• CNN’s Crisis Vulnerability
    Friday January 30, 2009

    Turner CEO Phil Kent www.themediatrainers.com In its most recent weekly online edition (January 29, 2009), Georgia-based publication Business to Business posted a “conversation” with Turner CEO Phil Kent and how he’s responded to several crisis situations. One of the examples screams to me that it was preventable and that CNN leaves itself open for more […]

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  • The Fries Have It!
    Wednesday January 28, 2009

    www.themediatrainers.com When dealing with the news media, you usually can expect the unexpected. These situations can come in many forms, many ways. One way is the reporter/interviewer injecting himself into the conversation and putting you on the spot. What can you do when you feel like you’re being personally attacked? Case in point, CNBC’s Joe […]

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  • TVA Dragged Through its Own Sludge
    Monday January 26, 2009

    http://www.themediatrainers.com/ The Tennessee Valley Authority’s wreckless handling of crisis communications following its Christmas-time sludge spill in the eastern end of the state continues to haunt the utility and call its leadership into question. This is the latest of many apparent sins and comes at an unfortunate time for the management as democrats, tuned in to […]

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  • Spin + Revision = Chutzpah
    Thursday January 22, 2009

    http://www.themediatrainers.com/ This tidbit comes from an email I recently received: Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry […]

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  • Obfuscation
    Monday January 19, 2009

    www.themediatrainers.com And I thought politicians were the experts at interview obfuscation. But, then I saw an interview with Harley Shaiken with the American Rights at Work organization. He spins so much you can get dizzy just listening to him. (Click on the video below.) His issue is labor’s drive to either pre-empt or stop secret […]

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  • Crisis and the Executive
    Thursday January 15, 2009

    http://www.themediatrainers.com/ The speed of events and media response to them put increased pressures on business leaders who are caught in the news spotlight. In the case of Thursday’s crash of US Airways 1549, geography expedited the speed of response and coverage exponentially. The passengers and crew were not the only fortunate ones after the controlled […]

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