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Reputation Experts Negative on Tiger Woods Presser

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Crisis and reputation PR experts believe the Tiger Woods presser was ineffective this morning, if you could call it a press conference. Only the three wire services were able to be on-site. As we mentioned this morning, the Golf Writers of America voted unanimously to boycott Woods’ statement reading unless it is opened to all accredited media.

The star golfer was stiff, over rehearsed, though he did finally frame the conversation–three months too late. Though anyone could have predicted he’d avoid the details of the actual incident that occurred on Thanksgiving night, no answers were given except a staunchly worded defense of his wife Elin Nordegren on domestic violence questions. He did apologize for his marital transgressions: “For all that I have done, I am so sorry,” Woods said. “I have a lot to atone for.”

The mention of his Buddhist faith was a surprise, likely aimed back at the Brit Hume controversy from last month.

Fox News and ABC News Now had savvy self-promoters Peter Shankman and Ronn Torossian on hand respectively for commentary (screenshots and clips as they become available).

Here’s what our sources, and a handful of industry Tweeters think:

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PR War on Jane Street; Agency Claims Blogger Collusion

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In just four months, the Jane Hotel has become one of the hottest clubs in town, with the help of classic spot-the-celeb PR tactics of Nancy Friedman‘s NJF PR. Except, the Jane isn’t a club at all, but a hotel bar operating without a cabaret license. The club is trying to adjust, and now Friedman and her client have shifted to damage control to limit the blog swarm against the new venue and tamp down complaints aggregated on the Nightmare on Jane Street blog.

Friedman told us she’s convinced the same blogs that gave glowing reviews to the revamped hotel and ballroom have removed those posts at the behest of local residents. More on that in a moment.

The thumping music and crowds spilling out on to the street after 2 AM was enough for the affluent neighbors to hire their own firm Source Communications. It was revealed in an Andrea Peyser New York Post column (followed by the City Room) that Ken Frydman of Source was hired to knock down the club’s rep, and knock it down again. Frydman told me on the phone a member of the Jane Street Neighbors coalition knew of Source, and put in a call.

Friedman made her case in the Post, one of the few that let her:

“A lot of these issues have been rectified. Six people keep traffic moving. They control crowds. The hotel has done acoustical work.” She said there’s more to be done. “It’s a process. It’s not going to happen overnight.”

More after the jump:

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