Tag Archives: The New York Times

“SuPeR Sarah!”

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In Superman comics, there’s a “Bizarro World” in which everything is the opposite of how it should be. In the White House, there’s “Sarah’s World.” This week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if the president, having been accused of sexual misconduct by many women, was in a position to criticize others. “We feel strongly that the… Read more »

Ethics according to SPiceR

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When former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a self-mocking cameo appearance at the Emmy Awards last Sunday, I, like much of the audience, was surprised and delighted. I thought, “It’s so cool that Spicer’s able to laugh at himself, and we can laugh with him!” Then I began reading reactions on social media and commentary from journalists on… Read more »

APologies & Regrets, Inc.

I may open a public relations firm named Apologies & Regrets, Inc. I could have made a fortune last week if my clients were Pepsi, United Airlines and Sean Spicer. Each of them created a PR mess followed by various degrees of apologies: Sean Spicer: The White House press secretary, commenting on Syrian President Assad’s use of chemical gas on his… Read more »

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… Read more »

This nasty PResidential election

NOTE TO MY READERS: We’ve had some issues with the new design of PR Nation so it looks a different, but we’re now well on our way to a final design. Thanks for your patience. This is my 11th presidential election and I and every other American have never seen anything like it. There’s not a single example in our presidential election… Read more »

Pants on fiRe!

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It’s generally accepted that politicians–from your local council member to the nation’s president–occasionally bend the truth to make a point or a promise. Getting votes by telling people what they want to hear, or avoiding controversy by not telling people what they should hear, is a sad reality of political life. As in public relations, truth is a valuable commodity and those who tell it… Read more »

"More PopulaR than Jesus"

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As I’m teaching “Pop, Rock and PR,” one of my favorite episodes in pop music history began with a March 1966 interview in the London Evening Standard. The article mentioned that Beatle John Lennon was “reading extensively about religion,” and quoted him saying, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink…We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first—rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all… 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 »

The PoweR of Stepping Back

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I forbid the use of electronic devices in class.  It’s distracting and rude when a student pulls out a cellphone.  It’s also upsetting when I see a family at dinner with their attention focused on phones instead of personal interaction.  And texting while driving?  It’s potentially deadly and completely unnecessary.  But our screens too often prevent us from focusing and reflecting on what and who is right in front… Read more »