Tag: Recent News


I admit it.  I’m an addict.  The minute I get up in the morning I click on Morning Joe on MSNBC and smile to see the familiar morning gang huddled round the table.  Joe and Mika, Willie and Barnicle are just some of the early risers, though Willie is off to co-helm the 9am hour on the Today Show. Morning Joe… Read more →


Sally had the ride of her life.  The first woman in space went where no woman had gone before. Sally Ride died this week of pancreatic cancer.  Too young. What a trailblazer – a woman growing up in the 50s and 60s to become a scientist, space traveler and, as the world has just learned, a lesbian. So now pundits… Read more →

The Heat Wave is Worth Talking About

It’s too damn hot. I’ve lived in DC since 1984 so I’m used to swamp-like weather in the summer, but this has been one blistering month even by DC standards.  And it’s the warmest January-June stretch ever recorded.  Ouch! So, naturally the storms, power outages and chill-seeking are all making headlines.  Add in some flash floods and chunky hailstones and… Read more →

If it bleeds it leads

I learned the media credo, “If it bleeds it leads,” more than 30 years ago as a reporter/anchor at an all-news radio station in Miami. I was co-anchoring one day with a veteran radio guy when a plane crashed in Miami. The wire services kept updating the number of deaths and as the death toll increased, my co-anchor kept gleefully… Read more →

Not all PR is good PR

This post is part of a series written by zcomm interns. Be sure to check back each week for their take on the latest in the public relations industry. This week, Hailey discusses the bad PR Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea have received from the Trayvon Martin case. The Trayvon Martin case has been all over every media outlet recently,… Read more →

Earth to DSK: Keep your pants on

Photo: telegraph.co.uk

What a public relations headache. As if the Sofitel Hotel “kiss and tell” alleged rape of a NYC maid wasn’t enough of a spotlight for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, now, he’s really gone and done it. The French law is on his tail for running a prostitution ring. Did the former IMF chief ever think he’d see the adjective “pimp” before his name? I bet he thought he’d see the title President much sooner.

Though prostitution is not illegal in France, this is way beyond Jimmy Carter’s “lusting in his heart.”

DSK’s lawyer said, “Everyone can say whatever they want about the moral side of things. But that doesn’t mean it’s forbidden anywhere in the penal code.” Maybe that should be penile code.

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Don’t rock the boat, baby

The cruise industry has hit some choppy waters lately, to say the least. Everyone in the world has seen the pictures of the Titanic-like Carnival Corp’s Costa Concordia. It’s like Captain Schettino fooled around while the ship sank. And now the latest crisis to rock the boat – more than 100 passengers on the Ruby Princess, operated by a unit… Read more →