Category Archives: Bad PR Examples

Involuntary Transparency: Trump and Clinton

The Washington Post released a 2005 recording of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women, bragging about using his celebrity to grope them with impunity. WikiLeaks released emails detailing portions of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches preceding her 2016 presidential run … Continue reading

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The Affront of Front Groups

In “Law and Ethics for Public Relations,” a course I developed for Mid-America Christian University, we will study front groups, “an organization that purports to represent one agenda while in reality it serves some other interest whose sponsorship is hidden … Continue reading

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Adversarial Advertising

Edgy ads are a staple of advertising, attempting to break through the communication clutter and jolt the viewer. As Tom Altstiel and Jean Grow point out in Advertising Creative, edgy ads risk offending the general audience to appeal to the … Continue reading

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