Cool Tools for the Curious PR Pro

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in The Flack | No Comments
Cool Tools for the Curious PR Pro

One of the daily email newsletters to which I subscribe is Product Hunt, founder by Ryan Hoover. This carefully distilled selection of serendipitous new gadgets, apps, podcasts, and productivity tools rarely ceases to surprise me. Invariably, they make my professional life easier and home life more enjoyable.  Product Hunt eliminates the frustration we all have felt […]

2016: When PR Turned to the Dark Side

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in The Flack | No Comments
2016: When PR Turned to the Dark Side

2016 was the year when the currents that have slowly eroded the tenuous relationship between journalists and PR pros coalesced to create an existential crisis that may not be easily remedied. Yesterday’s Trump presser was the first salvo in what will surely be a contentious period for news organizations hoping to ferret out the truth. […]

Fake News and Its Threat to Democracy

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in The Flack | No Comments
Fake News and Its Threat to Democracy

My first social media post of the day happened on Facebook and involved Twitter. It cited USA Today’s story on Twitter’s audacious decision to ban from its platform hundreds of offensive “alt right” accounts. My morning gripe had less to do with Twitter’s sudden cleanse of hate-spreaders on its platform and more about the absence […]

Periscope Is (A)Live

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in The Flack | One Comment
Periscope Is (A)Live

Just as it appeared that Facebook Live would do to Periscope what Periscope did to Meerkat, the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives breathed new life into the fledgling, real-time video-streaming app owned by Twitter (Nasdaq: TWTR). Here’s the lede from ABC News: The Democratic sit-in over gun control last night almost fell into […]

Trump: The Art of the Lie

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in The Flack | 2 Comments
Trump: The Art of the Lie

It’s hard to imagine how Mr. Trump can survive the incessant onslaught of negative media coverage until the GOP Convention in July, let alone the general election. (I imagine GOP kingmakers are currently conspiring on how to blackmail their controversial candidate to bow out of the race and begrudgingly endorse a Ryan or Romney in […]

StubHub Throws Away Its Shot

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in The Flack | One Comment
StubHub Throws Away Its Shot

It’s no secret that consumer-facing, social-savvy brands treat “influencers,” i.e., those with sizable followings on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and elsewhere with greater respect than other, more casual users of these channels. Even minor influencers, e.g., like me, obtain special treatment when publicly grousing about a disappointing experience. Case in point: last week, I ordered an […]

When Journalism Fails to Deliver

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in The Flack | 4 Comments
When Journalism Fails to Deliver

                  Today one of the most astute chroniclers of all things technology tossed his former fellow tech scribes under the bus for their inability to separate fact from fiction when it came to the scientific claims of one prickly healthcare startup CEO. I’m talking about Theranos of […]

Schumer’s No Trainwreck

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in The Flack | One Comment
Schumer’s No Trainwreck

My wife and I finally had a chance to catch up on some flicks during last weekend’s rain-fest in New York. (There’s only so much bingeing one can do on “House of Cards,” “Billions” and “Vice.”) We decided to test our tolerance for the tasteless “Trainwreck,” the tortured NYC love story written by and starring […]

Keep Politics Out Of Your Business

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in The Flack | 6 Comments
Keep Politics Out Of Your Business

As an agency owner and keen observer of the circus that doubles as the American political process this election year, I’m finding it difficult to hold my tongue. I was reminded of this recently when tech influencer and newly minted VR executive Robert Scoble laid down the rules for continued inclusion in his Facebook-capped group […]

Trump Campaign Manager Accosts Reporter

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in The Flack | No Comments
Trump Campaign Manager Accosts Reporter

The industry’s most effective public relations professionals zealously guard and champion the interests of their clients. They know the mindsets of those they’re paid to serve and what keeps them awake at night. Sometimes, however, this unfettered devotion crosses an ethical boundary as several folks witnessed last night when Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski […]