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Thank God Hillary Clinton’s ‘Book Tour’ Is Over

In case you missed it, Hillary Clinton appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday to “talk about her new book,” Hard Choices.

“No one cares” about the book, Stewart said. “They just want to know if you’re running for president.”

Talk about the elephant in the room—he must be tired after making appearances at every stop on Clinton’s book publicity campaign. Read more

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Stephen Colbert finds his ‘Report’ in Twitter Trouble

Without question, Stephen Colbert is a juggernaut of political hijinks and online shenanigans. Much like his progenitor, the great Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” fame on Comedy Central, Colbert has become a political hack (slash) phenom because of his hilarious takes on boring and mundane political issues.

Only now, he is finding there is a wall to some humor and it appears that Colbert may have just ran smack dab into it. In fact, he even took to Twitter to apologize for the now deleted tweet that has gone viral. Twice.

So, what happened? Glad you asked…

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Bad News for Chicago: Chefs Agree Your ‘Pizza’ Sucks

chicago pizza

Yeah. It’s called soup. 

If I am a connoisseur in anything, other than PR listicles, talking baseball, and picking out women’s perfume (it’s a gift…sue me), it would be pizza. I am a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (although a skosh past puberty now). I adore pizza, from pan to hand-tossed, New York style to Texas style (jalapenos, if you’re wondering). If it’s pizza, I’m so there.

Unless it’s Chicago Deep Dish style. Some people think I’m an idiot for that stance but if I need a spoon and a fork to eat it, that’s a different meal entirely. And now, some serious chefs agree. Bad PR alert for the Windy City coming in … 3 … 2 … 1 …

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Kraft Confirms Velveeta Shortage as Super Bowl Approaches (The Horror!)

2D11086829-shotofvelveeta.blocks_desktop_largeRemember that time Starbucks ran out of pumpkin-flavored syrup at the height of autumnal mania, and all hell broke loose? Well, imagine a similar scenario, except instead of coffee-seeking young professionals and hipsters, the angry mob in desperate search for seasonal foodstuffs is a rowdy group of football fans. With a just-confirmed shortage of Velveeta right before the Super Bowl, this doomsday situation could be looming in our imminent future.

At first, like all rumors of impending catastrophe (global warming, anyone?), the general public assumed it was some sort of media-hyped panic or marketing ploy. But, oh, how tragically wrong we were.

Earlier this fall, Kraft sent NBC News two different memos warning that customers should be prepared for limited supplies of Velveeta in the coming months. “We have recently moved our Velveeta production lines from one Plant to another Plant this summer,” read one. “During this transition we have run into production challenges.”

Just a way for the company to get people to run out and stock up on over-processed “cheese product,” right? Wrong!

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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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PR Challenge: What Should the World’s Ugliest Animal Do Now?

This week the Ugly Animal Preservation Society announced that the blobfish has officially won the title of being the ugliest animal on the planet. This, of course, is not good news for any living creature—especially one that is endangered not because it is edible and delicious, but because it is brutally scooped up in huge trawling nets and discarded as worthless bycatch.

As PR professionals, there must be something we can do to help. This loveable monstrosity must continue to exist on earth and gross out our children and grandchildren for generations to come. Certainly, there must be something we can do. PR experts run towards these sorts of challenges, not shy away from them.

So, should the blobfish hit the talk show circuit and appear on The View, next to David Letterman, and beside Jon Stewart and plead its case to the public? Will the public ever accept the blobfish, rally around its plight and take action to guarantee its safety? After all, its not like the blobfish has been publicly derailed by a drug conviction, sex scandal or money laundering scheme. It’s one and only crime is that it is ugly.

As PR professionals, what advice would you give the blobfish that might save its very existence on earth? Should the blobfish publicly apologize for being ugly? Should the blobfish adopt a baby clownfish—everyone loves those from Finding Nemo? Or should the blobfish lay low and disappear for a while, fade from public view and hope for the best?

What advice would you give the blobfish?

5 Tips for Keeping Your Message Clear and On-Point

“If you have to backtrack, you need to ask yourself, why did you put it out there in the first place?” That’s what Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, would like to know. She was speaking about being funny on Twitter at an event last month, but her question addresses a broader issue: more celebrities and brands have had to backtrack recently after making controversial comments on various media platforms.

We’re referring to statements or tweets that veer off message, not major blunders that require full-scale apology tours. These foot-in-mouth comments and retractions occur so frequently that the Plain English Campaign established a Foot in Mouth award to highlight “a baffling comment by a public figure”. Mitt Romney lost his presidential bid, but he won the award last year.

With so much material to choose from, we took a closer look to better understand the dynamics. The selected faux pas highlighted below serve as cautionary tales of how easy it is for messages to go awry and reminders to avoid that happening.

1. Being too authentic can cause real trouble. Former Boston Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis, acquired by the Yankees during the off-season, said “I’ll always be a Red Sock” during an early spring training interview. It’s clear that he meant what he said, since he has strong Boston ties. (New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is his brother-in-law). Youkilis’ problem was speaking his true feelings without first hitting the pause button to consider his new team’s reaction.

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Jon Stewart Clips Secretaries Gibbs & McLellan, Begrudgingly Respects Fleischer

Breaking news: Political spokesmen sometimes bend the truth! Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart devoted six minutes to shooting those messenger(s). Stewart lambasted Barack Obama’s first press secretary Robert Gibbs for the way he came clean, during his new gig as an MSNBC analyst, on his stonewalling two-step over the administration’s use of remote drones to kill suspected terrorists.

Stewart compared the glib Gibbs with the seemingly emotionally damaged Scott McClellan, George W. Bush’s second spokesman, concluding that neither are any good at protecting the POTUS in their respective retirements. “Either way, secrets spilled,” Stewart finds. “What you need is a jaded believer. Boom.”

When McClellan came out with his admissions of lying, guess which Bush surrogate went after him? Boom, Ari Fleischer.

‘The Daily Show’ Explains Political PR: Lie and Lie Again!

The correspondents at The Daily Show have some…unflattering opinions of the famous “spin doctors” who handle PR for political figures (and spend most of their waking lives trying to put a positive angle on every story or press mention). It would seem that these well-paid professionals also happen to be cynical, dishonest and, well, evil.

We’d like to argue against the mean stereotypes discussed in this clip, but we don’t have any real-world counter-examples handy. Help us out, PR pros: surely spin doctors occasionally take the opportunity to smile at a child or pet a puppy, no?

On a side note, we do enjoy John Oliver’s obvious love of the word “balls.”

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