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CBS Warns Grammy Performers: No Boobs, Butts or Crotches!

To PR News‘s “7 Media Relations Tips for Joe Flacco” list we’d like to add: Don’t drop the F-bomb on live TV! The uptight ninnies at the FCC got a little upset about Flacco’s apparent resemblance to a drunken sailor after the Parents Television Council insisted that they investigate CBS for failing to bleep the offending word.

CBS is also airing the 55th Grammy Awards this Sunday, and we’re guessing that the Flacco incident may have inspired the network’s standards and practices department to issue this ridiculous email warning to the performers’ managers and publicists.

The full message has to be seen to be believed (emphasis ours):

Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could  possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST. This as well, pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.

No “actual brand name products”? No “organized causes”? No audience members with “partially seen obscenity” on their clothing? No “‘puffy’ bare skin exposure?” (Psst…we think we can see Rihanna’s “bare fleshy under curves” in the pic above. Someone call the FCC!)

It’s almost like the folks at CBS just ignored the last fifty years of pop music! Oh, and if they’re so concerned with maintaining standards, why the hell do they keep inviting Chris Brown?

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Papa John’s Firm Pressures Bloggers Over Reporting on CEO’s ‘Obamacare’ Comments

Papa John's CEO A few weeks ago we included Papa John’s on a list of food-and-beverage brands suffering bad PR thanks to statements by CEOs and managers about threats supposedly posed to their businesses by the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Founder/CEO John Schnatter aggressively fought the “inaccurate” reports by writing a blog post for HuffPo at his PR firm’s suggestion and insisting that he never said anything about closing stores, firing employees or raising prices on his company’s incredibly delicious pizzas due to regulations imposed by the law.

Now he’s gone even more “proactive”, using crisis communications firm Sitrick and Co. to make sure everybody gets the story straight; representatives have been contacting various sites to insist that they correct related stories.

OK. So what did he say, and what did they say he said? Let’s review:

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‘Super Bowl Media Day’ as PR Spectacular

PR challenge of the day: working for a professional sports league (the NFL) that still inspires thousands of fans to pay $25 to sit around and watch its biggest stars act dumb for the camera. Just kidding–”Super Bowl Media Day” is one big, we-know-you-love-us party.

As one player put it, “It’s like Mardi Gras without liquor and with cameras. It’s cool. It’s an exciting time for us”. And it might just be the slickest media relations gig around.

In short, journalists hang on millionaire athletes’ every word as they talk about how they’re the best at anything ever while representatives wonder what could possibly go wrong. Based on this guy’s outfit, we’d say nothing:

What does this event teach us about football players?

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Roll Call: Edelman and PR News

Edelman PR announced the hire of Denis Edwards, formerly head of IT at Milwaukee’s “workforce solutions” provider Manpower Group, as the company’s new global chief information officer. Edwards will work from Chicago to oversee the firm’s internal and client-facing information technology systems and infrastructure around the world.

Edwards managed IT operations for Manpower Group in more than 80 countries, working with the company’s marketing department to create “award-winning social media career development solutions”.  He was recognized by both Forbes magazine and ExecRank as one of the world’s most innovative CIOs and social media experts. Prior to working with Manpower, Edwards held top IT positions at companies large and small including Kraft, Marriott International and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. (Release)

PR News re-hired Matthew Schwartz as group editor at the expanding content brand. Schwartz served as editor of PR News from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to write for Crain’s BtoB and Media Business magazines and editing BMA Buzz, a newsletter published by the company and the Business Marketing Association.

Schwartz says that he is “eager to get back to covering the PR industry” and helping to grow the PR News brand. He will be responsible for managing content on the company’s website in addition to its newsletters and guidebooks; Schwartz will work closely with PR News editor Scott Van Camp and events editorial director Steve Goldstein to deliver the brand’s trademark news and tools to public relations professionals around the world. (Release)

Progressive Update: No Mo Flo?

Hey, how is Progressive Insurance dealing with their ongoing PR imbroglio? If you guessed “running around like a headless chicken”, then you just might be correct!

According to Business Insider, the company’s current state of (justifiable) panic may well lead them to send their favorite spokeswoman Flo on an extended vacation.

Well, somebody needs to do something—and fast. Progressive’s PR outlook hasn’t gotten any better since we first ran the story earlier this week. Matt Fisher, the comedian who first brought the controversy into the spotlight with his harrowing tale of legal battles in the wake of his sister’s tragic death, took to Tumblr yesterday to refute Progressive’s universally panned response to his initial post (not a great idea to enable comments on that company blog, by the way). Fisher insisted that Progressive’s in-house lawyer did in fact serve as counsel for the “underinsured” driver who caused the fatal accident–despite contrary claims from the company.

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PR Awards Round Up

We’re seeing lots of news about award winners. Here’s a round up for your bragging pleasure.

The Diamond and Gold SABRE Awards have been handed out. Among the winners were GM and Weber Shandwick for Excellence in PR in the C-Suite; Starbucks and Edelman for brand building; and IBM for B-to-B marketing. A list of SABRE winners is available here and here.

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Roll Call: Romney Campaign, Kaplow, CBS Interactive

Mitt Romney has a new national security and foreign policy spokesperson: Richard Grenell, the director of comms and public diplomacy at the U.N. during the George W. Bush administration. Since then, he’s been a partner at Capitol Media Partners in Los Angeles. The firm says he will continue in that role while advising the Romney campaign.

Nadina Guglielmetti (right) has joined Kaplow as SVP of digital, social media, and consumer strategy. She’ll work with the MD and chief digital officer David Richeson to manage the KDrive practice group. She was previously the VP of digital strategies at Waggener Edstrom.

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PR News Honors 2009 Platinum PR Award Winners

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[Jen Martin, Digital PR team director for CNN with her award for Social Media campaign of the year for the CNN.com-Facebook Inauguration Collaboration.]

PR News is honoring the winners of this year’s Platinum PR Awards today. Weber Shandwick won Global Campaign PR campaign for their work with Honeywell. Edelman and Cone won the Online Communications category for work with Alpo and the American Petroleum Institute (API), respectively.

Ogivly PR won large PR firm of the year, Coyne PR won midsize and Lewis PR won small. View the full list of winners here.