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What Would Bill Do? Media Coach Bill McGowan Takes on the Week’s News

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It’s time for another edition of our weekly series in which Bill McGowan, Clarity Media Group founder and advisor to executives at Facebook and Airbnb, offers his take on the week’s biggest stories.

This week, Bill addresses cultural upheavals in politics, technology and sports.

POTUS Over a Barrel or In One?

If you agree that there’s nothing quite so offensive as a gloating, chest-pounding  winner, then the Shameful Act of the Week Award must go to the New York Post for their depiction (please don’t use the word “artwork”) of President Obama wearing only a lopsided crown and a barrel with the screeching headline: “STRIPPED” underneath it.

As my old colleague (and lifelong Rupert Murdoch soldier) Steve Dunleavy used to say, it was “lower than a snake’s belly.”

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Obama Names #EbolaCzar; Everyone Freaks Out

RonaldKlainOnce again, President Obama seems ready to feed the meme: this morning, someone within the White House chose to “leak” the news that Ron Klain, who served as Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Gore and Biden, will be tasked with helping the government inform the public about the ongoing Ebola scare.

And yes, every single publication included the word “czar” in its headline.

As TIME told us way back in 2009, this is something of a media relations issue: titles for such positions tend to be unwieldy, so the “czar” meme is simply too easy to resist. It all started back in the early 20th Century:

“Woodrow Wilson appointed financier Bernard Baruch to head the War Industries Board — a position dubbed industry czar (this just one year after the final Russian czar, Nicholas II, was overthrown in the Russian Revolution).”

Politico compiled a list of such officials in the Obama administration before the TIME story ran.

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Obama Accuses the Press of Spreading Cynicism

obama cynicsPresident Obama is a paradox, if you ask anyone in the national media. The man rose to fame with eloquence, realism, and tangibility. He quickly became a darling of the media — someone who cherished candor and transparency.

In what seemed like moments after he took office, Obama had the White House website updated with his version of “No New Taxes”: Under the headline Change has come to WhiteHouse.govthe administration claimed it would be “the most transparent ever.”

This week at a DNC shindig, he seemed determined to prove that the relationship between his administration and “the media” is not quite as chummy as some continue to assume.

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White House Hosts Dinner for Indian Prime Minister…While He’s Fasting

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting the United States this week. In fact, he’s stopping by the White House, and as is customary when a foreign leader or head-of-state stops by 1600 Pennsylvania, the president will pull out the Red Carpet treatment.

Pomp. Circumstance. Dignitaries. And of course, a White House dinner.

While the chef is shopping at the Farmer’s Market in Georgetown preparing a seven-course meal fit for a prime minister, someone may want to inform the White House about one big dilemma. Prime Minister Modi is in the middle of a fast. You know, he’s not eating. At all.

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Stephen Hayes of FOX News Added to Homeland Security Terrorist Watch List

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The goal of any president these days is to stop giving fodder for headlines to whichever network dislikes your party most. When you mess up, those adversely minded broadcasters make it last for a week. When you say something wrong, their ears perk up because it’s time to remind the world of your foibles.

The administration may have had nothing to do with this latest news, but someone has just given FOX News something to discuss until the War on Christmas begins in late November — one of their own was placed on the Department of Homeland Security’s Terrorist Watch List.

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The Washington Post Reveals The White House’s Aggressive Media Relations Strategy

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A new piece released yesterday by media reporter Paul Farhi of The Washington Post sheds a bit of light on the media relations strategy practiced by one of the world’s most important sources of information: The White House.

In short, members of the Obama administration’s press team prefer to play an active role in shaping the narrative…even when that narrative is not the one heard by the public at large.

The content addressed in the article is White House press reports, or the summaries prepared for reporters by other reporters. Turns out that press aides often reach out to those responsible to ask for changes before the reports are distributed to the hundreds of other journalists who cover goings-on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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STUDY: President Obama’s Ratings Hit Another Record Low

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From ISIS to the economy, domestic drama to foreign policy, it seems that the President is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

Last month, the entire U.S. government received the deplorable edict of the worst approval rating ever, with 71 percent of respondents saying that the country is “headed in the wrong direction.” The same Gallup poll revealed that only 41 percent of Americans approve of the work done by the Oval Office.

This month it got worse.

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President Obama Talked About World Issues, But We Were Distracted By His Suit

President Obama took to the podium during a press conference yesterday to talk about world issues: ISIS and the tension in Ukraine. And while we’re all, of course, interested in these important topics, the country was also obsessed with the president’s tan suit. A lot of people were not impressed. Read more

STUDY: Government Approval Ratings Hit All-Time Lows

uncle-sam-gun-to-headIf you watch the news for any amount of time, you may notice that our government has a perception problem that transcends any intra-party squabbles: pretty much no one has a good thing to say about the U.S. government, the people running it, or even those most affected by it.

Now, the latest related poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, adds to the dogpile.

In the national poll, we discover that President Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to its lowest ever position at 41 percent. Even worse, 71 percent of Americans believe this country is headed in the wrong direction.

Good news though: the approval rating for Congress has increased from 11 to 14 percent, so there’s that.

Le sigh.

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Journalism Groups to President Obama: ‘Let Us Do Our Jobs!’

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Led by the Society of Professional Journalists, 38 of the most prominent journalism groups in the country made a legitimate and official gripe about the Obama Administration. Ironically, the gripe was about news–or the lack thereof.

They called it “politically driven suppression of the news.”

The report was authored by Leonard Downie, Jr., formerly the executive editor of the Washington Post, and titled ”The Obama Administration and the Press.”  It accuses the president of coming into office with the promise of transparency but asserts that he has “fallen short of his promise.”

The report also compares Obama to Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Yes, that really happened.

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