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When Spin Disenfranchises

By: Arment Dietrich | February 1, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Cory Sealey Wowza!  Elections are in full swing.  Will it be Obillary or McRomnabee?  The excitement and hubbub of red states, blue states, and swing states tends to bring out the most patriotic in people, and as a native Washingtonian, the political process flows through my veins.  I like nothing more than sitting down with some beers and watching the returns come in. [&hellip... Read More
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Guess Who's Biting Now?

By: Arment Dietrich | January 31, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Angela Loiacono When blog PR Watch posted a harsh attack against a particular public relations professional Jan. 27, it definitely caught my attention.  Judith Siers-Poisson’s post titled “When Flacks Attack, We Bite Back,”  is yet another rant about how PR professionals are nothing but annoying senders of unsolicited e-mail.  Well, Judith, I’m glad you decided to join the ranks of journalists/bloggers who feel [&hellip... Read More
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Say It Aint So!

By: Arment Dietrich | January 30, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Courtney Lawrence The world of baseball is crumbling as we know it due to the Mitchell Report — or is it?  In a report to the commissioner of baseball, Senator George Mitchell released his findings after a 20-month investigation that major league baseball players knowingly used steroids and performance enhancing substances.  Congress has invested their time in these allegations, so has members of [&hellip... Read More
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Stocks, Sell-Offs, and Spin

By: Arment Dietrich | January 29, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Morgan Smith It was discovered last weekend that an employee of the French bank Societe Generale, had made some bad bets on stocks, and then while trying to cover them up, worsened his position even farther. To the tune of $7.2 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a B. $7.2 billion is a lot of money, even for one of France’s largest banks. What [&hellip... Read More
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The Early Show: Biased?

By: Arment Dietrich | January 28, 2008 | 
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Last Thursday I was traveling on business and had The Early Show on while I caught up on email before my first meeting. Harry Smith interviewed Brenda Frese, the University of Maryland women’s head basketball coach, who is expecting twins in March. First, shame on the PR department at Maryland for suggesting Brenda talk about what it’s like to coach a team while pregnant. But doubly [&hellip... Read More
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Woo Hoo for the Zoo!

By: Arment Dietrich | January 23, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Sydney Ayers, APR Congratulations to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums!  Long maligned by animal activist groups for alleged mistreatment of animals, the AZA is undertaking a proactive public relations campaign to counter recently negative publicity according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. When an escaped tiger killed a visitor at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas day, it forced [&hellip... Read More
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Uncommitted Means Disenfranchised to Michigan Voters

By: Arment Dietrich | January 23, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Shawn M. Kahle, APR I grew up in a political family in Indiana.  My mom was an elected official or worked in jobs that came or went based on the party that was in office.  That meant from the time I was three years old I went door-to-door with mom registering voters, handing out bumper stickers, watching political conventions on television, and believing [&hellip... Read More
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Using Spin to Distort the Facts?

By: Arment Dietrich | January 21, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Morgan Smith Sunday, January 5, 2008 was a telling day for the Republican candidates for president of the United States. The second to last day of the 2008 New Hampshire nomination campaign after Iowa voters supported the candidates of their choice in the storied caucuses of the Hawkeye state was an interesting one. The candidates squared off yet again in a televised debate, [&hellip... Read More
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Today's Top Story

By: Arment Dietrich | January 16, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Courtney Lawrence While out of the country last week I refused to check my email or voicemail — however, I did feel a little out of touch by not really knowing much of what was going on back home.  I figured it was time to catch up on the daily headlines by Friday.  This was the morning following the Iowa Caucus, and I [&hellip... Read More
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Tough to Spot Good PR When You See It

By: Arment Dietrich | January 15, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Josh Culver Since recently starting in the PR industry, I’ve been surprised at the amount of defense that is needed for the industry. Granted, every line of work has its critics, but I was bewildered with the amount of criticism toward an industry that is believed to have been started before the 20th Century. Yet, PR is hard to recognize when it’s done [&hellip... Read More