Month: June 2011

Friday Classic Clip: You’re Stuck On Stupid (2005)

A reader named Jim Garrow recently sent me a clip from a few years back that I missed at the time – and despite being six years old, it’s a perfect example of why it’s rarely a good idea to argue with the media.

On September 20, 2005, Army Lieutenant General Russel Honore gave a

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Is “I’m Going To Rehab” Still A Viable PR Strategy?

Anthony Weiner is the latest in a long line of politicians who screwed up and quickly announced he or she is “going to rehab.” Here’s a brief list of a few who came before him:

In 2006, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) entered rehab after crashing his car into a Capitol Hill barricade. 
In 2006, former

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Kill The Jargon: The 12-Year-Old Nephew Rule

If you’ve ever visited New York City, you’ve probably seen sidewalk signs telling you to “Curb Your Dog.”

I’ve never owned a dog and didn’t know what that sign meant, so I looked it up. Some websites say it means you should pick up your dog’s poop. Others say it means you should train your

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Scorecard: June 13 Republican Presidential Debate

TAKE OUR POLL: WHO DO YOU THINK THE BEST COMMUNICATOR WAS TONIGHT? CAST YOUR VOTE HERE.

Seven contenders – a mix of the likely, unlikely, and fantastical – squared off tonight in the first high-profile debate of the 2012 election series.

Other websites will review how well the candidates did tonight. But this scorecard is

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Poll: Who Was The Best Communicator In Tonight’s Debate?

Seven candidates for the 2012 Republican nomination just finished squaring off in a presidential debate.

Who do you think was the most effective communicator tonight? Please cast your vote below, and remember: this isn’t a vote for your favorite candidate, but rather the person you thought communicated his or her views best during the debate.

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Tracy Morgan: When Does Edgy Humor Go Too Far?

Late last week, 30 Rock star and comedian Tracy Morgan made headlines for a stand-up performance he gave in Nashville that seemed to encourage violence toward gays.

According to one audience member, Morgan said: “If my son was gay, he better come home and talk to me like a man and not [mimicking a gay,

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Think Like a Sociopath, Act Like A Saint

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth article in a week-long series about crisis communications. These guest posts were written by Jane Jordan-Meier, who recently released her book, “The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management.” You can read all five articles in this series here and purchase her excellent book here.

Ian Mitroff, Professor Emeritus

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Head and Heart: Choosing The Right Spokesperson in Crisis

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth article in a week-long series about crisis communications. These guest posts were written by Jane Jordan-Meier, who recently released her book, “The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management.” You can read all five articles in this series here and purchase her excellent book here.

Rudy Giuliani became a

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