politics

Donald Trump and Network PR

2017-02-01 by Richard D. Pace
Donald Trump and network PR

A recent CNN headline screamed, “Donald Trump is Fox News’ Top PR guy” … the article then went about the task of trying to argue that President Trump is the news network’s best public relations voice, because, though he remains antagonistic to the rest of the media, he seems to love Fox. The writer had a point, really. In a recent one-on-one with ABC’s David Muir, the journalist asked Trump about his recent meeting at CIA headquarters. Some had criticized the speech, but Trump was ready to brush it off. When Muir pressed him on it, Trump actually told the... Read More >

“Women” Not Taking Trump Lying Down … What Happens Next?

2017-01-26 by Richard D. Pace
“Women” not taking Trump lying down … what happens next

Just by scanning the headlines in recent days, you would think an entire gender was on the warpath against Donald Trump. Every news agency covered the so-called “Million Women March” which descended on Washington DC the day after the Inauguration to protest Trump and all he stands for. Media counts put the numbers at well below a million, but there’s no doubt that tens of thousands of women showed up, and many more publicly supported them on social media. Actress America Ferrera was on hand to deliver this quote: “We march today for the moral core of this nation, against... Read More >

German leaders in fight with pro-Brexit Brits

2017-01-23 by Richard D. Pace
German leaders in fight with pro-Brexit Brits

What will this mean for business management in the UK and EU? Politics and business may be strange bedfellows, but the two are intertwined in too many ways for either to ever be free of the other. So, when the British people decided to vote, by a thin margin, to exit the European Union, there was a collective gasp and gulp by many international business management teams across the globe. While the United States won’t be as directly impacted as businesses in the UK and EU, there will be some consequences of the fallout after the so-called Brexit. But the... Read More >

Immigrants PR fight to Trump’s doorstep

2017-01-19 by Richard D. Pace
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Immigration reform has been a hot-button issue in American politics for more than 30 years. There are always the extreme sides – one wants a totally closed border, and the other wants open borders and a come as you are policy. Then there are the tens of millions in the middle, wondering if anyone will ever actually do anything about this issue, good or bad. Recently, President Obama took one step, by eliminating the so-called Wet Foot Dry Foot rule that applied only to Cuban immigrants. If they were able to reach the country, they could stay, a courtesy denied... Read More >

PR Firms Scout Government Offices to Fill Corp Comm Positions

2017-01-05 by Jason Tannahill
PR Firms Scout Government Offices to Fill Corp Comm Positions

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that with the coming change of power in DC, there are likely to be some job shifts happening. With many of the PR and communications jobs currently filled by people who’ve gained a vast amount of experience in one of the largest corporations in the world, the U.S. Government, many of them for eight years under the Obama administration, the pool of possibilities is full. Transition from one administration to another is a bit bumpy sometimes as positions empty, the experts filling them knowing they’ll become persona non grata within a... Read More >

U.S. Automakers Consider Options if China Tightens Regulations

2016-12-30 by Richard D. Pace
U.S. automakers consider options if China tightens regulations

In a global economy, few hard consumer goods are more global than automobiles. With emerging markets in the two most populous countries on the planet, automakers from across the globe are looking at China and India with hope and optimism … but they have to get in while the getting is good and grab a piece of the market before it’s further saturated by domestic players. In China, that’s often easier said than done. Just ask Apple. And now it’s the U.S. automakers’ turn to run the gauntlet of Chinese regulations, which can change seemingly overnight. It’s a different sort... Read More >

NBC faces conflict of interest accusations

2016-12-16 by Richard D. Pace
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In the early days of his campaign, reporters were actually worried about Donald Trump still appearing on The Apprentice as his campaign continued. He quickly put those worries to bed by bringing in none other than The Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to be the face of the show. TV execs at NBC salivated. If there was anyone who could step in and match Trump’s level of business savvy and bombast, it was Arnie. Celebrity Apprentice was bound to be a hit. Then Trump won, and journalists began writing headlines with three ulcer-inducing words for NBC – conflict of interest. As it... Read More >

PR Happenings from LaForce PR, Porter Novelli, and Hill+Knowlton Strategies

2016-12-13 by Aaron Sarno
LaForce Cancels Holiday Party – Showing Their Pouty Face Over Trump

LaForce Cancels Holiday Party – Showing Their Pouty Face Over Trump Pouty-faced models have been around for some time, but when a fashion industry PR firm decides to cancel their annual festivities because of Trump’s presidential win, some might think it un-festive. The firm’s leader James LaForce and his husband Stephen Henderson informed their previously invited guests in a letter that the party was off for the year. In part, the letter said: “We envisioned an extra-cheerful celebration of Hillary Clinton’s presidency. Alas, Election Day did not go as we’d hoped. So it’s with deep regret that we are canceling... Read More >

Facebook censorship could open the China door

2016-12-09 by Jason Tannahill
Rumored Facebook censorship tool could open the door to China

American tech companies have “enjoyed” a tenuous and complicated relationship with China for some time now. As one of the biggest and fastest growing emerging markets, China is a major target for American companies looking to expand internationally. In recent months, Apple has faced a contentious back and forth with the Chinese government as it attempts to expand and compete against domestic tech companies in China’s – very – rich marketplace. Now, Facebook is on deck for a similar fight. After being kicked out of the world’s second-largest economy, Facebook went back to the drawing board to come up with... Read More >

United Nations Development Programme Seeks PR Firm For Syria

2016-12-09 by Jason Tannahill

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network and seeking a communications firm for campaigns in Damascus, Syria. Background: Syria is the highest profile crisis in the world, with heightened media scrutiny and attention. The UNCT in Syria has come under attack on several occasions by international and local media outlets. The public attack on the UNCT and its projects was linked to its partnership management approach and strategy and the need for stronger due diligence and reporting mechanisms among its partners. With the above context in mind, the UNCT Workplan for 2017 aims to... Read More >

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