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By Jules Witcover | May 20, 2013
As it must come to all American presidents, it seems, Barack Obama's policy agenda is being crowded out of the headlines by the imperative of damage control against administration scandal. The allegations of incompetence or worse in the IRS' targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the Justice Department snooping on Associated Press reporters, and the State-CIA dispute over the origins of the Benghazi terrorist attacks comprise a three-pronged firestorm demanding swift smothering.
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NEWS
By Jules Witcover | May 20, 2013
As it must come to all American presidents, it seems, Barack Obama's policy agenda is being crowded out of the headlines by the imperative of damage control against administration scandal. The allegations of incompetence or worse in the IRS' targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the Justice Department snooping on Associated Press reporters, and the State-CIA dispute over the origins of the Benghazi terrorist attacks comprise a three-pronged firestorm demanding swift smothering.
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NEWS
September 11, 1995
Damage control was the motivating force behind the Carroll County commissioners' announcement last week that they would at last enforce the county's livability code, which covers minimum standards for rental residential properties. If commissioners Donald I. Dell and Richard T. Yates had persisted in refusing to fully uphold this ordinance, their ad hoc and capricious administration of the law would have been exposed.Since New Windsor Mayor Jack Gullo Jr. raised the issue of lack of enforcement earlier this year, the commissioners have maintained the fiction that the law is being enforced according to the county's written policy.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
As the White House spin doctors find it more and more difficult to cook up acceptable "talking points" for Benghazi and the IRS and Department of Justice situations, the new term "Trigate" seems to take over where "Watergate" once served. The morning paper gets more and more interesting as we read each day to see the new developments in Washington and peruse the administration's attempts at damage control. Dick Huffman, Timonium
SPORTS
By BILL TANTON | November 22, 1994
Someday, somehow, major-league baseball will return to America. When it does, our national pastime will have one huge public relations problem.The game's relations with the public just plain stink since the strike that ended the season Aug. 12 and even killed the World Series for the first time in 90 years.The latest polls show that 58 percent of the public blame the owners, and 61 percent blame the players.OK, I realize that's more than 100 percent, but it shows how outraged the public is.Things are so bad that Baltimore's annual midwinter baseball jamboree, otherwise known as the Tops in Sports banquet, is suffering.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck , peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | December 12, 2009
N ews item: : The Ravens will be favored by nearly two touchdowns when they host the hapless Detroit Lions - who will be without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford - Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. My take: : Lions backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper has a puncher's chance to make a game of it, but the Ravens have a much better chance of rebuilding two months' worth of lost self-esteem with a blowout victory. News item: : The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered their fifth consecutive loss Thursday night against the lowly Cleveland Browns and fell below .500 (6-7)
BUSINESS
By Michelle Quinn and Pete Carey and Michelle Quinn and Pete Carey,San Jose Mercury News | September 22, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With pressure mounting over its troubled internal investigation of boardroom leaks, Hewlett-Packard is shifting into serious damage control. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd, until recently out of the spotlight on the investigation, offered yesterday to testify before a congressional committee conducting an inquiry on the investigation. The offer came after a committee member suggested looking at whether Hurd should testify. In another part of HP's damage control, Hurd will hold a news conference today at the company's Palo Alto, Calif.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 26, 2002
The statement issued by the American cardinals at the conclusion of this week's meeting in Rome is, when stripped of its theological language, the sort of document any institution in crisis might issue as an exercise in damage control. While canon lawyers who are experts in church doctrine surely played a role in drafting the statement, it is not known whether lawyers retained to protect the church against civil and criminal actions played a part. In any event, the statement resembles the sort of full-page advertisement a company might place after an incident of product tampering or the discovery of corporate malfeasance.
