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Posts Tagged ‘Ben LaBolt’

Corporate ‘Fact-Checking’ Blogs: Trend or Fad?

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In the wake of aggressive corporate communications moves like America’s biggest company “fact-checking” New York Times op-eds, we thought we’d check in on BlackBerry, the former best friend of Alicia Keys.

Last week, the company’s SVP of marketing announced the launch of its own “fact check portal”, which is usually the kind of thing reserved for politicians whose enemies will never believe that they have, in fact, seen the birth certificate.

So how is the portal doing so far?

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Are Reporters Pressing Harder During Interviews?

Ben LaBolt, the spokesperson for President Obama’s re-election campaign, made an appearance on Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien this morning to address the issue of whether the fee for those who don’t get health insurance is a “penalty” or a “tax.” He says a couple of times that the administration considers it a penalty, but tries to turn the conversation towards inconsistencies in Mitt Romney’s argument on the issue.

The interesting part here is that O’Brien cuts him off to say flat out, “I’m not talking about Mitt Romney.”

Is it just us, or have interviewers gotten a little tougher with political interviewees specifically, and guests in general?

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White House Plays Free Bird On YouTube

Arun Chaudhary, the White House’s video producer, added his own spin to the annual Turkey Pardon by posting a movie-style trailer to WhiteHouse.gov ahead of the press avail. The video features a bird’s eye view of the hallowed halls, narrated with gravy-tas by Assistant Press Secretary Ben LaBolt.

More after the jump:

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