Arment Dietrich

What they wrote and what I read

By: Arment Dietrich | September 26, 2008 | 
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Earlier this week, two pop-culture news stories broke in the media – Clay Aiken announced he’s gay and Lindsey Lohan announced she and Samantha Ronson are an item. To my disappointment, two of the most respected, well-known media outlets released the information without any regard for professionalism or poise.      ... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Let me get my spinoculars on …

By: Arment Dietrich | September 22, 2008 | 
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A spin spotter?  Come on.  First of all it’s one thing to push blame of spin on PR people but how lazy do we think newspapers are that they need spinoculars?   Apparently, there is a new program for journalists to download and it catches any bias or spin in their pieces.  As Katherine asks the question herself “do you think this product is performing a [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Where Is Communication Inside A Bankruptcy Filing?

By: Gini Dietrich | September 18, 2008 | 
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What a shame that Lehman Brothers employees found out the bankruptcy protection filing through the media.  The New York Times earlier this week reported that, while Dick Fuld tried to the very last minute to save the company, he ended up issuing a news release at 12:30 on Monday morning announcing the filing. Where is his PR team?  Do they not have a seat at the [&hellip... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Choosing the right celebrity spokesperson…

By: Arment Dietrich | September 17, 2008 | 
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As a mother, I have always tried to persuade my children to make healthy, nutritious food choices.  When my son was young his cereal of choice was sugar based and almost always had some toy inside that he just couldn’t live without.  I read with interest the 9/16/08 article in PR Week by Kimberly Maul read more and was reminded of a day in 1992 (I think)…   when Michael Jordan changed my [&hellip... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Bias Journalists, Really?

By: Arment Dietrich | September 16, 2008 | 
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As the world focuses on politics, as it probably should with the upcoming election, I find it difficult to get involved. My parents are both Democratic, but by no means are they considered hardcore political enthusiasts. So, in a way, I was raised to not really care. Let’s be honest, does anyone truly know the platforms of all the politicitains on the voting card, besides the [&hellip... Read More
Arment Dietrich

What an unfortunate accident

By: Arment Dietrich | September 4, 2008 | 
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According to Advertising Age, the top HR executive of media agency, Carat Group, recently sent an e-mail with job-cut talking points to all employees. Directed solely at senior management in preparation for restructuring and downsizing, the memo also made its way into the mailboxes of those being fired.  ... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Obama’s Body Man Was Not A Premature Mistake

By: Arment Dietrich | August 28, 2008 | 
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News organizations often prepare stories in anticipation of something occurring so they can be the first to leak breaking news. Well, the Los Angeles Times made a premature mistake by going live and announcing that Barack Obama actually chose Hillary Clinton to be his vice presidential candidate along with Bill Richardson, Kathleen Sebelius, and four other Democrats. While you cannot blame the Los Angeles Times for [&hellip... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Again? We're honored!

By: Arment Dietrich | August 27, 2008 | 
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For a second year in a row we have been anonymously nominated for the Blogger’s Choice Awards! What a great feeling for our team of avid bloggers here at F.A.D.S.  We are honored and as my best friend Wiki told me “honour is as real to the human condition as love, and likewise derives from the formative personal bonds that establish one’s personal dignity and character.” [&hellip... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Drink Responsibly — But At What Age?

By: Arment Dietrich | August 22, 2008 | 
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Our Chicago mayor is up in arms over 100 college presidents who are trying to push for a younger legal drinking age.  Presidents from colleges such as Ohio State and Dartmouth joined a nationwide campaign to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18. ... Read More
Arment Dietrich

An unpaid celebrity is rare and refreshing

By: Arment Dietrich | August 20, 2008 | 
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   Until recently I wasn’t familiar with Kiehl’s products.  Because of Brad Pitt, I now know that Kiehl’s is a beauty and cosmetics maker known for its old-school, natural formulas and minimalistic packaging.  Read full article:  http://thecycle.prweekblogs.com/2008/08/19/kiehls-taps-pitt-for-cause-marketing-effort... Read More