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Fox PR Team Plays Auto-Reply Tag with The Washington Post

#NotImpressedHere’s how much we care

This story isn’t particularly revealing, but it is amusing, so here goes

WaPo writer Erik Wemple tried to email Irena Briganti, SVP of media relations at Fox News, with an interview request.

Wemple immediately received an auto-reply instructing him to contact Dana Klinghoffer or Carly Shanahan, two other top names on the Fox PR team. He proceeded to email Klinghoffer, whose auto-reply told him to email Shanahan. Her auto-reply then recommended emailing….wait for it…Klinghoffer.

Oh haha, we get it: you don’t want anyone associated with your operation to talk to Erik Wemple.

All we’re saying is that there are other, more traditional ways to deny media requests. And Fox is all about maintaining traditions, right?

Megyn Kelly Thinks ‘Santa Is White’ Critics Should Learn to Take a ‘Joke’

On Friday night, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly addressed the zero children who watch her 10PM news show to follow up on a controversy she created entirely on her own last week by letting everyone know that Santa and Jesus are white and that’s just the way it is.

Her version of damage control, shared by our sister site TVNewser, confirmed what we all suspected: it was a joke told for the kids, and all those meanies in the media are just using it as an excuse to be such a Regina to Megyn.

Wait, what?

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Tell Us More About How ‘White’ Santa Claus Is, Megyn Kelly

Last night Jon Stewart went off on Fox Newsrising starMegyn Kelly for taking a moment to remind all the 6-year-old news hounds who watch her 10PM show that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white men, and that’s a fact so they should just freaking deal with it.

Jiminy Christmas, what was that all about?

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Bloomberg Will Never, Ever Report on Mike Bloomberg

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“So a priest, a minister and a rabbi walked into a bar…”

We get the whole “avoiding a conflict of interest” thing, but it’s a little tough to report on business without mentioning one of the world’s biggest businessmen, no?

Since its founding in 1990, the Bloomberg media company has held itself to a policy strictly forbidding any coverage of its owner, soon-to-be-ex New York head honcho Michael Bloomberg, beyond “a limited exception for covering Mike’s official actions as New York’s mayor”. This is the equivalent of Fox News refusing to report anything related to Rupert Murdoch, and it’s quite unique among media entities.

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Fired Fox Flack Paid $8M to STFU

BrianLewis1Back in August we reported on the problematic firing of Brian Lewis, head of PR for Fox News and longtime confidante of network chief Roger Ailes. While the storied flack initially had only good things to say about his former employer to sister site TVNewser, the picture quickly got ugly. Lewis hired former Donald Trump attorney Judd Burstein, who earned his pay by uttering this classic line:

“Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.”

We LOL’ed at the use of the man’s name three times in the same sentence.

General consensus held that Ailes suspected Lewis of leaking information to media sources, and today someone actually did leak some inflammatory news to Gawker: seems that Fox paid its former rep a total of $8 million in “hush money” to avoid a costly lawsuit.

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Meet The Pope’s PR ‘Guru’

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That Pope Francis is really something. He’s been a bouncer, a spy, a researcher, a damage control specialist and a living, breathing public relations case study who has so far been incredibly successful at improving his organization’s standing with the general public.

But what about the people behind him?

We missed the Vice and Daily Mail profiles of Vatican “marketing mastermind” Greg Burke last month, but the story is every bit as relevant and fascinating today.

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Colbert’s Twitter Bot Mocks Fox PR ‘Socks’

Last week, a staff writer on The Colbert Report created a Twitter feed automated to turn others’ messages into tweets celebrating Fox News with the hashtag #PraiseFOX by replacing words with the names of Fox shows and hosts.

It’s a satirical play on Fox PR’s “sockpuppet” habit and BuzzFeed’s @horse_ebooks, and while WaPo‘s Erik Wemple is kind of right to say “the explanation is a doozy“, you’ll get it:

Maybe we’re just easy to impress because we’re not programmers, but there’s a new tweet every two minutes and some of the backhanded compliments are gold:

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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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Fox News’ Massive New Touch Screens Aren’t Helping, You Guys

When we first saw images of Fox News‘ new, comically outsized touchscreen doohickeys, we thought “What a great way to counteract the perception that you’re a network catering to senior citizens frightened by technological, cultural and political change!” But it was probably more about intra-network jousting, like “We’ll see your fake holograms and raise you two dozen supersized iPads, CNN!”

Then we watched this Shep Smith video, which we can summarize as such: “These things are really freaking cool. Just trust us like you always have and will.”

For real though: Fox’s tech “revolution” involves little more than testing its theory that more gadgets equals more accurate news. Imagine how much smoother the 2012 election coverage would have been with these BATs (Big Area Touchscreens)! And who would ever make fun of a name like that?

We would ask various members of The Media what they think, and yesterday people who are more clever than us came up with plenty of related memes, but this is the only tweet you need to see:

Paul Reubens, tech visionary. And to all those who doubt him, Shep Smith has one question: “Have you watched the True Blood on a 55-incher?!”

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