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The News Is In: Cable News Is Sucking a Little Wind

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Meh?!

The word is out and I think all your haters of “Faux News” can have a nice warm cup of shut up. Do you realize according the recent polls that have been addressed, FOX News has been the number one cable news network for 12 long years. 12! That’s not your mama’s cable news network.

And it doesn’t matter what big screens Wolfy puts in his situation room, where Anderson rocks his stellar, on-location reporting or whatever the hell MSNBC does to mount up some controversy, no one can touch FOX News. Now while this isn’t an endorsement of their rockstar reporting (Megyn Kelly, we’re pointing at you and whitey Santa), we are seeing something different in these numbers most aren’t discussing.

They are all tanking, just a little. And for one very good reason.

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Carson of Downton Abbey Makes a Creepy Santa Claus in Greenpeace PSA


Before you ask: no, Carson will not be replacing Brody on Homeland.

Greenpeace recruited everyone’s favorite sexually repressed butler to spread the message about climate change by posing as Santa and warning that his home in the North Pole will soon disappear (and take Christmas along with it) thanks to the melting of Arctic ice.

As noted on the group’s blog, the campaign includes a “Save Santa’s Home” petition, though you’ll have to forgive us for wondering how giving the org your contact information will help curb climate change. Vladimir Putin isn’t going to listen to Madonna and Jude Law, no matter how many millions of anonymous signers they have behind them.

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PR Challenge: Manage Rob Ford’s Re-Election Campaign

If you can get past Bill Weir’s best Kent Brockman impression, this CNN clip provides an answer to the question “How could anyone still support crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford?”

It seems the theme of his campaign was “I’m not that other dude”, and based on the interviews we just watched, a surprising number of people still agree.

Some re-election slogan ideas:

“Rob Ford: Rock Solid Results”

“Rob Ford: Cracking Down on Government Waste”

“Rob Ford: A Higher Standard”

Apologies to all. Now who could spin a second term for this guy?

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:

The Cost of Plagiarism: Your Credibility

rand-paul-hed-2013Two points from PR and Academics 101: don’t steal stuff—and if you’re going to borrow from someone else, make sure you make it very clear that you did so. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, or whoever writes his speeches and op-eds, didn’t learn either of those lessons, and it’s led to lots of bad press for a guy who would like to be president one day.

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The Dumbing Down of National News

FOX CNN MSNBCAdmittedly, I adore “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. It’s not because I need some Cliffs Notes version of what’s happening in the world around me. I’m a hack-turned-flack. I have a voracious appetite for the media, as should most PR professionals.

Rather, I greatly appreciate this show because they are able to stand on a national platform and give a mighty middle finger to all networks — from the tightest, butt-cheek clinching conservative in FOX News to the uber-leaning forward, bleeding-heart liberal in MSNBC. It’s like the industry in which we find ourselves.

And then there is ridiculous trend CNN is trying to make trend worldwide, as noted below.

Life is more illuminated when you can see it from all sides, not just your propaganda-filled, dimly lit side. Healthy debates, constructive criticism, open conversation — these are aspects of American society that has dumbed down Americans. Why? Those things rarely happen anymore.

It happens in a PR brainstorming with those spiteful Debbie Downers who shoot down ideas before they make it to the whiteboard. It happens in politics, as seen in…well, daily. And now it’s happening on the national news, which is adroitly captured by the genius writers at “The Daily Show.” If this is the future of news, give me the “Good Ol’ Days” anytime.

Enjoy.

Fox News PR Team Planted Fake Story to Discredit Journalist

No, not you...

This week’s story about members of the Fox News PR team posting “sockpuppet” comments in threads on various blogs (like our sister site TVNewser) was big, but this one is far worse: NPR reporter David Folkenflik‘s new book “Murdoch’s World” reports that the team schemed to send a journalist a fake tip in order to discredit him.

Here’s the deal: as Folkenflik tells The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple, the Fox PR team refuses to participate in any story that compares the channel to its competitors in tracking general cable news trends—they don’t even want to acknowledge the existence of CNN or MSNBC.

