Tag Archives: New York Times

Screwed-up PRiorities

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If ISIS terrorists or North Koreans had booked a room at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Hotel and fired on a crowd of thousands–killing 58 and wounding more than 500–millions of Americans would support going to war to defeat them. But because it was an American who purchased these guns legally, little-to-nothing will be done to stop it from happening again…. Read more »

Teaching in the Post-tRuth era

“(The public’s democratic judgment is) not to be relied upon…they could very easily vote for the wrong man or want the wrong thing, so that they had to be guided from above.” –Edward Bernays, the “Father of Modern PR” “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things… Read more »

What PuRpose?

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There will be many more chapters written as Americans come to terms with the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, who was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. In addition to the many ramifications of the incident and events following the grand jury’s decision, the government, law enforcement and public… Read more »

PR and big data

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My friend and PR mentor Bert Cunningham frequently suggests topics for Public Relations Nation. As I’ve done before, I asked Bert to be a guest columnist this week. I’m very happy he’s again providing us with his wise observations. I recently had the pleasure of speaking to one of Professor Morosoff’s PR classes. One of the challenges, and opportunities, discussed was that PR pros… Read more »

"APology theatRe"

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Andrew Ross Sorkin’s recent column for The New York Times, “Too Many Sorry Excuses for an Apology” focused on the recent barrage of “I’m sorrys” from leaders when something went wrong or offended people.  In the article, social observer Dov Seidman labeled what we’ve been seeing as “apology theater.” “Target’s chief executive, Gregg W. Steinhafel, apologized for a security breach that… Read more »

Playing bRidge

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If it’s your turn to “lead” in the complicated card game of bridge, you may play any card in your hand.  The object is to win “tricks” for your side. Such is the case with what’s becoming known as “Bridge-gate,” the political scandal emanating from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s office.  In a ploy to “punish” the mayor of Fort Lee for not… Read more »

Why a newspaPeR?

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The newspaper, to paraphrase Monty Python, is not quite dead. To hear Robert Zimmerman, partner at Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc. tell it, the printed paper is still an essential tool in the public relations practitioners’ kit.  Zimmerman made this point to the students attending last week’s conference staged by Hofstra’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter.  He noted that because the Internet allows us… Read more »

A PaRty like it's 1999

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“They (Obama’s campaign) were playing chess while we (Romney’s team) was playing checkers.” So said “a senior member” of the Romney campaign’s digital team, according to last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine article, “The Late Adopters.” The feature story by Robert Draper focused on the Republican Party’s image crisis and its snail-paced march toward the digital age.  Throughout the campaign, young Republican consultants pitched software and technology,… Read more »

Re-PuRposing kindness

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On a chilly mid-November night, a 25-year old New York City cop named Lawrence DePrimo bought a $75 pair boots for a homeless man.  Jennifer Foster, a tourist from Arizona, snapped a photo and overheard what DePrimo, who lives on Long Island with his parents, said to the man.  Foster, a communications (PR) officer in the Pinal County sheriff’s office, told the NYPD, “The officer said, ‘I… Read more »