Mr. President, do you really think it was right to call the EU or NATO a “foe” as you did just prior to your Helsinki summit. NATO is hardly our foe. The word is not really interchangeable with “opponent,” which I’m sure is what you meant when you described NATO members as foe whom you … More IS NATO OUR ‘FOE?’ IS INTERFERING WITH OUR ELECTIONS JUST ‘MEDDLING?’ TERMS ARE GERMS THAT INFECT OUR BODY POLITIC
Ever been to a car auction? They’re noisy. Messy. Costly. Right? Well here comes our superhero to the rescue–Disruptor Dong–who is about to transform that endangered species known as the auto auction into a smother, more sensible, saner and safer operation. Kevin Dong is the Jeff Bezos of the auto biz who is about to … More MEET DISRUPTOR DONG
Yes, Madden Mischief is developing a TV Series titled “XtraTerresla” and we were wondering if you can tell by the title what it’s about. Don’t worry, it’s copyrighted. So take a guess.Winners will receive a special invitation to the series world premiere. You have three choices. Is the property being developed: 1, 2 or 3? … More GUESS WHICH CONCEPT MADDEN MISCHIEF IS DEVELOPING INTO A TV SERIES?
Look, Harry, there’s breaking news. I wouldn’t worry, Martha, it’s probably about another tweet Trump sent out. No big deal. Hey news departments, give us a break from all the breaking news? The term is barked so often on FOX or CNN, its impact may be breaking down. You’re like breaking our chops … More BREAKING NEWS IS BREAKING OUR CHOPS!
Sometimes you need to speak up, the old truth to power, to avoid sending mixed messages that otherwise spoil a well-intentioned act. In this case the power is statuesque and beautiful. It resides gracefully and elegantly in a quietly intelligent immigrant known as the First Lady, Melania Trump, So big deal, she wore a coat … More DID MELANIA TAKE A SUPERTRAIN TO TEXAS?
The opening scene of the 1935 Fred and Ginger movie “Top Hat” finds Fred waiting for his business manager in the quietest, snobbiest private club in London. The slightest noise he makes produces angry stares and grimaces from the tuxedoed gentlemen who insist upon stiff decorum as they peruse their newspapers and quietly sip their … More ‘PLEASE TELL THAT GAGGLE TO PIPE DOWN,’ I’D LOVE TO TELL THE BARTENDER AT MY ‘PRIVATE’ CLUB AFTER INDURING QUAKES OF LAUGHTER.
It’s not “the economy, stupid” anymore. It’s the visual (or video), stupid. That photo of Trump embracing the little boy at The While House could erase a ton of Trump’s tweets that might have offended or bothered some people. Remember “It’s the economy, stupid?” It was the phrase political campaign strategist James Carville had coined for … More IT’S THE VIDEO, STUPID!
Kenny once saw only red, but today sees a collage of bravery in blue. Here are the police images artist Kenny Ruiz deplores the most today: A woman caught on camera spitting on demonstrators against the Chicago Mayor for turning his back on police officers. The Fraternal Order of Police were accusing the Mayor of “pandering to … More Artist Kenny Ruiz Once Had Reason to Hate Police, But Today Sees Only a Collage of Bravery in Blue
First let me tell you I spent years at ABC and NBC television networks putting out fires, managing crises, helping stars stay up in their respective realms after making blunders like Roseanne’s that sent their careers crashing. Today my PR firm, TransMedia Group, offers crisis management that has saved many businesses, including not too long … More Here’s My Mea Culpa Prescription To Redeem Roseanne’s Reputation
Between actor Robert Montgomery’s coaching Ike, Sammy Davis Jr’s cavorting with Nixon and Sinatra’s hosting glitzy birthday bashes for Kennedy, conservatives and liberals both have benefited spectacularly from the entertainment industry. While Hollywood’s political pendulum has swung decidedly liberal and being conservative today is like being gay in the eighties, it wasn’t always that way. … More HOLLYWOOD HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN LIBERAL WHEN DIRECTING AND CREATING PRESIDENTS
When I started this blog, I never dreamed I would ever become INaddicted, my term for having developed a benign, but adventurous, exuberant yet gnawing infatuation that has led me to romantically embrace LinkedIn. But that’s what’s happened. I’m in love with LinkedIn. Every morning the first thing I do is pick up my … More You Have a New Connection on LinkedIn Learn More About . . .
If the latest bump in the road doesn’t upset the nuclear apple cart, get ready for our shrewd deal-making cat to sit down with mister mashugana mouse for a high-stakes game of poker in Singapore. Here’s a glimpse of how the game might go down “I’ll raise you total nuclear abandonment,” says the cat, smiling … More Get Ready For High Stakes Poker in Singapore
Basically there are two ways to safeguard our livelihoods and protect America’s most precious resource today, her nearly 30 million small businesses. One is to adopt a cheerful, welcoming, open-door attitude toward potential customers. I call it the friendly, open arms, optimistic Laurel way. The other is to take heavy Hardy’s suspicious stance, staying always … More FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TODAY, IT’S A LAUREL OR HARDY WORLD
What if there had been 30 or 300 Americans released? Would it have been as powerful a story? Journalistic history tells us that large numbers don’t necessarily make as much news as when a precious few are involved whose individuality and humanness shine through. The word rescue causes many dramatic pictures to … More Was It the Ultimate ‘Less is More’ That Made Release of Three Americans from North Korea an even Bigger Story?
To: Martin Scorsese FR: Tom Madden Dear Martin, that’s the engrossing mystery in ‘The Mayor, The Mob & Me,’ an autobiography by 85-Year-Old Catherine Spitale that would make a movie to rival The Godfather. My PR firm, TransMedia Group (www.TransMediaGroup.com), was hired to do some investigative reporting to confirm whether author Catherine was indeed … More From Where Did Her Blue Eyes And Freckles Come?
Take it from me, a writer of speeches, books and blogs. It takes a lot more time and effort to write a short piece, versus a long one. And usually the shorter they are, the more punch they have, definitely in humor with the famous “one liner.” Is not brevity the soul of wit? I … More Just like it’s not easy bein’ Green, It’s not easy bein’ brief
Each morning as a writer I dive into a sea of words. Sometimes I come up with clammy expressions that are better off sinking back to the sandy bottom. Others I find mauled by tradition-eating sharks who enjoy noshing on my keyboard. One recentlyI came across was that quaint phrase “after you.” Here’s a … More Excuse me, I’ve a Bit of a Scratchy Throat Today. Après Vous
It seemed perfectly natural that the world’s first solar yacht builder would hire TransMedia Group for its launch at The Palm Beach International Boat Show. Our PR firm has a history of introducing revolutionary products. As the first oceangoing yacht fully solar sustainable and exclusively powered by solar energy, this beautiful, futuristic yacht built by … More WHETHER ON SEA OR LAND, BE NICE TO THAT BIRD IN HAND?
Once I had to get Tony the Tiger out of a serious scrape, along with his buddies Snap, Crackle and Pop. I was in New York working the D-A-Y shift atDudley Anderson Yutzy, one of the country’s largest PR firms at the time. I was assigned to get Tony, Cornelius Rooster and bunch of others … More Now Who’d Want to Bust Poor Little Tony?
Mr. President, I wouldn’t call NATO a “foe” as you did the other day. NATO is hardly our foe. The word is not really interchangeable with “opponent,” which I’m sure is what you meant when you described NATO members as foe whom you’re exhorting to pay their full share. No, a foe is not someone … More FRIEND OR FOE? IT’S A HUGE DIFFERENCE, MR. PRESIDENT