October 23, 2009

White House vs. Fox News: Who’s Winning the PR War?

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, public relations

As the adage goes, you should never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. So, what’s behind the White House’s PR offensive against Fox News? When Obama communications director Anita Dunn first referred to Fox as not a news organization, but, rather as an arm of the Republican party, I was surprised. It seemed to…
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September 17, 2009

Will Healthcare Damage Brand Obama?

by: in: advertising, branding, communications, Crenshaw Communications, leadership, marketing, public relations

      In “Mad Men”‘s season debut, fictional ad man Don Draper quietly advises a colleague, “Limit your exposure.” It’s actually an oblique reference to his associate’s indiscretion (and his own secret past), but I thought of Draper’s advice today in a different context. I’ve finally joined the ranks of those who fear that President Obama may…
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February 23, 2009

Truth and Consequences

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, leadership

Transparency and honesty are good things, right?  They build trust, and trust engenders loyalty.  But, here’s a dilemma.  What happens when telling the truth makes the situation worse? Case in point:  President Obama cautions that a full economic recovery could take years, and the market shudders.  Senator Dodd refers to bank nationalization, which most experts believe…
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January 26, 2009

Bullish on the Ox?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, leadership

Today is the start of the lunar Year of the Ox.  In Asian astrology, the ox symbolizes calm, hard work, resolve, and tenacity, which seem like reassuring symbols.  Chinese astrologists, however, are predicting a tough year.  In fact, according to an Associated Press report prominent Asian soothsayers say newly elected US President Barack Obama will…
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