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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 »

Avoiding PRedictions

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Here we are in August and there’s less than three months to go before the presidential election. After a horrible couple of weeks of ongoing verbal jousting, outrageous comments and misinformed statements, Donald Trump has started to rapidly sink in the polls, with one having Hillary Clinton ahead nationally by 15 points. I have purposely avoided making any predictions regarding… Read more »

PRimary choices

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If you believe polls, Tuesday’s New York presidential primary this Tuesday will see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump emerge as winners. Both New York residents will have what is typical of most primaries: victories in their home state. New Yorkers can only cast a vote for a candidate in the party in which they are registered. Republicans will decide if they support the controversial GOP front-runner Trump or… Read more »

Past PRecedents

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From time to time Public Relations Nation posts a guest blog written by a Hofstra student. Danielle Kent is a senior majoring in public relations at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. The observations expressed here belong to the writer: Donald Trump. The man whose notoriety once stemmed from firing contestants on “The Apprentice” has since been making waves as… Read more »

PResidential vitriol

“Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”  — Sen. Lloyd Bensten (1988) I long for the days when the quote above was the nastiest personal insult ever hurled at a candidate during a televised national debate. Senator Dan Quayle was running for vice president against Senator… Read more »

PRimary tactic

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As the Nevada primary spelled the end of Jeb Bush’s candidacy, I remained fascinated by a tweet he posted just days earlier, first for its content, second for its feedback, and third for the tactic’s anemic impact. The former Florida governor posted a photo of a handgun with “Gov. Jeb Bush” engraved on it, with the simple caption “America.” Was this tweet an… Read more »

A debate PRoposal

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It’s popular to blame “the media” for much of the world’s troubles: cultural decline, celebration of celebrity, negative news, etc. Survey after survey shows many Americans believe reporters are biased, so it’s become good politics to bash those working in media. This was especially true after last week’s debate in which “candidates were highly critical of the CNBC crew, accusing them… Read more »

Politicizing tRagedy

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Since I blogged in December 2012 about the horrific shootings of 20 young children and six women in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been many more mass shootings in the U.S., the latest last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where nine people were cut down by a gunman. As a PR guy, I wondered back then how the National Rifle Association… Read more »

UnPRecedented candidacy

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All summer long I’ve avoided posting anything about Donald Trump. Like many, I haven’t taken his candidacy for president seriously. Ignoring him has been difficult, given how the news and entertainment media have been somewhat obsessed with every word the billionaire utters. I feel badly for the other Republican candidates. I’ve blogged about the GOP’s efforts to re-brand the party and how… Read more »

Self-fulfilling PRophecy

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Let’s start with full disclosure: I generally support President Obama and the Democratic Party. I usually avoid politics in this blog, but there are a few public relations lessons to be learned from Election Day 2014. It’s generally agreed that Democrats suffered significant setbacks, losing several governorships, House seats, and the Senate majority. I believe a combination of tactical errors caused their… Read more »