politics

O’Reilly returns to Fox to chat with Hannity

2017-10-17 by John Aldo
fox news

It seems the falling out between Fox News and its former top draw, Bill O’Reilly, was shorter than advertised. While Bill is not back on the network, he did stop by for a few segments with Fox’s new top guy, Sean Hannity. So, how is O’Reilly doing amid trying to retrofit his career in the wake of a nagging sexual harassment scandal? He seemed positive and upbeat chatting with Hannity, as the pair talked about where O’Reilly’s career is now, and how they used to compete against each other. “I’m here, I’m alive, and the spin stops here…” O’Reilly opined... Read More >

Kushner Shifts to Crisis PR

2017-08-30 by John Aldo
Kushner shifts to crisis PR

There’s definitely a time and place for crisis PR. Usually, you need it before you think you do, and long after you believe everything is “all good.” But this isn’t a story about a brand that pulled the crisis PR trigger too late. It’s about the most prolific family in the country making a move that will raise eyebrows not only on the society and political pages but also among those of us in the PR biz. White House senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner’s family business has swapped PR companies, shifting to a company that specializes in crisis PR.... Read More >

LA Gets Olympics … But is That Good News?

2017-08-21 by John Aldo
LA gets Olympics

In the contests for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games, Los Angeles really wanted to get at least one win. And they did, though they will have to wait a bit longer to celebrate. LA will host the 2028 Games. City Council President Herb Wesson exulted at the news, “Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time in 44 years is a golden opportunity for LA. In 1932 and 1984, the Olympic Games helped to transform our city for the better — not just through bricks and mortar, but through new opportunities for our communities to watch, play,... Read More >

Trump Tweets Energize Morning Joe Audience

2017-07-12 by John Aldo
Trump tweets energize Morning Joe audience

It seems, when Donald Trump insults you, it can be good for ratings after all. During the Presidential campaign, when President Trump laid into a competitor like “Little Marco” or Lying Hillary, their stock went down. But, after a series of “mean tweets” directed at Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, the MSNBC anchor’s show saw its ratings spike. After the now infamous “bloody facelift” tweets, more people than ever tuned in to watch Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough address the “issue.” How many? Well, according to Nielsen, it was about 1.66 million. Ironically, the second-highest number came the day after the... Read More >

Al-Jazeera Under Siege at Home

2017-06-15 by Richard D. Pace
Al-Jazeera Under Siege at Home

When you take a stand as a brand, especially as a media company, you’re going to get some pushback and criticism. When you do so in the Middle East, that pushback is going to be substantial. And, often, when you don’t take a stand where you should … or if you refuse to … the consequences can be difficult to manage. Just ask Al-Jazeera. The Arabic news network out of Qatar is taking a beating from its Gulf Neighbors at the moment. The critics there are working overtime to try to silence the network that has been challenging prevailing opinion... Read More >

Hayek Film Accused of Attacking Trump

2017-06-15 by Richard D. Pace
Hayek Film Accused of Attacking Trump

When Salma Hayek filmed her new movie “Beatriz at Dinner,” she probably wasn’t expecting a firestorm of political reaction … but that’s not to say the actress is backing down from the pressure. The movie follows a Mexican healer, played by Hayek, who attends a dinner party populated by the rich…and their richer friends. One of those “richer” characters is a real estate developer played by John Lithgow. Many viewers are gleefully making comparisons between Lithgow’s character and President Trump. Meanwhile, some Trump supporters are none too happy with the performance or the portrayal of the character. Now, before we... Read More >

Former MWWPR Executive Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes

2017-05-23 by Jason Tannahill
Former MWWPR Executive Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes

The sad, strange saga of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, a former MWW PR executive, may be finally coming to a close. Weiner pled guilty to some of the charges outlined in the case against him built around his repeated sexual text messages with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner’s political ambitions had long-since been derailed by his seemingly compulsive need to randomly sext relative strangers before this most recent case made the headlines. According to reports by the Associated Press, Weiner admitted he was guilty of transferring obscene material to a minor, though there’s no word yet on some of... Read More >

GE CEO Makes a Bold Political Statement

2017-05-18 by Richard D. Pace
GE CEO Makes a Bold Political Statement

Despite a blistering barrage of recent criticism from investors, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt isn’t shying away from sharing his vision for the future of GE. In a recent speech, Immelt made it clear that he believes US companies need to step up and change their attitude if they hope to compete with foreign firms. “(They need to) stop complaining and start competing,” Immelt said, in response to recent comments about how American companies are struggling to compete with overseas competition. Immelt did admit that the current free trade culture hadn’t really worked out for everyone, but, he said, isolationism... Read More >

Girls Who Code Founder Fires at Ivanka Trump

2017-05-15 by Richard D. Pace
Girls Who Code Founder Fires at Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump wants to highlight and celebrate women in business, but at least one prominent businesswoman is saying “count me out.” Reshma Saujani, who founded Girls Who Code, is making no bones about not wanting anything to do with Ivanka, at least as long as she’s working for her father. When Saujani learned Trump cited her in Trump’s new book, “Women Who Work,” the subject of that story was not too happy about it. Trump’s comments were certainly complimentary, saying of Saujani: “She personally witnessed the gender gap in computing classes and set out to do something about it…” That... Read More >

Congresswoman Slammed for Misusing Charity Funds

2017-05-12 by Aaron Sarno
Congresswoman Slammed for Misusing Charity Funds

Former US Representative Corrine Brown is on the hot seat in Florida. Prosecutors have accused Brown of misappropriating funds donated to a charity set up to help poor children, using those funds to live a “lavish lifestyle” of high-end shopping and fancy parties. The 70-year-old former representative pled not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges. The evidence against Brown is stark, and the sound bites coming out of the courtroom are condemning. ADA Tysen Duva said, “"(Brown) knew exactly how to lie to these donors, and knew exactly where the cash money was going…” Duva’s narrative is that Brown created... Read More >

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