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The New York Times Editorial Board Says ‘Legalize It’; Munchies Ensue

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One green begets another

In what has to be the biggest sign of the inevitabililty of that marijuana legalization, The New York Times editorial board announced this weekend that ”Now is the time!”

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

That sound you hear is America dropping its collective jaw.

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Jill Abramson Comes Out Swinging via The New York Post

jill abramoff new york postThat is not a typo, dear industry cronies. The jilted, former executive editor of The New York Times is still making headlines. Except, as you can see, she did it for the competition. Kinda.

Yes, the New York Post’s snark comes to the rescue again with this play on words. (And for those who don’t know, The Times is known as ‘The Old Grey Lady.’ See there? Jokey jokes.)

News is now that Abramson was let go because of her refusal to back down from pay inequality. The Times has a different story. And while the national media is having a feeding frenzy on this issue, the story in the Post is that Abramson is a “badass” with a tattoo hailing her allegiance at the paper she once led.

Because that’s news.

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Did the New York Post Headline on Monica Lewinsky Say What Everyone Thinks?

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Say ‘Hi’ to America during your next 15 minutes. May they go quickly.

Nothing sells magazines and newspapers in dire need of ratings and subscription failure than celebrity idiots and political scandal. The latter reared its ugly head (literally and figuratively) when Monica Lewinsky opened her front door and noticed no one cared about her any longer.

As our lovable Tonya Garcia reported a couple of days ago, Lewinsky decided it was “her history” that prevented her from getting work in communications. At least that’s the line she fed Vanity Fair when the publication decided to give her an expose.

National media blew up. Hilary Clinton probably kicked Bill in the nuts (again). And then, the New York Post sullied its palette with some really bad taste, and did this…

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Oklahoma Newspaper that Trashed Kevin Durant Apologizes … Finally.

Mister UnreliableICYMI: The NBA Playoffs are in full swing. Teams are leaving it all on the court and sports reporters are becoming huge homers for the local team. Well, most of them.

Last week, The Oklahoman decided that perennial All-Star Kevin Durant hasn’t really been pulling his weight on the Oklahoma City Thunder, so on the front page of its sports page, they called him “Mr. Unreliable.”

The sports world blew a gasket. “Unjustified,” “Shameful,” and “Smoking crack” were a few of the sentiments out there. Durant didn’t blame them because he’s more of a gentleman — and about to be a free agent.

So, he goes out the next night scoring 36 points and leading the team to victory and a Game 7. After a day hearing the news world still blowing up the paper, that’s when the paper apologized.  Read more

L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Doesn’t Like Basketball or Black People

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Hey Donald, Clip this!

ICYMI over the weekend, Donald Sterling is still the worst NBA team owner in the entire league. However, the reasons behind that conclusion got much more personal as he has discovered a way to offend 100 percent of the teams, coaches, and fans with one fatal wag of his malevolent tongue.

Essentially, Captain Cretin here is dating a woman of mixed descent who obviously adores his beautiful mind (wink wink), and he isn’t keen on the idea of her bringing some friends to his team’s games or posing in pictures with other well-known NBA legends.

And yes, he was very specific about the kind of friends he doesn’t like.

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THIS JUST IN: Equifax Sued by ‘God’

THIS JUST IN 2As a refresher, why do we do this column in PRNewser?

At PRNewser, we love the random tips and toolslisticles and ancillary research. However, we’ve noticed certain stories trending in the news recently: crap that just can’t be grouped with anything else other than, well, other crap.

So, you see, at times there are PR stories that don’t fit snugly in a cushy box. And this particular tale could be terrible PR: not for the big guy upstairs but for the big credit bureau downstairs.

No, this isn’t a joke. No, this isn’t a slap on the church wrist. This is real — “God” is suing credit authority bureau Equifax for taking his name in vain by refusing to believe that it’s real.  Read more

#PRFail: Missouri Wants to Party Like it’s 1899 … With Firing Squads?

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Hey, bad folks in “The Lou,” this cap is for you! 

Due apologies to Prince (or the Symbol), but that seemed apropos for this antiquated form of execution. At least, that’s what you would think.

Fusillading” (from the French meaning ‘rifle’…those silly French) was common among the military, considered more of a soldier’s death than a criminal one, but history shows that the state of Utah used this form of capital punishment as late as 1977.

I know, right?

Suffice to say, technology has come a long way and the silent way to go is by lethal injection. That is, until the state of Missouri decided firing squads should be considered again. 

Wait, what?

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THIS JUST IN: Comms Jobs ‘Require Varied Skills’

shutterstock_144727720Here’s a quick one: the Boston Globe called on correspondent Patricia Hunt Sinacole—who happens to be the president of HR consulting firm First Beacon Group—to give a reader who works in marketing a better sense of how to make the switch to PR. Why? Because “working with clients” is the greatest thing ever.

The pub contacted Craig Librett, senior director at Westcon Group, who said:

“Public relations is probably the least understood function in all of marketing. It’s most popularly been portrayed (inaccurately, I might add) in movies like ‘Wag the Dog.’

Our industry is squarely focused on moving the needle regarding how people view a company or individual—and includes customers, partners, and the media…Few realize that—when reading an article in a publication and it mentions a company— a PR person most likely was behind getting the journalist to write the story. Social media avenues (such as Twitter and Facebook) have opened up a whole new world for PR professionals—meaning a new way to guide public perception.

A little dry, perhaps, but accurate—and we’d argue that more and more people now make the realization he mentioned. Our favorite oft-uttered line:

“Anyone with a strong writing background has a great chance of success.”

What do we think of Librett’s description as an elevator pitch for the industry? And how can we sex it up a bit?

A Deceased Wife’s Christmas Wish — Two Years in the Making

Brenda-Schmitz-Christmas-Wish-Her-Husband-New-WifeFlacks, get your Facebook posts ready, turn up the volume and grab plenty of tissue.

This Christmas wish comes to a husband — a widower in Des Moines, Iowa named David Schmitz — from his wife (Brenda, pictured to the left) who died two years ago of ovarian cancer. Sounds strange, I know, but this story and 14-minute video is one of the most gut-wrenching, tear-inducing and Christmas-good-feeling moments you will spend this year.

Brenda wrote a letter to her best friend with directions to carry out once her husband found someone to care for their four children.

He did, she did and what is left is magic only found during the Christmas holidays.

Please, listen to Brenda Schmitz’s posthumous Christmas wish for her husband now that he has found the strength to move on, under his wife’s blessing. Amazing.

PR Is One of the World’s Top 10 ‘Most Misunderstood’ Jobs

Do your parents understand what you do for a living? Should they, or do you want them to think PR is all about throwing fancy, Diddy-style parties and hanging out with local artists?

Today LinkedIn announced an unusual initiative called Bring in Your Parents Day, which they describe as “a global initiative designed to help bridge the gap between parents and their professional children”. It seems that the company is inviting its own employees to bring their parents to work on November 7th and attempting to encourage other companies to do the same so parents can get a better idea of what, exactly, their kids do for a living.*

Why should you care? Well, the page includes a study and a list of the “10 Most Misunderstood Jobs“, which just happen to include both “Public Relations Manager” and “Social Media Manager”. Surprise, surprise.

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