Tim Keenan

Tim Keenan 2 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs City Council president uncomfortable with new PR position manufacturing 'quotes' for city officials

I understand how a PR manager can take some workload off city staff and let them concentrate on their jobs rather than putting together press releases. I just hope there's a difference in the type of communication when it comes to matters of civic engagement versus materials aimed at prospective tourists.

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Tim Keenan 2 months, 1 week ago on Steamboat Springs City Council president uncomfortable with new PR position manufacturing 'quotes' for city officials

Hmm. When we're quoting officials who are representing the public interest, shouldn't we be using different standards than when we're quoting a company executive touting a brand/product/service? There's a line somewhere in there, right? It's probably fine if you're a long-time staffer quoting your senator boss, but this is a little different.

I am not a big fan of this "everything's a brand" marketing mentality infesting government these days. As a marketer myself, I can smell it every time, and it stinks -- bad.

That kind of thinking is what brought us the Iraq war of 2003: ''From a marketing point of view, you don't introduce new products in August.'' ANDREW H. CARD Jr., White House chief of staff, on why the Bush administration waited until September to press for public support of its Iraq policy.

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Tim Keenan 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Used snowplow ordered by Steamboat Springs City Council is experiencing breakdowns

I assumed that everything else was working normally or within warranty, but maybe that's not the case. But you tend not to report when things are status quo. I'm sure if there was a certain type of bus that was having more problems than any other, it would be highlighted in such a report. So does Council need to authorize all equipment purchases beyond a certain threshold?

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Tim Keenan 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Melanie Sturm: Solution for Trump election freak-out

This all got started when Ken said that Keith Ellison wants to bring sharia law to America. Except I'm quite sure he said no such thing. As proof, Jeff cited articles that imply that because he has attended conferences with more radical speakers, he must believe as they do. Ken's claim was factually baseless, but apparently that doesn't matter anymore.

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Tim Keenan 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Melanie Sturm: Solution for Trump election freak-out

I'm pointing out that the right loves to play the association game with figures on the left: Obama and Ayers, Obama and Van Jones. But they don't seem to apply the same set of rules to people of their persuasion.

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Tim Keenan 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Melanie Sturm: Solution for Trump election freak-out

I have better things to do. Besides, this is Trump; there's no need to make stuff up. However, the claim I made was based off an email. I can't find any support for it, though. But my original point is still very much valid. Is Trump a neonazi because he brought on a strategic director who ran a website that published all kinds of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim crap?

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Tim Keenan 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Melanie Sturm: Solution for Trump election freak-out

Here's a classic bit of Trump prevaricating about a guy he has known for 25 years. This was August, 2016: CNN’s Jake Tapper: “I want to ask you about the Anti-Defamation League, which this week called on you to publicly condemn unequivocally the racism of former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who recently said that voting against you at this point would be ‘treason to your heritage.’ Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say that you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?”  Trump: “Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. Okay? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I don’t know, did he endorse me or what’s going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”  Tapper: “But I guess the question from the Anti-Defamation League is, even if you don’t know about their endorsement, there are these groups and individuals endorsing you. Would you just say unequivocally you condemn them and you don’t want their support?”  Trump: “Well, I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I would have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them. And, certainly, I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong.”  Tapper: “The Ku Klux Klan?”  Trump: “But you may have groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair. So, give me a list of the groups, and I will let you know.”

With that kind of evasive response, he must be an excellent dancer. And the guy picked Steve Bannon to be an integral part of his White House team. A guy whose website published all kinds of nonsense. Does that mean that Trump agrees with everything  on this website?

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