected and safe. The PR industry has a tendency to spin stories therefore they can learn a lot from this.

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  24. Hannah Thueson

    When I began telling people that I wanted to work in PR, almost everyone asked me if I was ready to lie for my clients. PR gets a lot of bad rep from people like this, those who spin the truth. The general public, and my friends and family, sometimes fail to realize that PR people are journalists at their core. The main difference is that journalists serve the public as a whole while PR agents primarily serve a singular client. However, it doesn’t mean that they are any less committed to the truth than journalists. Spinning is not only wrong, but causes further damages.

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  25. Sam Bussell

    Over the last month or so Kathleen Conway has become the face of national ridicule and I would argue a lot more so than Donald Trump. Conway has become the face of fake news ever since her proclaim of alternate facts on MSNBC and it just perplexes me of how Conway was the person that propelled Trump into the White House. Whenever I see her on TV for an interview I always know I’m going to get some sort of entertainment from her what she says. It really is a shame that whenever she is asked about a controversial topic about Trump she will pivot on the point and make it about President Obama and how bad he made the situation before hand. People should be looking down at her and should not be inspired by this women who is feeding the media fake lies and making the news outlets seem like a bunch of idiots.

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  26. Gabriella Johns

    After reading this its almost disturbing to watch Kellyane Conway take some truth and spin the story to something completely opposite to what it originally was. This goes to show our society lets people such as herself to represent our government. Losing credibitly and trust is probably one of the worst things that can happen to a PR professional. Personally, someone working on the PR team for the Commander and Chief should be the one setting the example. Though she embarrassed herself she also put an embarrassment to our country.

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  27. RHwang

    Spinning is a term that may be used lightly in the media and public relations. It is truly a shame to be ridiculed by many in the industry where image and reputation is the most important key factor. Whether Kellyanne Conway was taught to twist the truth or not, she should know by now that the truh is always bound to come out. Also, if she had been caught spinning in the past, the feeling of shame should remind her for her future PR work to not distort the truth. Truthfully, it seems entertaining; the fact that she has to twist the truth to protect our nation’s current “leader”.

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  28. Christina Shackett

    Public Relations can give one the difficult task of having to represent someone that makes it an almost impossible to keep their reputation up. While myself and most likely many other PR members of the nation feel the pain of Kellyanne Conway attempting to maintain her boss’s life, we also can clearly see how often she is spinning the facts. One mistake can lead to a general downspiral in someone’s reputability in a career, and I believe that “alternate facts” has lead to a harsh criticism of an remark Conway might make. It shows that when you are in such a level of PR – or perhaps, even, when your superiors are simply in positions that they are too quick to speak from – your credibility is constantly on the line. From here, Conway will most likely be kept on a scrutinized platform.

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  29. Brittany Liscoe

    I don’t understand the thought process behind individuals in the PR world who create fake stories to make their audience feel a certain way. Its especially mind boggling when they lie about events or facts that can simply be googled and found to be false. In this era, even the most unconcerned people have access to pretty much any information they want in an instant. By lying to the public, PR reps risk being called out and made to look like a fool by virtually anyone who has access to the internet. I personally have never had much interest in politics until this presidency and I find myself questioning most of the information I hear coming from Trump. He has managed to create such a negative image for himself in terms of presenting himself as a trustworthy and honest president simply by the extent he has been willing to go to gain approval. He and his team will do anything they can to get the public to side with him, even if that means spreading information that isn’t true. In the past, I did not put much thought into what the president said or did. However, with Trump in office and events such as that described in this post I feel that I must pay close attention to what is being said or done because it has become obvious that simply trusting in the president is not going to cut it these next four years.

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  30. Dianne Fallucca

    Much like Trump, Kellyanne Conway is supposed to work for the country, meaning trust in her word is a necessity. The fact that she did not simply flub a few facts, but instead created an entire event, truly does take a toll on her credibility. We could compare this to the case of Brian Williams, who was terminated from his position as a trusted journalist after making up a scenario– unfortunately, Conway will not keep the same consequences. This display of mistrust comes at a time when we as a country have already thrown caution to the wind in terms of trust and belief in our own government. This “error” has only made it harder for her and the current administration to be taken seriously.

