Jon Huntsman Becomes Latest GOP Candidate

Political participation is imperative to the success of a nation state. In the United States, Americans are given that opportunity every four years as they congregate on the first Tuesday in November at various poll sites to cast their ballot for the President of the United State.

Courtesy of the Associated Press

Courtesy of the Associated Press

Earlier today, Jon Huntsman tossed his name into the ever-growing list of Republicans seeking to limit President Obama to just one term in office.

As the 16th Governor of Utah, Huntsman has not only led an executive branch of government but he has also gained extensive experience in the field of foreign affairs as he was the Ambassador to China prior to submitting his resignation earlier this year.

With Huntsman throwing his name into the mix for the GOP nomination, he joins high-profile candidates such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachman.

Learn more on Jon Huntsman announcing his candidacy by clicking here, here, here and here.

Rory Roars While NBC Invokes Controversy

For those that followed the U.S. Open this weekend, Rory McIlroy did what no golfer in the history of the sport had ever done. The 22-year old product of Northern Ireland shattered several U.S. Open records en route to becoming the youngest golfer to win one of golf’s most coveted majors since Bobby Jones accomplished the feat 88 years ago.

In a major tournament that did not feature Tiger Woods, golf’s biggest name, NBC was desperate for viewership this week.

McIlroy provided that.

In his first major test since collapsing on the back nine at the Masters earlier this year, McIlroy responded to the pressure by firing a first round 65 and followed by carding a 66 in the second round to put the young gun 11 strokes under par entering the weekend – a U.S. Open record.

With McIlroy holding a six-shot lead over Y.E. Yang heading into Sunday’s finale, NBC had all that it could ask for in a tournament that did not feature the sport’s biggest name – a captive audience seeking to witness history.

However, with a brief 110 second introductory clip (watch here) that was to open coverage for Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open, NBC made a controversial call to omit the words “Under God” from the pledge of allegiance which sparked the twitterverse into a frenzy.

In an attempt to be politically correct, NBC executives made a move that was politically incorrect. With the news of the omission spreading like wildfire on various social media platforms and backlash quickly coming to the attention of NBC, Dan Hicks issued this on-air apology from the network.

“We began our coverage of this final round about three hours ago,” Hicks said, “and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation’s capital for the third time. Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone. And we’d like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.”

In an era in which social media and public relations is imperative to the success and failure of a corporation, NBC should have been more cognizant of who their target audience was and the ramifications that would follow by inducing such a controversial change to the nation’s pledge.

As for golf, the sport is safe for the foreseeable future with likes of Rory McIlroy leading the charge. In the rich history of the U.S. Open, the curly-headed kid from across the pond was nothing short of magnificent this weekend.

Potential Big News From Egypt

With the ongoing political turmoil that has plagued the Middle East for decades, this could be a potential game-changer.

CAIRO, Egypt — The recently legalized political arm of Egypt’s most robust opposition movement for the past half-century, the Muslim Brotherhood, pledged to enter a broad coalition with the country’s foremost secular parties this week in Cairo, in preparation for parliamentary elections slated for September.

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The Blog Is Back

For those that have visited this blog in the past, welcome back. I have decided to revamp this blog and make it almost like a portfolio of sorts. Within the blog you will find links to follow my work and thoughts via multiple social media outlets. Additionally, you will find writing samples, designs and publications. I will try to update this site a few times a week as I hope I can also provide my thoughts or tips with regards to public relations and communications in general.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to do some freelance work for the Baylor Bear Insider in addition to College Baseball Daily. The work for the Insider is considered premium content while the work for CBD can be viewed by clicking on this link. If you are interested in freelance journalist work, feel free to contact me here.