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2016: When PR Turned to the Dark Side

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:49:05 +0000

2016 was the year when the currents that have slowly eroded the tenuous relationship between journalists and PR pros coalesced to create an existential crisis that may not be easily remedied. Yesterday’s Trump presser was the first salvo in what will surely be a contentious period for news organizations hoping to ferret out the truth. […]

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Fake News and Its Threat to Democracy

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 02:02:10 +0000

My first social media post of the day happened on Facebook and involved Twitter. It cited USA Today’s story on Twitter’s audacious decision to ban from its platform hundreds of offensive “alt right” accounts. My morning gripe had less to do with Twitter’s sudden cleanse of hate-spreaders on its platform and more about the absence […]

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Periscope Is (A)Live

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:36:56 +0000

Just as it appeared that Facebook Live would do to Periscope what Periscope did to Meerkat, the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives breathed new life into the fledgling, real-time video-streaming app owned by Twitter (Nasdaq: TWTR). Here’s the lede from ABC News: The Democratic sit-in over gun control last night almost fell into […]

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Schumer’s No Trainwreck

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 21:37:08 +0000

My wife and I finally had a chance to catch up on some flicks during last weekend’s rain-fest in New York. (There’s only so much bingeing one can do on “House of Cards,” “Billions” and “Vice.”) We decided to test our tolerance for the tasteless “Trainwreck,” the tortured NYC love story written by and starring […]

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Keep Politics Out Of Your Business

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:04:28 +0000

As an agency owner and keen observer of the circus that doubles as the American political process this election year, I’m finding it difficult to hold my tongue. I was reminded of this recently when tech influencer and newly minted VR executive Robert Scoble laid down the rules for continued inclusion in his Facebook-capped group […]

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Trump Campaign Manager Accosts Reporter

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 17:02:10 +0000

The industry’s most effective public relations professionals zealously guard and champion the interests of their clients. They know the mindsets of those they’re paid to serve and what keeps them awake at night. Sometimes, however, this unfettered devotion crosses an ethical boundary as several folks witnessed last night when Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski […]

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Can Vice Be Trusted?

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 18:11:47 +0000

Washington Post long-time media reporter Paul Farhi today takes to task millennials’ favorite media empire Vice for allegedly modifying or expunging news stories in order to placate or avoid embarrassment for its advertisers. He wrote: “But there’s another side to Vice’s pace-setting journalism and dramatic business rise. At times, the company has blurred the lines between […]

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