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SOTU Post Party: Rep. Michael Grimm Steals the Show, Threatens Homicide

scotto-grimmToday is going to be fun for many schleps on Capitol Hill — some grimacing because of stuff President Obama said, others delighting for the same words. You can’t make any of those nine-percent-approval-rating hacks happy.

One thing we can guarantee: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) will be one of the most miserable men in Washington today. (That’s him pictured bum rushing a NY1 reporter to the left.)

Grimm skipped the ‘State of the Union’ afterglow and gave himself a big PR black eye. In one of the bajillion post-SOTU interviews, NY1 reporter Mike Scotto managed to get Grimm’s attention for an interview in the Capitol Rotunda.

His follow-up question perturbed Grimm so much that he threatened to hurl Scotto clean off the balcony. And yes, he did it on live TV.

See the already-legendary video after the jump…

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Internet Does Not Approve of Time Warner Cable’s NY1 Rebranding

This is a very New York-specific story, but it contains a larger PR lesson that we’d like to share. NY1, pronounced “New York One”, is a 24/7 local news channel that is very helpful for those who want breaking news on traffic, subway delays, New York-area politics and more. It also includes some great talks shows, etc. But you get the point.

NY1 owner Time Warner Cable, on the other hand, is definitely one of the least popular brands among New Yorkers (just ask Twitter users and a certain Sir Patrick Stewart about its customer service record).

TWC–facing revenue declines as more customers cut their cords–is currently engaged in a battle with competitor Verizon Fios for market share. In order to convince customers not to switch providers, TWC is rebranding NY1, renaming it “TWC News” and changing the graphics, logos and theme music.

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No, Senator Gillibrand Has Not Read ‘50 Shades of Grey’

Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long are two highly accomplished professionals running to represent New York in the United States Senate–and they both just happen to be women who often disagree about the most appropriate ways to address the issues now facing the state and the nation at large. This is a sign of a healthy democracy, right?

Well, last night, the two participated in a debate at Skidmore College sponsored by Your News Now on New York 1. They discussed matters of import like the “contraception coverage” mandate and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s decision to use $100,000 in taxpayer dollars as hush money in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.

This is all serious, relevant stuff, but we’re more interested in something that all women like: The E.L. James spanking expose 50 Shades of Grey. Every living woman loves that book, right? Well we thought so, but when the debate moderator had the audacity to ask the candidates whether they’d read it during the “lightning round”, they just laughed and laughed!

Now we’re confused. What did Social Times say about Election 2012 turning into a big joke?

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Revolving Door: CNN/Mashable Rumors, ‘Game Change’ Premiere Photos, and More

As we mentioned on the Ticker, CNN could be preparing for a $200 million purchase of Mashable. Reuters blogger Felix Salmon got the news from an “unnamed” source. The New York Times seconded the tip, saying there are “advanced talks” happening. TechCrunch adds that the move would vastly extend CNN’s reach. PR Daily points out that the reporting of rumors such as this show the turn that traditional media is making, which could ultimately have an impact on the way media pros do their jobs.

Following the premiere of the HBO film Game Change about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign for the presidency, the media has been questioning elements of the story. You can check out photos from the event here.

Billboard magazine has lost a number of its top staffers including EIC Danyel Smith and publisher Lisa Ryan. TheWrap says cost-cutting and low morale are to blame for the high-level departures.

Janet Robinson, the former CEO of The New York Times, got a $24 million compensation package when she left the company. She’s now a member of Fleishman-Hillard‘s International Advisory Board.

ImpreMedia, publishers of La Opinión, El Diario, and other outlets for the Hispanic community, has announced that US Hispanic Media Inc has become the company’s controlling shareholder. Staff and editorial coverage will remain the same. US Hispanic Media Inc is a subsidiary of Argentina’s S.A. La Nación, publisher of La Nación.

The Boston Globe‘s Boston Globe Magazine has unveiled a redesign that focuses more attention on local coverage of events, nightlife, and relationship issues. [via]

NY1 newscaster Pat Kiernan spoke with FishbowlNY about his on-air test run as co-host of Live with Kelly Ripa.

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Tech Company Contest for Kids Poses an Ethical Question

At Brooklyn junior high school where 95 percent of the students live below the poverty level (!), a group of students are finalists in a music video contest with a grand prize of $75,000 in technology for their school.

The contest is sponsored by eInstruction, and among the parameters for entering the contest, all entries must include mention of the company, its logo, a shot of one of its products.
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