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Sam Jackson Questioned Over Comments about Black Actors

2017-03-20 by Richard D. Pace
Sam Jackson questioned over comments about black actors

Superstar actor Samuel L. Jackson is not known for apologizing for his commentary. The action star has built a reputation for creating nuanced, interesting and hyper-profane characters. From his raging airline passenger intent on getting all these snakes off this !!@@#$ plane, to his internet famous reading of the now huge-selling children’s book parody, “Go the #### to sleep,” Jackson has built a reputation for saying what he pleases and never apologizing for it. Well, until now…During an appearance on a radio program on Hot 97, Jackson was asked his thoughts about producers casting British actors in films about black... Read More >

Pawnees Sue Oklahoma Over Earthquakes

2017-03-13 by Aaron Sarno
Pawnees Sue Oklahoma Over Earthquakes

Native Americans have been in court with fossil fuel companies quite a bit lately. For the past few years, Sioux in the Dakotas have been fighting against pipeline projects they say endanger their water supply. Now, an Oklahoma-based Pawnee tribe is suing a number of oil companies, alleging that the severe increase in earthquakes is causing “extensive damage” to their tribal buildings and lands. The suit brings the hot topic of hydraulic fracking back into the headlines. Fracking has been a contentious topic for some years now, as environmental groups and research scientists assert that the practice of injecting wastewater... Read More >

Remy and Minaj Still Beefing

2017-03-08 by Aaron Sarno
Remy and Minaj Still Beefing

Remy Ma is still going after Nicki Minaj, and fans of the singer, rapper, and talent show judge are looking for Minaj to fire back. The Hip Hop beef began when Ma dropped “Shether,” in which the female rapper dumped all over her fellow lady gangsta. Then Ma added another punch with her next single … and Minaj has yet to respond to the diss. And that must be really frustrating for Ma. The tradition of battle rapping and MC feuds is very nearly as old as the style of music itself. That concept owes itself to the very nature... Read More >

Lessons from the CDC about Crisis Communications

2017-03-06 by Jason Tannahill
Lessons from the CDC about Crisis Communications

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) deals with a very specific type of problem. So planning for a crisis situation in advance is easier than in some businesses, but putting that aside, most businesses provide a limited number of products or services, so setting up an advance plan for crisis communications is possible … and necessary. Here are some of the lessons the CDC has to share about effective communications while in a crisis. Don’t Wait Be the first to get the information out to the public. Don’t give someone else the chance to begin the narrative of your story... Read More >

Disney Management Axes PewDiePie

2017-02-23 by Aaron Sarno
Disney management axes PewDiePie

When you’re running things, you are held responsible for the decisions of your team, even if you never worked directly with them, and they messed up on their own time. Such is the way of things, especially in the Internet Age. Couple that truism with the fact that prevailing perception quickly becomes reality, and people can’t seem to control themselves on social media… and management has some difficult roads ahead. You may find yourself in the uncomfortable position of having to deal with something that someone on your team may have said or done online – this year or the... Read More >

South Dakota lawmaker is in hot water after sexual allegations

2017-01-26 by Jason Tannahill
South Dakota lawmaker is in hot water after sexual allegations

Allegations of sexual misconduct can sink a political career or at least raise serious doubts and leave a wide-open lane for a challenger in the next election cycle. But when you openly admit to sexual misconduct that creates a whole different sort of political PR scenario. Such is the case of South Dakota House member Mathew Wollmann, a 26-year-old former Marine, who admitted having sexual conduct with interns in both 2015 and 2016. This bombshell acknowledgment sent shockwaves across this relatively sleepy South Dakota town. Pierre, despite being the capital city, is home to only about 14,000 people, and many... Read More >

Social Media taking heat for terrorist attacks

2017-01-25 by Richard D. Pace
Social Media taking heat for terrorist attacks

Across the world, the family and friends of terror victims are still mourning the loss of loved ones stripped from the world too soon. In many of these cities – including Paris, Brussels, and across Israel and the United States – these families are looking for Someone to Blame … and they seem to have found a common enemy in social media, particularly giants like Facebook and Twitter. Multiple lawsuits in many different countries allege that social media sites allow terrorists easy access to communication and recruitment tools they would not have otherwise. These suits claim the sites have not... Read More >

Samsung had a great 2016 — really!

2017-01-16 by Jason Tannahill
Samsung

If you are judging just by the standard news headlines, Samsung had a pretty rough 2016. From some of its phones exploding and, eventually being banned on U.S. airplanes, to washing machines that also exploded and launched lids across the room like giant Frisbees, the company faced a pretty steep uphill PR battle. Top execs were forced to recall and replace certain handsets and washing machines, and with each announcement came another negative headline. But there’s a fairly bright silver lining for a company you might think was in a serious downturn. Even after all the mistakes, miscues, and negative press,... Read More >

PR Crisis Communications’ Fails and What Can Be Learned From Them

2017-01-16 by Jason Tannahill
2016 PR Crisis Communications’ Fails and What Can Be Learned From Them

Let’s face it, there are likely to be several corporations every year that run afoul of the public in one way or another. Some of the problems are mainly about poor timing and bad choices trying to move toward recovery afterward and some of them are choices made by the company that progressed until someone exposed the ugly lies and actions underneath. It’s not like there were only three big ones happening in 2016, but let’s look at just three to see what went wrong and how it could have been differently… and we hope, better. Wells Fargo and Playing... Read More >

Nonprofit fires director who made racist comments

2017-01-11 by Richard D. Pace
Nonprofit fires director who made racist comments

Public relations can be a harsh judge, jury, and, if your gaffe is bad enough, executioner. You can work a lifetime to build something, and then lose it in a moment. Just ask Pamela Taylor, the now “former” director of the Clay County Development Corporation. Taylor was, by many accounts, an effective leader who was good at her job. Privately, she had some strong political and personal opinions about the current occupant of the White House and his wife, but she never let that get in the way of her duties. Then came an errant Facebook post that eventually cost... Read More >

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