TVNewser AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Reputation

Google Agrees: Germans Have a ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

shutterstock_169451723

…but Germans are feeling luckier.

Today in reputation management news, the legal fight is over.

Google seems more eager than expected to go along with a recent European Union court ruling requiring the company to give citizens the right to request the removal of unflattering links–at least in Germany.

Read more

More MSNBC Issues: Network Sued for Misidentifying Michigan Man as Criminal

MSNBC FailSo, for the past few weeks, MSNBC has been in the news, instead of reporting it.

Most recently, we have MSNBC celebrating Cinco de Mayo in an appalling way with sombreros and Tequila. Then, Chuck Todd got called out by CNN‘s Vaughn Sterling in a glorious way for the peacock’s “breaking news.” And then, there was that time when MSNBC decided to broadcast its own “Racial Draft,” because Dave Chappelle’s skits needs to be resurrected on national news formats.

This #MSNBCFail actually occurred in October 2009 but it is just now seeing its day in court. For those who have misplaced their “Media 101″ handbook, here’s Rule No. 4,934 of “How not to screw your entire credibility with one report.” Get the name right, please. Yes, this really happened.

Read more

Documents Show That Coca-Cola Supported Both MADD & A Group Opposed To Stricter Drunk Driving Laws

coke lightboxThe Huffington Post has gotten its hands on documents that show while Coca-Cola was supporting Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) it was also a member of the American Beverage Institute (ABI). The ABI, in trying to live up to its stated mission of “the protection of responsible on-premise consumption of adult beverages” has supported measures that would lower the legal blood-alcohol limits and fought against measures that would raise taxes on alcohol and institute sobriety checkpoints. An op-ed highlighted on the About Us page right now is from the October 24, 2013 issue of the Las Vegas Review-Journal called “Lower blood-alcohol limits won’t curb drunk driving deaths.”

When questioned about the support, Coke spokesperson Kirsten Witt told HuffPo, “On behalf of our customers, Coca-Cola has provided support to ABI over the years. We are not engaged in ABI advocacy efforts.” According to the HuffPo story, the annual membership dues at ABI are in “… between $2,500 a year (for companies with under $1 billion in sales that attend no meetings) to $45,000 a year (for those with $2 billion in sales that attend the three ABI meetings a year)” for non-alcohol companies. Dues vary for restaurants, retailers, companies that sell non-alcoholic beverages and businesses that sell alcohol.

MADD’s chief government affairs officer J.T. Griffin said of the situation, “It is a little shocking. I guess it is unfortunate. But it certainly is their right.”

Griffin is right. It’s totally Coke’s right to support both. But with customers looking for authenticity, it calls the company’s brand into question.

Read more

White House: No More Citing Leaks for News Stories

WhiteHouse

Politics is PR writ large, and anyone who follows the Game of (Congressional) Seats knows how important “unauthorized disclosures” can be to journalists looking to better inform the public about how the sausage is made.

Citing such disclosures has long been the best way for an office/administration to address important information that it didn’t release in any official capacity–information like The Guardian’s Edward Snowden leaks, which demanded a public response.

In a story we didn’t have time to address last week, The White House made clear that it’s no longer OK with this old school push-pull approach by officially forbidding current and former national intelligence officials from commenting about stories based on intel data–whether that information happens to be classified or not.

So no one who works or has worked for the NSA–or any of the 16 other intel agencies–can discuss Snowden or any other story known to involve leaks.

Read more

Fast Food Restaurants Should Be Preparing for the Global Workers Strike Planned for Thursday

mcds tweetWorkers from dozens of countries around the world are preparing for a mass strike on Thursday, May 15 to protest for higher wages and better working conditions. The date, chosen because it reflects the $15 per hour that workers are fighting for here in the US, will mark the day when the months-long fight publicly goes global (meetings took place last week). Across six continents, workers from Burger King, McDonald’s, KFC and other chains will take to the streets. European protestors are taking action in solidarity with US workers.

McDonald’s spoke with USA Today, saying 80 percent of its restaurants are owned by small businessmen.

“This is an important discussion that needs to take into account the highly competitive nature of the industries that employ minimum wage workers, as well as consumers and the thousands of small businesses which own and operate the vast majority of McDonald’s restaurants,” said McD’s spokesperson Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem.

