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SCOTUS Media #Fail: When Getting the Scoop Means Getting it Wrong

This morning, the country waited with baited breath for the SCOTUS decision—especially certain beat reporters. Within minutes of the announcement, CNN and Fox had posted the news online, tweeted it, and announced it live on television: Obamacare is shut down! Except, it wasn’t. A few minutes later, the SCOTUSblog announced that the health care bill… Continue Reading SCOTUS Media #Fail: When Getting the Scoop Means Getting it Wrong

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Special or Not Special – Is that the Real Message?

So, class of 2012, are you special or not?  To hear David McCullough Jr.’s commencement speech at Wellesley High School last weekend, today’s graduates are not special at all, except maybe to their own circle of family and friends. While this harsh dose of reality is no doubt true, the message has created a firestorm.… Continue Reading Special or Not Special – Is that the Real Message?

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Preparing Spokespersons for the Next Mike Wallace

The world of journalism recently suffered a great loss with the passing of veteran 60-Minutes broadcaster Mike Wallace. Known for his gruff demeanor and tough interview style, his name could strike fear into the heart of anyone who had ever served in the role of company spokesperson. Thanks to his reputation as a relentless interviewer,… Continue Reading Preparing Spokespersons for the Next Mike Wallace

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When it Comes to Health Reform, Passions Run Deep

As the Supreme Court gathers to hear the first of three days of arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as: PPACA; ACA; Obamacare; and, a variety of other pejorative names), journalists, health policy experts, elected officials, and motivated activists are eagerly gathering outside the Court. Some are interested in the… Continue Reading When it Comes to Health Reform, Passions Run Deep

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Political Pressure? Pink Powerhouse in Hiding

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, the breast cancer research fundraising giant that proudly places its pink label on everything from yogurt lids to blenders, is in hiding today. News outlets and social media sites are buzzing about the breast cancer awareness group’s decision, announced yesterday, to stop providing funds to Planned Parenthood centers… Continue Reading Political Pressure? Pink Powerhouse in Hiding

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Learning the Hard Way That There is No Such Thing as “Off the Record”

“Brooklyn hippster [sic] Lana Del Rey had one of the worst outings in SNL history last night — booked on the strength of her TWO SONG web EP, the least-experienced musical guest in the show’s history…” Nick Denton, head of the popular gossip website Gawker, received an email on January 15 containing the above critique… Continue Reading Learning the Hard Way That There is No Such Thing as “Off the Record”

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NO TALKING!!!

That scold rings loudly in my ears.  It came almost daily from Sister John the Baptist, my first grade teacher at St. Matthew’s School in Baltimore as she herded her charges into rows of two for the march to the cafeteria.  All these years later, I can see her stern glare and ominous habit as… Continue Reading NO TALKING!!!

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Poor Communication Takes Netflix from Hero to Zero

Until recently, Netflix, which provides DVDs by mail and access to streamed video content, seemed to be loved and appreciated by its loyal customer base. For a relatively low cost, customers have had access to hours of movies and TV shows, which they could choose by using Netflix’s easy-to-use online platform. Things took a turn… Continue Reading Poor Communication Takes Netflix from Hero to Zero

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Lessons from Kenneth Cole: Watch What You Tweet

Americans no longer have to ask the question, “Why does the rest of the world hate us?” Kenneth Cole solved that riddle for all of us today by posting one extremely insensitive tweet. Yes, he’s referring to the same tumultuous situation in Cairo you’re thinking of, a violent upheaval that has resulted in death, injury and… Continue Reading Lessons from Kenneth Cole: Watch What You Tweet

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Three Reasons Sarah Palin’s Shooting Response Video is All Wrong

Link – Palin Response to Tucson Tragedy In her song “American Dream”, country music artist Lucinda Williams laments over and over again that, “…everything is wrong.”  While the song’s focus is on a different type of tragedy, its chorus could just as easily apply to Sarah Palin’s latest attempt to respond to the tragedy in… Continue Reading Three Reasons Sarah Palin’s Shooting Response Video is All Wrong

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