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Fox PR Says New Roger Ailes Book Is Totally False Because They Didn’t Fact-Check It

RogerAiles“Randi Anderson, a television producer who went to work for CNBC when Ailes was running that channel twenty years ago…alleges that Ailes offered her an extra $100 a week to have sex with him whenever he wanted.”

See, we knew there was a reason the Fox News organization was trying so hard to discredit Gabriel Sherman and his new unauthorized Roger Ailes bio The Loudest Voice in the Room, for which he claims to have interviewed 614 peopleThanks for showing us the dirt, Wonkette!

The book isn’t on shelves yet, but The New York Times has already provided the public with some details.

Ailes may be “a visionary” who recognized the power of video (aka multimedia content) to shape public opinion years before everyone else, but according to the Times summary he also did some of those things that media people do.

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More Lance Armstrong Fail: He Offered Rival $100,000 to Throw Race

lanceCalamitous falls from grace in sports are unfortunately commonplace.

There was Pete Rose’s gambling and A-Rod incessant whining, Tiger’s addictive philandering and Michael Vick’s dog killing, Aaron Hernandez murdering and Kobe Bryant’s alleged pillaging. It happens every year, as it seems.

These darlings of the media are given spotlight, fame and a truck load of cash for playing a game. So, of course, they start jonesin’ for more and think they are incapable of being caught doing no wrong. Such is life for these insipid athletes who need to spruce up their image by taking advantage of others.

And then there is the dingleberry in the roto-rooter of humanity, Lance effin’ Armstrong. (Technically, I think that is his legal middle name.) And wait until you hear this…

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Lots of Animals Were Harmed During ‘No Animals Were Harmed’ Movie Shoots

shutterstock_143067433Here’s some great investigative reporting via The Hollywood Reporter that should inspire more diamond tears from Miley’s digital kitty: turns out that the “no animals were harmed” disclaimers you see on so many blockbusters might just be dramatically inaccurate.

Big reveals include:

  • A monitor for the American Humane Association tried to downplay injuries suffered by animals on the set of Life of Pi (presumably due to her personal relationship with one of the film’s production managers)
  • A member of the AHA’s advisory board also happened to be CEO of a media company broadcasting movies about animals
  • A former AHA member was fired for pushing the now-cancelled HBO show Luck to be more careful with its horses
  • The AHA “covered up” the death of a horse on the War Horse set “to protect Steven Spielberg”

So it’s terrible publicity for everyone mentioned in the story.

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#MediaFail: Convicted Murderer Gets City Council Seat Due to Media Oversight

Wantwaz DavisThere’s something to be said about the role of the media in this world. Sure, the evening news is nothing but a replay about who has been killed, raped, beat up and the frequent drive-by. It gets tiring watching that crap over and over and over again, I know. But they have a job to do. And trust me, when the media does not do that job, everyone knows.

Meet Wantwaz Davis of Flint, Mich.

Kudos are in order for the man because he recently beat incumbent Bernard Lawler by 71 votes to win the Fifth Ward seat for the City Council. Only one small problem: typically, the media is all over potential elected officials’ backgrounds. You know, their infidelity, bebes kids, back taxes and, oh yeah, pleading guilty to murder!

Yes, that’s right citizens of Flint, your newly elected city councilman served 19 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in 1991. Much to the chagrin to the usual more than 50 percent that were too lazy to get off their butt and vote, it seems Davis didn’t “hide his murder conviction from voters and openly talked about the conviction with residents,” but it never was publicly reported.

But wait, there’s more after the jump…

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Crisis Communications Legend Lawrence Foster Dead at 88

Source: Dick Jones CommunicationsYou may not know the name or the face but you definitely know the story about the infamous Tylenol crisis of the late 1980s.

In short, seven people died as a result of cyanide-laced Tylenol pills, including a 12-year-old girl. Mass hysteria ensued and the parent company of Tylenol was practically rescued by one man — Lawrence Foster, corporate vice president of public relations for Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

He died last night at the age of 88, according to a release sent to Mediabistro and PRNewser.

A Penn State alumnus, Foster’s rapid and concise response to the national tragedy has served as a case study for Crisis Communications 101 since 1986, and will be into perpetuity.

Although a couple of people were suspected of this heinous crime (including Ted Kaczynski), no one has been formally charged. Regardless, Foster knew quick action and immediate response was the key to saving J&J from public scrutiny and private bankruptcy.

How to deal with this in front of America without destroying the reputation of the company? Three ways:

  1. Immediate product recall (31 million bottles equaling $100 million). 
  2. Cease all corporate advertising
  3. Reintroduction of the company’s top product slowly to ensure grace under fire

Although J&J was not responsible for the tampering, they assumed responsibility under Foster’s direction. He led a campaign that stated public safety first and recalled all of their capsules from the market in 1986. All Tylenol capsules were removed form the market and radio silence was instilled until this scare was eradicated.

You know those pesky child-proof caps and “tamper resistant packaging” seen on any over-the-counter medicine? That was Foster’s brainchild. J&J was the first company to promote “caplets”, which were also resistant to tampering. That is a nice move, but people still had to buy the product. How? Coupons and brand ambassadors through public speaking.

It was swift, detailed and very successful. And that was all because of Foster’s leadership.

A funeral mass will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at The Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, 315 1st St., Westfield, NJ. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions would be appreciated to the Central PA Food Bank, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109, or the charity of your choosing.

Halloween Countdown: Celebrity Scandals Costume Preview

Halloween Masks CroppedHalloween is fast approaching, and a potpourri of colorful celebrity scandals have occurred since last October. That means you’ll be faced with a confounding choice of costumes to choose from, so it’s better to start planning soon.

