Political PR Advice

A little free advice for the next politician that finds him/her self frantically trying to recall a tweet/nude photo or inappropriate e-mail:  Read the book “Feeding Frenzy.”  Sabato delivers what Visa would deem a “Priceless” lesson…

In short, if you start to feed the piranhas in the press, they will continue to feed.

In my opinion, there are only two ways to handle a politically charged media disaster:

1) Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth immediately…or

2) take a vow of silence.

I’m an advocate for both–yet,  in a perfect world, #2 is my option of choice for the simple fact that blood in the water, regardless of how righteous, is still blood in the water.  No good will ever come from airing dirty laundry.  In the age of the 24 hour news cycle, scandal is the media’s bread and butter. 

If #2 isn’t a singular option, #1 should always be followed by #2.  Rep. Weiner missed that tweet.  From a PR perspective, he’s been his own worst enemy from day one.  His handlers should have told him that battles are won by getting in and getting out before your enemy knows you’ve been there…not after a thirty minute press conference.

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Two Points for Sarah Palin

As far as politics are concerned, I’m not a huge Sarah Palin fan.  But…I have to give her my “Quote of the Day” award for her rebuttal to Santorum’s idiotic statement regarding her absence from CPAC.  This is classic…

 “I will not call him the knuckle-dragging Neanderthal. I’ll let his wife call him that instead.”

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A shout out for Bobby Z…

I was going to give you a second embedded video for the day…but it seems my dear friend Bobby Z. has disabled the embed feature on the video I was going to post!   What was he thinking?

In all seriousness, my friend Bobby Z.  (who I’ve known for umpteen gazillion years) is a fantastic underwater photographer.   I was around when he first took up photography as a hobby and all I can say now is “WOW”–he’s really taken it to an incredible level.   Since he disabled the embed feature, you’ll have to CLICK HERE to watch his video on manatees. It’s well worth it.

If you’re not one for videos but you’d like to see some of his photography, his website is http://waterworldphotography.com .

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