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Posts Tagged ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’

Geraldo Calls Netanyahu ‘Chickensh!t,’ Gets Blasted by Kerry in Return

As a self-proclaimed “Jew-Rican,” Geraldo Rivera would be the last person you would expect to throw bombs in the direction of God’s chosen people. But one also gets the sense that the dude kinda’ misses the spotlight.

And so, this happened yesterday evening:

Gentlemen, to your corners…

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What Would Bill Do? Insights on the Week’s News from Media Coach Bill McGowan

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Readers may recall that, back in April, we had a couple of very informative conversations with author and Clarity Media Group founder Bill McGowan, perhaps best known as the media coach for top executives at Facebook, NBCUniversal and Airbnb.

In what will become a regular feature on the blog, Bill gave us his take on three recent controversies that made headlines this week — and the communications strategies behind them.

Think of it as a “comms week in review.”

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Pistachio Ice Cream Scandal Rocks Israeli Politics

In case you thought American politics were the world’s weirdest, this week the Israeli press has been obsessed with a PR scandal concerning the most asinine subjects: ice cream and makeup. Seems that Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, best known for looking angry in public, somehow found a way to spend $13,000 a year on clothing, $9,000 on makeup and $2,700 to secure a “state-financed contract” for a steady supply of vanilla and pistachio ice cream!

This simple story quickly turned into a big “misuse of public funds” conundrum; Netanyahu responded by “freezing” his ice cream budget and inspiring headline writers everywhere to break out their lamest puns.

As usual, America still wins: Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. just pled guilty to charges of illegally spending nearly $1 million in campaign funds on elk heads, fur capes, Michael Jackson’s fedora and $10,000 worth of “Bruce Lee memorabilia”. The fact that it wasn’t taxpayers’ money doesn’t make it any less ridiculous. USA! USA! USA!

Oh, and a final note to Netanyahu: try the cookie dough. Seriously.