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  31. Emily Barnes

    Kellyanne Conway is the biggest spin artist I’ve ever seen. I find it terrifying that we as a nation have allowed these con men and women to infiltrate both the media and the public for their own propaganda. That’s all this is–propaganda. Trump’s administration is showing the United States and the rest of the world exactly what NOT to do when it comes to public relations and ethics. Honesty is so crucial in this career, whether reporting the positive or negative. How does one just choose to make up an entire massacre out of the blue? I don’t understand how more people aren’t infuriated by the state our country is in, not even two months shy of the inauguration.

    When you spin stories you’re basically insulting the public by belittling their ability to comprehend factual information versus false information. Ultimately ethics separate the good publicists and journalists from the pseudo ones as they give us guidelines on how to be morally just in every situation. Conway is neither morally just nor ethical in her relaying of information, as her seemingly sole intent is making Trump appear to be less of a villain than we all know he is. And the people that fall for her lies and deceit are blinded by their inability to accept viewpoints which differ from their own. The ones that see right past her, however, are the ones we must push to the forefront in order to bring truth back into the media.

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  32. Alyssa Scott

    When I first heard about Kellyanne Conway’s “misspoken words” regarding the Bowling Green Massacre, I was shocked. I fail to understand why she would speak about something that is not even slightly close to being true. Her “alternative facts” have reached a whole new level and this makes me see her completely unfit and unqualified for her position. Honest people do not make up facts. Conway is making many destructive PR mistakes that the entire public should learn from.

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  33. Sarah Hanlon

    It seems as though there is a new story about Kellyanne Conway spinning the truth every day. From a PR standpoint, her actions truly are destructive. But what’s especially upsetting is that there are people who continue to believe what she says.

    From the standpoint of a PR student, it can be disheartening to see such inappropriate behavior from a representative of the White House. While I understand that I won’t always agree with the ideas supported by the President and his or her administration, there is no way that one can justify the constant lies that are put out by the Trump administration. I only hope that journalists and PR professions continue to report on the the truth so that the American people can have reliable sources giving them information as opposed to the lies that are so often delivered from people like Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, and President Trump himself.

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  34. Emily Walsh

    I agree, once a person loses trust, it is very difficult to gain it back. As PR practitioners, we must be aware of our choice of words. Once they are spoke, they can never be taken back. Especially in the world of politics, truth must come first and foremost so that the public can feel safe and protected. Unfortunately, we are seeing less and less of that now. However, I feel that PR people can learn many valuable lessons from what is happening. Telling the truth and not spinning the story is our duty, and we must do everything in our power to do so.

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  35. Brandi Hutchinson

    I think that the trust of the public is extremely important. If no one believes your stories, then honestly what is the point in writing them? It looks terrible for the reporter as well as the company. It sounds like an adult version of “The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf”. Eventually, the amount of people who believe you will decrease, and then once you actually have a story, no one will believe you. Spinsters are a real surprise to me because why bother writing a story that isn’t completely true. You want the public to believe you and how can they believe you if you aren’t 100% completely honest?

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  36. Madison Wright

    I agree, if this was one simple mix up then the media would have simply brushed the statement off. However, Conway has constantly spewed out word vomit even before the inauguration. She is not even spinning that well; we can check her statements to realize they are not true. Many have said that she has lost the trust of the media and we have been with this administration for less than one month! If she is the face of the administration’s policies and executive orders then the administration will have a difficult time implementing anything that will not be laughed at by the people. If she spoke the truth and acted like a professional communication advisor, then she would not be subjected to be like a character on shows like “SNL”. Spinning for a company is terrible, but when you are seen as a spinster for The White House, it is toxic and terrifying.

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  37. Max Newman

    In my opinion Kellyanne Conway is a perfect example of failed Public Relations. She did not incorrectly word her statements so that they were misinterpreted, she blatantly lied in an interview. This ruins credibility and ultimately led to her becoming the laughingstock of our country. Once your reputation is ruined in this industry, theres no way of coming back. It will always be assumed that when she speaks it is a spin-off or alternate truth. This adds to the idea or belief that everyone who works in Public Relations is lying to make their clients look better, when I believe that you can represent your client without shifting the truth.

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  38. Courtney Grieco

    The spread of fake news is becoming far too common, as we see in your last post. PR people have been given the title of spinsters which is a direct result of the common misunderstanding that we aim to spin negative news into positive news. However, PR people simply aim to focus on the positive rather than the negative and there is a clear difference. Because the spread of fake news in increasing immensely, fact checking needs to be taken much more seriously as a step in the process. The use of false facts, even when doing so unknowingly, results in one’s credibility decreasing. For PR people to remain credible sources, we must be more diligent about fact checking.

