Q: What’s the most effective way to piss off a journalist? A: Lie to her. Result: Moral outrage on her part – followed by determined, disciplined digging into why the lie and […]
What would a progressive society look like? The Tricentennial Manifesto
One of my lists is currently engaged in a fairly dynamic discussion about “what is a progressive?” In thinking about the issue, I realized that it might help to ask the question […]
Presidential candidates’ date with destiny: Ethanol subsidies expire Dec. 31
Sooner or later, they will all obediently troop to Iowa. Presidential wannabees of all stripes will march through diners and farms, pressing the flesh and taking the ethanol pledge. Flip-flops may occur, […]
Running for president? Accomplish these tasks — but quietly
If you wish to run for president in 2012, you must accomplish several tasks designed to magnify your influence before your formal announcement. And you must be careful about it. You don’t […]
Tracking independent political spending harder since Citizens United
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision — striking down bans on independent spending by unions, corporations, and individuals — continues to ripple through American politics, especially at the state level. A new […]
Gallup poll reveals that public questions PR industry credibility: are PR practitioners to blame?
A Gallup poll released in August indicated that the advertising and PR industries aren’t viewed very favorably by the American public. One-third of respondents voiced a positive view of the advertising/pr industry […]
Nota Bene #118: VOTE!
“I am not fit for this office and should never have been here.” Who said it?
The root of all evil will rule mid-term elections
Come Tuesday, Nov. 2, it will not matter whether you vote Democratic, Republican, Independent, Green, Tea, or write-in. That’s because the winning entity will not be on the ballot — and hasn’t […]
Hedge funds, sensing profit opportunities, buying distressed newspapers
And now, newspapers’ newest problem: The vultures have descended. Newspapers continue to lose money and advertising – the New York Times Co. reported print ads would decline 5 percent in the third […]
Speaker wannabee Boehner recycling platitudes of speakers past
The three pillars of any democracy are the rule of law, transparency, and a functioning civil society. Over decades, all three of these pillars have been chipped away in the people’s House. […]