PR people are often called “spin doctors,” which to us magically conjures up images of weird zombie voodoo witch doctors.
The history of PR is… a history of a battle for what is reality and how people will see and understand reality.”
– Stuart Ewen.
“PR is a mix of journalism, psychology, and lawyering – it’s an ever-changing and always interesting landscape.” – Ronn Torossian
“Public-relations specialists make flower arrangements of the facts, placing them so the wilted and less attractive petals are hidden by sturdy blooms.” – Alan Harrington
Indeed, when Veiszadeh resigned as the Premier’s director of strategy, he told the ’s CBD column: “All global cities are envious of Sydney’s ability to keep COVID-19 under control while keeping the economy open.” One might say, crudely, that it has all been downhill since he left.
“ Says it all that this guy, an ex journalist, is promoted to head of strategy and then ceo of a think tank with huge budget and powers. That’s NSW all over”
This guy cracks me up: journalists find it “hard … to check their privileges,” when they ask the NSW premier hard questions and he urges the state to open up faster. Of course, he has no expertise in epidemiology. Maximum privilege. Pot, kettle, black
When Ehssan Veiszadeh departed Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s office in May, the state was winning. The pubs were full, COVID was confined to hotel quarantine and the government was preparing a celebratory budget the Treasurer would use to proudly proclaim: “NSW is back.”