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Greece yesterday became the first developed nation to default on a loan from the International Monetary Fund, missing a €1.6 billion ($A2.19 billion) repayment to the global crisis lender. Zimbabwe was the last country to default in 2001. Greece currently owes its official lenders €242.8 billion ($A350.74 billion), which includes two bailout loans from the IMF and European governments made since 2010. The Greek Prime Minister has urged citizens to vote no in Sunday’s referendum, which may trigger Greece’s exit from the Eurozone. It would be the first country to do so. A yes vote could cause the PM’s government to collapse as high taxes and lower pensions are introduced, along with other spending cuts Europe has demanded as a condition of financial rescue. Headlines such as ‘Grease is not the word’ and ‘Grease frightening’ have been featured across Australia.
Nick Kyrgios has continued his Wimbledon fued with chair umpires during his second round, straight-sets win against Juan Monaco on Wednesday. A linesman halted play to complain to the chair umpire about Kyrgios’ language on court. A ball boy collapsed and fans took cover as Wimbledon experienced the hottest day ever recorded at the championships, at 35.7C. Bernard Tomic needed a medical break to get through his second round win against Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and will play defending champion Novak Djokovic in the third round. Sam Stosur joins Kyrgios and Tomic after defeating Urszula Radwanska in straight sets.
Details of a cross-party bill for same-sex marriage leaked Wednesday, with PM Tony Abbott and Minister for Employment Eric Abetz both speaking out against the proposed legislation on Thursday morning. Abetz questioned Australia’s commitment to the ‘Asian Century’ while Abbott said his government’s priorities were keeping the country safe and economic management. The debate has been propelled after the US Supreme Court voted in favour of same-sex marriage across the country over the weekend, finding bans unconstitutional.
Internal and external reviews have been announced for the ABC and its Q&A program, after audience member Zaky Mallah condemned the government’s proposed legislation to strip terrorists of their citizenship two weeks ago. The episode has since been replayed, and discussed on this week’s episode. The ABC board has appointed television veteran Ray Martin to conduct an audit of the program, while Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered a government inquiry into the public broadcaster. The Executive Producer has received a formal warning.
The Australian government is reconsidering the local terror alert level, after terrorism attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia over the past week. The alert level was lifted to ‘high’ in September last year. 38 people were killed at the resort town of Sousse in Tunisia, with 36 others wounded, while an explosion in a French factory lead to the discovery of a severed head, and a suicide chemical bombing at a Kuwait mosque killed 27 people. All three attacks were on 26 June.
Quote of the week: “Does it feel good to be in the chair up there? Does it feel strong to be in the chair?” – Nick Kyrgios has a run in with the umpire for the second match in a row at Wimbledon
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David Berkowitz is Chief Marketing Officer at agency MRY, where he spearheads marketing operations, directs the agency’s communication strategy, and gains visibility for its clients such as Coca-Cola, Visa, and Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he spent seven years at agency 360i, ultimately serving as Vice President of Emerging Media, having co-founded the agency’s social media practice in 2006 and led the Startup Outlook initiative.
He has spoken at more than 250 events around the world, including South by Southwest (SXSW) in Texas, Digital Age 2.0 in Brazil, Crowdsourcing Week in Singapore, and the keynote at Interactive Marketing Summit 2013 in Turkey. He has also been the featured speaker at corporate summits at the headquarters of Google, Coca-Cola, Cox Communications, and About.com.
David has written more than 500 bylines for outlets such as Advertising Age, The Economist, Mashable, and Mediapost. He has authored his own MarketersStudio blog since 2005. He has spoken at more than 200 events globally. While working as an editor at research firm eMarketer, he interviewed 175 executives and authors about technology and business.
He is frequently quoted online and in print, having appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the New York Post, the Associated Press, and USA Today. Ad Age, Ad Week, and PR Week have all named him among the most influential advertising and marketing professionals on Twitter.
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Stacy leads integrated marketing and communications, including brand, creative services, social media, corporate communications, external affairs, events and the company's social good initiatives. Stacy joined Mashable in December 2010 and the brand has since expanded globally, doubling its social media following and significantly increasing its monthly traffic. In January 2014, Mashable secured its first external capital raise.
Stacy has spent her career at the intersection of media, technology and social media. Before joining Mashable, Stacy spent nearly a decade in corporate communications and digital marketing at The New York Times. She was part of the team that launched the company’s first social media strategy. While at The New York Times, Stacy was recognized multiple times with the company's Chairman's Award.
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By James E. Lukaszewski ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA
Is this is the guy Americans want answering that 3 a.m. White House crisis call?
Truth is the rich people, who own the news media, make their own rules. They largely always have. Celebrities like Trump, America's Professional Buffoon, lives by his own rules because he can. The media re-inflates and reinvents him every day. No media, no inflation, no Trump. There is no truth with him, at any time, in any event. He is not alone.
Professional and collegiate sports is another playground, largely for rich owners and player thugs who make their own rules on and off the field. Adrian Peterson, as just one example, comes back to the Vikings, still proud of himself as a father; but vocally he feels insulted by the ball club for benching him for most of a season; regardless he gets dozens of millions. He is the creation of both main stream media and something called sports journalism (?).
Penn State, despite millions of words of criticism, buzz and commentary, actively resists learning lessons from its self-inflicted trouble – as does the rest of academic sports – because they can and because sports factions are far more powerful than their campus "bosses." University administrations have very few communicators, sometime only one or two. Their athletic departments often have cadres of paid communicators. It’s communications power that carries the day.
The rest of us always have to play by someone else's rules, someone else’s ideas of the truth. We remain powerless to “make our own rules,” assuming we really want to. For people like Trump, making the rules is the only remaining activity of interest for them. They have everything else.
