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White House, Pentagon Go Social with News of Military Strikes in Iraq

This is the way we live in the present day: tweets announcing the launch of bombing campaigns against increasingly powerful insurgents in Iraq.

Note this preceding message for clarity:

So it did happen and it will continue to happen. But a few reporters jumped the gun.

Maybe we don’t know the specific objective (though the President did elaborate a bit in a somewhat open-ended press conference).

But thanks to Instagram, we do know what the decision-making scene looked like…

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Former Press Secretary Jay Carney Rumored to Be Chief PR Candidate for Apple, Uber

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Well, at least he took his farewell press room picture with the right phone. #BrandLoyalty

It was only two months ago when Apple’s communications major domo, Katie Cottonannounced that she was leaving the company. Since that announcement (and a few “good riddance” posts from certain hack-turned-flacks), Apple has been searching for her replacement.

Thanks to a Re/Code post, we learned they may have found their guy: Jay Carney, former press secretary for the Obama Administration.

According to the report, the former Time Washington bureau chief and head flack for Joe Biden is the hottest name around for major PR gigs after he stepped down in May to be replaced by Josh Earnest.

Uber has its headlights set on the guy for good reason: the company is currently in need of serious public relations and public affairs because of its fight against the deeply entrenched taxi industry. Incidentally, during an interview earlier in May, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick infamously called the company’s opponent “an asshole named Taxi.”

As classy and appealing as the challenge may be, Apple could seem more enticing to Carney. But then he’s never been a guy averse to conflict…

FOX News Offers a New (and Terrible) Way to Cover Presidential Press Conferences

no accurate newsAs we know in the world of media and national reporting, “Breaking News” doesn’t quite have the same authority as it used to hold in the minds of consumers. In fact, when a “Breaking News” stinger hits, many viewers just assume it will feature someone else squawking their disapproval for the administration or leading people down a rabbit hole somewhere.

Lately, the only thing sacred would be a presidential press conference. Unfettered access to the leader of our country’s every word. Every TV camera glued to his message. And then the pundits on any station can vomit at will.

Those days are gone, thanks to FOX News. We are just reporting. You get to decide…

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THIS JUST IN: White House Forced to Consider Deporting Justin Bieber

THIS JUST IN 2To President Obama’s credit, he had a forum established for the minions of this country to have a voice.

Granted, it comes with a few catches but at least the door to get someone to hear you — someone that may actually matter (no real promise there) — is open for those motivated enough to make something happen.

How?

Visit We the People on the White House website. Yes, it’s official but it requires a petition. And here’s the catch:

Remember you have just 30 days to get 100,000 signatures in order to get a response from the White House.

Whelp, that official proclamation now has 10-year-old girls freaking the #$%& out right about now because Justin Bieber may find Uncle Sam’s red, white and blue boot in his beliebing Canadian behind.

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Is This the ‘Most Secretive White House’ in U.S. History?

jillabramsonThat bold claim came forth last week, loaded with ire directed at one President Barack Obamaif that’s his real name [cue the Law & Order doink doink].

The vitriolic assertion ruffled a few feathers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but it wasn’t some run of the mill “I-am-pissed-because-that’s-not-the-dude-I-supported” complaint—it came straight from New York Times editor Jill Abramson, as seen in the snazzy screen shot to your left.

ICYMI: Abramson was giving an interview to Al-Jazeera America‘s John Seigenthaler (former Washington bureau chief for the NYT) when she threw out this statement:

It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering…I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.

And that led to this

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President Obama’s Library Could Renovate Chicago’s South Side

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This time, ‘O’ could mark the spot. Come on, get your minds out the gutter, folks. 

As it goes, people who occupy the White House get to think about life after the coronation: memoirs, speaking circuit, no taxes for life, and of course, the Presidential Library.

They all get one. And despite the wise cracks about how many books should or should not belong in a certain presidential library in Dallas, Obama’s library could be both an architectural wonder and a good thing for the city of Chicago.

While Chicago, New York and Hawaii debate about who gets to host the ceremonial dig (and New York, really?!), Michael Sorkin has decided his plan should win the bid wherever it goes. For the record, he wants it to go in Chicago’s beleaguered South Side. After you see the plans—which are now viral—you will probably agree.

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James Carville: ‘Obama Should Toke on Mayor Ford’s Crack Pipe’

Yes, politicos, you read that correctly. James Carville, the doppleganger for E.T., CNN’s major domo for shock value, and supreme Democratic strategist for the Clintons and anyone else riding into D.C. on an elephant. That James Carville.

Evidently, even he has had it with President Obama. The luster has worn. The honeymoon is over. Stick a fork in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s done.

While interviewed on MSNBC (and I’m sure this media outlet was prepared for this tomfoolery), James Carville shares with Joe Scarborough that the president may want to consider the go-to stress reliever of bat-ess-crazy Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to help cure his flagging poll numbers. Talk about a need for crisis communications if ever there was one.

Watch and enjoy:

No, The History Channel Did Not Want Satan to Look Like President Obama

Media relations in the Internet age is a funny thing, isn’t it? Today representatives from The History Channel and the producers of its extremely successful series The Bible had to reach out to various media outlets in order to clarify that they did not intend to cast a Barack Obama lookalike as Satan. Yes, you read that right.

We’re not exactly sure how this crazy rumor managed to spread (we’re looking at you, Glenn Beck), but today producer Mark Burnett, the man behind such reality hits as Celebrity Apprentice and Sarah Palin’s Alaska, had to issue a statement labeling this latest wave of short-term paranoia “utter nonsense” while the channel’s spokesperson assured the public that “The History Channel has the highest respect for President Obama.”

Of course Burnett is right, but this is the world of crazy Internet rumors that spread like wildfire no matter how reliable they may or may not be. We don’t really get it, because when we saw this picture our first thought was “Middle Eastern Obi Wan Kenobi.”

We will say one thing, though: somebody needs some moisturizer.

Government Gone Social: Even the Feds Use Arrested Development GIFs Now

Today in This Guy Has a Pretty Cool Job News: on Monday we reviewed Newark Mayor Cory Booker‘s suggestion that politicians should act more like PR pros with the ultimate goal of engaging their constituents via social media and interactive town hall meetings rather than just hiding behind lecterns and tired press releases.

In addition to having a nice beard, Justin Herman runs social media at the U.S. General Services Administration’s Center for Excellence in Digital Government. This moniker may read as a joke to cynics, but Herman, like Booker, clearly believes that a more engaged government is a more effective and efficient government–and that politicians and administrators are mistaken if they see Twitter and Facebook as mere “announcement platform[s].”

Sound familiar?

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Fox News, Disney and Every Other Brand Scramble for Latino Audiences

Obama UnivisionOh hey, did you hear about the incredible growth of the United States’ Latino population? So did Barack Obama‘s re-election campaign, the Republican House majority and every entertainment brand in the Western hemisphere. Today brings news of Univision and Disney joining forces to create a 24-hour news/entertainment channel called Fusion that will cater to Latinos. Wait, isn’t Univision already a 24-hour channel for Latinos? Why yes it is!

This new brand, however, would serve those with deep Latin heritage who either predominately or exclusively speak English at home and who probably only watch Univision “if they’re at their grandmother’s house” (ha ha). It’s the same audience sought by the brand new Fox News Latino brand. So where did members of this mysterious demographic get their news and entertainment in the past? From the same channels as every other English-speaking American.

The question: can brands benefit from catering to this very specific audience? They certainly seem to think so.

PR pros: have you worked on campaigns targeting English-speaking Latino Americans? How do the relevant messages differ from those intended for the general public?

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