This is a topic close to my heart. One of my first really difficult jobs in the strategic communications world was designing ways to encourage and support FARC rank-and-file soldiers in Colombia to demobilize. It’s very difficult to bring someone to the point of walking away from not just an ideology but a way of … More How to Create an Exit Ramp for Trump Followers
If you’ve ever watched even a single episode of a reality TV show like Master Chef, America’s Top Model and, yes, The Apprentice you’ve seen the signs that someone is about to get fired or voted off the island. In the jargon of TV production that’s the Loser Edit. What starts with little observed stumbles … More The Presidential “Loser Edit” Has Begun
It’s only a matter of time before Trump fat shames Paul Ryan. Fox News
Former House Speaker and Wrestling Coach Dennis Hastert Reports to Federal Prison It’s been amusing to watch the dance as Republican candidates try to put daylight between themselves and the now-toxic candidacy of Donald Trump. One might imagine it would be easy, in the wake of Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” bombshell video, for … More The REAL Reason Republicans Fear Dumping Trump
It will come as little surprise to anyone who regularly interfaces with reporters that the NYT botched its reporting on the San Bernardino shooting when it reported, initially, that shooter Tashfeen Malik had openly posted pro-Jihad and radical Islamic statements on social media. The original story, reported by Mike Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo, who cover national … More Will the NYT Brass Really Come Down On Anonymous Sourcing?
My son has loved football since the first time he saw it. We raised our kids without a lot of media when they were young and still don’t have cable, but after the first time he watched football at a Super Bowl Party around age 5 he figured out that our neighbor, David, was a … More The NFL’s Twelve-Year-Old Problem
There’s nothing more to say, really… Link
Read it. It’s not a doom and gloom hand wringer. Instead, it’s just a solid, realistic assessment of the economics and reader dynamics of how news is going to be reported in the future. Plus some good solid advice for anyone who still considers him/herself to be a reporter.
Way back in May I posted what I thought was a long-shot suggestion that Shelley Sterling should grab control of the Clippers away from her husband and sell the damn team. At the time I thought it was the equivalent of one of those half-court buzzer beating attempts that almost never goes in. I thought she … More Way to Go Mrs. Sterling
Look, I’m against lying in general. I think it’s a bad practice and leads to all sorts of personal breakdowns. Whenever I’m brought in on a media crisis one of the very first things I establish with my clients is that they should NEVER, under any circumstances, tell a provable lie. By that, I mean … More Why You Should NEVER Tell a Provable Lie