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Whitney and the trolls

Once in a while, it’s worth calling attention to an old but persistent story: Trolls in the comments on online news sites, and the staggering failure of the media to do anything about them.

Cancer, money and branding

If you work for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s marketing team, I would love to buy you a coffee and hear the real story of what went on there last week.

What it looks like when Newt’s in charge

These days a lot of people take New Gingrich seriously, but it wasn’t always the case. I thought it would be interesting to look back at how newspapers covered his humiliating resignation in 1998.

Park Service to fix MLK quote

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has ordered the National Park Service to correct a botched quote etched in stone at the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

P.R. disaster: Responding to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s hospital scandal

Beyoncé and Jay-Z are proud new parents, but the hospital where the baby was born looks shameful in the news today. Here’s a look at hospital public relations gone wrong.

A herniated what?!

Only a week into January and we already have a strong contender for Typo of the Year.

Ten foolishly specific predictions for 2012

I started writing this list of media and marketing predictions for 2012 and got scared. What if I was being so specific that none of my predictions would happen? Then I had a thought: Maybe I wasn’t being specific enough!

Hit ’em with the squid

Last year Rolling Stone published an investigation by Matt Taibbi that began with one of the greatest leads in recent memory. It’s the one that defined Goldman Sachs as a “great vampire squid.”

The NYPD’s Facebook lesson

You might think, after reading William Glaberson’s story in today’s New York Times, that the NYPD is overrun with racist cops. The police department is in damage control mode after some officers published cruel, unprofessional remarks on Facebook about a … Continue reading

Revolution? Anxiety? Never mind that.

This week it seems the editors of TIME magazine went out of their way to shield American readers from actual news.