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Phil Roberston Ensures That Duck Dynasty Continues to Make Headlines

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Phil Robertson, the well-coiffed patriarch of the Duck Dynasty empire, has made quite the name for himself when it comes to bellowing his opinions about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. His latest opinions, shared with Sean Hannity on FOX News, may be his greatest hit yet.

Hannity’s discussion strayed from duck-calling accouterments to American foreign policy, because when you need a source for a nonsensical political diatribe, who better than a famously outspoken reality star? That’s when Robertson said this:

“In this case, you either have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible,” Robertson explained to Hannity. “I’m just saying convert them or kill them — one or the other.”

And the Church said “Amen”?

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New York Press Club Doesn’t Care for de Blasio’s Media Relations Strategy

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Today the mayor of our hometown gives us a nice lesson in how not to please certain local journalists.

Mayor Bill de Blasio won office in a 2013 landslide thanks, in no small part, to the work of BerlinRosen Public Affairs.

Yet some of the journalists involved in the New York Press Club seem to think that the firm could have taught him a bit more about media relations.

The letter/official airing of grievances signed by NYPC president Larry Seary after the jump. A hint: it involves message management.

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The New York Times Probes Ketchum’s Relationship with Putin

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New York Times media reporter Ravi Somaiya wrote what might have seemed like the most important PR story to break over the long weekend: a look into Ketchum‘s relationship with its most (in)famous client, Russian president Vladimir Putin.

What did the article itself reveal, though?

Not a whole lot.

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President Obama Talked About World Issues, But We Were Distracted By His Suit

President Obama took to the podium during a press conference yesterday to talk about world issues: ISIS and the tension in Ukraine. And while we’re all, of course, interested in these important topics, the country was also obsessed with the president’s tan suit. A lot of people were not impressed. Read more

Newspaper Publishers’ Arch-Nemesis Is Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage

MaineQuit blaming the economy, newspaper publishers. Stop accusing the Internet, National Newspapers Publishers of America (NNPA). Hey, International News Media Association (INMA), slow down on your blog hate.

Your vitriol should be aimed in one clear direction — Augusta, Maine and the office of Gov. Paul LePage.

He was at a recent GOP rally celebrating the new RNC headquarters in Androscoggin County. Sounds like a happening place, right? I suppose the sauce was flowing as he got a little randy from the lectern and shared that he hates your wretched, ink-stained guts.

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GOP Creates Video Game to Round up Supporters

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Well, if you ever wanted to assume the role of a conservative elephant (trunk and all) and use your massive feet to stomp out job-killing taxes and misguided liberal “mudslingers,” the GOP has just the thing for you!

The National Republican Senatorial Campaign has developed a multi-level online computer game called “Mission Majority,” which is made to look like a retro 8-bit video game (Millennials love nostalgia). Players can take on the persona of an elephant named Giopi (which sounds suspiciously like “GOP’), and spend their valuable time defeating enemy “taxers” and “mudslingers,” who, when vanquished, recite particularly unfortunate audio-clips from Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Mark Pryor.

The point, of course, isn’t just to entertain the constituency, but to rack up contact information of like-minded individuals — in other words, potential voters, volunteers and donors. Hence the game requiring players to log in using an email address, Facebook or Google Plus. Read more

The White House Doesn’t Care How You Nerds Dress

Did you know that the U.S. Digital Service is a thing? It is now. The White House established it in order to create “a customer-focused government through stronger IT“, aka hiring the people who helped fix healthcare.gov after realizing that the most talented programmers around do not happen to double as public employees.

One of those people was Mikey Dickerson — current title Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, current LinkedIn status “pursuing a number of schemes“. He plays a starring role in this new “Day One” video:

While the group’s ostensible purpose is to “ improve the delivery of federal services, information, and benefits”, Dickerson wants you to know that the most important issue is the dress code — or lack thereof.

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CSIS Wins This Week’s Edition of ‘The Intern Did It’

In what’s becoming a relatively common occurrence, the CSIS or Center for Strategic and International Studies posted a widely-seen tweet this week that just screamed “this did not go how it was supposed to go.”

We weren’t terribly surprised by this response; nor were we surprised to see an apology tweet later.

What did impress us, though, was the degree of detail in the organization’s official explanation.

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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Even GOP Senators Dislike FOX News

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Whenever America watches Jon Stewart uncork on President Obama, people immediately think “Damn! Obama must not be doing so well.”

It’s not breaking news, but his approval numbers are low because this is a subject upon which hardcore democrats and republicans can almost agree.

And now, the other side of that coin: the GOP is bashing FOX News.

Meet U.S. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, FOX News Insider and now-former fan who may have just lost a paycheck.

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Why a Lack of Government Transparency in Media Relations Affects Us All

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If only this were the case…

Last month, we brought something to our scrolled pages (and thank you, PRNewsers) about the Obama Administration reneging on its promises to be the most transparent in U.S. history. In that post, we shared the petition that various journalism wrote to the White House, advising the administration to cease its “political suppression of the news.”

A week later, the administration did it again, this time locking the press corps out of fundraising events.

All that ballyhoo caused this hack-turned-flack to wonder about the current state of affairs in network news and its relation to government transparency: aimless speculation from various and sundry “expert guests” left with only their opinions in the absence of more reliable sources.

That trend is affecting “We, the People” in very negative ways. Here’s how…

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