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  39. Nicole Lamanna

    Without a good reputation a public relations professional has nothing. Once a person has the stigma of being a “liar” or an “exaggerator,” the public wont take anything he or she says seriously. In the case of Kellyanne Conway, her so-called “spinning” or twisting the truth has done nothing but hurt her. Spinning a story is never something someone in the field of public relations should do. According to the Textbook, “The Practice of Public Relations” by Frasier P. Seitel, “Spinning an answer to hide what really happened- that is, lying, confusing, distorting, obfuscating, whatever you call it- is antithetical to the proper practice of public relations.”

    When someone who practices public relations continuously spins the truth, the public will find that person hard to believe and increasingly untrustworthy. As a result, that person’s reputation will be harmed. In the case of Kellyanne Conway, this post puts it perfectly by saying that “she’s damaged her own reputation to the point that reporters have come to expect her to twist reality.”

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  40. Julie Dietel

    I think that Conway is not only hurting her own career, but the careers of many within the PR and communications world. When I tell people that I am a PR major, the first thing many people say is that I major in “spinning” and that my job will be to lie. This is not the truth and it’s far from what most practitioners do. With Conway offering “alternative facts”, she is enhancing the stereotype I often get bombarded with. When top level communicators are lying to the public it not only makes them and their company, business, client etc. look bad but it makes the public question the information that is being emitted which can severely hurt the communicators credibility.

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  41. Asher Lennon

    I think it’s important to realize that Conway is way less credible than necessary in order to hold the kind of power that she does in the United States. Furthermore, Conway’s lack of credibility shows the credibility of our president, or lack thereof, based on the people he uses as advisors.

    As mentioned in class, “spin” is the worst thing that a Public Relations person can do, and the fact that Conway repeatedly spins articles and facts, speaks to her lack of credibility.

    In my opinion, it does not surprise me that one of President Trump’s advisors would be an unreliable source because all of his nominations are based on favors and personal relations, rather than actual experience. It’s important to have someone credible relaying information to the president or from the president, rather than someone who could not tell you what color the sky is truthfully.

    The fact that her credibility is disappearing after about two weeks with Trump in office does not bode well for her credibility for the next four years. By the time Trump is out of office, she will have no credibility and her continued spinning will hopefully be noticed.

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  42. Emily Bravo

    I am a Journalism major. Credibility is everything in my career, as in PR. Kellyanne Conway has spun herself out of the PR field and into being the butt of media jokes. It is sad to think that anything that comes out of her mouth is automatically assumed to be a lie or an “alternative fact.”If anything I think Conway has helped spinsters feel ashamed for being the black sheep in the PR field. It has brought to light that spinsters have no role in the PR industry. The public is are now aware of how important fact-checking is for any media outlet or representative. Unfortunately, Conway has to represent a President and Press Secretary that have no distinction between reality and fantasy. PR is all about truth and trust, something Conway lacks.

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  43. Samantha Storms

    It is instances such as these that put honorable public relations professionals at risk for scrutiny and negative perception. The fact that our leaders and their advisors hold themselves to such a low standard of excellence as shown by Conway and her actions is incredibly frustrating and concerning. ”

    Alternative facts” and Conway’s use of constant spin in numerous televised interviews alludes to the discussions we’ve heard about fake news and its harmful effects on Americans in every state across the nation. We’re made to question our own sense of reality, unable to break through the walls (no pun intended) our government has built around itself. Leaders within the political arena are kept separate from the American public– we’re living in dangerous times.

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  44. Whitney Shepherd

    Being a PR student, we have been taught the number one rule which is to stay away from “spinning” as it can only lead to destruction of our client and the lost of professional credibility if not immediately than down the road. What does concern me however, is that although many can argue that Kellyanne Conway is now the subject of comedy and has lost the trust of the public, there are many citizens who still believe her and trust in her. Piggybacking off of the fake news post, I feel it goes along the same lines of those who share fake news stories are those who believe Kellyanne is bringing honesty and integrity into the media with her “alternative facts”. The question I wonder about now is how does our profession move on after having a practitioner working in one the highest and most respected offices in the world, “spinning” facts, telling stories, and making accusations without checking credible resources. I wonder who does PR for Kellyanne?