Many high-profile figures across industries found themselves in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons: major and minor indiscretions related to national security, sex, drugs, fashion, cars, food, finances, taxes and spouses.

PRNewser compiled a list by category of 30 people who made it through more than one news cycle. Some appear for the first time, while others tried to resurrect their reputations, with mixed results. We’ve also included links to the press coverage, in case you missed it.

Celebrity Faux Pas:
Paula Deen, Donald Trump, Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez

Politically Incorrect:
Anthony Weiner, Elliot Spitzer, Bob Filner, Mark Sanford

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Faux Celebrities:
Kris Jenner, Sydney Leathers, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo (Amy’s Baking Company)

Athletes Gone Awry:
Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’o, Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun

National Security Leakers / Whistle-Blowers and Careless Users of Gmail:
Edward Snowden, David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell, Jill Kelley

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Clear Channel Taking Heat for Banning Ads for Women’s Clinic

Women’s rights group Women, Action, & The Media (WAM), one of the organizations that blew the whistle on Facebook’s failure to crack down on misogynistic content this past May, has now set its sites on Clear Channel.

Recently, the South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, KS, which provides access to full-spectrum reproductive healthcare — including abortion care — tried to run ads for their services on several local radio stations owned by media conglomerate Clear Channel. Clear Channel, however, pulled them off the air for violating “decency standards.” But those same stations, WAM points out, run ads for the local “adult boutique,” without similar concerns about decency.

In response to Clear Channel’s decision, WAM, in partnership with the South Wind Women’s Center, launched the #changethechannel campaign in order to insist that women’s health care is never indecent, and that everyone has the right to know where they can get medical care.

Since the launch of the effort, thousands of citizens in Wichita and across the country have phoned, emailed and tweeted the Wichita Clear Channel office as well as Clear Channel’s corporate representatives, calling on the company to run the ads. Many thousands more have signed petitions to the same effect.

Amidst the uproar, the GM of Clear Channel in Wichita, Rob Burton, left his post on July 31 without public explanation. Burton had been responsible for the final call to pull the ads. A few days before his sudden departure, he had said simply, “As members of the Wichita community, KZSN has a responsibility to use our best judgment to ensure that advertising topics and content are as non-divisive as possible for our local audience.” Read more

Pat O’Brien Tells How to Survive a Public Scandal: Admit, Apologize, Advance

Pat O'BrienGiven their recent cringe-worthy non-apologies, perhaps Serena Williams and Paula Deen can learn something about handling public scandals from Pat O’Brien, co-host of Fox Sports Primetime.

O’Brien suffered his share of embarrassment back in 2005, when the drunken voice-mail messages he left a woman were leaked onto the Internet. Now, he’s more than willing to dish out some advice on how to rebound.

“I say this all the time: the best way to handle if you did something is to admit it. Cover-ups always worsen the crime. And we’re talking about low-level scandals here, obviously, not murder or anything. I always say the three A’s: admit, apologize, advance,” he told Mediabistro for its So What Do You Do? interview. “I talk to a lot of people in trouble — politicians, celebrities — they will call me and ask what to do. And that’s what I tell them. Get in front of the first camera you can find and admit it if you did it. And apologize to somebody and move on.”

For the full interview, read So What Do You Do, Pat O’Brien, Co-Host of Fox Sports Primetime?

 

For Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, the Plot Thickens, Along with the Frozen Ravioli

It seems the only people who can upstage their own bizarre antics are the ones who initially staged them. It turns out that infamous reality TV food show couple Amy and Samy Bouzaglos, co-owners of Amy’s Baking Company (aka ABC Bistro), have both served time in prison for different offenses. Their restaurant, the subject of a surreal episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares show, recently reopened amid ongoing controversy, with curiosity seekers as patrons and full waitstaff turnover.

It’s been nearly three weeks since the meltdown during the show, where the owners exhibited such severe dysfunction that the celebrity chef threw in the towel. The couple fought with each other and with patrons, denied the waiters’ tips, and fired a waitress on the spot. They also provided slow service and offered questionable ingredients, such as frozen ravioli. But that didn’t stop the owners from acting out further. In response to rampant social media criticism, the couple responded with profanity laced tirades, and later said their social media accounts were hacked.

Now the twists in the tale continue. The restaurant recently re-opened, but they haven’t been able to retain any employees. There have been so many gawkers and reporters attempting to gain access that the couple have hired security guards. According to the Arizona Republic, Amy has served time in prison for misusing a social security number when she applied for a bank loan. Samy may be deported after covering up a past history involving drug distribution in Europe.

Samy, an Israeli citizen born in Morocco, recently had an immigration court hearing, continuing a removal process lasting more than two years. He is under ICE investigation for failing to disclose his past history involving drug distribution, threats and extortion on his U.S. immigration petition. International records show he’d served time in prison and is banned from entering France and Germany.

This PRNewser contributor paid a brief visit to the scene of the action in Scottsdale this past Sunday, while spending Memorial Day weekend nearby. After all, one of Samy’s posts urged people to “come to Arizona”, and here’s what we found. The bistro is located in a shopping area in a residential section of Scottsdale. The temperature neared 100 degrees. It was midday and the restaurant wasn’t open yet, so there were no guards on the premises. Still the signs in the window and other passers-by provided clues.

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Exxon Hates Journalists, Loves Paper Towels

Let’s play make believe: Imagine you’re a massive energy company facing a big PR headache over an oil spill caused by a broken pipeline right in the middle of Arkansas. Now imagine that you really, really don’t want everyone in the country to know about the terrible accident and your response to it.

What do you do? You convince law enforcement to threaten the journalists trying to cover your story with arrest and push your top lobbyist to call them liars!

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