afghanistan

Harry: Prince of Propaganda

Prince Harry is the ultimate recruitment poster boy for the Call of Duty generation. As a soldier Prince, he is in his element: today’s media is plastered with pictures of him in subtle battle dress, poses framed by an apache helicopter gunship, underlining his sense of purpose and presenting him in hero-like dimensions. From Las(…)

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Clinton, Copenhagen, Afghanistan, Suppression and the X Factor

The suppression of information takes many guises, I’m beginning to realise. Many guises, but at the heart, the old ways of doing things still rule. Someone pulls strings and the neck of the bag tightens. Take, for a start, Hillary’s Secret War, a book detailing the ways in which a rightwing think-tank’s output on the(…)

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The Bra Necessities

The Swedish military certainly have a way with a publicity stunt, if the story that’s surfaced about poorly designed military bras is anything to go by. Or so my churnophrenic state of mind is telling me, as I dig unceasingly for the truth behind the news. Put it this way, if it’s not a PR(…)

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PR Gaffes in Fashion Retailing

The Daily Telegraph asked for my opinion yesterday on the ruling against Abercrombie & Fitch, who were found to have “wrongfully dismissed and unlawfully harassed” Riam Dean, a 22-year-old woman with a prosthetic limb who was shuffled off the shop floor last year. “Mark Borkowski, a leading brand and celebrity publicist, said: ‘This is probably(…)

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Noel’s HQ and the Sneering Press Officer

It’s good to see that my client Noel Edmonds’ groundbreaking new show on Sky One, Noel’s HQ, is having some effect. This week, the programme, which aims to inspire people to acts of kindness and help transform lives, tackled the case of Joe Townsend, a 20-year-old veteran of the campaign in Afghanistan. Townsend lost both(…)

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Prince Harry the Afghan crusader and reluctant PR man

Who would be a Royal Prince?  I have been hounded this weekend by various media organizations wanting my comments on the furor surrounding Prince Harry’s tour of duty in Afghanistan.  We know how important Harry is to the national media – putting him on the front page certainly sells newspapers but the majority of callers(…)

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The Rendon Group

I’m always interested in what the Rendon group are up to, and from this week’s PR Watch I find this gem. RENDON GROUPS HELPS AFGHAN GOVERNMENT WITH IMAGE ‘The Pentagon has hired the Rendon Group to counsel and coordinate communications for Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai.’ O’Dwyer’s PR Daily reports. ‘The United States” according to the(…)

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Returning Coffins

http://www.drudgereport.com for updates (c)DRUDGE REPORT 2004 Since the end of the Vietnam War successive American presidents have worried that their military actions would lose support once the public glimpsed the remains of U.S. soldiers arriving back at air bases in flag-draped caskets. To this problem, the Bush administration has found a simple solution: it has(…)

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