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And you thought the crying baby was bad…

By: Arment Dietrich | June 29, 2007 | 
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From the “That’s Really Gross” department comes news that a transatlantic Continental Airlines flight was disrupted by, get this, an exploding toilet that leaked sewage into the cabin.  Travelers had to endure this for nearly seven hours, and even after a pit-stop in Ireland to repair the problem, were forced to share the first class head.  Passengers were told to limit their food and drink intake [&hellip... Read More
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Spinning By Omission

By: Arment Dietrich | June 28, 2007 | 
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Earlier this week, Molli blogged on what I like to call spinning by omission (SBO), or leaving out details to support an argument.  It’s commonplace in all types of debate but rampant among activists and politicians.  The great abortion debate is a perfect example of SBO. Although it’s safe to assume most Americans fall somewhere in the middle of the abortion debate, and we know hardliners [&hellip... Read More
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Spin in Hollywood?

By: Arment Dietrich | June 27, 2007 | 
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Spin is not simply twisting a story to reach the desired outcome.  Spin can also be leaving out certain details to make for a better argument.  We learn that in debate class in high school — highlight the good facts and ignore the bad ones. So why are people shocked about Michael Moore’s new film Sicko, coming out this Friday, June 29? We all know Moore [&hellip... Read More
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PR Lessons Learned in Cabo

By: Arment Dietrich | June 23, 2007 | 
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Please forgive me as I brag that I “had” to go to Mexico for the PRSA Counselors Academy conference.  Hey, I didn’t organize it (at least not this year)!  The photo above is of the lovely Westin, which is where the Conference was held. Rather than talk about PR spin today, I thought I’d list the top 10 PR lessons I learned while in Cabo. 1. [&hellip... Read More
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Would you like fries with that?

By: Arment Dietrich | June 20, 2007 | 
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Burger boys Jack In the Box have apparently recovered from their fit with E-coli to throw zingers at their competitors, such as Hardee’s.  In a pair of advertisements, the (creepy looking) Jack character leads a carousing office meeting, implying, perhaps, that the Angus meat in competitors’ burgers come from…well, the least appetizing part of a cow. Hardee’s parent company CKE is understandably perturbed at being the [&hellip... Read More
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The Power of Blogs – If You Haven't Seen the Season Finale of the Sopranos, Quit Reading!

By: Arment Dietrich | June 19, 2007 | 
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No matter what, word-of-mouth is out there.  How you choose to use it, can work to your advantage.  If you didn’t watch the Sopranos last week I am sure you at least heard about the controversial series finale, leaving fans and bloggers alike with questions and mixed feelings... Read More
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Spinning Away from Accountability

By: Arment Dietrich | June 5, 2007 | 
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Is anyone personally accountable for his or her words and actions anymore? The answer is “no” if you look to high profile, public leaders like departing World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz. Why in the world is the head of the World Bank dating a bank employee in the first place, let alone securing a hearty compensation package for her? When the truth came out, after far [&hellip... Read More
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Despite Regulations, Underage Drinking Still Gets the Picture

By: Arment Dietrich | May 31, 2007 | 
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Do you remember smoking your first cigarette while you drank your first ice-cold frosty brew when you were only nine?  I really don’t remember it, but if I recall, I used to smoke a pack a day and drink a 12-er daily solely because that is exactly what tobacco and alcohol marketing executives wanted.  Ok.  So maybe that didn’t happen (I swear mom!).  But ever since [&hellip... Read More
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Control Blogging: What Do You Think?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 30, 2007 | 
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We found out recently that the Chinese government is going to start having strict controls over all the blogging going on.  They are requiring everyone to register with their real names and identification cards! People are very upset saying that it violates freedom to expression, and enforces penalties including prison. According to Wired, China has the world’s second-biggest population of Internet users after the United States, [&hellip... Read More
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FALAFAL! Propaganda in the “No Spin Zone”

By: Arment Dietrich | May 29, 2007 | 
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Indiana University angered the folks over at the O’Reilly Factor a couple of weeks ago when they released a study that debunked TV host Bill O’Reilly’s claim that he maintains a “No Spin Zone”.  O’Reilly says that his program is free of skewed views, but the research from IU says otherwise. Researchers looked at six months of O’Reilly’s “Talking Points Memo” segment, and measured the zings [&hellip... Read More