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George W. Bush Wants to Help Convert All the Jews

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Say you’re an organization with a mission that might strike some (note that we said “some”) as…unusual. Provocative. Offensive, even. Who do you choose as a respectable public figure to help you raise money and get your message out there?

For the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, that person is former President George W. Bush. Keep in mind: the purpose of this organization is, in its own words, to “[help] educate Christians in their role to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy and thus save some of them.”

That’s an unusually blunt SOP, no?

It should be pretty obvious how this story relates to PR, and we’re far less interested in the politics than the optics and the underlying strategy.

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No, The History Channel Did Not Want Satan to Look Like President Obama

Media relations in the Internet age is a funny thing, isn’t it? Today representatives from The History Channel and the producers of its extremely successful series The Bible had to reach out to various media outlets in order to clarify that they did not intend to cast a Barack Obama lookalike as Satan. Yes, you read that right.

We’re not exactly sure how this crazy rumor managed to spread (we’re looking at you, Glenn Beck), but today producer Mark Burnett, the man behind such reality hits as Celebrity Apprentice and Sarah Palin’s Alaska, had to issue a statement labeling this latest wave of short-term paranoia “utter nonsense” while the channel’s spokesperson assured the public that “The History Channel has the highest respect for President Obama.”

Of course Burnett is right, but this is the world of crazy Internet rumors that spread like wildfire no matter how reliable they may or may not be. We don’t really get it, because when we saw this picture our first thought was “Middle Eastern Obi Wan Kenobi.”

We will say one thing, though: somebody needs some moisturizer.

Glenn Beck Sells Blue Jeans Now

When we last made a list of celebrities who really need to start their own clothing lines (because these are things we do), we didn’t really think to include former talk show host and Mediabistro friend Glenn Beck. We just never really thought of fashion as his most passionate cause, you know?

Yet Beck, who obviously values independence and self-sufficiency above all other things, took a bold step in responding his distaste for the actions of the nation’s leading denim brand: he founded his own blue jean company.

Here’s the deal: In 2011, Levi’s ran a series of pretentious ads featuring a vague “personal revolution” theme with some hippie-ish imagery over poetry by classic optimist Charles Bukowski.

We can’t see much of a clear political agenda in these commercials; we’re not quite sure what they’re all about, to be honest. But Beck didn’t approve of Levi’s using “global revolutions and progressivism to sell their products”, so he took things into his own hands—not by leading some sort of futile boycott, but by introducing the world to the 1791 denim brand (named for the year in which Congress ratified the Bill of Rights, of course).

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Dish Network Wants Glenn Beck to Punch Eliot Spitzer

Dish Network has gone all out in an effort to promote its new offerings to American cable cutters—and to distract the public from the ongoing PR problems stemming from its controversial “Auto-hop” commercial skipping technology and its and its decision to drop AMC.

Today in New York, Dish held a “news conference” that involved former New York governor/TV host Eliot Spitzer, pundit Glenn Beck and legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer–and turned out to be a bizarre fake “fight” between the two TV personalities. Why did this happen? Because Spitzer hosts a show on Current TV, a channel carried by Dish–and the provider recently announced that it has given Beck a chance to turn his website, The Blaze, into an entire channel filled with original content (we assume there will be chalkboards).

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Revolving Door: ‘The Newsroom’ debuts, More on Ann Curry

The media has been very busy weighing in with their reviews of the new Aaron Sorkin HBO program The Newsroom. HBO, in line with its promotions for Girls and other programming this season, has made the debut episode available to all on YouTube. The show has already debuted with 2.1 million viewers.

Word on the street is Ann Curry is set to receive $10 million to vacate her post at Today. ICYMI, The New York Times published a professional profile of Curry and her time with the show. And over on TVSpy, they’ve conducted an informal poll and determined that Natalie Morales is the preferred replacement (among TVSpy readers).

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Glenn Beck: Has Everyone Dulled to His Edge?

Glenn Beck‘s ascension in the talk radio and TV news stratosphere had a pulpy blend of polarization, right wing Muscle Milk, and a pint of vitriolic I.P.A. The longer Beck stuck his neck out the more feathers he ruffled; the more feathers he ruffled the more people watched; and the more people watched the more he stuck his neck out.

