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While Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Blames CNN, We Might Blame the System

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More than 20 women have come forward to accuse the Cos of sexual assault. Countless interviews have been requested and all have been denied. The first time Bill Cosby came forward to say anything was when he thanked Whoopi Goldberg and Jill Scott via Twitter.

Much to Cosby’s chagrin, professionals at certain national networks who allegedly do “news” for a living have been talking about it.

The comedian’s lawyer is a little miffed that the news cycle keeps on rolling past his brownstone, which is why he sent CNN President Jeff Zucker a letter accusing the network of setting out to tarnish his client’s reputation.

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BREAKING: Justine Sacco Has ‘Really Suffered’ Since AIDS Tweet

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We at PRNewser often use the breaking news line as a joke, but this “no kidding” moment is really “news.”

Remember the unfortunate tweet above?

Justine Sacco, former chief communications officer of IAC (parent company of Tinder, Vimeo and OkCupid), prepared for a trip to Africa with some kitschy AIDS humor and lost her job as a result. Sure, she apologized and ended up back on the job market, but it’s safe to say her life changed.

Now she’s back…to help kick off a book tour. Read more

PR Jobs: Gilt, Sourcebooks, Turner PR

This week, Gilt is hiring a director/senior director of public relations, while Sourcebooks needs a marketing manager. Turner PR is seeking a senior director of digital communications and is on the hunt for a director of public relations and marketing. Get the scoop on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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After #ObamaPresser, Sony Says The Interview Will Be Available… Somehow

Interview-posterPresident Obama shocked a lot of people when he came right out and said during Friday’s epic year-end press conference  that Sony made a “mistake” by pulling The Interview.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” the President added. Oh snap!

It didn’t have much of an impact when Hollywood cried “foul” over the decision. But the President? Now Sony had one more problem to add to the other 99 on its plate.

So what do you do when the President calls you out in front of the world? Throw the message machine in reverse.

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Biggest Stories of the Week

President Obama Purposely Selected All Women Reporters at Today’s #ObamaPresser

 

It didn’t escape notice that all eight of the reporters that President Obama called on today were women. Turns out that was by design.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest told the media that both he and the President saw this end-of-year presser, a high-profile event, as an opportunity to take note of the women who are an important part of the White House reporter pool.

“The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the president of the United States. As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight the fact at the president’s closely watched, end of the year news conference,” Earnest said.

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Obama on Sony Hackers: ‘I Wish They Had Spoken to Me First’

U.S. President Obama listens to Britain's PM Cameron speak during the U.N. Security Council meeting in New YorkAlthough this headshot of our president was not made for the Sony Pictures ballyhoo (shout out to Reuters), he was probably looking like this when he got the word that the mighty U.S.A. had kowtowed to the dude with the jacked-up haircut from North Korea.

You see, a president of this country should never take the back seat to anyone, let alone someone who disappeared for 40 days and convinced an entire country that he was on vacation.

So, Mr. President, we feel you.

The whole hack job aversion to halt The Interview would have our knickers in a twist…if we didn’t think the whole thing was ridiculous (from a PR standpoint) in the first place. Turns out that Obama is quite concerned that Sony Pictures didn’t consult him first.

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15 Buzzwords and Phrases to Avoid in 2015

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It’s that time of year again. No, not the week before Christmas — it’s buzzword buzzsaw time. Our friends at UK firm Houston PR have updated the semi-famous feature created to tell you whether the industry catchphrases you heard in so many press releases and presentations this year need to follow this guy’s lead and quit while they’re ahead.

Last year saw the induction of such winners as “evangelist,” “deliverables,” and our personal (least) favorite, “SoLoMo,” to the buzzword hall of infamy.

This year, Houston MD Hamish Thompson has even more words for you to avoid using in 2015!

As before, we’ve picked a few and offered some alternate translations…but you probably shouldn’t use those either.

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Judy Smith Advising Sony Over Decision To Drop The Interview

judy smithTMZ says it has learned that Judy Smith, the crisis expert who inspired Olivia Pope on Scandalis advising Sony on how to handle the criticism it has received over pulling The Interview.

“Our sources tell us Smith has been especially helpful to Sony because of her deep contacts with the government, and she has been involved on both the D.C. and Hollywood fronts,” the site says.

The story goes on to say that Smith and her firm, Smith & Company, has been helping with the messaging, “that this is not just a Sony issue but an industry issue,” and the idea that this is an industry issue, not just a Sony issue.

“We’re told the ultimate mission is to somehow contain the PR fallout and navigate a way forward,” the site says.

That task is not made easier by today’s #ObamaPresser.

What Would Bill Do? Media Coach Bill McGowan Takes on the News

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In the latest edition of our series with Clarity Media Group founder and media coach Bill McGowan, Bill takes on the biggest story of the moment…and a couple more.

A December to Forget

And you thought the racially offensive emails among Sony executives was bad (and it was!).  Now we find out that in addition to being insensitive and snarky, they’re cowards too.

The studio’s decision to cave in to terrorists by scrapping The Interview is a catastrophe that will leave a stain on their brand for many years.

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