Carter Makes it Eight and Changes Everything. Or Not. More politics of soccer politics.

The news that Soccer United Marketing (SUM) president Kathy Carter is likely to run for president of the US Soccer Federation — and that incumbent president Sunil Gulati likely will not run — adds a twist to an already interesting race for the top office in soccer’s governing body in the United States. First reported by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, Carter’s candidacy… Continue reading

Breaking Up is Hard to Do – A parasocial explanation for why we care about media scandals

We care more about Matt Lauer being a creep (at best) than the thousands of managers at IT companies because we know Matt. We have breakfast with him every morning. Those other guys are just other guys, but he’s our Matt. Odds are good that someone who works at your favorite pizza joint, the hardware store, or the grocery… Continue reading

Strategic Political Communication Syllabus

Syllabus: Strategic Political Communication Fall 2017 DRAFT v.1 – Updated 8/1/17 “The world is still in want of clear-headed citizens, tempered by historical perspective, disciplined by rational thinking and moral compass, who speak well and write plainly.” Lee Pelton, President of Emerson College Logistics Grading Short essays: 10% each, total of 40% (details below) Final Exam: 25% (details… Continue reading

If those who work in politics have an ethical responsibility, to whom do they have it?

Earlier this year I tried to open a can of worms by asking what if any ethical responsibilities do I have as a political professional and an associate professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University? That question in turn begs the question: if I have a responsibility, to whom or what do I… Continue reading