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We get sidetracked, then there's a crisis

(American Banker) -- "As politicians and activists fought to regulate a bank ATM fee during a multi-year battle beginning in the 1990s, financial firms were busy developing collateralized debt obligations and other exotic instruments that would nearly topple the global economy in 2008. Maybe the ATM fee fight was a misplaced priority?...Do we need regulatory oversight of financial institutions? You bet we do, but such oversight must be on target, prudent and balanced."

Last year at Georgetown University, Joe Biden warned "that the policies that caused the recession of eight years ago are the same ones being proposed today by the incoming administration."
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Instincts and Optics

Attorneys and PR professionals often have in common good instincts and an understanding of optics. Sometimes it takes the better part of a career to hone such expertise.

Over their respective careers, people in both professions generally develop their instincts and ability to process optics, i.e. the ability to understand how things might or could or should be perceived.

Why are we bringing this up? Because we're seeing more instances in business, government and elsewhere where executives and politicians are, to be frank, screwing up. Just catch the news each day and you'll see what's happening.

All that politically correct sh-t

Politically correct...words some politicians are saying a lot, disdainfully. God no! This political correctness. We can't have that, can we?
But hold on. If you're in PR, isn't political correctness in your DNA? You can't, after all, tell your company's CEO he/she is full of sh-t, can you? "He/she" in the previous sentence, by the way, is politically correct communication, isn't it? You're not going to stop using he/she because, tsk-tsk-tsk, it's more of that politically correct cr-p. And you're not going to use a word like cr-p. See...we're not even spelling out cr-p and sh-t because we're trying to be politically correct.

You can't tell reporters to shove it. You have to work with them. Burning bridges may not be your best strategy.
So, like it or not, we in PR are stuck being politically correct.
Besides, isn't it getting tedious hearing politically correct so often in political discourse? Isn't it like hearing a wor…

Can robots replace us?

Can artificial intelligence do what we do?

Humans have a brain-load of buzzing neurons. So when something's going on, those little neurons in the brain of a PR pro are way cool and collected -- if everything's copacetic -- or they're raising red flags if things could go all to hell. Can AI do that?

Cat got their tongue?

CBS This Morning reaches out to Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner the other day for comment about the FCC delaying new Internet privacy rules that were due to take effect in the U.S. The three companies "did not respond to our request for comment," says Anthony Mason, a senior national correspondent for CBS News.

More than usual, spokespersons for businesses and organizations aren't talking. They're declining to comment, they aren't returning reporters' calls, they can't be reached. The German government, for example, declined to comment in a recent Reuters story about "the London Stock Exchange all but ending a planned merger with Deutsche Boerse..." Remember when New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to comment on Deflategate" And after checking his staff's phones for evidence of leaks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently "declined to comment about the leaks," according to The Week.

My goodness, even…