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Would ‘Debt Super Committee’ Transparency Be a Bad Thing?

Sen. John Kerry is among those who have been appointed to the debt supercommittee. Photo: File photo / Associated Press

Nine of the 12 “debt super committee” members have been chosen, with House Speaker John Boehner selecting three fellow Republicans to join the other six members chosen by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Only House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has yet to make her selections.

Rep. Pelosi has asked for transparency during the super committee process, calling for sessions to be made public for visitors and available to watch online. Speaker Boehner and other organizations have made the same request.

However, The Atlantic says this could be a bad thing.

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Roll Call: Ogilvy, Sen. Harry Reid’s Office, & Stanton

VA-based O'Keeffe & Company celebrated its 14th anniversary by giving away a car.

Ogilvy PR has added four execs to its staff. Pam Montagno is a VP and healthcare specialist who joins from Global Perspective, a healthcare and tech firm, where she was president of communication. Jenny Braga joins as a VP from GolinHarris, where she was also a VP working with clients like Dow Microbial Control and McDonald’s. She’s bringing tech experience to the firm. Nicole Schoenberg is now a VP at Ogilvy as well. She joins from Fleishman-Hillard, where she was a VP in the financial comms practice working with clients like Aviva USA. And Maury Postal is now part of Ogilvy’s 360° Digital Influence as digital experience director. He comes from Young & Rubicam where he was an integrated platform specialist.

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Firm Fires Back At Blogger Allegations Over Manning Rally Press Release

This week, a press release was issued (text after the jump) with details about a rally planned for March 20 in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning. Manning is being held on a Marine Corps base in Quantico, V.A. on charges that he’s responsible for turning over classified information to Wikileaks. He’s been held since July, and some have called into question his treatment while in custody, saying that Manning has been abused. State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley resigned from his post last week over his criticism of the way Manning is being held.

Pfc. Bradley Manning. Photo: Associated Press

In a blog post on Monday, Susan Katz Keating,  a former Washington Times reporter, author, and blogger, accuses FitzGibbon Media of lying in the aforementioned release. FitzGibbon specializes in PR focused on issues like human rights and nuclear proliferation. Among the clients listed on the firm’s website are The National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, MoveOn, Pearl Jam, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

In a post titled “Bradley Manning P.R. Flak Admits Deliberate Lie; Refuses to Correct Deceptive Press Release,” she says Manning’s treatment is based on his threats of suicide, and provides what she says is a transcript of a conversation she had with FitzGibbons principal Naomi Seligman. You can read the post here.

We contacted Seligman for a response.

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Schumer Taking a Lead Messaging Role

Newly re-elected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has appointed Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY) to a leadership position that links the Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Democratic Communications Center. Politico reports that it received a letter detailing this and other changes to Senate leadership. In the letter, Reid says the party needs to “better integrate our legislative- and message-crafting functions into a coordinated nucleus managing policy, press and politics.”

In the letter, which is also available on the New York Daily News site, Reid also praises Schumer’s “communications abilities and tactical skills.”

[Image via New York Daily News.]

White House Comment on Midterms Will Come at 1p.m. ET

After losing the House of Representatives but holding on to the Senate in the midterm elections yesterday, White House officials are carefully choosing their words and how they will frame the results.

The White House communications staff will stay silent, Politico reports, and President Obama will issue the first official comments at a 1p.m. ET press conference today. Meanwhile, the White House blog has not posted anything in reaction to the midterm results.

That doesn’t mean top officials from both parties haven’t already begun the spin game. A round up of commentary after the jump. Read more

Nevada Senate Candidate Invites Media to Press Conference; Ignores Them

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Local media are scratching their heads after Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle invited them to a press conference, but refused to even acknowledge their presence when they tried to ask her questions after the event ended.

Angle, who is looking to defeat Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, has been avoiding the media for weeks. The New York TimesBrian Stelter traveled to Nevada several weeks ago to dig deeper into the story.

“I can’t remember a time that we’ve ever had trouble with interviews,” Mary Beth Farrell, the news director at KRNV, the local NBC affiliate told Stelter. “Especially with people running for office – they usually beat our door down.”

Angle has granted several interviews to what some may call media outlets who could be more sympathetic to her campaign, however, the frequency in which she gives interviews or answers any questions from the media is well below what is considered normal for a Senate candidate.

Some have asked if Angle’s tactic of avoiding the media, or controlling her interviews to a few outlets and delivering messaging via social media channels can work. What do you think?

‘Game Change’ PR Surge Continues

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“Game Change” doesn’t just sizzle, it’s sizzle-mean. Subtitled “Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the race of a lifetime” the book by TIME‘s Mark Halperin and New York‘s John Heilemann is running the table with a roll-out of very damaging, and blog-able anecdotes from the 2008 presidential campaign trail.

Yet the real story is what “Game Change” reveals about the modern Washington press corps, the debate of which should keep the book on the bestseller list for awhile.

HarperCollins farmed out some of the PR work to Kate Pruss Pinnick of the book specialist firm Shreve Williams.

More after the jump.

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