NEWS
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | November 17, 2005
WASHINGTON -- After he finished a stint as spokesman for a crisis-ridden FEMA after Hurricane Katrina, Mark Pfeifle headed straight for the White House and the hottest Republican campaign going: President Bush's effort to beat back Democratic charges that he lied the country into war. Pfeifle's specialty is damage control. And at the moment, there is more than enough damage surrounding Bush. With public alarm about the war mounting and public trust of Bush plummeting, the White House has gone on the defensive with a public relations push designed to discredit his opponents.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
As the White House spin doctors find it more and more difficult to cook up acceptable "talking points" for Benghazi and the IRS and Department of Justice situations, the new term "Trigate" seems to take over where "Watergate" once served. The morning paper gets more and more interesting as we read each day to see the new developments in Washington and peruse the administration's attempts at damage control. Dick Huffman, Timonium
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | July 11, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. • Well, I guess it's nice to have a dream:  Palin tells Newsweek, "I can win. " ( Newsweek )  • Treating her like the frontrunner: Pawlenty lashes out at Bachmann. ( Mediaite )  • It keeps getting worse:  News of the World ¿ ¿ tried to hack 9/11 victims' phones.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck , peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | December 12, 2009
N ews item: : The Ravens will be favored by nearly two touchdowns when they host the hapless Detroit Lions - who will be without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford - Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. My take: : Lions backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper has a puncher's chance to make a game of it, but the Ravens have a much better chance of rebuilding two months' worth of lost self-esteem with a blowout victory. News item: : The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered their fifth consecutive loss Thursday night against the lowly Cleveland Browns and fell below .500 (6-7)
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | May 17, 2008
The Orioles' starting pitcher clearly lacked his best stuff and admittedly spent most of five busy innings last night in damage control mode. The team ran itself out of several innings, and its offense missed out on a couple of opportunities to make for a relatively easy night on its bullpen. But when it was over, when first baseman Kevin Millar caught Ryan Zimmerman's searing line drive to secure a 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals before an announced 29,266 at chilly Camden Yards, the Orioles had won their third straight and for the sixth time in the past seven games.
BUSINESS
By The Dallas Morning News | March 15, 2008
DALLAS -- No passengers died. No planes crash-landed. No pilots even reported malfunctions. But questions about safety inspection failures at Southwest Airlines could still hurt the company's brand and cost it millions of dollars. "A brand is a promise," said Kevin Keller, a marketing professor at Dartmouth College. "When a company violates that promise, in any way, it must apologize sincerely. It must fix the problem swiftly. And it must convince customers that it will never repeat the mistake."
NEWS
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN REPORTER | October 8, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional leaders and President Bush, trying to keep a sex-chat scandal from becoming a lethal election year battering, have turned to a well-worn playbook of damage-control techniques that strategists say could determine whether their party can keep its hold on Congress. The strategies for coping with the Mark Foley affair are familiar to any politician or corporate chieftain faced with scandal: Say you're sorry. Pledge to do better. Blame your opponents. Distance yourself from the transgression.
BUSINESS
By Michelle Quinn and Pete Carey and Michelle Quinn and Pete Carey,San Jose Mercury News | September 22, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With pressure mounting over its troubled internal investigation of boardroom leaks, Hewlett-Packard is shifting into serious damage control. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd, until recently out of the spotlight on the investigation, offered yesterday to testify before a congressional committee conducting an inquiry on the investigation. The offer came after a committee member suggested looking at whether Hurd should testify. In another part of HP's damage control, Hurd will hold a news conference today at the company's Palo Alto, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | July 11, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. • Well, I guess it's nice to have a dream:  Palin tells Newsweek, "I can win. " ( Newsweek )  • Treating her like the frontrunner: Pawlenty lashes out at Bachmann. ( Mediaite )  • It keeps getting worse:  News of the World ¿ ¿ tried to hack 9/11 victims' phones.
NEWS
June 30, 1992
Navy attempts to cover its Tailhook are unraveling, much to the embarrassment of big brass who were only too willing to look the other way when they first heard that 26 women, including 14 Navy officers, were manhandled (we use the term advisedly) at a raucous naval aviators convention in Las Vegas last September.Navy Secretary H. Lawrence Garrett III has resigned, as well he should, both because he was personally nearby, if unawares, when the brawl took place and because he was responsible for an investigation that now looks suspiciously like a cover-up.
BUSINESS
By TRICIA BISHOP and TRICIA BISHOP,SUN REPORTER | May 28, 2006
Wearing a dark suit and standing before a nondescript backdrop, Bausch & Lomb chief executive Ronald Zarrella looks into the camera and soberly lays it on the line. "The health and safety of your eyes has always been our first priority. That's why we've stopped selling one of our ReNu contact lens solutions: MoistureLoc," Zarrella says, speaking slowly and deliberately during the commercial, which recently began airing nationwide. "Despite exhaustive testing, we're unable to eliminate the possibility of a link to a rare eye infection."
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