VW

Trust is an essential element in satisfying your customers and keeping them in your camp. Volkswagen has now lost this trust by admitting it installed programs in their diesel vehicles designed to falsify the vehicles’ capacity to record and report emissions.   It will take considerable effort and money to regain this trust.   Almost […]

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Canada/US Elections — as published by the Wilson Center

  Canadian and U.S. Elections: Convergences and Divergences  Sep 23, 2015 By Eduardo Del Buey Election season is here, both in Canada and in the United States. Canada’s parliamentary democracy makes Washington’s current political gridlock impossible and Canadian politics are nowhere near as polarized as US politics. Yet there are some elements in common between Canada’s […]

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Papal Visit

This past week Pope Francis visited the United States and did two things that stand out: a) he did what no Republican candidate has managed to do – take Donald Trump off the front pages, and b) underscore his virtues of humility and his belief that the Church stands for love and hope, not for […]

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A Study In Contrasts

The purpose of a political debate between leaders who aspire to power is to demonstrate their mastery of the issues and ability to think quickly on their feet combined with solid judgment. Improvisation and generalities may work at first, but voters eventually want to know “what’s in it for me”.   This past week we […]

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Aylan, Stephen, and Chris

Yesterday morning I wrote a scathing article on Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander´s performance on CBC´s political program “Power and Politics”.   He made many mistakes in his reactions to the tragic deaths of hundreds of Syrian refugees, including the young Aylan Kurdi, and came across as a rank amateur in a professional’s game.   […]

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Power Politics and Communications

Power, Politics, and Communications   Earlier this week Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander appeared on a panel on CBC´s “Power and Politics”.   Rather than answer a question on the current Syrian refugee crisis, he blamed CBC and the media in general for not speaking about the situation facing Syrian displaced persons.   Rather than […]

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Trumped!

I have now written several articles about Donald Trump. My purpose has been to underscore his communications mistakes on the one hand and his communications abilities on the other. Both reflect the nature of the man behind them.   People have noted that the media seems to be on Trump 24/7, much to the chagrin […]

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Happy Anniversary

This week we celebrate two years of being “on the air” through Facebook, Linked-in, and our website (www.crosshairscommunications.com/h/blog) with regular articles on strategic communications. Two years of exploring the ins and outs of good and poor strategic communications using stories of the day as examples from which to learn.   Throughout, our goal has been […]

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Hillary’s Error

Presidential campaigns are all about control.   Controlling the messages, controlling the narrative, and controlling the outcome to gain the support needed to win.   Somewhere along the way, Hillary Clinton has allowed her team to relinquish control of their narrative to her opponents, both Democrat and Republicans.   On March 11 of this year […]

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TRUMPETING

People across the political spectrum have become obsessed with Donald Trump. Many have criticized his style and message, but it is resonating and, despite many perceived missteps, his ascendency in the polls continues unabated and his domination of the media unsurpassed.   Why, since he is not really advancing any policy positions as of this […]

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