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In Political Animals, Dysfunctional Family, Media Relations, but Well Behaved Secret Service Agents

Complex media relations and family sagas are among the key story lines in Political Animals, a mini-series that debuted last night on USA Network. PRNewser covered the the star-studded premiere party late last month at the Morgan Library in New York.

While much has been written about how Political Animals’ plot draws directly from the Clinton era, there are also passing references to the Kennedy, Bush and Cheney families. The show features Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond, the former first lady and unsuccessful presidential candidate who now serves as Secretary of State, Ellen Burstyn (right) as her tough-talking mother, and Ciaran Hinds as a philandering ex-President and yes, now Elaine’s ex-husband.

Carla Gugino plays a Washington reporter who uncovers the secrets of the Hammonds, a familiar former first family.

The new series continues a season of fresh comedy, drama and melodrama centered on the media business and politics that started with Veep and The Newsroom. Common elements include dynamic roles and snappy dialogue (and in the case of Veep, profanity) for the leading female characters.

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Madam Secretary Responds with LOLZ to ‘Texts from Hillary’

In just a week, the “Texts from Hillary” Tumblr has released a wave of pent-up demand for the “badass cool” of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Proving her camp knows how to handle a social media alley-oop, a staffer reached out to blog’s creators Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith to arrange a quick meeting and photo opp. Each received copies of Clinton’s own TfH submission signed, “Thanks for the many LOLZ”.

And that’s how you handle parodies and spoofs.  For more on the political ramifications of Clinton’s favorability rating and new-found cool, see Talking Points Memo.

Women Ask Subaru to Ship Out of Saudi Arabia

Photo: AFP

We’ve written before about the efforts of Saudi Arabian women to drive – and the Saudi government’s efforts to put the brakes on their campaign.

Today, the activist group Saudi Women for Driving tried another tactic: In a petition posted on U.S.-based social-activism site, the coalition called on Subaru to pull out of the kingdom until the driving ban is lifted.

In sort of an off-handed compliment, the petition explained that Subaru was the first carmarker targeted directly because the company was “progressive” and “loves selling cars to women.”

And yet. Cash and oil may flow in Saudi Arabia, but women aren’t allowed to drive. ”A big company like Subaru pulling out could help change our country forever,” the group said.

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Rep. Weiner Admits He Lied During the Wackiest Presser Ever

In keeping with the way this screwball scandal has played out over the past week, Rep. Anthony Weiner held perhaps the strangest press conference ever.

The gist of the presser was Rep. Weiner admitting that he did, in fact, send the now-infamous crotch pic, but had intended for it to be a direct message. Once he realized the error, he says he took down the photo and came up with the hacking story. After admitting to the lie, he issued a teary apology to everyone, especially his wife, Huma Abedin, who is an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Moreover, as it turns out, Weiner said he’d engaged in online exchanges with a number of women, though he said he’s never met any of them and much of it was before he was married.

But before all of that could happen, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart took the stage, leaving many people to wonder across Twitter whether he’d hijacked the press conference.

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Roll Call: True Religion, Dewey Square, R/GA, and More

Denim company True Religion Apparel has a new VP of brand strategy, marketing, and PR. Jordan Daly has joined the company, and will be managing brand positioning, campaigns, special events, and other areas of the marcomms effort on a global scale. Previously, Daly was the VP of PR in the Americas for Burberry.

Joe Eyer has been named director of The Dewey Square Group‘s new director of grassroots. Eyer has been with the firm for six years and was previously a principal in the group. The division also has two new principals. Tracey Lewis was the New Hampshire field director for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential run and the general election director for President Obama’s New Hampshire campaign. And Jonathan Drobis, who has worked on a number of political campaigns, including President Obama’s and AG Jack Conway‘s campaign for Senate in Kentucky.

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Ogilvy PR CEO Graves: PR Can Play a Role in Framing U.S.-China Issues

Photo: AP, Vincent Yu

Ogilvy PR‘s China practice has partnered with the Center on U.S-China Relations at the Asia Society, the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and The Monitor Group to present and promote a new study “An American Open Door? Maximizing the Benefits of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment.” The report takes a look at the opportunities that could be missed if relations between the U.S. and China don’t thaw.

“We estimate that Chinese firms will place some $1 trillion to $2 trillion in direct investments around the world over the coming decade,” the study’s authors Daniel Rosen and Thilo Hanemann say in a press release. But the frosty American response to Chinese interest and a lack of corporate governance in China could derail any prospects for doing business.

Christopher Graves, global CEO of Ogilvy PR, told us this is a “wonderful report for the communications industry in general and PR specifically.”

“It’s about how are you going to frame this issue,” he said.

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Help Pay Off Hillary’s Debt and Win A Trip with a Clinton

Hillary Clinton still owes Mark Penn $479,000 from her presidential run, according to paperwork submitted to the Federal Election Commission. So to pay that back, her hubby Bill has a fundraising pitch: donate $5 or more by Thursday, December 16 and you could win a trip to NYC for a visit with the former President, USA Today reports.

He has done this before and, according to the story, enjoyed it in the past. But no word on how much money this has raised previously.

Bill Clinton Raising Cash On Behalf of Hillary to Pay Off Mark Penn


The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign still owes Burson-Marsteller CEO Mark Penn money.

And now Bill Clinton is getting in on the act to help pay off the debt.

In an email to supporters to drum up donations this week, Clinton says, “Hillary’s campaign still has a few vestiges of debt that I know she would like to see paid in full,” adding, “And yes, she still needs your help. That’s why we’re going to choose one supporter who enters between now and May 18th and fly them and a guest to New York, where they’ll spend a day with me.”

For the record, all of Hillary Clinton’s remaining debt — $771,000 — is owed to Penn’s firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland Assoc. LLC.

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: Media Beat interview with Matthew Hiltzik

On the Podcast: Healthcare reform, Mark Cuban, Tiger & Fleischer

On this week’s PRNewser Podcast, we discussed healthcare reform, the media, and its surrogates with Flatiron Communications owner and The Flack blogger Peter Himler.


Himler likes Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Alan Grayson, (D-FL), while I like Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Himler believes Nancy Pelosi needs to adopt more of a “Hillary Clinton scowl” and lose the smile.

We also covered Mark Cuban‘s beef with his PR firm, Tiger Woods parting ways with Ari Fleischer, and the benefits of small firms and big firms.