Yet here we are today wondering if the future of Glenn Beck is simply a dark abyss. There are reports that since last summer, Beck has lost a third of his audience, or in more dramatic math, a million viewers. Granted, Beck is still drawing a would-be healthy two-million viewers. MSNBC and CNN might consider hiring Charlie Sheen as a political pundit to achieve those numbers at 5p.m. on a weeknight.

But even the great right-winged typewriter of Bill Kristol has been keystroking some seriously questionable thoughts about Glenn Beck and questioning Beck’s journalistic integrity.

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Matthew Hiltzik: Goldman Sachs Should Lay Low

Matthew Hiltzik, CEO of public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies, spoke with Bloomberg Television today about Goldman Sachs’ PR strategy in the wake of an SEC investigation. Hiltzik represents Katie Couric, Don Imus, Glenn Beck and has worked with Hillary Clinton.

Hiltzik’s advice to Goldman Sachs:

The most important thing is to recognize what audiences you’re trying to reach. So you can break it down into their employees, is one key, the second one is within the financial world, and the third one would be the general public and elected officials.

On whether Goldman has been successful, thus far, in addressing the public:

Well I think we also have to consider what the right time is to be going out more publicly. When you’re looking at a week where you have the charges and then you have very strong earnings and then you have the President about to give a speech in New York in a couple of days, that’s not the exactly the best environment to be going out publically and discussing things.

Sometimes you end up feeding the controversy it ends up lasting longer and the intensity of it becomes much stronger as opposed to laying low for a little bit, and taking care and trying to build other constituencies potentially to work with you for more sensible reform then perhaps what people in Washington are trying to push now.

RELATED: mediabistro.com Media Beat interview with Matthew Hiltzik

Matthew Hiltzik on How to Pitch Yourself at an Interview, and Other PR Trends

In part three of our interview with Hiltzik Strategies founder Matthew Hiltzik, we talk about agency vs. in house PR, Hiltzik’s biggest PR mentors, and how PR professionals should pitch themselves during interviews.

“Don’t look at your resume as very linear…it’s more about in terms of the type of skills and the type of experiences and the type of capabilities you have as a result, where then it’s almost secondary about where you did them, it’s more about what you did,” he said.

Part I: Hiltzik talks about representing some of the biggest names in media, including Katie Couric, Glenn Beck, Don Imus and Alec Baldwin.

Part II: Hiltzik discusses Toyota’s crisis communications strategy, media polarization and more

Media Beat is mediabistro.com’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at MediaBeat.com.

Media Beat: Matthew Hiltzik Talks Toyota, Media Polarization and More

PRNewser sits down with Hiltzik Strategies founder Matthew Hiltzik for part two of the latest interview in our mediabistro.com Media Beat series.

In this segment, we talk about a number of recent PR issues, including Toyota’s communications strategy in regards to their recent recall. “It does sort of seem that Toyota sat on this hoping it would go away,” Hiltzik said.

We also talk about the new, more social and digital news environment, and if that leads to a more polarized public. “When you had fewer choices you had a better chance of both sides being represented, and I think there is a danger in society if people are only establishing certain viewpoints earlier and then sticking with them,” said Hiltzik in regards to that topic.

Part 1: Hiltzik talks about representing some of the biggest names in media, including Katie Couric, Glenn Beck, Don Imus and Alec Baldwin.

Part 3: Hiltzik discusses the changing PR industry, his own background and mentors, and what he looks for in new hires.

Media Beat is mediabistro.com’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at MediaBeat.com.

Media Beat: Matthew Hiltzik On Representing Some of the Biggest Names in Media

PRNewser sits down with Hiltzik Strategies founder Matthew Hiltzik for the latest interview in our mediabistro.com Media Beat series. Hiltzik has spent time working with the brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein at Miramax. He also worked with Hillary Clinton‘s senate campaign in 2000, among other political work.

More recently, Hiltzik formed his own aforementioned agency, which handles some of the biggest names in media, including Katie Couric, Glenn Beck, Don Imus and Alec Baldwin.

We asked Hiltzik about representing a controversial, and popular client like Beck. “Glenn is someone I’ve known for a very long time, and I’m comfortable with my clients,” he said.

Part 2: Matthew Hiltzik Talks Toyota, Media Polarization
Part 3: Matthew Hiltzik on Representing Some of the Biggest Names in Media

Media Beat is mediabistro.com’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at MediaBeat.com.

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