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From Hero to Zero

Full Disclosure: I was born and raised a Jersey girl. I haven’t lived in the state since Bill Cahill held the top spot. But until yesterday, I was enamored with Gov. Chris Christie. Not so much anymore.

The big PR question: can he repair the damage?

Professor PR would give the governor an “A” for his television performance, though it was twice as long as it needed to be. He took responsibility and was contrite. I had no problem with him saying he felt sad rather than angry, although we all know he has to be plenty angry. It goes without saying I’d love to be a fly on his wall.

What I like about Gov. Christie is his Jersey “every man” appearance and demeanor. He’s not super slick and bourgeois. He tells it like it is. (That’s a Jersey trait). He makes me want to believe that he’s telling the truth. He came across earnest and genuine. (Another Jersey trait). These are all good PR moves.

But, wow, let’s face it, he’s really in a pickle. Because now the U.S. Attorney of New Jersey (Paul Fishman to the rescue) is going to get into the act and the rule of law will rule, not the rule of PR. With a timeline of events that makes Swiss cheese look rock solid, Gov. Christie is going to have absolutely no wiggle room.

A hero last September, now a big, fat zero less than 500 days later. All for what?

Take a look at The New York Times editorial. It’s excellent.


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If it Walks Like a Duck

If I convened a group of strangers to discuss the Fox News brand, would it be surprising if the words “conservative” and “right wing” popped up to describe the network’s core values? Of course not. But would it surprise you that they’re being taken to court to see just how connected Fox News is to the Republican Party?

The New York Times reported today that Gawker blogger John Cook plans to file a civil suit again New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to obtain records of this communications with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, a former Republican strategist. Cook wants to know what’s up with their relationship and whether “the nation’s most-watched cable news channel is acting as a political consultant to a prospective Republican presidential candidate.”

Cook’s end game: the public acknowledgement that Fox News can’t brand itself as an impartial news outlet. “They are actually a power base within the Republican Party,” Cook asserts in an interview.

If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck, and walks like a duck, it’s…an elephant?

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