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The Weather Channel Picked a Twitter Fight with the Wrong Texan Yesterday

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Know your city. Be proud of your city…or pay the consequences, y’all!

Ah yes. Things really are bigger in my beloved Lone Star State, including the Twitter fights. Oh, and the bravado of ancillary city council representatives.

Now, if you know anything about North Texas, D/FW, or what a radio marketer in the 70s called “The Metroplex”, you may be familiar with the sibling rivalry between the two cities separated by a 20 minute drive on the freeway. Dallas and Fort Worth have two distinctively different cultures–both are very Texas, but each has its own conflicts. One of the largest is Fort Worth, consistently known as the rubenesque, butt-ugly, red-headed, buck-toothed stepchild of Dallas.

Even the Weather Channel thinks that way–and one guy in Fort Worth was mad as hell, as wasn’t gonna’ take it any more.

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#PRFail: Shaq Thinks Making Fun of Disabled Kids Is Good for a Laugh

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ICYMI–and by the lack of response from American sports media (MEMO to TNT ‘Inside the NBA’: We see you) you have–a funny thing happened to Shaquille O’Neal the other day. You see, Shaq is a certifiable legend in basketball among his peers, the teams, and the fans. Everyone loves Shaq because he is self-admittedly just a big kid at heart.

Like with most kids, from time-to-time, even Shaq needs a parent to take him aside and put that big 7’2″, 350 lb. ass over a knee and get to whoopin’ up on him. Why? Look at the picture. One of those kids are just “making a funny face.”

And then it was put on the other kid’s Instagram account for the entire world to see.

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How Did MSNBC Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Offensively!

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Because racist jokes are always national news, right?

The NBC News nation hasn’t had the best week. First, we discover the powers that be at 30 Rock realize David Gregory isn’t holding up end of the deal so they make Will.I.Am a political commentator. You know, because that’s what we all think of that guy.

And then yesterday came — it was Cinco de Mayo.

A day that most people confuse for Mexican Independence Day, which in itself is offensive to many Mexican people. However, MSNBC couldn’t resist the temptation for its beleaguered network. They needed a catchy segment, something that would grab attention. Somberos, tequila, chips, salsa, and … oh, that’s right … racism?!

Whelp, it worked.

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Prince George’s PD Gets #PRFail for Live Tweeting Prostitution Sting

PGPD carIn the Commonwealth of Virginia, nestled in political ballyhoo and apparently a fair amount of skanks is Prince George County. Evidently, some of the upper crust in the metropolitan suburb have noticed said trollops gallivanting about during the midnight hour.

The proud men and women of the Prince George Police Department (PGPD) have decided to take on the world’s oldest profession (around some of the world’s oldest men avail oneself of said profession). Like they do in other cities, the police department is putting on some clandestine sting operation.

Oh yeah, and unlike other cities, they are live tweeting the festivities.

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When #PRFail for Drake Turns Into #PRWin for Toronto

Toronto Mayor Ford wipes face during an announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto

Stop sweating, big man. We are not talking about you … for once.

Unfortunately for the great city of Toronto (Shout out to my cousins up north), the entire place is under a blizzard of crap. Nothing weather related, just its crackhead Mayor. So, the city tries to find whatever happy-happy-joy-joy it can to forget about that blowhard.

To wit, we come to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, which are currently in a nice playoff series with the favored Brooklyn Nets. At an earlier game, Captain D-Bag of the R&B scene, Drake (whom we have covered several times for his toolbag of nothing here, here, and here), was caught exhibiting his primping courtside in a YouTube video that went viral in a millisecond.

And then, the Toronto Raptors organization stretched out its baby Tyrannosaurus arm and cashed in with some genius…

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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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Bloomberg: ‘NSA Knew about Heartbleed Bug for Two Years’

nsa heartbleedAnd things were going so well with the National Security Agency’s community relations repair after the Snowden ballyhoo. No? Oh, then never mind. Let’s just pile on because this report is so many shades of crap.

Last week, the technology community were flipping its lid because of a nasty virus called “the Heartbleed bug.”

In essence, if you have any presence on social media, you may want to change your passwords, like now (check out this nice breakdown from the sages at Mashable). At any rate, it skeered a few million people and it turns out the NSA may have known about this thing — and exploited it for its benefit — for two years.

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Yelp Going to the Virginia Supreme Court for its Fake Reviews

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It seems like it was just March 21 when we brought a #PRFail editorial about Yelp and its fake reviews. In the post, we brought three lawsuits to your attention under the premise of Yelp’s plight of “free speech debate” could cause some serious drama for the ubiquitous ratings and reports website.

Whelp, we should have called Vegas because Yelp is in the news about its reviews. You know? Again. And this time, they are visiting the highest court in the land cloaking itself in the warm embrace of the First Amendment. (Well, highest court in Virginia, but you get the point. The s#!t is about to hit the fan.)

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The Cronut Apology: You’re Doing It Wrong

cronutIf you live in New York–and even if you don’t–you may have heard of the Dominique Ansel Bakery and its famous invention, the cronut.

[Full disclosure: we tasted one and it was pretty good, especially the super-creamy filling. But there is no way in hell we would ever wait in line for one like so many insane people do every morning.]

Anyway, the bakery recently won even more headlines than usual after the city Department of Health shut the site down due to the discovery of “several hundred mouse droppings.”

The story has now been resolved and the bakery reopened, but it didn’t end before a bit of back-and-forth between the bakery’s rep and a local blog as well as a a defiant thank you/apology letter from the proprietor to his fans.

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More #McFail: Managers Admit to Stealing Employee’s Money

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They’re baaaaaaaaaack! 

Unfortunately for the Clown, McDonald’s just can’t stay out of the #PRFail spotlight.

When we last left this saga, McDonald’s was accused of kicking some old couple out on their keisters – canes, walkers, and all — for sitting too long. And as shameful as that was, there’s also the open case of slave labor under the veiled threat of deportation because that’s good for team morale.

Next up in the Clown’s PR issues, we have a story of former managers admitting they stole money from their miserly paid employees. This should be good.  Read more

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