Deja Vu All Over Again

“It’s deja vu all over again,” is a famous quote by Yogi Berra who passed away September 22nd at 90 years old. Here are some other famous quotes by Berra.  The Pope is also state-side and he’s urging the United States to act on climate change. The Pope is also telling US Bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated. A good way to figure out what type of media pitching will play well with news-makers is to see who is being quoted. Write down those quotes and then create your own sound bites about the topics to which these quotes point.

Deja Vu: Sports and spiritual experts can leverage Berra’s quote right now.

Climate Change: The Pope thinks it’s a priority, so you should make it a priority in your media pitching.

Clergy Abuse: Social workers, authors on abuse and spiritual experts can point to this as a trending topic now.

There are many other quotes to use in today’s news. Go to “” to find more you like. Here’s a sample:


CARS/ENVIRONMENT: “Volkswagen scandal could kill of diesel cars.”  – Marion Dakers

POLITICS/HUMAN RIGHTS: “Secretary Clinton is a tremendous advocate for equality and has been a tireless champion for the advancement of LGBT rights as human rights around the globe.” –  Chad Griffin

REFUGEE CRISIS: “The EU is still very much in formation.” – Frances G. Burwell

ENTERTAINMENT: “We ended up, uh, cross-promoting.” – Kermit the Muppet


There are more quotes out there today and the media is keen to report them. Pick your favorite and journal about your perspective on the focus of discussion. If you’re a public person, take some of those aha insights, well, public. Pitch them to media friends. You might just be quoted next to the Pope. Wait, did I talk about this yesterday? Hmmm. Deja vu all over again.

By |2016-10-13T16:37:54+00:00September 23rd, 2015|

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Good Morning America Producer Mable Chan calls Michelle Tennant a “Five Star Publicist.” Tennant, a partner and executive publicist with Wasabi Publicity Inc., calls herself a “storyteller to the media.” Her passion is telling “truly good stories” and “exclusively representing people who make a positive difference in the world.” For 25+ years, media friends have solicited her help in crafting news stories by requesting sources, sound bites, and statistics. An award-winning writer, Michelle peppers campaigns with insight from her master’s degree in human development, BFA from a top 25 drama school, and expertise seeing PR transition from typewriters to Twitter. She’s either spinning stories or spinning at the gym. After hours, she savors the Smoky Mountains with her husband, Siberian Husky, and backyard chickens. Learn more about her work through her column at The Huffington Post. Check out the clients she's currently pitching at

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