This post was written by Joe Hassett, Senior Vice President THE JOBS ACT: Good for crooks or good for you? Today’s topic on GThink: “JOBS Act Jeopardizes Safety Net for Investors,” covered by The New York Times. Abstract: On Thursday, President Obama will sign into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that is […]

Frank Shorter once said he ran marathons so that he could eat mayonnaise straight from the jar and not worry about the calories. Sometimes I feel like I do PR so that I can watch TV, anytime, anywhere, and classify it as research when my wife complains that I might as well be practicing the […]

And how to use it to change public opinion Last week, I had the opportunity to stand before hundreds of oil and gas professionals and explain to them that while they have the facts and truth on their side, they are losing the battle for public opinion regarding American’s most important new energy source. The […]

As I’m writing this, Groupon’s shares are soaring 40% over the IPO price and headlines are toasting the company’s successful offering. The bears had their moment to derail the IPO, but it went forward and today we have a newly minted public company trading on NASDAQ under the ticker GRPN. Visit for breaking news, […]

Fortified in Houston

November 3, 2011

Public affairs conference on Marcellus Shale reinforces core beliefs of public relations This week offered a rare opportunity for me to speak in front of 120 public affairs professionals drawn from top energy firms from across the country. The topic was Marcellus Shale, an issue near and dear to my heart and of great controversy […]

The facts are on industry’s side, but emotion is what all too often fuels the public’s opinion about American energy. America’s most important new source of domestic, clean energy is a massive geographic structure that lies 9,000 feet below West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and New York. The Marcellus promises to transform America’s energy future by […]

A word of public relations advice to our Occupiers Any movement that gains the kind of national attention that Occupy Wall Street — and now its attendant protests — has generated deserves our attention and analysis. What started as a grassroots call to action by Canadian-based Adbusters Media Foundation, has in the last three weeks […]

This post was written by Mike Lizun, Senior Vice President At yesterday’s f8 Developer Conference, Facebook unveiled the biggest update to its social networking platform since it launched in 2004. I’m not going to get into all the technical aspects of Timeline. And I’m not going to get into the Facebook versus Google debate or […]

CNN rediscovers its voice

September 6, 2011

Last October, I did the unthinkable for a PR person. I ripped the media. More precisely, I ripped my beloved CNN. In that post, I explained my own admiration and exasperation for a declining network that had jump-started my career and served as a worthy platform for client appearances and sparring sessions for some 25 […]

Win $250 for the worst TV show idea! I willfully admit it. I love media, and especially TV — the deliciously mind-numbing pastime that keeps me sane and indulges my love of all things media. I’ve always had a particular fascination with how an episode is conceived of and comes into being. Face it, there […]