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Press Release Alert: Rev. Al Sharpton Got A Birthday Call From Hillary Clinton


Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights activist and MSNBC host, turns 60 this Friday so he threw himself a birthday party at the Four Seasons last night. And the guest list includes some notable names: Spike Lee, Sen Chuck Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio Aretha Franklin and BET CEO Debra Lee among them.

One of the names not on the list was Hillary Clinton. But don’t worry folks. The Rev’s birthday wasn’t ruined by her absence. Indeed, she did call to send her regards. And we got the scoop from Rev. Al himself, who issued a press release with the news.

“A half hour before going on his MSNBC show PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton, Rev. Sharpton received a call from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who wished him a happy early birthday (Sharpton will be sixty this Friday),” it reads.

#Blessed

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President Obama Hits The GOP, Takes His Voting Rights Message To The People

pres obama NANOn Friday, President Obama appeared at the White House to announce the resignation of Secretary of  the Health and Human Services Department, Kathleen Sebelius. You’d think healthcare would be on his mind all day. Instead, hours later, he was talking about voting rights at the National Action Network annual conference.

The conference, an event hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton‘s civil rights organization, was certainly an appropriate place to broach the topic. And the way he used his speech to present the topic is actually one that will extend beyond the Sheraton ballroom where he delivered it.

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It’s Barney’s vs. the NYPD in Racial Profiling Scandal

barneys-ny-logo“Blame the cops” was our basic summary of Barney’s New York‘s damage control response to two lawsuits filed by black shoppers who were approached and, in one case, arrested after buying expensive items at the store.

The company appears to be doubling down on that strategy: yesterday CEO Mike Lee met with Rev. Al Sharpton, apologized to the affected parties (Jay-Z included) and said:

“Our preliminary investigation has concluded that in both of these instances no one from Barneys New York raised any issue with these purchases. No one from Barneys brought them to the attention of our internal security and no one from Barneys reached out to external authorities.”

Could you hear him spinning as you read that statement? From The New York Times today:

Security personnel said they were encouraged to “take chances” in stopping suspicious customers, even if it meant intercepting innocent people. Bad grabs, they said they were told, were part of the business. The number of contacts with the Police Department, made when security workers suspected a person had been shoplifting or engaging in credit card fraud, soon jumped drastically.

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Barney’s Can’t Wait to Discuss Racial Profiling with Al Sharpton

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Barney’s New York has a big problem on its hands.

Earlier this month, 19-year-old Trayon Christian was arrested after he purchased a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt from the high-end retailer before being released without charge. Then 21-year-old Kayla Phillips came forward to say that plainclothes cops “pushed [her] up against a wall” and questioned her at a subway station near the store after she purchased a $2,100 Celine handbag in February.

Both have hit Barney’s and the NYPD with lawsuits, but this isn’t necessarily a new development for the store. A recent Huffington Post story recalls a similar incident reported by a black Newsweek columnist way back in 1996: after being falsely accused of shoplifting, he went all the way up the store’s executive chain seeking an apology only to have members of the founder’s family tell him that it was his fault the clerk had made a mistake.

Barney’s culture may be a bit backward, but the store’s executives aren’t too disconnected to realize that it’s damage control time. Whether their efforts have been successful so far is up for debate—and a forthcoming holiday campaign starring Jay-Z and his new clothing line complicates the matter.

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ABC News: Come To Us To Understand What’s Going On

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ABC News has launched a branding campaign, “See the Whole Picture,” that takes a very direct message to its potential audience: we’ll give you the news in a clear and digestible way. According to the network, this is the first branding campaign in more than 10 years, when it launched “More Americans Get Their News from ABC News than Any Other Source,” which they say is still true in light of the partnership with Yahoo announced in October.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood said in a statement that, in 2012, there will be other promos in addition to the one above and called attention to coverage of the campaign in Variety today.

Compare that, for instance, to the MSNBC “Lean Forward” campaign that launched in October. Besides the ad that we posted at that time, other MSNBC ads, like the one after the jump starring Rev. Al Sharpton, who relates a childhood memory of eating blueberry pie to the Republicans, take much more creative license when explaining what the network has to offer.

Which campaign do you think works better?

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