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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 »

PRopaganda and PoweR

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After weeks of unprecedented assaults on the media by the president and his representatives, it’s worth remembering Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s minister of propaganda. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Goebbels was responsible for presenting a favorable image of the Nazi regime to the German people…He took control of the national propaganda machinery, controlling the press, radio, theater, films, literature, music, and the… Read more »

Staying PoweR

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According to latest estimates, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” rode a wave of nostalgia and promotion last week. More than six million people have watched the four-part Netflix sequel to the popular TV series so far. While not the service’s biggest hit, “Gilmore Girls” is an example of how a show which left the airwaves nine years ago can… Read more »

PR success for "The Wiz Live!"

From time to time Public Relations Nation posts a guest blog by a Hofstra student. Ashley Zachariah of West Hartford, Connecticut is a public relations graduate student at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University. Check out Ashley’s take on last week’s NBC broadcast of The Wiz Live!: ___________________________________________________ NBC’s The Wiz Live! that aired on December 3 certainly “eased… Read more »

The PeRil of spin

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It was a very tough week for journalism. The untimely deaths of CBS’s Bob Simon and The New York Times’ David Carr shocked their colleagues and followers, as did the announced departure of Jon Stewart from “The Daily Show”. While Stewart always insists he’s just a comedian, there’s no denying his profound influence on how we receive the news. However, little dominated the… 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 »

PRior imPRoPRieties

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Because public relations practitioners often focus on forming, reinforcing or changing public opinion, I’m intrigued by the candidacies of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner.  Spitzer, the former New York governor who solicited prostitutes and was forced to resign in 2008, declared this week that he is running for New York City comptroller.  He already leads in early polls.  Weiner, the former Queens… Read more »

Doing the P-R-ight Thing

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Doing the “right” thing is always the best kind of PR.  Take P.C. Richard, for example.  The “TV, audio and appliance giant” was closed Thanksgiving Day, and ran its annual print ads denouncing retailers who asked their employees to work. “Save Thanksgiving,” reads the ad. “We value our time with our families and we know you do, too.  That’s why again this year we’ve… Read more »