Crain’s New York Business reporter Matthew Flamm was trying to write a story about how CNN briefly beat Fox in the ratings game in February 2008 when he received this “tip” from an “inside source” at the network:

“FOX PR reps would never confirm this, at least not on the record. But [Bill] O’Reilly, not Brit Hume, will…anchor our texas and ohio primary coverage on Tuesday night. They want to copy the success that MSNBC has had with Olbermann and Matthews anchoring their coverage.”

It sounds like a big deal because, in order to confirm its “fair and balanced” status, Fox maintains a clear wall between “objective” reporters like Hume and opinionators like O’Reilly—and such a move would represent a breach of that wall.

But the story wasn’t true.

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PR Pro Turns a Wedding Ruined by the Shutdown Into a Big Media Win

This week, Joy Miller had a problem: her wedding was scheduled for Sunday at Yosemite National Park, and the government shutdown threatened to ruin everything. We’ll let her explain:


Sounds like a nightmare come true, right?

Enter Lara Miller, a freelance publicist based in San Francisco who handles media pitching for clients at Prosper PR. Joy and Lara have long been best friends, and Lara writes:

“Joy called me on Tuesday in tears.  She could barely get the words out about her wedding. I immediately went in my PR mode, told her not to worry that we WOULD find them a place and that I would get the media to cover it. From there it was a day’s work fielding pitch responses, venue calls, and offers for various services.”

As Joy told us today, “Lara’s been planning the wedding with me for a whole year, and she said ‘Trust me, I’ll make it happen; it’s what I do.’”

Behold the power of the press…

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CNN Cancels Hillary Clinton Biopic

Not impressed.

The minute CNN announced that it would be producing a film version of Hillary Clinton‘s career, critics pounced on the move as evidence of the network spinning its wheels on behalf of the former Secretary of State and all-but-certain presidential candidate. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus went so far as to cite the doc, along with NBC’s planned miniseries, when calling on his party to boycott both networks in 2016 due to “obvious bias.”

Now they might not have that problem. This morning the film’s would-be director Charles Ferguson, best known for his financial industry doc Inside Job, announced via The Huffington Post that the project is officially kaputt. He cited a lack of cooperation on the part of Clinton’s media team as the main reason for his decision.

Seems HC’s publicist phoned the director the day after he signed the contract to ask some probing questions; “media fixer” Philippe Reines followed by grilling various CNN executives about possible “conflicts of interest” on the for-profit movie before leaking his concerns to Politico. No word on whether he told Wolf Blizter to “f*ck off and have a good life.

In short, the team agreed with Reince’s conclusion and vetoed participation in the project in order to minimize the inevitable “lamestream media carries water for Clinton” critiques. The HuffPo story has more salacious details about Ferguson’s meeting with Bill, whom he calls “a really good actor” (that’s not a compliment).

Don’t worry, though: NBC’s miniseries is still on, meaning The Daily Beast will have plenty of time to figure out whether Diane Lane is “too sexy” for the role.

Al-Jazeera Makes the News by Being the Same as Everyone Else

America’s racists are having a tough week. Not only were many of them exposed earlier this week for freaking out on social media after a foreign, brown woman from the dubious nation of New York won the Miss America pageant, but it turns out Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based media juggernaut, is also messing with their bigoted characterizations of other races, religions and cultures.

In fact, the reporters, editors and producers at Al-Jazeera don’t want the death of America any more than CNN, FOX News or MSNBC. Need proof? Check out this report by the Pew Research Center, an independent think tank tasked with monitoring the media. As public relations professionals, we can only ask one question: Where does Al-Jazeera go from here?

What happens when the vilified boogieman turns out to be the affable cat lady? Al-Jazeera has missed a golden PR opportunity to differentiate itself in a meaningful way from the competition. The last thing America media needs now is another CNN, FOX News or MSNBC. Al-Jazeera was supposed to return real American journalism to America, while these other networks festooned with screaming eagles and undulating flags continued to feed the public emotional drivel, intellectual smut and political grab ass. Read more

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