Archive for the ‘BottomHomePage’ Category

BILL COSBY’S REPUTATION EVAPORATES IN DAYS

There are crises, and there are crises. Once-venerated comedian Bill Cosby has seen his spotless reputation evaporate in a matter of days with (now) 14 charges that he raped a number of women over the years. More women could come out of the woodwork in the future, which will fan the flames even more. This crisis is even worse than the one Tiger Woods experienced a few years ago after it was rev...

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL LEADER GOES HAYWIRE ON-AIR

The lack of professionalism by some people who deal with the media sometimes seems funny.  Of course, that doesn't apply if you are a reporter just trying to do your job. The organizer of the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire saw her event dramatically shift from a fun-filled family affair into a full-blown out-of-control riot where police were forced to take action. She was not pleas...

NFL IS PAYING NOW FOR YEARS OF ARROGANCE

It is often said the news media loves to put people (and organizations) on a pedestal---and then kick it out from under them. That seems to be exactly what the NFL is experiencing as the league has been repeatedly pummeled for its handling of domestic violence cases and other crimes.   The news media seems to be hell-bent on keeping this problem alive and well past its normal media shelf date ...

KANYE WEST DIGS HOLE DEEPER IN ‘WHEELCHAIR-GATE&#..

The old joke is "When you find yourself in a hole stop digging." It seems as if rapper Kanye West never heard that slogan because an incident that could have been handled with a simple response is now turning into an international PR nightmare. West was captured in a

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS VS. MARKETING RESEARCH?

We often tell clients that political correctness trumps everything when dealing with the news media. Clients may have a wonderful message about their business or group, but if they say or do anything that could be deemed politically incorrect in today's world they are in trouble. There are individuals on social media and elsewhere who are ready and more-than-willing to be offended. And the n...

MIKE TYSON: MEDIA TRAINING DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK

Mike Tyson has been a train wreck his entire career. Yes, at one time he was able to use his aggression to pummel people's heads and make lots of money. Other than during those glory days, he pretty much has been an uneducated bully who has spent many years locked up. Rightfully so. Tyson proved that once again he is an idiot by swearing during a live TV show in Canada. Keep in mind, he ha...

TV BLOOPERS FOR AUGUST 2014 HIGHLIGHT COST SAVINGS

With the rush of new (and cheaper) TV journalists entering the market each day there never seems to be a shortage of bloopers. And with fewer editors to actually screen those being interviewed on-air there will never be a shortage of fake callers and others willing to call into a TV station and make anchors look foolish. After all, which producer with any experience would run a chyr...

JOURNALISTS NOW PART OF THE PROBLEM IN FERGUSON

During the protests in the 1960's it was a common occurrence:  Kids would be basically sitting around doing nothing until the news media arrived.  Then all hell would break loose with protests---until the media departed. It is the same basic scenario that seems to be playing out in Ferguson, MO, where a police officer shot an unarmed assailant a week ago.  Journalists are arriving from all k...

HYPOCRISY ABOUNDS AT SOME OF THE WORLD’S TOP PR F..

The Guardian newspaper is reporting that many of the world's top public relations firms are now refusing to represent clients who do not subscribe to the concept of global warming. "Now a number of the top 25 global PR firms have told the Guardian they will not represent clients who deny man-made climate change, or take campaigns seeking to block regulations limiting carbon pollution. Companies...

PR TEAM’S EFFORTS MAY SAVE TONY STEWART’S R..

If veteran race car driver Tony Stewart is able to remain unscathed after hitting and killing another driver in a sprint car race late Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York he should thank his lucky stars---and his PR team, which seemed to initially falter, but then rallied to handle the situation. A damning video taken by a fan at the track (below) went viral al...