Broadcast TV: Where are the Boundaries of Good Taste?

Broadcast television has undergone monumental changes in the last 20 years, and like any other organic form of life will continue to evolve for generations to come. Of course, all evolution is not always for the common good. The mandate for many, if not all television networks, is to remain "edgy", thus garnering more attention [...]

Broadcast TV: Where are the Boundaries of Good Taste? 2018-01-01T01:17:10+00:00

“Chink in the Armor”. Racist Comment or PC Knee Jerk?

Language and the way it's used is changing every single day here in America. What was once a joke is now an insult, and what was once an insult is now a joke. Go figure. But there are still plenty of words and phrases for which the jury is still very much out, and has [...]

“Chink in the Armor”. Racist Comment or PC Knee Jerk? 2018-01-01T01:17:11+00:00

Controversy: State Your Position & Don’t Back Down

Granted, this may be something of a confusing statement based on the advice that you should always apologize immediately when saying something that might offend. But at the core, this is very different and much more impactful. If you're going to weigh in on a touchy and controversial subject, the key is to state your [...]

Controversy: State Your Position & Don’t Back Down 2018-01-01T01:17:12+00:00

KTVU & Pranked Names: Being Careless Costs Image & Jobs

Carelessness. More often than not, it's what causes a rap to an image, and often leads to the end of a job and/or career. However, this is also a cautionary tale to those of you who might be the subject of media coverage, and how that carelessness in an editorial sense can snap back on [...]

KTVU & Pranked Names: Being Careless Costs Image & Jobs 2018-01-01T01:17:12+00:00

MSNBC Proves the Difference Between News and Bad Comedy

When presenting the "Media Intelligence" program, one thing I stress is the difference between "real" news and the bad comedy that hasĀ  bludgeoned what was once interesting news conversation into stunningly bad comedy. The biggest part of the problem is the 24/7 news cycle that is the bread and butter of cable news networks. There [...]

MSNBC Proves the Difference Between News and Bad Comedy 2018-01-01T01:17:13+00:00

Nancy Grace: Epitome of Flash, Crass & Trash

It's rare I will feature something so hateful while at the same time dealing out such a pointed and mean-spirited comment. However, in the case of TV host Nancy Grace, it fits. The woman is an affront to those professionals who cover news stories in a measured and factual manner, and also insulting to those [...]

Nancy Grace: Epitome of Flash, Crass & Trash 2018-01-01T01:17:14+00:00

Sloppy Reporting: Why People Don’t Trust the Broadcast Media

First and foremost, all of the broadcast media is not this sloppy. Nor are they all seeking to destroy an image at any cost to forward their own career. And there are plenty of good reporter who know the difference between being a hack and being a reputable journalist. However, the instances of a case [...]

Sloppy Reporting: Why People Don’t Trust the Broadcast Media 2018-01-01T01:17:15+00:00

Paula Deen: When Clients Should Shut Up & Listen to PR & Image Pros

What happened to Paula Deen in the wake of her court testimony being revealed will be textbook image control and public relations for a long time to come. And it won't be positive in any stretch of the imagination. An earlier post here on "The Undefeated Image" dealt with how badly the issue was dealt [...]

Paula Deen: When Clients Should Shut Up & Listen to PR & Image Pros 2018-01-01T01:17:15+00:00

Paula Deen, the “N” Word, & Her Biggest Image Mistake

When the story broke that famed Southern chef Paula Deen had used a racial slur during a trial deposition, the first thing that came to my mind wasn't even "how could she?" It was something much more basic, something much more in tune with what I teach regarding image. How could someone that wealthy, supposedly [...]

Paula Deen, the “N” Word, & Her Biggest Image Mistake 2018-01-01T01:17:16+00:00

Atlanta Radio “Shock Jocks” Fired After Mocking ALS Victim

Here we have a complete image fail where an apology is not necessary for no other reason than it would be difficult to believe any sincerity involved whatsoever. The genre of sports talk radio has become little more than a frat boy sewer in recent years, chock full of sexual innuendo, racist overtones, stunningly bad [...]

Atlanta Radio “Shock Jocks” Fired After Mocking ALS Victim 2018-01-01T01:17:17+00:00