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Through James Comey, America is Great Again

June 9, 2017

Michelle Obama famously said, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” The former first lady’s words were on my lips this week […]

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How Transparency Strangles Strategy

April 19, 2017

What do the Trump White House and Apple Computer have in common? Not much, save for their obedience to secrecy and a shared distaste for transparency. Apple is notoriously closed mouthed, particularly when it comes to product designs and release schedules. The Trump administration, […]

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Fake News: PR’s Little Monster

February 21, 2017

Call me mad, but fake news and post-truth shouldn’t be a surprise, not to practitioners of public relations and communications. Donald Trump is, of course, the most celebrated example of today’s bad PR practices. His proxies, counselor KellyAnne Conway and press secretary Sean Spicer among other lieutenants, are equally embarrassing. But the experts and […]

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Protecting Our Fourth Estate: The Plunder of Politics and PR

December 10, 2016

Last month, when President-Elect Donald Trump convened a meeting of American news elites, he shocked us with another dissection of our precious Fourth Estate. You’re all liars, he snarled. A better word might be dupes. After all, the same media he claims to be dishonest propelled his candidacy and, in the […]

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Hillary’s High-Friction Plays Are Prologue for High-Fit Marketers

October 13, 2016

Regardless of the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, marketers, communicators, social media mavens, sales people and others of the influence industries can draw moral and object lessons from the phenomenon of Donald Trump and the counter-intuitive plays Hillary Clinton […]