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Dennis Rodman Loves Kim Jong-Un, Gives Disturbing Interviews

Something tells us that Dennis Rodman can’t afford media training services. A few subtle hints:

  • He cannot pronounce a word to save his life
  • He says he “loves” his “friend” Kim Jong-Un and strongly implies that captive American Kenneth Bae did something very, very bad (he’d love to talk about it but can’t for some reason we’d rather not explore)
  • He begs the question: Are you gonna smoke that cigar or just wave it around for the camera?
  • He makes CNN’s Chris Cuomo look good

We might recommend this clip as a case study in how not to behave during an interview, but it’s too painful to watch more than once.

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CNN Focuses on Gap between News and Life

There was a day when a 24-hours news network sounded like a brilliant idea. We live in a complex world full of complicated events that highlight the worst and best of humanity.

From violent wars and corrupt politicians to heroic deeds and acts of selflessness, how could a network not fill its programming with constant and original news updates?

However, with the technology that allowed networks to report 24-7 from every corner of the world, we learned something very important about the public: from cuddly kittens to sickening carnage, we’ll watch the same images over and over and over and over and over again. Who needs a news cycle when you can just hit replay again and again?

The public is strongly addicted to emotional footage, and after September 11, coupling dramatic scenes and outlandish scenarios with charged commentary and paranoid speculation fractured viewers into different but loyal viewing demographics. We all know the stereotypes about the people who watch Fox News and the people who watch MSNBC, as stalwart news anchors like Brian Williams continue to scratch their heads.

Just as times were changing back then, times are changing now, and Jeff Zucker, CEO of CNN, fully understands this. Throughout the past decade the public sensibility has evolved and viewers began migrating from the constant barrage of loud news and bombastic analysis to shows that focused on the more pleasant aspects of life such as food, travel, health, history, science and reasonable opinions on real, everyday challenges.

Though yesterday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon demonstrated there will always be senseless violence and inexplicable trauma in our world, the public appears to be internalizing the frailty of life and living by the mantra we all—at least in theory—agreed to after September 11: the best revenge is living well. And now CNN’s network is beginning to reflect that with more accessible programming. Read more

Major Shifts At ABC PR Coincide With Recent Anchor Changes

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First on PRNewser: With the recent anchor changes at ABC News, there is a major shift in publicists representing each of the news broadcasts.

Natalie Raabe, who had been the publicist for “World News with Charles Gibson” moves to “Good Morning America.” Raabe worked with new co-anchor George Stephanopoulos at ABC’s Washington bureau. Joining Raabe at GMA is Alyssa Apple.

Current GMA publicist Bridgette Maney moves to prime-time, as “20/20″ gets a new co-anchor in Chris Cuomo. Maney worked closely with Cuomo at GMA.

And David Ford has been promoted to publicist and will now represent “World News with Diane Sawyer. The changes take effect today. All the publicists continue reporting to ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider.

UPDATE: Full memo from Schneider to staffers after the jump.

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Changes at ABC ‘Played Without Publicity’

ABC is in the midst of a game of musical anchor chairs. Diane Sawyer is moving into the “World News” anchor chair starting Dec. 21, George Stephanopoulos has all but been announced to join “Good Morning America” next Monday and GMA host Chris Cuomo is leaving and possibly headed to “20/20.”

The Chicago Tribune‘s Phil Rosenthal reports, “there has been no major marketing campaign to speak of, no blitz of media interviews by either Sawyer, who is scheduled to take over on Dec. 21, the day before her 64th birthday, or Gibson, 66.” That’s not completely true. As TVNewser reports, ABC’s marketing team put together a video promo of Sawyer’s ten years with “Good Morning America.”

However, why would ABC go light on marketing and PR? Perhaps they have learned from CBS, which went all-out marketing Katie Couric‘s move to the Evening News, only to see a big ratings jump followed by a sharp fall. Many view Brian William‘s succeeding Tom Brokaw‘s as anchor of NBC Nightly News desk as a textbook example on how to manage this kind of story. NBC announced the news a full year in advance of the move, in order to help squash rumors and speculation.