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Ned’s Excellent Adventure

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A week ago, my friend Ned Lamont pulled off a stunning upset in the Democratic Primary in Connecticut. Running against three term incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman, who just six years ago was nearly elected Vice President of the United States, Lamont won by four points, amazing pundits and his own inner circle including yours truly. […]

Hit Me with Your Best Shot, Again and Again

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Der Spiegel, a leading German magazine, has a major feature story in this issue(translated into English by Edelman’s Hamburg office), titled “Master of Deception.” The subtitle tells it all, “PR is a growing billion dollar industry, primarily manipulating our perception of the world. The professionals from the industry are even assisting in staging wars.” The […]

Game On

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PR Week has it exactly right in its editorial on July 31. Julia Hood and her team have asked, “Can PR keep the ball if ad pros play on its field?” (sub. req’ed).The editorial states, “This could not be a larger watershed moment; the ad industry is trying to out-PR PR.” All of the talk […]

Thanks to a Friend of Edelman

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As you may have seen in the coverage yesterday, Leslie Dach has resigned as vice chairman of Edelman to go to Wal-Mart as one of the top seven executives in the company. Leslie stands for all that is good in our profession. He is brilliant, passionate, kind, socially conscious and committed to excellence. His work […]

His Master’s Voice Turns Real

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The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) used a cute black and white dog sitting next to a speaker to promote its new true to life music recordings beginning in the 1930s. The dog, Nipper, is drawn to his master’s voice, faithfully projected from the new fangled audio system and the LP, or long playing record […]

How To Mobilize The New Players on the Field

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I had another in my series of conversations with Paul Saffo last week. For those who might not remember, Paul and I rowed freshman crew together at college. Our recollection is something like the scene from Ben Hur, with Charleton Heston pulling on the oar with the other slaves. Back to the subject…how to energize […]

Serious Case of Malpractice

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It had to happen some time. An account person from GCI (one of Edelman’s competitors) has unleashed a gratuitous attack on Jeff Jarvis, the widely-read blogger, in a comment on Jarvis’ blog. Why is this comment so wrong? First, the comment is personal, not substantive. Jarvis is alleged to not have a life and is […]

Get Back Onto the Field

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Your faithful blogger took a week off..yes that meant freedom from the blackberry and even from my blog. I can give you one very funny line from a restaurant wall in Monterrey, California, from the golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez, “I never exaggerate, I just remember big.” I also want to tell you how pleased I […]

Sir Martin, Tear Down That Wall

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Almost 25 years ago, President Ronald Reagan visited Berlin and issued a challenge to the Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. Making a speech on the western side of the Berlin Wall that divided the city, he said,”Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” In short, let freedom reign. Now Sir Martin Sorrell is seeking to turn back […]

Inward Investment and National Security: A PR Issue?

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I attended a roundtable at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City yesterday morning. Speakers included former US Government officials such as William Reinsch and Patrick Mulloy and Prof. Ken Lieberthal from University of Michigan Business School. Key points from the session: 1) The Regulatory Framework–The US was open to foreign investment for […]

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