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Roll Call: Elisabeth Murdoch, Saatchi & Saatchi, MMW, and More

Esmeralda Diaz Cameron, acting communications director for Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, NJ, has given her two weeks notice. She is reportedly leaving the Brick City for a job with a Fortune 30 company. She has said of the move: “The past four years have been a rewarding experience and I am proud to have been part of the historic achievements that are part of the city’s urban transformation under Mayor Booker’s leadership.”

Natalia Schultz has been named executive vice president, chief talent officer of the Americas, at Saatchi & Saatchi. She had been executive vice president, chief talent and development officer, at Grey. (AgencySpy)

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News Corp. Response Missteps Are Adding Up

Rebekah Brooks has resigned.

News Corp.‘s troubles related to the ongoing investigation into phone-hacking allegations continue to mount. The company’s response to the crisis can now be added to the list of problems.

Rupert Murdoch finally decided to make public comments about the situation, to his own newspaper The Wall Street Journal, of course. Among his thoughts: News Corp. has handled the scandal “extremely well in every way possible”; the negative media is making him “annoyed”; and he defended the speed of his son James’ reaction to the scandal, which has been percolating for years.

The article makes it sound like Murdoch is wearing a set of blinders big enough to block sunlight entirely.

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Elisabeth Murdoch: Husband Matthew Freud Had ‘Gone Rogue’ With Fox News Assault

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This past January, the “PR shot heard around the world,” in media circles, at least, was Matthew Freud attack on Fox News Founder and Chairman Roger Ailes in a profile piece on Ailes in The New York Times.

The quote: “I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes‘s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to.”

After the fact, it was Freud’s wife, Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of Rupert, who did some of the damage control.

In an interview with The Guardian, Murdoch said wrote an email to Ailes in which she said Freud had “gone rogue” with the comment. She continued: “I don’t agree with everything in the political commentary but I’m a very big supporter of the achievements you’ve had.”

Ailes Bites Back: Freud ‘Needs to See a Psychiatrist’

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Fox News Founder and Chairman Roger Ailes has shot back at PR executive Matthew Freud, husband of Rupert Murdoch‘s daughter Elisabeth, after Freud said in a New York Times profile piece highlighting Ailes’ accomplishments at Fox News that he is “ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes‘s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards…”

Of course, that set off a mini-firestorm in the media world, with allegations that Murdoch’s family is trying to push Ailes out of News Corp. and that his job could be in jeopardy. Both Elisabeth Murdoch and James Murdoch have since reached out to Ailes, according to the LA Times.

Ailes joked that Freud, who is a descendant of Sigmund Freud, “needs to see a psychiatrist.”

Interestingly, some of the most “pro-Freud” commentary on the matter comes from The Daily Beast, a publication which Freud once counted as a client. Freud also represents Fox News competitor CNN.

Based on the LA Times story — which contains strong support for Ailes from News Corp. deputy chairman Chase Carey — and a conversation PRNewser had with a source close to the matter, it is evident that clearly some Murdoch family members want Ailes out, but rumors of his job not being secure are greatly exaggerated.

Our source told us that because Fox News has “real clout,” the Murdoch kids “are intimidated by that” and “want [Ailes] out because of his success.” Now, the “loyal opposition has a voice,” and “this is all about positioning to Rupert as opposed to Ailes.”

The “feud” also involves one of PR’s most powerful agencies, Rubenstein, who represents News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch personally, as well as the News Corp.-owned New York Post.

With the opening shot fired, and the rebuttal now in place, we’ll be keeping an eye on who makes the next move.