Category Archive for: Reputation Management

The Star Steps In It

The CBC is really having field day with the Toronto Star’s misstep late last week. Under a huge headline “A wonder drug’s dark side” the Star’s investigative team took issue with the Gardasil vaccine shown to prevent HPV. Citing anecdotal evidence it seems the reporters either ignored or played down the significant scientific evidence supporting…

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A Dark Day for PR

Global TV announced late last night that news anchor Leslie Roberts has been suspended over conflict of interest. In its statement, the station said: “At Global News we take matters of journalistic integrity very seriously.” As a result of being found out, Roberts has apparently resigned from a PR company in which he was secretly…

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Crisis Communications — The Ghomeshi File

Some things make me smile. Not that I think there is anything funny about the mess that has rocked the CBC. But this week The Star interviewed some of our competitors asking “Can he come back?” The “he” in question is Jian Ghomeshi, the disgraced host of CBC’s celebrated program, “Q”. In case there is…

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Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story

I have been gobsmacked by the number of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford supporters who say they don’t care what he does as long as he saves them money.  Seems not very many of the folks in Ford Nation have done the math. First, see the story by respected business journalist, David Olive, in the Toronto Star yesterday that…

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Richard III Reconstruction

Reputation Management

Sometimes it can take 500 years to repair your image after one bad step.  Murdering his young nephews was not a good move for Richard III.  Still Mr. Shakespeare has a lot to answer for.  Revisionist reports now suggest the guy was a pretty good king. Nevertheless it took all the excitement around the excavation…

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Canada and USA Flags

American Spin – the PR Skinny on July 4th

One of our European accounts has a new PR Director assigned to their US office.  He just spent his first July 4th in the US market and was deeply moved by his experiences on the streets of New York.  He described his feelings hearing thousands of voices joined in the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”  Then…

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People Connected

Good PR Means Giving Up Control

Good PR means giving up control, but it doesn’t mean abandonning your brands.  I have been thinking a lot about the need to control.  Pitching a story to a journalist has always meant that you have to have faith that if your product or service has an integrity about it, it will be treated that way. …

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Wall Street and Broad Street

PR Spinning and Wall Street

I had lots of great feedback and advice from my friends about my blog (although most people thought I should shorten it, which left me a bit crushed – hence my recent silence). I even had an offer to “redesign” it – please note the new look. So thanks to all! Great piece in the…

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