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Sports Talk That Matters

Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant Years before switching to the public relations business when newspapers began to fail, my first job was as a sports reporter in what I considered the legitimate news business – journalism – as opposed to the manufactured news business – public relations. In those days, there were several unwritten rules…

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250 U.S. Mass Shootings in 2019 and Counting: When Will Something Be Done?

Both Sides in the Gun Debate Roll out Their Expected PR Messaging Andrew Blum, Principal, AJB Communications  “Ban Weapons of War,” blared the headline of a New York Post front-page editorial the Monday after the two latest mass shootings struck in El Paso and Dayton within 24 hours of each other. The right-leaning tabloid is…

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Fake News, Fake Anguish, Fake Debates? You Decide

(Even When It’s Real, Radio, TV News and Debates Are Also Shams) Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant So episode two of the multi-channel sham TV series mischaracterized as Democratic debates is history. And again a direct line between the president of the United States and the cable networks has been proven: Donald Trump says that…

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Billionaire Launches First Cannabis-tied Cryptocurrency and Global Hemp Exchange

CommPRO Editorial Staff  Alkiviades David and his Swiss-based consortium have launched The Swissx Bank of Cannabis headquartered in Gstaad and with a Caribbean headquarters to be named soon. The Bank also operates SWX Coin, a cryptocurrency based on Bitcoin’s blockchain with single unit pricing is pegged directly to the median global price of premium hemp…

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Facebook Owns Our Data. Should It Own Our Wallets?

Wendy Glavin, Founder & CEO, Wendy Glavin Agency Since 2016, Facebook ( (FB[NGS] – $203.88 0.03 (0.01%) Trade )) has faced numerous scandals, including its news feed, its Beacon program, third-party apps accessing and exposing users’ personal data, its mood-manipulation experiment, the Cambridge Analytica fiasco which exposed ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, GDPR, massive data thefts, violations about Germany’s hate…

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If I Were Advising The Democratic Approach To The 2020 Election

(A Roadmap To Defeating ‘The Pinocchio President,’ Who Likes Dictators And Demeans Democratic Governments) Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant Even though the Democrats haven’t yet decided on their 2020 presidential candidate, the campaign for the White House has been under way even before Donald Trump was sworn in as president. But the first official Democratic…

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How to Track Policy Issues in the Media

Madeline McCabe, Senior Analyst, PublicRelay Today’s modern communications teams are responsible for protecting more than a company’s reputation, they are tasked with communicating their brand position on key issues, influencing target audiences, and even working with the public affairs department to track policy issues and lobby for its interests. To do the job well, professionals…

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Being Sarah Sanders

Joshua Kroon, Vice President, LEVICK As Sarah Sanders prepares to leave the Trump Administration, there’s only one way to describe her tenure as press secretary: unprecedented. From canceling the White House’s longstanding daily press briefing to comparing reporters to her three young children, Sarah Sanders was a press secretary who pushed the boundaries of the position.…

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A Spokesperson’s Balancing Act

Donald P. Mazzella, COO & Editorial Director, Information Strategies, Inc. A company spokesperson has two key audiences: external and internal. Balancing these two segments is the key to success in this role. Internally, the overriding desire is to present the company in the best possible light as the marketplace requires more and more information disclosure.…

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What Is It Like to Be Deputy Managing Editor of the New York Times?

What is it like to work at the New York Times? How has the paper adapted to the digital age? At a Meet the Media forum, a Times editor shared her inside perspective to help PR people gain a better understanding of the renowned outlet and its approach to journalism. Rebecca Blumenstein is Deputy Managing…

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The Day TV Journalism Died

  Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant We soon will be approaching June 1, the birthday of the death of TV journalism. And Americans who care about truthful, factual, accurate news should still be in mourning. People who grew up during the age of cable news might not know that once upon a time, TV journalism…

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New Crisis Management Term Ready For Takeoff: ‘Boeing Blame Shift’

Thomas J. Madden, Chairman and CEO, Transmedia Group It was a shock felt around the world. What could have caused the two crashes of Boeing’s newest, most technologically sophisticated airplanes that claimed the lives of 346 people? According to Boeing, it was not the product which the company described as a safe airplane, but how customers, the…

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Media Bias? ‘Fake News’

(Or Are Political Supporters And the Smith’s and Jones’s of the U.S. Paranoid?) Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant There is one issue that Republicans, Democrats, independents and people who have no interest in politics should be able to agree on: Today, the claim of media bias is led by President Trump, his “see no evil,…

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Does Your Body Language Sabotage or Support Your Message?

Dianna Booher The perception of “personal presence” dictates decisions and actions every day. People with presence look confident and comfortable, speak clearly and persuasively, think clearly even under pressure. They act with intention.  People with presence reflect on their emotions, attitudes, and situations and then adapt. They accept responsibility for themselves and the results they…

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Soul Train 

J.D. “Jim” Fox Former FBI Director James Comey is the most fascinating character of our perilous times.   He arguably prevented the election of one presidential candidate, then got fired by the one who did win.    Comey is obviously very concerned with his own public image as a straight-up lawman, having already published an explanatory…

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Boeing’s Crisis PR Response: Do Not Copy

Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant There are five ways during my career as a reporter, editor and PR pro that stand out as ways an entity or individual responded to a PR crisis.   They are: Being aggressive and unleashing a pro-active campaign extolling all the good done over many years that those receiving negative…

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Brian Gefter On Leadership

A simple definition of leadership is the action of leading a group of people. This doesn’t sound complicated, yet anything that involves multiple people is never as simple as it might look. There are a variety of factors that surround what makes a person a good leader. Establishing a clear vision, communicating that vision to…

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The ‘Strategic’ versus ‘Tactical’ CEO

Joshua Kroon, Vice President, LEVICK There are enormous differences between a tactical CEO and a strategic one. In the past, most executives could afford to be tactical – they could focus on the day-to-day, on cash flow, on putting out fires, etc. Those days are increasingly behind us, and corporate executives are finding that, suddenly,…

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Gobbledygook

Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant My first job in the media business was as a sports journalist, where when reporters questioned mangers and coaches most answers were given in what was then called “coach talk.” Examples: Reporter to baseball manager: “How long are you going to go with Tommy at shortstop, given that he’s lost…

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