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Senator McConnell’s ‘No Shutdown’ Promise Looks Short-Lived

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Dear America, On second thought… 

There are only a few guarantees in life: death, taxes, gravity, and the fact that politicians will say and do anything for a vote. Many would sell their own mother, but given the fact most of those folks have been on Capitol Hill for more than two decades, mom probably bought the farm a few years back.

Anywho, several politicians have been raising the same old flags of truce and speaking longingly of bipartisanship since the Republican takeover of The Senate a couple of weeks back. Among those spreading the Sister Sledge harmony is the new Lord of the Flies, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), majority leader. Here’s his quote:

“Let me make it clear: There will be no government shutdowns and no default on the national debt.”

Nice for a Kumbaya moment as McConnell stated at the weekly Republican policy luncheon late last week (source). Only one small problem, he has used that line before. Like, last year.

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UPDATE: MSNBC Is Ready for a Rebranding

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It was October 2010 when MSNBC pushed all of its chips to the left side of the aisle with the ad campaign “Lean Forward.

Minneapolis ad agency Mono even procured the talents of Spike Lee to direct the commercial spots announcing the change. A big campaign. A big name. A big change for American network news. It was a gamble that network execs believed would pay off. From Rachel Maddow to Chris Matthews, the network was set to become the antithesis to FOX News.

And then the bloodletting of 2014 happened, causing the network’s president Phil Griffin to reconsider its position. Our sister site TVNewser broke the story yesterday via an internal memo.

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Even Tom Brokaw Has Cell Phone Issues (on Live TV)

brokaw news centerJournalists and PR practitioners alike should be able to name a “Mount Rushmore” of TV anchors.

Names that would adorn the rocks above could include the likes of Murrow, Jennings, Cronkite, Brinkley, Schieffer. One of the heads being engraved would almost certainly be that of Tom Brokaw.

The man epitomizes what it means to not get caught up in the pomp and circumstance of holograms, 36-headed pundit desks, 140-inch monitors, and sweet pyrotechnics.

(In other words, CNN would never hire the guy.)

Yet, the iconic anchorman may need a refresher course on how those newfangled cell phones work. In the below clip from MSNBC’s election coverage, the alarm going off is Mr. Brokaw’s grocery store alert.

#PRFails even happen to the great ones. Buck up, folks who forget to silence that stupid phone during new business pitches…you’re in good company!

To Vote or to Play Halo 4? That is the Question.

Picture this: It’s the morning of Election Day, and young people all over America wait in a long line, falling all over themselves in anticipation. These citizens are eager to commit their time to securing the future of the American people–and perhaps that of the entire human race. Valiantly they prepare to reach the head of the line, take a deep breath, and exercise their rights as free persons to purchase Halo 4 and fight a race of aliens bent on destroying the universe.

Yep. Totally what our forefathers had in mind.

In the last few days you’ve heard a lot about campaign ads swaying (or failing to sway) potential voters, and you’ve probably even seen reports of Hurricane Sandy affecting campaign plans and (possibly) the election itself. But a current poll on video game site IGN got us thinking about a factor we hadn’t previously considered — will the release of Halo 4 on Election Day actually keep loyal gamers from casting their ballots?

The post on IGN reads:

“It’s easy to joke that Halo 4 will disrupt the vote, but because it’s one of the most popular entertainment properties of all time, it’s worth considering it as a serious point of concern. So we want to know: Who are you, are you voting, and is Halo 4 more important to you than the election?”

Good question!

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