Scott Israel: A Failure to Communicate

The various appearances before the electronic media in the past week or so by Broward County (FL) Sheriff Scott Israel reminded me of a single scene and a single notable line from a a classic motion picture. In light of the tragedy that descended upon Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland FL, [...]

Scott Israel: A Failure to Communicate2018-02-26T16:24:18+00:00

NYS employee rants her way to shame & infamy.

Welcome to the intersection of arrogance, entitlement, 21st century social media, and the search for a new job. Welcome to the world of Susan Pierez. Pierez, as of this writing, is Program Director for the NY State Council on the Arts. After what she pulled on a flight from JFK to Syracuse, good luck holding [...]

NYS employee rants her way to shame & infamy.2018-02-20T02:16:28+00:00

News reports avoiding the word “shithole”: Good taste or censorship?

BEING SUCKED INTO A SHITHOLE "Why do we want people from all these shithole countries coming here?" President Donald Trump, according to numerous press and political sources, said those words in a closed door session with lawmakers in discussion over immigration policies. He was referring to people from Africa, El Salvadaor and Haiti seeking to [...]

News reports avoiding the word “shithole”: Good taste or censorship?2018-01-13T17:27:49+00:00

Media Strategy 101: Never take a seat at places like “Barstool Sports”

Keith Markovich is a very popular guy. A mere 30 years old, he is Editor-In-Chief at one of the more popular sports opinion websites, "Barstool Sports". The site is snarky, often profane, loaded daily with insults, espouses a good amount of what many consider to be sexism, has been quite often accused of being little [...]

Media Strategy 101: Never take a seat at places like “Barstool Sports”2018-01-01T01:16:43+00:00

Losing interview cool means Media Training “Red Card”

A key factor, and always the payoff, in Media Training is when we conduct the mock interview. Putting all that knowledge about who the media is, what they want from you, how they go about getting it and how to avoid the traps is just the appetizer. That main course is getting in front of [...]

Losing interview cool means Media Training “Red Card”2017-12-12T04:37:11+00:00

ABC News, Brian Ross, and the Necessity of a Media Strategy

The mistake made by Brian Ross and ABC News in their recent reporting on the Michael Flynn case is, in a journalistic sense, unforgivable. It was avoidable, rushed, and casts a long shadow on the entire ABC News effort that will take time and effort to escape.   Mistakes are, of course, a human frailty. [...]

ABC News, Brian Ross, and the Necessity of a Media Strategy2018-01-01T01:16:44+00:00

NFL Anthem Controversy: Spreading Lies from Internet Trolls

"EVERYTHING WE SEE, HEAR AND WATCH ON THE INTERNET IS TRUE!" "Hey, did you read those two posts about the NFL and how they plan on punishing those players who didn't stand for the National Anthem???" I'll wager you did. I'll also wager some of you reading this reposted one or both, "LIKED" them and [...]

NFL Anthem Controversy: Spreading Lies from Internet Trolls2018-01-01T01:16:45+00:00

KB Home CEO Profane Rant: Seriously, what the f***?

MEZGER OPENS MOUTH, INSERTS FOOT, NAILS DOWN AN INTERNET CLASSIC Gather round everyone, as we are once again forced to remind everyone about a few common sense matters, thanks to Jeffrey Mezger, CEO of KB Home. KB Home, for the record, is a Fortune 500 company and at last check was clicking about $2.5B or [...]

KB Home CEO Profane Rant: Seriously, what the f***?2018-01-01T01:16:45+00:00

Breaking Rule #1 in Live Broadcast News: “The Hot Mic”

I recall vividly the first time I did a live sportscast in studio. The Producer stopped me before I went into the studio, looked me square in the eyes and said, "Remember that your mic is on at all times. When you step into that studio, it is NEVER off even if we tell you [...]

Breaking Rule #1 in Live Broadcast News: “The Hot Mic”2018-01-01T01:16:45+00:00

“Crossing the Line”. Anyone Know Where “The Line” Is?

Crossing the line. We keep hearing about "crossing the line" these days, more often than not when it comes to what is now considered comedy and jokes. But whether you are a member of corporate leadership or the newest member of a work force, you MUST every single day confront this issue because it can [...]

“Crossing the Line”. Anyone Know Where “The Line” Is?2018-01-01T01:16:46+00:00