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Archives: May 2010

Empty Seats At Today’s Obama Press Conference, Despite Press Complaints For More of Them


While the press wants Obama to hold more press conferences, when he held one today, there were still plenty of seats available.

Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli tweeted this picture from the presser. “Low turnout from press for this event. Dozens of empty seats,” he said.

Afternoon Bites

–New Orleans ABC affiliate takes a break from covering the oil spill, moves on to vagina enhancement. Anchor chimes in, “So she’s enjoying penis a little bit more, is she?” (link)

–In other penis news, Social Exposure’s Naked Painting Party II keeps it clean, or not (NSFW, via Nick McGlynn)

–Nike’s “Write the Future” logs nearly 8 million views in one week (AdAge)

–Google Buzz adds Retweet Reshare functionality (ReadWriteWeb)

–Shocking: MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski is a Democrat (TVNewser)

–Why are bros icing bros? The Awl investigates.

–Audi rolls a car in anti-rollover demonstration (link)

–Fire up the ‘Q this Memorial Day, and choose your charcoal wisely (Lifehacker)

The RV Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Did you know that the RV is 100 years old?

Agency Barton Gilanelli hired D S Simon Productions for broadcast outreach around the anniversary, all to promote industry group the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. The segment above is from New York Fox affiliate WNYW.

McDonald’s PR Vet Joins Fleishman-Hillard As Partner

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John Blyth had been with McDonald’s since 1981, most recently holding the position of vice president of corporate communications.

He joins Omnicom-owned (NYSE: OMC) Fleishman-Hillard as senior vice president and partner and will be based in the agency’s Dallas office.

Revolving Door: 5.27

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Here are this week’s PR and media highlights from mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter:

Katherine Miller has been named managing director at Hattaway Communications. She had been executive director of public affairs at United Nations Foundation.

Celia Ellenberg has been named senior beauty editor at She had been freelancing there.

Jon Steinberg has been named Strategist editor at New York. He had been senior editor there.

Jeremy Peters has been named newspaper and magazine reporter at The New York Times. He had been Metro reporter there.

Click here to receive’s Revolving Door Newsletter via email.

Welcome Karen Schwartz, Our Newest Contributor


We’re pleased to announce that Karen Schwartz has joined the PRNewser team to help us expand of our coverage. Karen has covered corporate strategy, investment financing, and mergers and acquisitions for mergermarket, a financial newswire owned by the Financial Times.

Her stories have been published by The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, and The Times-Picayune. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School.

While an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, she founded, using early versions of social networking to bring together high-school students from around the world to discuss issues of local concern and general interest.

Expect to see Karen’s byline popping up in short time. Please extend her a warm PRNewser welcome!

Smule Scores WSJ Hit By Skewering the Press Release


Kudos to iPhone app maker Smule, or Sonic Mule Inc., for tweaking the age-old and boring executive hire press release enough to get’s Venture Capital Dispatch to notice.

The release pokes at the juggling of egos that happens when multiple executives insist on being quoted. Since Smule makes the Glee app, which corrects your pitch as you sing along, the first quote from CEO Jeff Smith calls out the new CFO’s lack of musical ability. The second quote is the meat of the story, and the third quote shamelessly stuffs co-founder Dr. Ge Wang’s lengthy four-part title alongside “I agree with Jeff.”

Smule’s PR person Michelle Sabolich, a senior director at AtomicPR, delivered the release without explanation, and later credited the idea to the client’s “Smulean vibe.”

VC Dispatch has the release in its entirety. The staff’s Smulean vibe can be enjoyed after the jump, as one developer tests the Glee app.

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Watch President Obama’s Press Conference Live

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President Obama is about to hold his first press conference in months. Watch it live here.

UPDATE: We’ve replaced the live stream, which is now streaming other administration events, with the above video from

Is Twitter the Mafia?


Consider this quote Twitter business development executive Tony Wang gave to AllThingsD, in regards to the company’s new terms of service, which say the social network wants an un-specified cut of revenues from companies making money off Twitter content:

We’re saying if there’s this thing you’re doing, and you’re selling ads against it, and it’s really big, we want to participate in that.

So, doing well with the Twitter platform means they want a piece of the pie, which certainly sounds mafia-ish, but not unusual. A revenue split with companies monetizing Twitter content is not necessarily surprising, but the statement by Wang is vague and doesn’t set any specific terms to the company’s policy.

The terms of service changes come in the same week that the company also announced a ban on “in-stream advertising,” which will likely affect a number of companies.

Given all of the changes, we reached out to Twitter’s recently hired vp of communications, Sean Garrett. Right away, we received an out of office message from Garrett telling us he’d be out through May 27th, with “limited access to email.”

So, the company for one is muddy on messaging, and two, their head of PR is out of the office.

Is Garrett on vacation, we asked? Turns out he didn’t like that question, and responded only with, “Seriously, Joe?”

Of course, that didn’t answer our question, but we’re still curious as to why Twitter’s head of PR would be out of the office with “limited access to email” during a week in which major planned changes by the social network were announced.


Revised Communication Plan Development SOW

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an RFP for “consulting services that will support the communication plan development for the Office of External Affairs.”

The agency will be tasked with, “improving internal and external communications.” No budget figures were disclosed, however the contract is for one year. Proposals are due by June 7th.