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After a Slow Build, Media Takes Notice of Wall Street Protest

The people taking part in the Occupy Wall Street protests have seen coverage of their live-in take off in recent days. Poynter.org has a tally of which outlets have covered it and how much. The post notes The Atlantic Wire’s interesting story about how the media has covered the protest by noting the non-coverage of it.

The uproar and ensuing investigation over one officer’s use of pepper spray on calm female protesters has now made headlines around the world. And a celebrity appearance will always get media attention; Susan Sarandon is supporting the effort and documentarian/author Michael Moore made an appearance earlier this week.

But journalists note that the slow build-up of coverage is, in part, a reflection of a major shortcoming of the Occupy Wall Street campaign (and any campaign that hopes to get media coverage): a lack of a clear goal.

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Moore Named H&K’s Houston GM

Michael Moore has been hired to serve as GM of Hill & Knowlton‘s Houston office, responsible for client service, business development, and operations.

Moore has a long history in politics, working as Mayor Bill White‘s chief of staff throughout his six-year term (2004 through 2009) and managed his campaign for governor last year. He’s also run other political campaigns in the past, including President Clinton’s in 1992, and was a presidential appointee to the Energy Department.

Moore also has crisis communications experience, working with the Mayor as he dealt with Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike.

Will Anti-Oscar Campaign Pump Up ‘Gasland’ PR?

While riled-up film students bellyache over Oscar’s decision to include Exit Through the Gift Shop among this year’s Best Documentary nominees, a powerful industry group is challenging the worthiness of Exit’s category-mate, Gaslandand for the first time in Awards history, appealing directly to the Academy for its disqualification.

In an eight-page letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Energy In Depth — a coalition of “independent oil and natural gas producers” — cited Gasland‘s “many errors, inconsistencies and outright falsehoods.” Labeling the Sundance-winning film “stylized fiction,” EiD insisted that Gasland was clearly ineligible for the Best Documentary Oscar.

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Ken Sunshine On Tiger Woods: ‘His People Mishandled It’

Sunshine and Sachs Founder Ken Sunshine appeared on the CBS “Early Show” this morning to talk Tiger Woods. For those of you who may have missed it, Woods was involved in a car accident on his own property early last Friday morning in which he was injured and taken to a local hospital. Woods refused to speak with local law enforcement, and details around the accident have led to speculation that Woods may have been having an affair and the accident was related to an argument with his wife over the situation.

“If Tiger Woods were to call you today, what advice would you give him?” asked “Early Show” host Harry Smith. “You should have called me a couple of days ago,” joked Sunshine. Getting serious, Sunshine said, “It’s the perfect storm…and his people mishandled it.”

“The whole goal with these things is to make the media go away,” said Sunshine, and Wood’s actions – issuing a statement three days after the accident and “stonewalling” law enforcement – didn’t help his case. Sunshine’s agency has worked with a number of high profile celebrities over the years, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Ben Affleck, Michael Moore, John Mayer and Justin Timberlake.