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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 »

Potential deal bReakers

When it comes to making decisions, there’s often a “deal breaker,” that one situation that’ll stop us from moving ahead. If we’re choosing a college, nasty-looking dorms or a sarcastic recruiter might be deal breakers. When we’re car shopping, a mediocre sound system or a pushy salesperson might make us look elsewhere. Even small decisions such which movie to see… Read more »

PRoofread before you covfefe

In another controversy-filled week which included Russia, climate change and James Comey, the nation’s attention was briefly distracted by Donald Trump’s midnight Twitter burp: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”. Commentators struggled to interpret the word’s meaning, memes swamped the internet, and the word provided mega-material for late-night comedians. Most concluded the president probably dozed off at the keyboard, but not… Read more »

Farewell, Mr. PResident

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There are a lot of Americans who believe Barack Obama was a failed president. Others see his presidency as a great success and by many measures, it has been. According to The Atlantic, “In January of 2009—the month Obama was inaugurated—the American economy lost 791,000 jobs. Now—eight years later—the U.S. has experienced 75 consecutive months of job growth.” Unemployment has dropped from 10 percent to 4.7… 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 »

Our Post-tRuth era

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In public relations courses, seminars and conferences, teachers and professionals tirelessly emphasize the importance of telling the truth. Facts are placed front and center in our lessons; without truth and facts, there’s little hope for credibility and success when representing an institution, client or individual. Time magazine columnist Joel Stein believes we’ve moved past telling the truth, noting that Oxford Dictionaries… 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 »

100 Sundays, 100 "Public Relations Nation" posts

I’m proud to say that this is the 100th “Public Relations Nation” and I haven’t missed a Sunday post since it launched. A wide array of topics have been observed and dissected by my readers and I; we’ve tackled PR issues from Trump to Twitter; from Ivy Lee to Frank Luntz; from good grammar to bad judgement; from Apple’s successful branding to LIPA’s communications debacle. The 350-word blog has been viewed 12,000 times since… Read more »

Taking a PRincipled stand

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Republican Congressman Todd Akin, speaking on pregnancies resulting from rape, said earlier this month, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.” The Romney campaign reacted with a statement: “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement.” Last week, Richard Mourdock, an Indiana Republican candidate for U.S. Senate said, “I think, even… Read more »

P.T. Trump

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The 2011 version of P.T. Barnum, Donald Trump has become the nation’s–to use President Obama’s words–“carnival barker.”  P.T. Barnum (photo, top right), you’ll remember, was the shameless 19th century promoter of many things odd and spectacular.  Many of his claims and circus curiosities were untrue but people paid to see them, hence his oft-quoted theory: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”  Trump (photo, bottom… Read more »