At this point, you gotta wonder if Penn State is doing it on purpose: killing itself with inflammatory, off-mark communications that only add gasoline to the long-simmering Sandusky fire. This time it happens after last week’s media reporting of court documents alleging that an early Sandusky victim had told Coach Joe Paterno about the abuse […]

It’s bad. Really bad. Written with made-up words, rambling for pages, and using language that could win The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for wretched writing. I suffered through Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone secret interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo to understand how the magazine could allow a celebrity to take on the complicated issue of […]

Over the holidays, I was rudely interrupted when my cell phone flashed a report naming Peyton Manning as a doper by Al Jazeera America, the Arab-backed news network. I have been a long-time student of Al Jazeera America, studying it to learn how the Arab network tries to shape US opinion. At times, I have seen […]

How ridiculous: Last week’s viral blurb urging us all to unfriend our Facebook friends who Like Donald Trump. It came courtesy of the link friendswholiketrump.com. Go to it and automatically, you discover Facebook friends who Like The Donald, and urges you then to unfriend these people. But before you go unfriending me or anyone else, […]

So it happened again. Some psychopath goes on a killing spree, and the media is quick to report that no one saw it coming and that he or she was just a regular guy or gal. It’s a narrative set early and often. Yet, it’s usually dead wrong. Just about every in-depth study of the […]

As of this morning, the much-maligned assistant professor of mass media from the University of Missouri Melissa Click still has a job. She shouldn’t. She should have been fired, and made an example of for failing to understand the most treasured and principled ethic of journalism: Access breeds truth, and the world is best-served by […]

If I watch another canned, hamstrung debate of practiced talking points and blathering talking heads, I am quitting this country. No Hillary. People don’t talk like that. They don’t act like some Shakespearean actor delivering a line for the ages. And Ted Cruz, you talk like a bad pharmaceutical commercial, all practiced and FDA-compliant. Whether […]

Some 1.5 million people were expected to converge on Philadelphia last month when Pope Francis made a visit to our fair city. According to some crowd security experts, the real turnout could have been as low as 140,000. The City, which had hoped to gain a bounce in image and reputation from the visit, was […]

What the heck was the Senator and eye surgeon from Kentucky thinking when he broke the cardinal rule of spin and attacked the media? Get a grip guy. In this game, everyone learns early that there’s no grass to green by criticizing your interrogator. And Rand Paul only wasted precious time by lecturing Today Show […]

Rarely do I address local issues here on Gregarious, but what’s happening now in Philadelphia is just too rich to ignore. As coach Chip Kelly deconstructs our beloved Philadelphia Eagles, he is making any number of classic communications errors. Whether ridding the team of some of the NFL’s finest talent — LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, […]