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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Women Making $70 ‘Feminist’ Shirts Earned $1 Per Hour

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Ever since the days of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to today with Glorias Steinem and Allred, feminism is something that has been necessary to help position the accomplishments of women and see them rewarded justly for what they have done.

Good times, right?

These three knobs (pictured above, left to right) are Ed Miliband, Harriet Harman, and Nick Clegg. Ed is leader of the UK’s Labor Party (or Labour, if you pardon the silent and snotty “u”). Harriet is leader of the British House of Commons. And Nick is Deputy British Prime Minister and “Lord President of the Council” because he needed a more overblown title on his business card.

They all support women’s rights, which is why they are wearing the same tee shirt. The problem, here is that they aren’t as interested in (or even aware of) the struggles of the women who actually made the clothes they’re wearing.

Not good.

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White House Charging Reporters $60K to Do Their Jobs

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(Photo Credits: FOXNews.com, AP)

In the PRNewserverse, we heart our journalist friends.

We appreciate their dedication to the craft of sharing stories and the sacrifices they make to do so. Consider the White House Press Corps. Their behavioral patterns follow the ebbs and flows of whatever the administration occupies the position at the time.

One small problem: President Obama isn’t that crazy about them. He has tried ignoring them, to the point of being given a petition. He has done a “Statue of Liberty” flag football move to avoid them en route to a fundraiser. He has even pointed his finger in their faces and accused them of spreading cynicism.

Now, the administration has effectively instituted a cover charge for reporters to get in the club to which they already belong.  Read more

Geraldo Calls Netanyahu ‘Chickensh!t,’ Gets Blasted by Kerry in Return

As a self-proclaimed “Jew-Rican,” Geraldo Rivera would be the last person you would expect to throw bombs in the direction of God’s chosen people. But one also gets the sense that the dude kinda’ misses the spotlight.

And so, this happened yesterday evening:

Gentlemen, to your corners…

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Time Magazine Has Us ‘Hot for Teacher’ in a Bad Way

screaming-teacherOn Nov. 3, Time magazine will publish an article that has a few people in charge of educating our future a little steamed.

The focus is America’s teachers. The story is “Rotten Apples.” The premise gets even worse – it’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.

The story is all about how this is a travesty in American education plaguing today’s classrooms — and how some tech millionaires with way too much time on their hands may have found a way to change that.

Oh, there’s also a petition demanding an apology from TimeRead more

Sen. Ted Cruz’ (Should-Be-Former) Staffer Connects Ebola and Obamacare via Twitter

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DERP DERP DERP

In the words of an ancient philosopher, “Let it go!

Ebola is gravely serious. We just cleared the scare in North Texas, and now Ebola has made its way to New York. This isn’t time for jokey jokes.

Yet, that doesn’t stop political satirists — otherwise known as politicians’ staffers — from getting 15 minutes of fame on the improv stage. Latest to the stand-up spotlight is Nick Muzin, deputy chief of staff for Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). His tactic: tweet about a connection between Ebola and Obamacare.

There’s never a rotten tomato to throw when you need one.

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A Collection of 18 Statements on the New York City Ebola Case

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Pic via The New York City Mayor’s Office

There’s really no way you could have missed today’s biggest news: a doctor who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea was diagnosed with the virus after returning to his home in Manhattan.

After the news broke, a flurry of official responses were issued by every entity from the hospital where Doctor Craig Spencer worked to the bowling alley he visited on Wednesday night before he came down with symptoms.

This is a very serious matter despite the many jokes that filled our Twitter feed last night and this morning. But reviewing all these disparate statements (some formal, some anything but) makes for an excellent case study in uncoordinated responses to a major crisis.

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Newly Minted ‘Ebola Czar’ Conspicuously Absent from Ebola Strategy Meeting

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ICYMI: America is freaking completely out over three isolated cases of Ebola with a strand of connection to warrant a skosh of hysteria (and some PR fees for managing crisis communications).

To help deal with a situation that is less than a month old, President Obama felt pressured empowered to appoint an “Ebola Czar” who will help guide the federal response while working hand-in-hand with the CDC.

Enter into the fray Ron Klain, formerly known as Chief of Staff for Veeps Biden and Gore. Klain, who will reportedly answer to both White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, is supposed to be the go-to source for all things Ebola.

Yet reports held that Klain did not attend a White House meeting Friday discussing the federal response to the domestic threat. And when it came time for the first strategy meeting, Klain was nowhere to be found. No word yet from any of his bosses…yet.

Chin up, America.

Florida Press Association Finally Explains ‘Fangate’

Charlie CristHere’s the press release to end the week: The Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida have attempted to explain Governor Rick Scott‘s “Fangate,” and they succeeded in making it sound as confusing as it looked.

A letter provided to both Scott and Charlie Crist read that “candidates may not bring electronic devices (including fans), visual aids or notes to the debate, but will be provided with a pad and pen.”

Crist agreed “but with the added hand-written note ‘*with understanding that the debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary.’”

And that’s where everything went wrong.

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What Would Bill Do? Media Coach Bill McGowan Takes on the Week’s News

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Pic via  Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America

It’s time for the latest edition of our ongoing collaboration with Bill McGowan, Clarity Media Group founder and advisor to executives at Facebook, Airbnb, CNBC and more.

1. First, Bill takes on Governor Rick Scott and his problem with fans:

Scott Blows It with Fan-Gate: If Florida Governor Rick Scott wanted to make his Democratic opponent Charlie Christ hot under the collar during this week’s televised debate, he picked the wrong way to do it.

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Obama Names #EbolaCzar; Everyone Freaks Out

RonaldKlainOnce again, President Obama seems ready to feed the meme: this morning, someone within the White House chose to “leak” the news that Ron Klain, who served as Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Gore and Biden, will be tasked with helping the government inform the public about the ongoing Ebola scare.

And yes, every single publication included the word “czar” in its headline.

As TIME told us way back in 2009, this is something of a media relations issue: titles for such positions tend to be unwieldy, so the “czar” meme is simply too easy to resist. It all started back in the early 20th Century:

“Woodrow Wilson appointed financier Bernard Baruch to head the War Industries Board — a position dubbed industry czar (this just one year after the final Russian czar, Nicholas II, was overthrown in the Russian Revolution).”

Politico compiled a list of such officials in the Obama administration before the TIME story ran.

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