Archive for the ‘National News’ Category

NEW YORK TIMES NO LONGER JOURNALISTIC STANDARD-BEARER

In 1860, French tightrope walker Charles Blondin was the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope than spanned 11,000 feet. He then pushed a wheelbarrow across the Falls and addressed the massive crowd: "Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?" The crowd enthusiastically yelled, "Yes! You are the g...

‘BREAKING NEWS’ OFTEN MEANS ‘BREAKING..

The NPR show "On the Media" does a wonderful job of explaining how a breaking news story is often one that involves a lot of guessing without much verifying. It has provided a "Handbook" for consumers that outlines what often happens with a major breaking news event. (You can listen to th...

‘BREASTAURANT’ OWNER MAY FIND ALL PR NOT GO..

"Undercover Boss" is a TV series that started in Britain in 2009 and was introduced a year later in the United States. It made its debut following the Super Bowl and the game's massive lead-in numbers resulted in an amazing 38 million viewers.The show was an instant hit. The basic premise is a corporate executive goes undercover and dresses like a "normal" employee and then attempts to do the wo...

NEWS MEDIA EMBARRASSED BY BOY ‘GENIUS’ INVE..

Most people realize that much of the information circulating on the Internet these days is bogus. They see a story that seems too good to be true and they immediately check sites like "Snopes" or "Truth or Fiction" to determine its authenticity. Lately, however,  the major media outlets have had so many stories completely wrong, one now has to question whether many of them do any more fact-chec...

BIG 12 COMMISSIONER: SOMETIMES SILENCE IS GOLDEN

We tell clients all the time in media training that they do not have to answer every question posed to them by the news media. Some questions are just dumb, but others can involve personal or legal matters.  What they say to the media can be used in court against them. Unfortunately, The Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, Bob Bowlsby, has not gone through Bottom Line Communications medi...

ROLLING STONE MAG’S APOLOGY RINGS HOLLOW

In journalistic circles the inflammatory rape story concocted by Rolling Stone magazine was one often referred to as just "Too good to verify." The story fit the magazine, women's groups and the news media's ongoing agenda about crimes against women so perfectly that there was no real need to prove its truth. And now we are finding out that it wasn't true. The story has now produced the exac...

ROLLING STONE SAYS ‘OOPS!’ ON DEVASTATING R..

As one prominent freelance writer notes, this is journalism that might go down in history along the lines of notorious frauds as Janet Cooke and Stephen Glass. Or maybe Jayson Blair

WRONG MOVE: NFL REFUSES TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST PLAYERS

There is little doubt the NFL has some very serious PR issues these days. The League is trying to clean up its domestic violence image after several players have been charged with crimes, there are ongoing concussion problems, murders by players, DUI's, etc. Sometimes it seems as if there are so many controversial issues affecting the League that from a PR perspective it would be like nailin...

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. (Update: The number of women now is 25.) 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 ...

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...