Shades of Tawana

Shades of Tawana

Have you been following this desperate and bizarre story? It centers around a twisted 20-year-old Texan who went to Pennsylvania to throw her support behind the McCain campaign, and instead may have thrown the campaign. Apparently Joe the Plumber’s distant cousin concocted a story in which she was mugged and mutilated by a “6’4″ black […]

PRtroopers

PRtroopers

We awake today to news of a 21-page novel published last night by the McCain campaign to pre-empt what’s expected to be a negative report on Mr. and Mrs. Palin’s efforts to abuse the Alaskan governor’s office. In case you’ve been out of the country, a bi-partisan legislative task force has been looking into charges […]

Voodoo Doctors

Voodoo Doctors

How much influence does post-debate coverage have in determining the evening’s ultimate winner and loser? A considerable amount, if you believe the WashPost’s media watcher Howard Kurtz who today turned his sights on the “spin doctors” who were working their “voodoo” at Ole Miss following Friday’s stand-off: “Obama may have won the insta-polls after Friday’s […]

Spray Wash

Spray Wash

I wonder if McCain campaign COO Steve Schmidt pulled a Tom Cruise and hired his sister? Here’s campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt’s explanation given to reporters who were barred from capturing Sarah Palin’s first date with a foreign leader. “The decision was made for this to be a photo spray with still cameras and video cameras […]

Family Values

Posted by on Sep 2, 2008 in Daily Kos, John McCain, media, PR, RNC, Sarah Palin, Trig | No Comments
Family Values

I put myself in the dog house this past weekend — Sunday morning to be exact. It happened when I came across Daily Kos’s well-reasoned assertion that Gov. Palin’s fifth child may actually be her grandson, not her own son as she claims. How else can one explain the photo of her intact figure at […]

Wag the Immigrants

As if we needed another reminder of how closely aligned Senator McCain is to the Bush Administration, yesterday the Bushies threw the McCain camp a big wet one. In a political maneuver straight out of Wag the Dog, the Feds chose the first day of the DNC to stage “the largest single-workplace immigration raid in […]

Thinning Press Cred

Thinning Press Cred

If you thought Ari Fleischer and Dana Perino were/are liars and apologists for this failed and deceitful administration, get ready to deal with Brooke Buchanan (pictured at left). The McCain mouthpiece (and former Bush Cheney comms. director in Nevada) already is in Bush-style deception mode, if her quip to an AP reporter seeking comment on […]

“Reasonable Promotion and Publicity”

“Reasonable Promotion and Publicity”

So what constitutes reasonable promotion and publicity: a pop on ET, feature in the LA Times, an OK magazine spread, all of the above? That’s the question the lawyers for the company that produced “National Lampoon’s Pledge This” want answered as they sue Paris Hilton for non-performance…of her PR duties. No one can accuse the […]

News Hole Partisans

News Hole Partisans

Presidential politics was on the menu at Michael’s (alongside the $34 cobb salad) during a recent gathering of our men’s lunch group of PRs, journos and one special guest, the head of a magazine publishing company. The day’s topic explored the variables that might still make a measurable impact on the candidates’ respective fates. It […]

Debatable Instincts

Debatable Instincts

A firm for which I once toiled had a policy that discouraged its professionals from commenting in the media on the public relations quagmires of others. I think it stemmed from an incident in which one of our Asian colleagues publicly skewered the PR strategy for a very high profile crisis. One problem: it was […]