Archive for July, 2014

PR BATTLE: ISRAEL WINNING AT HOME; LOSING INTERNATIONAL..

Wars are often fought on two fronts:  On the battlefield and on the public relations front. Sometimes in war PR is referred to simply as "propaganda." NPR reported this morning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is enjoying an approval rating of about 80 percent during the current fight against Palestine on the Gaza Strip.  That is an extraordinary number that is more than doub...

GOVERNOR’S MEDIA TRAINING TACTICS BACKFIRE

Sometimes media training tactics can backfire. That certainly was the case with Florida Governor Rick Scott, who kept repeating and repeating the same talking points without answering reporters' questions. It is a media training tactic that can often work successfully, but as CNN's Anderson Cooper pointed out on his show, in this case it came across as ridiculous. "Cooper called it a true "m...

DUCK DYNASTY PATRIARCH VICTIM OF CLASSIC ‘TAKEDOW..

Remember when Phil Robertson, the patriarch of TV's "Duck Dynasty" was widely ridiculed for what were termed his politically incorrect views on homosexuality? Boycotts of the show by companies (and one truly embarrassing one by Cracker Barrel ...

KAREN DILLON STORY RESULTS IN NEW LAW

A journalist is a journalist is a journalist... Karen Dillon, who had penned a number of award-winning stories for more than two decades for the McClatchy-owned Kansas City Star until she was unceremoniously dumped late last year, is being heralded now for her efforts to help have a new law passed in Kansas that will increase transparency in government. That was officially

FOX NEWS ACHIEVES NEW CABLE RATINGS MILESTONE

People seem to either love or loathe Fox News, but one thing is for certain: It clearly has dominated cable ratings for more than a decade. While some young PR practitioners might not pitch stories to Fox News based on their political beliefs, veteran PR pros know if you want to make an impact Fox News is where you want to go. According to Chris Ariens at TV Newser (