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What’s Your Favorite Website? Here’s Mine.

On many mornings since 2003, I’ve started my day by visiting Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire. It’s a nonpartisan site that pulls together brief excerpts from all over the political world—everything from critical analyses and poll numbers to obscure state races and sublimely ridiculous absurdities.

I’m not alone in recognizing his work. If you look at the bottom of his site, you’ll see an impressive roster of his fans, which include Chuck Todd, Joe Scarborough, and Arianna Huffington.

In this post, you’ll also find a special offer for Mr. Media Training readers.

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Chris Christie’s Drug Speech: Six Minutes Of Speaking Perfection

The 2016 presidential campaign has been marked with more ugliness, pettiness, and bullying than usual. Frankly, I’ve become dispirited with the spectacle.

So when I saw a video of Chris Christie discussing drugs during a presidential campaign stop last week—a video that has subsequently gone viral—it was a welcome moment of compassion, seriousness, and rationalism in a campaign that has had far too little of each.

Regardless of your politics or which candidate you favor, there’s a lot to like in — and learn from — his speech.


Lindsey Graham’s Masterful Response To Donald Trump

(July 23, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of 16 Republican presidential candidates, recently called GOP rival and current frontrunner Donald Trump a “jackass” for recent comments he made on the campaign trail.

On Tuesday, Trump went nuclear by announcing Graham’s cell phone number on national television.

Graham’s unexpected response made headlines — and contains a lesson I wish more politicians would keep in mind.


The Dark Side Of Social Media: An Inevitable New Service

This post is by Christina Mozaffari, vice president for Phillips Media Relations.

Social media is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there’s an expectation that we maximize the amazing tools available to us to interact personally with customers and people we want to influence. However, these personal interactions also create plenty of room to get


Elected Official: I’ll Sue You If You Publish My Name

If you’re a reporter and want to write about an elected official, do you need to obtain permission from the politician in advance to include their name in your news story? 

Of course not. You could imagine the chilling effect on journalism if people elected to positions of power could shut down media inquiries they didn’t


Election Night: You’ll Probably Hear These Words Tonight

Political journalists David Mark and Chuck McCutcheon recently released a new book, Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech, which defines what politicians really mean when they use certain words and phrases.

You’ll probably hear many of these terms from tonight’s winners and losers, pundits, and reporters.


The “Secret” Media Training School For Republicans recently ran a fascinating piece about the “GOP’s secret school,” in which candidates learn how to interact with the media. The school is a reaction to the high-profile crises the GOP has inflicted upon itself in recent years—from Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment to Christine O’Donnell’s “I am not a witch” ad—and party officials


Yes Or No, Congressman: Will You Give Up Your Paycheck?

Several years ago, I consulted with a major organization regarding a brewing crisis.

My contact—the head of communications—asked me to review the situation and give her my best communications advice. When she called the next day to ask what I had come up with, I uttered two lines that made her gasp: “You don’t have a

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