Walmart and JPMorgan: Tales From The Trenches

Walmart and JPMorgan: Tales From The Trenches

The most seasoned and successful practitioners in the public relations business have a finely honed instinct for how something will play out in the court of public opinion. Recently, however, two very big corporate gaffes made me wonder whether their communications consiglieres turned a tin, if not deaf ear to activities that would prove deleterious […]

Firms We Love to Hate

Firms We Love to Hate

Lloyd Blankfein Jamie Dimon Pretty much anyone tooling in the PR biz is keyed in on the latest chapter in Goldman Sachs’ extended trial in the court of public opinion. James Gorman What is it about this particular company that compels the media, regulators, legislators and general public to pounce on it at every turn? […]

Provocateur

Provocateur

High profile talking head biz/financial reporter Charlie Gasparino goes out on the limb this first full day back of the new year. The headline and lead of his post today on The Daily Beast: “Is Jamie Dimon the Next to Fall? JP Morgan’s CEO successfully ruled his company to become the new king of Wall […]

Low Profiles

Low Profiles

As I followed this weekend’s New York Times-Wall Street Journal email news alert war over the fates of Lehman and Merrill, I started wondering which dynamics really played the biggest roles in contributing to these once venerable firms’ de-existence early this morning. Few pundits disagree that both took excessive (reckless) investment risks. And most recognize […]

King for a Day

King for a Day

Dear Jamie, Yes, you’re the king. All those comparisons to J.P. Morgan must really be putting on the big head swell right now. You’re feeling pretty darned good, I bet. And why not? You gave up several nights’ sleep to get this deal done. And the ends certainly appear to justify the means, at least […]