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Art (Unfortunately) Imitates Life for Stephen Collins of 7th Heaven

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Recently, one of the most (seemingly) wholesome actors of the small screen revealed a very dark and disturbing secret — at least, that’s what we thought.

Stephen Collins – who played the pastor/dad on the WB TV show 7th Heaven – apparently confessed to his counselor that he was a child molester. TMZ received and posted on the tape, which prompted a criminal investigation.

Although that came up inconclusive (which means he probably won’t be prosecuted), there’s other news: Later this year, Collins will play a pedophile on TV.

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Governor Rick Scott Doesn’t Respond Well to Fans

More specifically, the Governor couldn’t handle his opponent’s single fan, which former Governor Charlie Crist was apparently using to keep cool in the Florida heat at yesterday’s would-be gubernatorial debate.

The intro segment has to be seen to be believed:

This went on for seven full minutes before Rick finally rolled onto the stage. Scott’s subsequent attempt to explain his own juvenile behavior is even better:

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Burger King Blasted for Ad That Looks a Lot Like ‘Billy on the Street’

“Man on the street” interviews are popular in advertising. Brands love to take their product to the people to solicit for cheers and raves. But Burger King is getting an earful on Twitter for an ad that looks a little too much like comedian Billy Eichner‘s popular “Billy on the Street” act.
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Former VJ Kennedy Says Young People Shouldn’t ‘Rock the Vote’

Kennedy MTVAnyone remember MTV? No, not the beleaguered reality show network of today…we mean the first music television video network.

For you young’uns out in the PRNewserverse, MTV had a gaggle of notable people known as “VJs” or video DJs. Cool, right? People like Kurt Loder, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, and Alan Hunter recall the 80s in a way few things can. Following the original VJs, MTV tried to spruce up their look by hiring young Gen-Y folk like Bill Bellamy, Carson Daly, Daisy Fuentes, and some chick named Kennedy.

Today, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery is no longer commenting on the videos of yesteryear. She is on Fox Business Network co-hosting a show called “The Independents.” On that show, Kennedy drew a brain fart, forgot the days when she gave full-throated endorsements to “Rock the Vote“, and told viewers that young people should not vote when they don’t know the issues.

Bet she wants her MTV now.

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New School Media Lightly Disses Old School Media at Vanity Fair Event

Here’s a fun one: at today’s Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, three leaders of the “new school” media had some things to say about the old folks:

How wrong are Kara Swisher and Shane Smith, though? David Carr knows because he covers this sort of thing for a living.

BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti outlines the growth model in the accompanying post: start with the kitty pic-sticles, move into producing real-world journalism, and get bought by the old guys waving around their legacy money.

Swisher attributes this shift to the newfound power of the Wi-Fi enabled consumer who, as Peretti noted, would just as soon spend an evening diving into the YouTube rabbit hole as checking out a “piece of highly produced media behind a paywall.”

Hard to imagine a starker portrait of the old school asking the new school what the kids are watching. The meta McConaughey pre-roll ad is just icing on the cake.

SNL ‘Addresses’ Its Diversity Problem

We’re all aware that the world’s top tech companies have received a bit of flak in our media for a very real lack of diversity within their ranks.

Saturday Night Live had the same problem, and the show’s runners addressed it by hiring some new talent. Today SNL released a promo making further light of the controversy with the help of former cast member Bill Hader:

You may recall that Kenan himself attracted some criticism one year ago for attributing the lack of non-white performers on the show to a weak talent pool.

SNL can laugh about this now, but a couple of headline hirings with a bonus guest appearance by Hader is probably not the answer for Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft.

Ferguson Police Chief, PR Firm Release Apology Video

A couple of days ago we posted on a talking points document produced by someone close to the local government in Ferguson, Missouri. It provided a detailed look into the town’s plans to protect itself against damage inflicted by the ongoing story regarding the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent civil unrest that captivated so many.

It also told us that the city had hired not one but two PR firms: Common Ground and the Devin James Group. It would appear that Common Ground is handling media relations while the James Group attends to crisis comms and community outreach. (Here’s an interesting Twitter interaction between the two parties.)

This morning saw the debut of an apology video featuring Tom Jackson, the town’s chief of police and the subject of much online discussion.

The clip appears to have been produced by the Devin James Group; it was featured on the firm’s page and distributed to national news sources, several of which have already run stories.

You’ll note that Jackson’s speech is both scripted and informal. He even reads directly from a printed statement.

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KLM Hires a Cute Dog to Return Your Lost Items, Win Our Hearts

If you’re flying KLM, you may want to purposely leave something on the plane when you get off. Then you will get a visit from Sherlock, the beagle that the airline has hired to sniff out the owners of those lost items. He’s also the star of this video that will surely be passed around to a chorus of “awwws.”

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Why Punishing the ‘Dancing Guard’ Might be a Bad PR Move for Buckingham Palace

By now, you’ve likely seen the viral video of a member of the illustrious Queen’s Guard taking a timeout from the tedium and seriousness of his back-and-forth marching to break into dance (if you haven’t been graced with the subtle awesomeness that is this video, it’s included below). Since the red-coated guards of Buckingham Palace are famously stern and aren’t even supposed to crack a smile — let alone bust a move — the fleet-footed, lighthearted guard has become something of a YouTube sensation, bringing mirth and giggles to millions.

But England’s Ministry of Defense isn’t laughing.

Now that the guard has been identified publicly as 20-year-old Samuel Jones, his friends and family worry that the powers that be will make an example of him in an effort to prevent similar shenanigans in the future.

A friend of Jones’ recently told The Evening Standard, “The strict routines of army life can get a bit heavy sometimes and Sam really enjoys cheering people up…He has no idea how seriously his latest stunt would be taken – and it has worried his family…It was just a prank and everyone is hoping his bosses don’t make too much of an example out of him.”

The possible penalties could include a £1,000 fine, a loss of privileges, and even a three-week prison sentence. Though a Ministry of Defense spokesperson told The Evening Standard last week it was unlikely that Jones would be jailed, he also made it clear that the guard certainly isn’t getting off scott free: “He will face some sort of action but it is more likely to be a fine. No decision has been made,” the representative said. Read more

McDonald’s and the Smartphone Mafia Made the Most of Friday’s iPhone Launch

Were you among the 10 million people who helped turn the iPhone 6 into Apple’s fastest-selling model to date this weekend?

We were not. Honestly, we just got our iPhone 5 a few months ago and we almost enjoy being so very far behind the rest of the world. Anyway, two organizations made the most of the Friday release: McDonald’s and whatever one would call the international syndicate responsible for selling said phones on the Chinese black market (at a 300-400 percent markup).

First, the wise people at McDonald’s decided to show up outside the 5th Avenue Apple store early Friday morning to pass out Apple pies to the “folks who had been waiting in line so long, they were sure glad to see us”. Get it? USA Today and Ronn Torossian of 5WPR certainly do.

McD’s was only the biggest brand looking to steal some of the excitement and mayhem. This clip, created by YouTuber Casey Neistat, is a must-watch if you haven’t seen it already:

Neistat apparently received some pushback over the video, so he explained himself a bit on its page:

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