August 11, 2015
July 10, 2015
Image by Gage Skidmore.
In the late 90’s, I briefly fell under the spell of New York real estate impresario and not yet-presidential candidate Donald Trump. At the time, I was part of the newsroom leadership team at business channel CNBC, and “The Donald” had recently purchased the 1930’s era Bank of Manhattan (soon to become Chase) skyscraper at 40 Wall Street. Led by the phenomenal success of NBC’s Today Show, street-level live TV studios were all the rage, and Trump had the inspired idea to use this building’s former bank lobby as a TV studio for reporting stock market news in the heart of Wall Street. My boss Jack Reilly and I were invited down to scout the art deco building as a potential CNBC location.
June 18, 2015
Winning an election is about gainfully defining the choice being presented. It is about successfully creating such a stark contrast between you and your opponents that when voters walk into a booth, picking which lever to pull is the easiest choice of the day.
April 23, 2015
This morning, news broke that two hostages held captive by al Qaeda, an Italian and an American, had been killed during a U.S.-led counterterrorism operation in January of this year. The loss of any hostage comes as shock to our conscience, even at a time when that shock is more frequent than ever before. But the loss of two during an operation meant to prevent a future where those events are more common seems especially cruel.
A cruelty that was felt in President Obama’s statement on the tragedy this morning.
President Obama has a manner of speaking that is reserved, solemn, and measured, even in the wake of tragedy or scandal. And to many, it comes across as unfeeling. But the language he chose in today’s statement, I believe, erases that critique.
March 12, 2015
m+p partner Lee Carter discusses ISIS, a statement made by the State Department, and President Obama's strategy on FOX News's Strategy Room with Gregg Jarrett. Carter reminds us that every word matters. She explains that ISIS is here, and the American people don't want to hear Obama use caveats and defend his previous stance on ISIS.
Our language recommendation: Stop dismissing the threat. Show strong leadership, and tell us about what the United States’ strategy will look like moving forward.
March 12, 2015
m+p partner Lee Carter visits FOX & Friends to talk about the pulse of the people. Lee discusses the dial responses of Democrats and Republicans to current political issues. Did VA Secretary Robert McDonald give an effective apology? Will Governor Scott Walker be a fighter for the people? Is Secretary of State Kerry correct in claiming the world is safer today than it’s ever been? Watch to find out!