Andrew Cohen & the Lying Profession

Andrew Cohen issued an “opinion” on CBS News June 1 that is still reverberating around the PR world. Cohen is a “legal analyst” who obviously had a bad experience with a PR person who probably couldn’t stand his sanctimony and ignorance and tried to warn him about his public perception. According to Cohen the entire PR profession is a sham and everyone in it is a liar, end of story, so why are we surprised by Scott McClellan’s late-stage confession of PR misdeeds?

As a counterpoint I was going to list all the journalists who have been caught fabricating sources and entire stories for USA Today, The New York Times, his employer, CBS, and countless other media outlets, but Cohen is not a journalist, he’s an “analyst” and cannot be held to any journalistic standards.

Cohen dismisses PRSA’s code of ethics as being akin to the Burgler’s Association saying Thou Shalt Not Steal. PRSA Chair & CEO Jeffrey Julin countered with a lame video response to Cohen’s rant, proving that PRSA communicators may not be liars but they sure know how to put an audience to sleep. 

Show me a PR person who is “accurate” and “truthful,” and I’ll show you a PR person who is unemployed.

The reason companies or governments hire oodles of PR people is because PR people are trained to be slickly untruthful or half-truthful. Misinformation and disinformation are the coin of the realm, and it has nothing to do with being a Democrat or a Republican. See The Flak Over Flacks

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