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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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TV Re-run Time

Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant When Gilbert and Sullivan wrote, “The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra la,” for Nanki-Poo to sing in their comic opera, “The Mikado,” they had no idea that the lyrics might apply to the American political scene. Substitute the word “candidates” for “flowers” and the lyrics depict what passes…

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Mea Culpa

Dr. Arthur Solomon* A few months ago, when discussing the political scene with friends and family members, I was accused of being devoid of principles. One comment hit me like a blow to the solar plexus delivered by a heavyweight boxing champion. The stinging comment, made by a lawyer, no less, was that that I…

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##Post Mueller Report: The Spin is On

Neil Foote, President & Founder, Foote Communications The spin doctors and pundits are out in full force. The release of the Mueller Report – at least the U.S. Attorney General William Barr summary of it – has cable TV interpreting the what was actually written – and what was intimated by the memo. Let’s just say…

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A Maverick’s Approach To PR Crises (And the Mueller Report)

Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant There are several important lessons that young PR practitioners who want to specialize in crisis PR can learn from the Mueller report. The most important one is that once an individual or individuals are involved in a crisis it becomes part of their DNA and can be revived by the…

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#MuellerReport – Managing the ‘Spin’ Game

David E. Johnson, CEO, Strategic Vision PR Group The long wait is over.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued his report  – on his investigation into alleged collusion by President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election and obstruction of justice by President Trump into the investigation – to the Department of Justice.  After…

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The Pundits Finally Got It Right

Arthur Solomon, Public Relations Consultant For years, I’ve been writing about the inaccuracy of the opinions of political TV pundits. I now owe them an apology. They finally got one right. Special counsel Robert Mueller handed in his report to the Attorney General on Friday, March 22. There was no doubt that the pundits would…

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