The statement notably deflects attention away from the fact that McDonald’s revenue for the first quarter was more than $6 billion.

Read more

These Companies Are the ‘Best Corporate Citizens’

100BestList.pdfWhat exactly makes a company a good “corporate citizen?” In order for Corporate Responsibility Magazine to determine the answer to this question, its research team considers and documents 298 data points pertaining to seven different categories: environment, climate change, employee relations, human rights, governance, finance, and philanthropy.

The result is a list of the top 100 corporations that have done the best across the board over the past year. The newly-released 2014 list features the following companies in the top spots:

Read more

Report: Under Armour Wasn’t Really Responsible For Sochi Speedskating Losses

under armour tweetThe Sochi Olympics were sooo long ago right? But Under Armour is still feeling the icy sting of what should’ve been a shining moment for the company at a high-profile sporting event. Instead, it turned into an epic fail and a design flaw in the company’s new super suits were held responsible.

Now Under Armour can enjoy a little vindication. An internal investigation finds that a big part of the US team’s problems stemmed from timing. Athletes got the suits too late to thoroughly train in them. Moreover, the training they did was in Italy at high altitudes and outdoors. The Sochi competitions were held indoors at sea level. There was even an issue with some new skate polish athletes were given.

Once the competitors started losing, they got frustrated and frustration begat further losses even when they went back to their old suits. The report also points out issues with too much travel for the athletes, etc. In the end, the team had its worst showing in three decades.

So, whew! Not really Under Armour’s fault! Problem solved right? Eh.

Read more

The NAACP Takes a PR Hit In The Donald Sterling Debacle

adam silverCommissioner Adam Silver was everyone’s hero on Tuesday when he announced that Donald Sterling would be banned for life from the NBA after the league confirmed that was in fact his voice on a recording filled with racist and sexist remarks. (Was there ever any doubt?)

Not only that, Sterling has to hand over $2.5 million for charity — not much for a billionaire, but it’s the principal — and Silver says he’s going to press to get the LA Clippers sold to a different owner. Not only did Silver call the comments “offensive,” but he said they were “harmful,” which connotes something deeper, more serious and more corrosive.  Boom. Boom. Boom.

While he and the league are being given credit for handling the situation swiftly and effectively (well, by almost everyone), there have been a lot of questions about how the NAACP could have seen fit to give Sterling not one, but two lifetime achievement awards. The second one was meant to be handed out next month at the organization’s annual convention, but was rescinded on Monday. Even then, the LA chapter’s president Leon Jenkins said there is “room to forgive.”

It looks as though the NBA has been much tougher on Sterling than the NAACP has. And some are saying that it could be because Sterling donated money and Clippers tickets to the organization.

Read more

How Did We Become ‘Spin Doctors’ Anyway?

what-is-public-relationsSo, there I was reading PR Week recently when I noticed its quote of the day: “PR professionals hate spin and what it stands for.” The fact that said PR professional shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition notwithstanding, the sentiment is right on!

Candidly, I have never been so smug with this craft to think I am beyond being called a “flack.”

It’s our nickname and it’s a term of endearment. Many journalists respectively celebrate their status as “hacks.” However, one term that is universally frowned upon in this establishment is “Spin Doctor.” 

Why? The term connotes ne’er-do-wells, people who suck at PR, and borderline used-car salesmen or, in the worst case scenario, lobbyists.

Unfortunately, the literal meaning of the term is even worse…

Read more

America’s Most Elitist Crossword Puzzle Uses ‘Fo’ Shizzle’

fo shizzle ny times

Yes, my nizzles. That’s the New York Times, fo’ rizzle!

In case you have absolutely no clue what that cutline says, no worries. I speak “Snoop Dogg.” According to the Urban Dictionary, “-izzle” is ”a suffix, often used by gangsters, used to cut off a word when one’s brain cannot process words with greater than three syllables.”

“Izzle” was basically a cutsy lingo developed by the Snoop D-O-double-G. It was such a popular way to speak, screwing up anyone advocate of AP-style, that the New York Times covered it in 2004. I suppose since that day in almost a decade ago, editors at the “Old Grey (White) Lady” thought they accrued street swagger … so they included “Fo’ Shizzle” in their nationally respected crossword puzzle.

What the fizzle?!

Read more

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>