A Missed Shot

In the PR fiasco that was the Bush administration’s handling of Vice President Dick Cheney’s hunting accident in Texas this week, did they miss an enormous opportunity to score some points with the media and the American public — two constituencies that have grown increasingly hostile toward this administration? Here’s the thinking: The Veep accidentally…

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Just One Of Those Days

White House press secretary Scott McClellan had one of those days yesterday. By one of those days, I mean the kind where a PR professional knows he’s/she’s going to get asked challenging questions. McClellan’s day at the podium responding to Vice President Dick Cheney’s accidental shooting of a fellow hunter was definitely one of those…

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Putting Penn To Paper

Most people know John Krakauer as the author of “Into Thin Air,” the book he wrote about the ill-fated Everest expedition (I had a chance to meet Krakauer in person at a book signing in northern New Jersey after “Into Thin Air” was published). I’ve made it a point to read just about anything he…

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And The Response Is…

Ron Torossian responds somewhat quickly to yesterday’s gaff-pearance in Gawker. Rather than take the opportunity to explain the rationale behind his crass marching orders to his staff, Torossian instead responds with his own personal celebrity missive.

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Spin Gets Spun

Paul Holmes over at The Holmes Report nails it in a post today on the difference between unadulterated spin and relationship-building. You’ll have a hard time finding a better example/definition than the one Paul offers up.

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Putting The “Ack!” In Flack

I’ve worked with some of the top PR people in the business. People who lead communications functions for multibillion dollar global corporations. The reason they are at the top of the profession is because they have class. Which brings me to Ronn Torossian, leader of the high-flying pitch palace, 5W. By all accounts, his agency’s…

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Putting The "Ack!" In Flack

I’ve worked with some of the top PR people in the business. People who lead communications functions for multibillion dollar global corporations. The reason they are at the top of the profession is because they have class. Which brings me to Ronn Torossian, leader of the high-flying pitch palace, 5W. By all accounts, his agency’s…

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Broadcast News Redux

Without saying so directly, David Bianculli, a TV critic at New York’s The Daily News, adds to the spiraling shrinkage in credibility of network news. Bianculli armchair quarterback’s the decision by ABC to have World News Tonight news anchor David Woodruff report live from Iraq (Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were seriously injured by…

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