Playmaker’s Blog


IPR Symposium Showcases a Powerful, Conflicted Craft

December 11, 2017

The recent Institute for Public Relations Research Symposium, held Nov. 29th in New York, was a knothole in the fence that surrounds the cultish and chronically confused public relations and communications industries. Peering in and tweeting out, I had to marvel at the IPR’s clever reflection on the roles and reasons for the functions and their supporting […]

Take a Knee, NFL. We Have Your Playbook

September 25, 2017

For Donald Trump, the image of a kneeling pro football player is America-hating behavior. Disrespectful and a fireable offense, the president tells NFL owners. For black athletes — from the unemployed Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the well-employed NBA champion Stephen Curry — it’s their right to speak and assemble freely. This Sunday, sports and politics collided […]

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 as I watched dismissed FBI director, James Comey, tell his cat-and-mouse story of a worried president […]

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, too. Take, for example, its plan to put a five-year seal on White House visitor logs. […]

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 among other lieutenants, are equally embarrassing. But the experts and academics of PR and communications — many who disavow Trump’s gas lighting – have helped pave […]