Saturday, September 4th, 2010
As President Obama and his predecessor in the Oval Office both know all too well, the combat situation in Iraq equals a murky, mucky public relations challenge.
George W. Bush was pilloried in the press for donning military gear and staging an overhyped photo op punctuated with the now-infamous words: “Mission Accomplished.” The mission was far from over, as we now know. And his administration was rightly criticized from all sides for their approach. At best, Bush’s communications advisers jumped to conclusions. At worst, they succeeded in helping him spin the reality in order to garner public favor.
Despite being an Obama supporter, I’ll call it like I see it, and unfortunately it’s clear to me that our current President has made a similar lapse in PR judgment. (more…)
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, Keith Olbermann
, President George W. Bush
, President Obama
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
I think I defy many people in my age group (35, for those of you counting at home) by loving the good, old-fashioned newspaper. I simply don’t know what I’d do without my Washington Post first thing in the mornings, supplemented by my New York Times Sunday edition on weekends. As the parent of a young child, however, I’ve long abandoned any effort to get through an entire newspaper article in one sitting. It’s simply impossible. Thank God for the headlines, I say, as I scan the top stories and dip in and out of lead paragraphs, worrying that I’m getting dumber all the while. (more…)