Arment Dietrich

Discovering Jesus: Media Sensationalism?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 9, 2007 | 
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“The Lost Tomb of Christ,” airing on The Discovery Channel this week, claimed bones found in 1980 may have been those of Jesus and his family. One of the caskets even bears an inscription, “Judah, son of Jesus,” further suggesting that Jesus may have had a son, a theory that contradicts Christian belief that Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven.   Of course, there are [&hellip... Read More
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Destructive Spin: Scooter’s Tale

By: Arment Dietrich | March 7, 2007 | 
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A lot of the spin we talk about here at F.A.D.S. deals with corporate deceit and unethical practices by fellow PR folks.  Whether it’s misleading blogs or manipulating Wikis, destructive spin is there.  Sometimes we applaud folks for being straightforward and not falling into the spin zone.   And sometimes we recognize spin that is so egregious, you wonder how anyone got away with it.   [&hellip... Read More
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No Trans Fat: Good or Bad?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 4, 2007 | 
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As health awareness continues to infiltrate culture today, many wonder whether the right message is being sent or whether people are taking the health craze too far.  This obsession has even made its way into the world of Girl Scout Cookies.              Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, Girl Scouts have initiated change to their famous cookie recipe by taking out all the trans fat, still emphasizing the great taste. [&hellip... Read More
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Fasten Your Seatbelts: Bumpy Ride Ahead

By: Arment Dietrich | March 2, 2007 | 
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Rumor had it that one U.S. Presidential hopeful was planning to announce his candidacy on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  He surprised us all, however, by breaking the news on his own Web site.  One of his steadfast opponents also chose the Internet as her media of choice, while last night Sen. John McCain announced his White House bid on the David Letterman Show.  ... Read More
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ANN: Anna Nicole Network

By: Arment Dietrich | February 28, 2007 | 
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We blogged about this topic last week and at the risk of mirroring cable news, which has covered the Anna Nicole Smith story ad nasueum, we’re putting in our two cents.   Anna Nicole Smith died three weeks ago.  Her contributions to American society are as follows: Playmate of the Year, 1992, and well, that’s about it.  Through a long stream of, er, boobery, Smith claimed [&hellip... Read More
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Could Artistic Fraud Mean Fame for Pianist?

By: Arment Dietrich | February 28, 2007 | 
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An international scandal that experienced a crescendo last week finally came to a head yesterday, after an announcement regarding the remarkable story of pianist Joyce Hatto, was admitted to have been too good to be true. Recently deceased after a long batter with cancer, Hatto was once described as “the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of” by a critic writing for [&hellip... Read More
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Giving Away Ideas

By: Arment Dietrich | February 27, 2007 | 
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Congratulations to the Four A’s!  It’s about time one of our industry organizations takes a stand on giving away intellectual property during new business pitches.  They have two words of advice:   Say no!   According to an AdAge article published earlier this week, “This is the first time the trade association has taken a position on the matter. In the last few years, there’s been [&hellip... Read More
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God: Getting His blog on since B.C.E.

By: Arment Dietrich | February 23, 2007 | 
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Red state, blue state.  Conservative and liberal.  It’s a back and forth that has played out in sometimes ugly fashion since the 2000 election.  Both sides have acted bitter and vindictive towards each other.  We prefer a more libertarian view that simply makes fun of everyone. But conservatives are fighting back.  Just days after the Fox News Channel debuted its (unfunny and awkward) answer to the [&hellip... Read More
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JetBlue: Fighting spin…while spinning its wheels

By: Arment Dietrich | February 22, 2007 | 
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Traveling is a hassle, there’s no doubt about it.  From the need to arrive hours ahead of departure, to taking off your shoes at security, folks face a stream of inconveniences at the airport.  It’s usually a relief to finally get on the plane. Not so for JetBlue patrons, who were stuck on planes for upwards of 10 hours last week.  It’s understandable to prohibit passengers [&hellip... Read More
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Is the Media Only Reporting Gossip?

By: Arment Dietrich | February 21, 2007 | 
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I don’t want to blame the media, because I certainly am as guilty as the next person, but don’t you think that when you turn on a news channel to catch up on current events you might hear about, oh, I don’t know, the recent merge between XM and Sirius radio, the 2008 presidential elections, or an update on the current war in Iraq? But every [&hellip... Read More