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  45. Tyler Weatherly

    Although it’s laughable it’s also scary – it hasn’t even been a month of Trump being in office and it almost seems like everything he or the people who represent him say, it’s untrue or a mistake. I do believe it’s of upmost importance for PR practitioners to be honest and forthright – or – know when to walk away when something seems unethical. Not only has it tarnished her own reputation, it’s (helped) to tarnish the president’s reputation, and overall push the American public’s views of this entire transition become even more polar. It’s a slippery slope spinning things that are easy to fact-check

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  46. Michael Mastropierro

    Losing credibility is probably the worst thing that can happen to a PR or any other media professional. It should be especially important to Kellyanne Conway to keep her credibility in tact because her client is the president and she represents the White House. Unfortunately, we’re living in a time where we get lied to almost everyday by the White House’s press representatives. It’s going to be interesting to say the least entering the media world as my classmates and I will under this President. But back to credibility, I think Conway is a perfect example of why it is so important. She has become a running joke and no one in the public or in the media takes her seriously anymore. I have a feeling that the size of the audience at the inauguration and the fabricated Bowling Green massacre will not be the only lies we are told. Conway will continue to have egg on her face because there’s no way she will be able to gain her credibility back.

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  47. Neil A. Carousso

    Kellyanne Conway clearly made a mistake in referencing the “Bowling Green Massacre.” She probably convoluted the case, knowing that the two Iraqi citizens, Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan, were indicted on federal terrorism charges for providing support to terrorists in Iraq, but communicating it ineffectively. Conway is one of President Donald J. Trump’s top advisors and is expected to get all the facts correct.

    The media is also responsible for getting the facts correct, but are not held accountable too often, except when our President brings it to the forefront on his powerful Twitter account or otherwise. While President Barack Obama did not explicitly ban all Iraqi refugees in 2011, Obama’s state department did put an end to processing Iraqi refugee requests for six months. The Obama Administration did not disclose the policy, but ABC News reported on it in 2013.

    Unlike the Trump Administration’s coverage in the first two weeks, the Obama Administration was largely covered with respectful media coverage of the Commander-In-Chief. Of course, today, we have many more media outlets with a high scrutiny and a deep political divide.

    The media is also wrong to label the Trump executive order on suspending immigration from terror nations for 90-days and refugees for 120-days, except from Syrian immigrants and refugees that were suspended “indefinitely” under the order, until a new screening process is implemented as a “Muslim ban” or “religious test.” That is false and anyone who reads the law would understand that is a gross mischaracterization of the law, signed by President Trump. The seven nations, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Syria, have been on an Obama Administration list, communicated with the Trump Administration. These nations fail to communicate about international travelers like the rest of the world. The FBI and CIA have also testified that the Islamic State has been working to infiltrate the U.S. immigration and refugee populations as exploited in Europe leading to terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels.

    Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrats supported a “pause” on refuges in the past. As Schumer said in November 2011, it “may be necessary.”

    This type of context and examining the law by law professionals is crucial. Unfortunately, people hear what they want to hear, ignoring facts.

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  48. Haylee Pollack

    This truly exemplifies the difference between good public relations and bad. We learn in school and throughout our lives that it is always better to tell the truth, because the truth will always reveal itself in the end. So why is Kellyanne Conway and whoever is telling her to say the things she is saying convinced that spinning the truth is the best way to gain the trust of the american people? Those who support Trump already support him and will not mind the spin and “alternative facts” being spoken about. Yet it is those who do not support him that are paying attention to the false information being provided by the Trump administration, which is why they need to start speaking the truth if they want respect, support and for our nation to come together. If they don’t, it will be a huge problem of trust within our country and for the future.

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  49. Briana Cunningham

    We are taught in our classes that the truth is always the best option, even if it doesn’t sound as good as “spun” facts. Yet some people still seem to believe that is only classroom talk and doesn’t apply in the real-world of PR. This is evidence that the ethical practices we are taught need to be acknowledged. In Media Ethics we were asked the hypothetical question: if your boss wanted you to do or say something unethical or untrue, would you do it? This is a great real-life scenario in which to consider that question. Not that she was necessarily asked to lie or “spin the truth,” but she had the choice between her job and her reputation and she clearly chose her job. And what is most unnerving is that she is known for her poor ethical choices, yet is in such a high political position.

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