Seldom Is The Question Asked: Is Our Washington Learning?

I just saw this spot on CNN. It certainly is attention-getting: The website is sponsored by something called the Public Notice Research & Education Fund (PNREF), though it’s unclear who the source of their funding is. The president of Public Notice appears to be a former spokesperson for the Bush administration and/or a Deputy […]

Context Matters. Yes, Even In Presidential Politics.

The following Romney ad misappropriates President Obama’s words. “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,” says Obama. The problem is Obama was mocking a McCain strategist when he repeated those words, but that context is lost here. Romney unveiled the 60-second spot Monday night on Fox News, and the commercial is […]

PR Is __________

PR Definition

What is PR? Here’s the industry’s own definition: “Public relations helps an organization and its publics adapt mutually to each other.” Say what? PR is a channel companies use to gain media recognition, and by extension public awareness. My definition is easier to understand than a sentence with “adapt mutually to each other” in it, […]

Lawsuits Lack Sweetner, Especially This One

“Sugar is sugar.” But it’s not sugar when it’s not sugar, which is why sugar cane and sugar beet growers have filed an amended complaint in federal court charging that corporate members of the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) – makers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – are behind a “conspiracy” deliberately designed to “deceive […]

A BeanCast, And A Book

A couple of items of self-promotion, if you’ll allow me the privilege. First, I had the great opportunity to make a repeat appearance on this week’s BeanCast, which also featured: Steve Hall of AdRants, Kristi Faulkner of NYC’s Womenkind, Jim Hopkinson of The Hopkinson Report, and of course, show host Bob Knorpp. We got into […]

Writers And Niche Publishers Welcome Healthy Parasites, The Other Kind Not So Much

Maria Popova of BrainPickings has a bone to pick over the Huffington Post’s practice of “over-aggregation.” …when an aggregator like the Huffington Post, a business-model wolf wearing an editorial-authenticity sheep’s skin, takes my (ad-free) content and regurgitates it on its (ad-plastered) site, it lives up to the term “parasite”… The “P” word is also used […]

Bargain Hunters Like To Find n Save

Smart Shopping Starts Here. Find n Save in Bellingham | The Bellingham Herald

A consortium of newspapers are offering bargain-hunting shoppers an alternative to Groupon and Living Social. The Find n Save platform is tailored to local audiences, offering digital coupons, daily deals, digital circulars, and other advertising products designed and managed by the local affiliate for maximum impact. Find n Save is available to any local daily […]