Thursday June 4, 2020

How Not To Make Friends

During a protest in Manhattan, the police roughed up an Associated Press reporting team, only to be caught on camera by a videojournalist.  The police surely knew who the AP staffers were.  Their equipment was clearly marked and couldn’t be mistaken. But, the cops did it anyway and in the process betrayed their sense of […]

Smart Communication

Apple has taken a smart approach to looted cellphones during the ongoing protests.  It is letting thieves know their phones are disabled and being tracked by the company with authorities notified.  This is a fitting response to a minority of protesters who are on the streets for opportunities to rob retailers.  News reports have detailed […]


Read the beautiful letter to employees from America’s wealthiest African-American.  His call for love to offset racism is in marked contrast to thugs looting stores and burning buildings.  A criminal element has tainted tens of thousands of law-abiding protestors who have gathered around the country to decry police brutality.  One might point out that the […]

Employee Relations

Facebook employees are angry with their boss, Mark Zuckerberg, for failing to take down President Trump’s quote, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”  Zuckerberg says he is appalled by it but the First Amendment protects the words.  It was a tough call, especially after Twitter hid the inflammatory message with the approbation of its CEO.  […]


The publicity video is a long-time tool of public relations.  That is why this story is laughable.  Hundreds of segments a year are sent out by PR departments and agencies.  Each has a goal of being picked up and run in full or in part by local and national TV news organizations.  So, to pick […]

Excuses, Excuses.

President Trump is trying to be clever — and he might get away with it.  He is claiming today that the election in November will be rigged if states allow mail-in voting.  If the election is close, he can challenge it in court.  If the gap is wide, he can say he was defeated by […]

Wasn’t Missed

The New York Stock Exchange has insisted for years that traders on the exchange floor are necessary for improved pricing of stocks in up and down markets.  Well, the market maker has just announced the re-opening of the Big Board after a two-month shutdown.  It wasn’t missed. Maintaining traders on the floor is a leftover […]

Hard to Justify

There might be good reasons for a CEO of a bankrupt company to get compensation of more than $9 million, but it is hard to justify.  Yet, that’s what the CEO of Hertz gained after laying off thousands of employees.  Taking the company into Chapter 11 will allow it to restructure and pare down debt, […]

How Does This Happen?

Volkswagen is apologizing for a racist ad posted online.  The commercial showed a black man looking at one of its cars and a giant white hand flicking the black man away and into a restaurant called the “Little Colonist” in French.  It is an insensitive production at its core and someone in the ad agency […]

Giving In.

Johnson & Johnson is taking its talc-based baby powder off the US market.  It is due to falling sales and a public perception that asbestos in the product causes cancer.  The company fiercely defends its product but it cannot fight the marketplace, so it is giving in.  This is a case in which litigation was […]