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James Comey Goes from FBI Figurehead to Trump Antagonist

David Diaz, Senior Executive, Davenport Laroche  Not that long ago, James Comey thought he would be FBI Director for several more years. Most of his predecessors served for a decade or more, emphasizing the apolitical nature of their position. That all changed when both political parties alleged bias in the FBI during the 2016 presidential election.  After his election, President…

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Hope Hicks Resigns as White House Communications Director: A Big Crisis or Just One More PR Problem for the Trump Administration?

You Need a Flow Chart to Track the White House Crises and Staff Turnover Andrew Blum, Principal, AJB Communications To paraphrase Nicholas Cage’s character in “Con Air,” if the fourth White House Communications Director had resigned during any other administration, that might stand out as unusual. Cage, of course, was talking about a Corvette attached to a…

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A Subdued Trump: But Still Some Dog Whistles

Virgil Scudder, President, Virgil Scudder & Associates “All politicians lie.  If they don’t, they don’t get elected.  And, if they manage to slip through once, they don’t get re-elected.” Those were the words of Dr. Fred Blevens, Professor of Communications at Florida International University, at an ethics seminar produced by the Public Relations Society of America—Miami chapter—and…

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Of Trump, Tweets and Tabloid?

Michael Hart, Host, The Michael Hart Show Recently, the Twitter-enamored President, Donald Trump, put the American News Media on high alert with his Tweet: “I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the…

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#6 MOST-VIEWED EVENT in 2017: How the Trump Administration May Impact Shareholder Activism – Part II (Webinar On-Demand)

Webinar Overview As President Donald J. Trump continues to build out his administration, it remains far from clear how activists will fare under a Trump administration and whether a Trump administration will foster a climate that is more or less facilitative of shareholder activism.  On Thursday, February 16, 2017, CommPRO hosted a webinar, moderated by Keith Gottfried, leader…

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AT&T-Time Warner vs. Trump’s DoJ: The Slugfest in the Swamp

Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman and CEO, LEVICK         On Monday afternoon of Thanksgiving week, “referees” signaled the start of what promises to be one of the biggest donnybrooks ever staged in the nation’s capital. It was at that moment that officials at the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced the administration’s intention to oppose AT&T’s $85 billion…

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In the Trump Era, Silence is No Longer an Option for Corporations

Ryan Rudominer, Principal, R2 Strategic Consulting Much was left unsaid when President Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon that “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” It was a remarkable revolt from corporate America against the CEO President Donald Trump when the decision…

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The Power of President Trump’s Tweets

Archie Smart, North American Digital and Social Practice Leader, MSLGROUP President Donald J. Trump’s Twitter is the news. Every word, strategically posted or quickly typed early in the morning, can influence the Beltway. Every tweet, or lack thereof, is newsworthy. And while some may take issue with what he tweets, it is clear that his…

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#5 MOST-READ in 2017: The Consequences of Trump Firing Mueller Would Be Catastrophic

The President Is Slowly Running Out of Plank Richard Levick, Chairman and CEO, LEVICK While cable news commentators wrestled last week with the nuances of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony and bloviated about who leaked what to whom, a far more significant development in the investigation of the Trump-Russian connection went virtually unacknowledged. Special…

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#1 MOST-READ in 2017: The Trump Administration Faces Another Lose-Lose Situation As the Comey Saga Gets More Interesting (Op-Ed)

Andrew Ricci, Vice President, LEVICK Well, as professionals across Washington and the country started to finish out the work week and prepared for the weekend, the James Comey saga that continues to plague the White House continued to get more interesting. Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway, appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America, refused to rule out the…

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The Trump Russia Crisis: It’s Not about a Popularity Contest or a Witch Hunt. Treat it Like what it Is: It’s a Huge PR Crisis

Andrew Blum, Principal, AJB Communications The crisis consuming Donald Trump and his White House now includes: the appointment of a special counsel, the Comey memo, talk of obstruction of justice and impeachment, memories of Watergate, the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the disclosure of classified intelligence to Russian diplomats during an Oval Office meeting,…

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Will the “Tuesday Night Massacre” be Trump’s Demise?

Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman and CEO, LEVICK President Donald Trump’s abrupt and bizarre firing of FBI Director James Comey has all the trappings of the Saturday Night Massacre, the epochal moment in the Watergate saga that ultimately proved Richard Nixon’s undoing. Will the Tuesday Night Massacre spell Trump’s demise? At this point, no one –…

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Trump Rallies the Faithful

Virgil Scudder, President, Virgil Scudder & Associates He did it again.  Just when millions of Americans hoped we were seeing a more presidential Trump after his late February address to Congress, “The Donald” reverted to form last Saturday night in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  His performance was more Elmer Gantry than Abe Lincoln. Ostensibly, he was reporting on…

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Trump’s 100-Day Speech in Harrisburg: Presidential “Leadership” Turned on Its Head

Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman and CEO, LEVICK If asked to define “presidential leadership,” most communications professionals would, I suspect, cite such traditional qualities as consistency, thoughtfulness, and the capacity to rise above narrow partisanship. To which the current occupant of the White House, New York native Donald Trump, would snarl: “Fuggedaboutit!” Restraint and reflection? They’re…

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Steve Bannon’s Big Mistake: Taking President Trump Literally (Op-Ed)

Andrew Ricci, Vice President, LEVICK On the day after last year’s presidential election, when the world was still stunned at Donald Trump’s shocking upset, many stars were on the rise. But perhaps no star in the media world was rising as fast as that of Salena Zito, a journalist who had spent 11 years at the…

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