By the way, NBC News did not announce that they would no longer cover Mr. Trump. The media can sniff out a good meal ticket from a long way off, and they never forget the taste of one either. Anything gets covered if it draws an audience. And as we see time and time again, if there is no crowd, the media knows to show up at night with lights and the crowds will come. What’s the lesson there?
NBC News are the same folks who have now hidden their famous broadcaster who lied and got caught in plain sight in a position where he will no longer be held accountable for the truth. He, like Mr. Trump, has become a member of the “Theme Park of Truth,” which cooks up truth every day. What do we know?
John Naisbitt, the futurist author of Megatrends, refers to Washington D.C. as The Theme Park of Democracy, and so it is. Really fun and often inspiring to go there, even more so if you work there, but it’s all daily make-believe. Remember how nothing happened when the Republicans shut down the federal government for a month or so? If you really want to find out what’s happening in America, go have lunch at a factory (if you can find one), or a school, or an office building, or a jail. Avoid government press rooms and the news conferences of elected officials. These are fabrication factories.
In reality, we (PR people and other bloviators) need to be careful to comment on or about things and people that really exist and matter . . . the rich and the high-profile people make their own world and are largely playing in it away from the rest of us. Donald Trump will always be a billionaire jerk . . . but who cares?
It's all showbiz for these people, most of whom have the brightest, most well paid advisors in media, PR and other business areas. You never see these important private advisors commenting or giving public advice. It's what their bosses want that matters . . .
When it's titan against titan, played out on their favorite playground – the new and news media – what the minions have to say is largely irrelevant. And the lessons are very rare indeed.
We read about common folk these days when they are shot to death in a church, or by an arrogant police officer. Then, after the innocents are dead, we learn about some of them. But the media always talks more about the criminals.
My father had what he called his "Blab Off" switch in our living room TV. When stupid stuff came on he just hit the switch . . . it drove the rest of us crazy. On the Trump and similar nonstories, we need to learn my father's lesson . . . shut it off until something worthwhile shows up. If we stopped watching and listening when there are no lessons nor useful entertainment, CNN would be off the air 6.5 days a week, Fox would have totally gone along with the other purely bloviating information purveyors. Even the Weather Channel would be off four days/week as there is so much non-weather junk there. Trump would remain the rich but lesson-less airhead guy and we wouldn’t get more of what we are not getting now, sensible, constructive, useful substance.
Where is "Blab Off" when we need it?
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By Mary C. Long, Chief Ghost, Digital Media Ghost
In what is being framed as a show of solidarity against discrimination, racism and all things evil, Macy’s has enthusiastically boarded the Donald Trump Hate Train along with NBC and Univision. But before others rush to get their tickets stamped, they should consider the destination from a PR standpoint – because it might not be one they’ll be happy to visit.
The hate wave started thanks to Trump himself, of course. His viewpoint on immigration is extreme, and the way he expressed it was pretty unnecessary, inflammatory and ‘in your face.’ Why, it’s enough to alienate half of the country and make his chances at being a serious Republican primary contender that much less so . . . or is it?
The timing for his remarks couldn’t have been more perfectly thought out, as he’s undoubtedly well aware. With Americans on both sides of the aisle concerned about ISIS, the recent threat alerts issued for The Fourth, and borders so far from secure it’s a travesty – Trump calling for increasing our Southern security is something (much of) America wants.
But saying so isn’t okay. And mostly because ‘build a wall’ advocates tend to lose patience with the ‘open border’ narrative and speak to the most negative aspects of illegal immigration (much like open border folks emphasize positive aspects) – and that’s what Trump did here. Political discussions are polarizing and aren’t primarily focused on feelings, they’re focused on facts. It’s the same with business. And THAT is something Trump understands. And, like it or not, it’s something the American people respect.
Univision taking action against Trump is decisive and deserved. They obviously have strong leadership and understand their demographic. But it’s also where the sideways spin unfortunately started, with Univision’s CEO Randy Falco explaining his thinking this way: ‘We cannot be associated with insulting and intolerant speech that brands an entire community of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. as people who bring drugs, crime and rape into our country.’”
Did you catch that? “An entire community of Mexican immigrants in the U.S.” Not illegal immigrants getting nabbed by border guards, and the further subset to which Trump’s remarks apply, but the entire community. The distinction is significant.
And then we have NBC. In a turn nobody expected, after the network inexplicably kept on its shamed Nightly News anchor (though in a lesser capacity), NBC severed ties with its cash cow, The Donald. Why? Was it their commitment to a higher moral ethic suddenly kicking in? Or was it because he did something that has become taboo these days: expressed an uncomfortable political opinion publicly?
OR – could NBC really have misunderstood Trump’s words to be an overarching condemnation of ALL Mexican-Americans? One would assume NBC is well versed in the nuances of language. Apparently not: “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”
And now, as the Hate Train picks up steam, we have Macy’s climbing aboard and waving enthusiastically at passersby. "We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation."
Well, and neither does Trump, as he’s stated repeatedly: "I love the Mexican people and have great respect for Mexico," Trump says. "But Mexico has totally taken advantage of the United States, both at the border and at trade. I'm exposing the truth."
Can you see how this is building upon itself? Can you see how ANY uncomfortable political viewpoint could be blown beyond its obvious intent similarly? And do you REALLY want to encourage this bombastic behavior?
If so, climb aboard the hate train, but just understand where it will take you - and what it will say about you and your business. Because although political affiliation (and retaliation around it) may not be protected in whatever state you reside, you really never know where shareholders or potential business partners fall on the political spectrum, nor can you be sure of their comfort level with yours.
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