Monthly Archives: November 2013

Is staging photos equal to propaganda?

In a recent article by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post  the Obama administration is once more accused of continuing to move from transparency to propaganda.  In this case the issue is that the White House has increasingly excluded news photographers from … Continue reading

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Early Bird is no longer a Pentagon’s product

The Pentagon’s daily compilation of published defense-related news and commentary closed down Nov. 1.  “The No. 1 driver behind this decision is change in the business model for news corporations,” Army Col. Steve Warren, director of Pentagon press operations, wrote … Continue reading

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A non-apology apology

A non-apology apology is a statement that has the form of an apology but does not express the expected contrition (Wikipedia). We already discussed the importance to publicly apologize when that is the appropriate way to kill a crisis or … Continue reading

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Are ugly women better warriors?

On 22 October 2011, Army 1st Lt. Ashley White was sent in to search and interview Afghan women. She and three of her fellow soldiers in a special operations force were killed by an improvised bomb. White was – according … Continue reading

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What if social media existed when JFK was killed?

November 22, 1963 – 1.38pm: CBS anchor Walter Cronkite breaks news President JF Kennedy has been shot dead… Is it realistic that such a breaking news is today announced the same way? We all know the answer but who is … Continue reading

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Good speechwriters should be neither seen nor heard

Good speechwriters should be neither seen nor heard says Warren H. “Sandy” Anderson, an executive speechwriter who wrote for President Gerald R. Ford. But Ted Sorensen’s talent made him an exception.  Sorensen died in 2010. He was the last survivor … Continue reading

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Do you hear or listen?

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