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Gawker Finally Asks Whether ‘PR People Deserve Our Sympathy’

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Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan–who joined the outlet after a stint as a reporter at PR Week–has some opinions about the communications industry. Some “unvarnished (and sometimes mean)” opinions.

Today Nolan makes his perspective on the practice clearer than before. His post asks the headlining question in response to a story in proletarian pub Jacobin arguing that some journalists’ tendency to hate on PR is both a class and gender issue and that writers should be more sympathetic regarding the work that professional communicators do.

His basic conclusion:

“Do PR people deserve our sympathy? Yes. Does the PR industry deserve our sympathy? No. “

There’s more if you want to take your bitter, bitter medicine.

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Target CMO’s Response to Gawker: #PRWin?

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In case you missed it, this week Target‘s CMO Jeff Jones took the (relatively) bold step of responding directly to an anonymous employee’s complaint that scored coverage on Gawker, that bastion of objective reporting on the business world.

He did it in a LinkedIn “influencer” post with the blunt title “The Truth Hurts“, and it got a lot of attention: a quarter of a million views and several thousand likes/shares.

In an interview with AdAge that went live last night, he explained why he decided to address the problem in this way–which gives us an opportunity ask whether the strategy worked.

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It’s Official: Bloggers Are ‘Journalists’ Too

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Today seems to be both Good Friday and “News About the State of Journalism Day”, so here’s another revelation that shouldn’t surprise you: bloggers are now journalists too–at least in the eyes of the law.

Since the story in question occurred in the state of Florida, also known as the source for 95% of Gawker’s traffic, the details are a little weird.

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THR ‘Most Powerful’ List Reflects New Media’s Influence

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The Hollywood Reporter just released its annual “most powerful people in New York media” list, and the most surprising thing about it is how unsurprising the new listings are.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg provides the story’s lede–and while the piece mentions the expansion of Bloomberg TV and Businessweek, everyone knows that it’s still all about those terminals.

The big news, though, is the addition of the names you’ve come to know from the digital side.

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Can HBO’s Silicon Valley Improve Silicon Valley’s Reputation?

Yesterday HBO debuted the trailer for Mike Judge‘s sitcom Silicon Valley.

Looks like a Big Bang Theory/Workaholics mash-up: they’re nerds, but they aren’t one-dimensional punchlines; they’re Millennials, but they don’t spend all their time figuring out how they can manage to do less work.

In an amazing coincidence, Napster/Facebook guy Sean “Don’t Call Me Justin” Parker used the same weekend to offer a pitch-perfect demonstration of why SV may want to update its operating system.

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Valentino PR Apologizes for Using Pics from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Wake

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When a Page Six headline calls you “appalling”, it may be time to think about what you’ve done.

Unfortunately, fashion PR is to blame for the most classless response to Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s death; not one but two big-name brands used the actor’s recent New York wake as an chance to promote their own products.

We hoped Gawker‘s “Fashion Label Uses Wake As PR Opp” headline was just more clickbait, but a “celebrity relations manager” at Valentino did indeed spam journalists with pictures of Amy Adams carrying one of the brand’s bags to Hoffman’s ceremony last week in Manhattan (along with an official promo for the bag).

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McDonald’s Canada Has No Pink Slime to Show You

Question: why is McDonald’s so much better at corporate reputation in Canada than in the States?

Last summer we finally stumbled across that behind-the-scenes “here’s why our food looks so much better in the ads” clip, and this week our beefy friends up north responded to the infamous “pink goo” image you see floating around the Internet with this “how we make Chicken McNuggets” spot, which aired during the Super Bowl.

The clip’s been making the rounds online today, and some bloggers remain critical.

Yes, it’s still true that those McNuggets contain things like “dimethylpolysiloxane” (an “anti-foaming agent used in Silly Putty”) and a “petroleum-based preservative” known as THBQ. Studies have determined that the breasts usually aren’t anywhere near as clean as the ones you see in the video either, thanks to the inclusion of “fat, blood vessels, nerves, cartilage, and bone.”

Lots of qualifiers there, and the clip doesn’t make us want to venture into our local McDonald’s. But there’s still a whole lot more transparency in that ad than, say, the one comparing a gold medal to a McNugget.

[H/T Gawker]

Super Bowl XLVIII’s Biggest Loser: New Jersey Transit

One name that definitely didn’t get any good press last night: New Jersey Transit.

Most who regularly commute to the city know the horrors of Penn Station at rush hour. We like to call it a Seventh Circle filled with exhausted professionals boarding standing-room only trains, desperate to return to the relative calm of the suburbs.

Yesterday the service shattered previous records as more than 30,000 people used the system. Most of them did not have a good experience, with delays of up to 90 minutes inspiring many social media complaints and even more creative curse words. Several fans collapsed. We’ll let the riders themselves tell you more:

This morning Gawker and other outlets collected some of the most horrific images—and they’ll make you thankful that you weren’t anywhere near MetLife stadium last night.

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Office Max Fails on ‘Daughter Killed in Car Crash’ Story

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We know you heard about this corporate comms nightmare: Gawker, BuzzFeed, Forbes and pretty much every other blog ran stories about the fact that Office Max’s sales department sent a solicitation letter/coupon to a man whose daughter was killed in a crash last year with the recipient listed as “daughter killed in car crash.”

This incident was, of course, a mistake (though we have to wonder why anyone would think to enter that text into a contact database).

The real story here is how Office Max screwed up the damage control response by blaming it on “big data.”

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CNN Correspondent Was Totally (Not) High During Pot Report

We’re pretty sure Randi Kaye was just feeling the crowd’s vibe after those tacos, and Wiki Answers tells us there’s no such thing as a “contact high”—but Anderson Cooper couldn’t stop smiling.

Legal marijuana may yet become America’s next great industry (color us skeptical), but if you watch the whole segment we think you’ll agree: the business at large needs some more credible spokespeople before it can convince bankers to handle its money.

Small steps.

(H/T Gawker)

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