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PeRception, the PResident and Puerto Rico

They say perception is everything. It can sometimes be a matter of life and death. Just ask Puerto Rico. According to CNBC, “It has been more than a week since Hurricane Maria wreaked devastation on Puerto Rico, destroying the power grid and leaving millions without access to necessities. Emergency supplies of food, water and gas have begun to arrive at… Read more »

An apPRehensive 4th

If July 4th weekend is the time to celebrate America, then why, according to recent polls, is our nation so anxious? Perhaps it’s the behavior of the president that’s making many of us deeply apprehensive. MSNBC co-anchors and real-life couple Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski were finishing their morning show Thursday when the president tweeted, “I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe… Read more »

UPside down and backwaRd

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For many, the nation has been turned upside down and backward by the election of Donald Trump. While millions celebrated, millions including me were shocked that this modern-day P.T. Barnum (see my 2011 blog post “P.T. Trump”) will be the next president of the United States. What’s especially troubling is that Hillary Clinton lost even though she received 623,000 more votes*. Social media is now filled with petitions… Read more »

A blown Photo oppoRtunity

It seems President Obama got some bad PR advice this week.  Why he didn’t visit a center housing some of the more than 50,000 children who have crossed our borders in the past several months was, frankly, beyond me. According to CNN, “Texas Governor Rick Perry and others are lashing out at President Obama’s decision not to tour border facilities overwhelmed by a flood… Read more »

"UnPRoven science stuff"

Climate change could really use some positive PR right now. President Obama announced new steps last week to cut carbon emissions, promote energy efficiency and boost solar power. “There are cost-effective ways to tackle climate change and create jobs at the same time,” he said. The president added that 300 organizations and companies have pledged to expand their use of solar energy,… Read more »

When PRotected speech isn't

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When does free speech become unprotected speech?  A couple of incidents this week proved that while saying something potentially offensive won’t land you in jail, it sure might cost you your job. For example, on Saturday, media company IAC “parted ways” with company PR executive Justine Sacco who, the day before, tweeted: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”… Read more »

SPitzeR to Weiner: "Thanks"

There’s little to be happy about in the sordid, still unfolding story of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.  Unless you’re Eliot Spitzer. Former New York Governor Spitzer, you recall, is the former governor because a year into his administration he was found to have paid several high-priced call girls for their services.  It was a violation of law and a massive error… Read more »

Ill-PRepared for disaster

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Following one of this week’s top stories–the Carnival cruise ship Triumph’s disaster when a fire caused a power failure and subsequent awful sanitary conditions–I’ve sampled opinions on the company’s handling of the crisis: PR executive Doug Elmets said in a CBS interview, “The self dubbed ‘most popular cruise line in the world’ has quickly become the opposite.  It’s not just because of the conditions… Read more »