Entries by Patty Carran

The Truth

U.S. Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte provided the Rio Olympics with an ongoing drama of lies and deceit that went on for days. His first story was that he and some of his teammates where held up at gunpoint during a night on the town. As we now know, that wasn’t true. But somehow celebrity interviewer Billy […]


Making Peace

For years, SeaWorld and the United States Humane Society have been at odds over Orca breeding at the theme park’s locations. The two organizations have now declared a cease fire. Together, they announced an agreement to end the killer whale breeding program and phase out the theatrical shows with existing orcas.



Nothing will get the blood flowing like being ambushed by a TV news crew. Just look at California’s Secretary of Health who was surprised by CNN’s Drew Griffin. Like most ambush interviews, this really should not have been a surprise. CNN had been trying for weeks to get an interview. The video shows the lengths […]


Fatal Accident Response

When a construction worker was killed early in his shift while working on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, the news media responded with coverage that is predictable. This story from WCCO is typical of most news stories following an incident like this. The reporter looked at the safety record of the construction company, […]

You Can’t Take a Media “Timeout”

It is a good idea to be prepared for any interview. Rockford Gray has built a successful business around preparing executives to face the media. But in the course of an interview, you really should not be asking for a “timeout”. And the optics of having your media advisor ask you to step away for […]

BJ Miller Masterful Presentation

This Ted Talk from BJ Miller both informs and inspires. Isn’t’ that what Ted Talks are supposed to do? In fact, that’s what every good presentation should do. What works so well here is Miller’s personal story. He makes a talk about the end of life so incredibly moving. Dr. Miller uses all of the […]

60 Minute Soundbites

Former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver now has his own show on HBO. Last Week Tonight features this amusing but telling clip of 60 Minutes Anchors prompting people to deliver the exact soundbite they need. This happens in countless news stories where reporters skillfully manipulate the interviewee to meet their expectations for the story. It […]