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This evening, ABC World News and Nightline will both air stories about corrupt state legislators. They’re calling the series, “State House Scoundrels”. The teaser says, “a lack of scrutiny breeds scandal among state lawmakers.” Continue reading
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Tagged ABC News, ABC World News, American Broadcasting Company, Brian Ross, Churchill Downs, Coca-Cola, Louisville Kentucky, Matt Mosk, National Conference of State Legislatures, Nightline, Puerto Rico, Sprint, State Government Affairs Council, Wells Fargo, World News
Nearly a month after the fake BP Twitter account, @BPGlobalPR, was started, the real BP asked Twitter to enforce its parody policy.
According to the New York Times, BP made the request of Twitter today.
When I first wrote about the BP parody account on May 22, the account had 900 followers. Now over 148,000 people follow @BPGlobalPR and the story has been reported on in dozens of news stories.
Not that BP is taking anyone’s public relations advice, but had BP contacted Twitter earlier as I had suggested, I’m pretty sure that the request would have escaped media attention. (It certainly wouldn’t have merited a New York Times mention.)
This week I’ve learned from the media that my employer hates Catholics and their efforts to help Haitian earthquake victims.
Well, that’s what’s been reported by The New York Times, so it must be true, right?
Let me give you the back story. I find it to be an insightful view into how the media and Washington public policy advocates work. Continue reading
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Tagged Catholic Relief Services, Earthquake, FCC, Federal Communications Commission, Free Press, Haiti, LinkedIn, Mobile Commons, Open Market, Public Knowledge, Sprint
Four years ago tomorrow, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Morgan City, La. The storm actually had hit Adventura, Fla. a few days earlier as a Category 1 storm, but by the time it hit Louisiana, Katrina was a Category 3 hurricane.
The storm came just nine business days after Nextel and Sprint had closed the dealwith created our new company, Sprint Nextel Corp. At that point, we really had two of everything. Employees were worried about what the merger meant for them personally. Would I still have a job after the dust settles? Who would be my new boss? Who would be on my new team? Would the projects I was working on still be a priority in the new company? To be honest, it was a time of personal uncertainty for all us. Continue reading
The best leaders among us take responsibility when things go wrong.
In today’s Washington Post, the paper’s Publisher & Chief Executive Officer Katharine Weymouth attempted to do just that by apologizing to The Post’s readers for the now cancelled “salons”, the first of which was to be held in Weymouth’s home on July 21. The question remains if her apology is enough for readers whose confidence in the journalistic integrity of the paper has been shaken or for Post employees, who were not mentioned by Weymouth, but who may have lost confidence in her leadership. Continue reading
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Tagged David Carr, Hank Stuever, Katharine Weymouth, LinkedIn, Marcus Brauchli, Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, Tom Rosenstiel, Washington Post