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Richard Berman Takes the Low Relational Road
October 31st, 2014 by Doug Bedell
Here’s some PR heroism from the energy industry – in response to a tawdry talk by Richard Berman, a Washington political consultant, to oil and gas executives there. While advising his audience that “you can either win ugly or lose pretty,” The New York Times reports, Berman’s talk was secretly recorded and provided by an attendee who was offended by it.

No More 'Mr. Bad Guy' for Ryanair's O'Leary
October 31st, 2014 by Jeannine Wheeler
If you’re a traveler in Ireland or the UK, you’ll know well the reputation of the combative Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary, who famously calls his own customers "stupid," tells refund-hunters to "f*** off" and has threatened to remove on-board bathrooms completely so he can get in a few extra seats. But now it seems the 53-year-old Irish executive is on a PR charm offensive, telling MailOnline Travels that “We should have been nicer to customers earlier than we have been.”
Give A Guy a Break, and Stuff...
October 30th, 2014 by Mike Bush
So, the San Francisco Giants are again world champions of baseball. Their starting pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, has earned his place among the baseball legends with a performance for the ages. And this morning, somewhere in the bowels of their Detroit headquarters, their corporate communications team...
Apple's Tim Cook Makes a Profound Relational Gesture
October 30th, 2014 by Doug Bedell
Whatever your sexual orientation may be, you likely haven’t deemed it necessary to be discussing it on the Internet. That’s the way it was with Apple’s Tim Cook, too, until today, when he published a BloombergBusinessweek essay in which he acknowledges being gay, hopefully to help make life easier for others walking with him. It’s a superb relational gesture.
Performance Breeds Publicity, the Red Cross Is Reminded
October 29th, 2014 by Doug Bedell
PR stands, importantly, for performance reviews – public relations practitioners should never forget that. Reality is in interactions, and that’s how it’s perceived by most people. The American Red Cross likely is reflecting on such matters in light of reporting by National Public Radio and ProPublica on its disaster response to superstorm Sandy two years ago...
Computers the New Editors – Oh Dear!
October 28th, 2014 by Doug Bedell
The New York Times – bless it for its coverage its own passing era – reports on how Facebook engineers and algorithms are becoming the overseers of what we once called news. Now, instead of events of some shared local or cosmic importance, “news” is what Facebook users may be interested in seeing in their “news feeds.” It looks to be an increasingly random way of gauging what’s going on “out there”.
Ebola's a Concern, but Flu's a Present Threat
October 27th, 2014 by Doug Bedell
It's all about what gets our attention in this media-driven world. We're duly concerned over the possibility of Ebola spreading to the U.S., but how much have you heard from your friends and neighbors about getting a fall flu shot? The latter ought to be the more pressing concern, notes the Rutgers Today site. "The flu," it advises, "takes anywhere from 3,000 to 48,000 lives a year in this country, depending on the severity of the disease in a given flu season."
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