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Judge in Phone Hacking Case Smacks Down Cameron’s Apology

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Yesterday we posted on Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempts to distance himself from former comms director Andy Coulson after a court convicted the latter of conspiring to hack into the cell phone of a dead teenager.

Today, the judge in the case responded with what we would call a big rebuke or, more accurately, a rhetorical smack in the face. The judge didn’t just call the apology a bad idea; he said it “could have led to the collapse of the rest of the trial.

How so?

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FDA Wants to Help Pharma Brands Get Honest on Social Media

Paging Dr. Oz: the FDA has finally, officially made statements to the effect that the companies selling the sedatives required in order to watch your show should practice a bit of honesty on social media.

They’re only suggestions in draft form at the moment…so in the words of Donald Draper, “Take a pill and lie down.

Now let’s check out those guidelines.

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5 Rules for Ethical (and Good) Blogging

blogging101On most Saturdays, I make it a point to thank tweeps for shout outs on the retweets or favorites regarding my PRNewser posts. Why? Because it’s nice to get a shout-out and I’m from Texas, so I’m sweet like that.

In short, everyone — bloggers and tweeters alike — appreciates the sharing of love in “@” form. We’re all working here.

That is what led me to think about today’s “5 Things“: the rules to ethical (and good) blogging. 

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7 Experts Weigh in on the PR/Wikipedia Agreement

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This week brought news of what could be an historic agreement between top PR firms and the editorial community behind one of the world’s most-used, most contentious sources of information: Wikipedia.

The announcement, which primarily concerned ethical issues regarding firms’ relationships with the editors responsible for their clients’ pages, could have very real implications on the entire industry. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales himself wrote, “A great opportunity is upon us.

We spoke to several experts, three of whom were directly involved in the project, to get their perspectives.

First a bit of history via Phil Gomes, SVP of Edelman Digital, who got the ball rolling.

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5 Reasons Why the PR Industry Needs to Do Some Damage Control

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Yeah, that’s about it.

For years, your friends at PRNewser have dared to think and write things that some in our industry aren’t too crazy about us posting. Why? We are spilling the secret sauce all over the kitchen floor … and then dance in it to show our panache.

Listicles such as: PR myths that need debunking, traits of bad PR people, the worst PR stereotypes, PR buzzwords that suck, things PR people do to piss off the media, and the highly controversial things the media does that piss off PR people are itemized retrospectives on what ails the industry we all adore.

Yet, public relations is in dire need of PR itself. And here, right on schedule, are five reasons why…

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10 Top Firms Promise Not to ‘Sockpuppet’ Clients’ Wikipedia Pages

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One of the PR industry’s longstanding ethical debates appears closer to a resolution: the matter of Wikipedia “sockpuppets“. Today, several of the industry’s top players released a statement promising not to bend the rules of the public database to their own clients’ benefit.

Last year, Wikipedia took a public stand against the practice of hiring administrators to revamp clients’ profiles; it even went so far as to call out Wiki-PR, a firm specializing in the practice, by name. The firms involved in today’s announcement, however, want the organization to know that PR and public content databases can be friends.

The list and the statement after the jump.

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FCC Flooded With Comments After John Oliver Tackles Net Neutrality

FCC Flooded With Comments After John Oliver Tackles Net Neutrality - PRNewserOn Sunday night’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver gave an impassioned thirteen-minute speech about the FCC’s controversial net neutrality proposal, which, in case you haven’t been paying attention, would allow internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and other giants to charge companies and websites for “fast lanes” to the web, which could leave smaller websites, companies, and online publications that can’t afford to pay in the “slow lane,” effectively doing away with the equally accessible level playing field that allows all online data to be treated equally, no matter who creates it.

Oliver said of the proposal:

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Imgur, Reddit and Boing Boing Launch Anti-NSA Campaign

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This coming Thursday, June 5, major websites including Reddit, Imgur, Boing Boing and others plan to take part in a collective effort to push back against government surveillance online.

The “Reset The Net” campaign, coordinated by Fight for the Future, will feature multiple websites showing a splash screen to all visitors, encouraging them to install privacy and encryption tools. Meanwhile, other sites plan to bone up their own privacy by enabling standards like HTTPS, which stops outside parties from “listening in” on what site users are up to.

General Manager of Reddit, Erik Martin, said of his company’s decision to join the campaign, “We can take back control of our personal and private data one website, one device, one internet user at a time. We’re proud to stand up for our users’ rights and help Reset the Net.” Read more

Major League Baseball: Memorial Day Dollars or Sense?

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I love baseball. I mean, the way a Kardashian doles it out for the spotlight, I’d do the same for some first-base line seats at a Texas Rangers game. I even write about it … for fun. I know, right?

However, certain things trump my love for the great game. Such as, love of this great country. No, this isn’t pandering of applause. Rather, this leads to an important question that has to do with PR. If you watch baseball today, check out the uniforms — camouflage. Is this fishing for good PR to love on military pride or fishing for a few dollars in the gift shop?

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A PR Look at the ‘-Isms’

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Ever since Jill Abramson has been putting The New York Times on blast about her pay scale issues for the past 17 years, the word “sexism” has appeared in many headlines. People who want to claim intolerance in any industry, at any level, often name an ‘-ism’ even if they have no clue as to what it means.

It’s a miracle activist groups don’t have their own version of the “Urban Dictionary”, because they are so screwing with Merriam and Webster right now. An example: cries of “racism” in the face of Michael Sam hate (which is about his sexual orientation, not his skin color).

To wit, we thought we would help the huddled masses understand “-isms” in their truest sense–the way they affect public perception. Read more

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