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In Third Year, Shorty Awards Get Longer

Aasif Mandvi, host of this year's Shorty Awards

What a difference a year makes. Last year the Shorty Awards — dedicated to honoring the best producers of short, real-time content — had CNN anchor Rick Sanchez as host. This year, Sanchez is long gone from CNN, and in his place was Aasif Mandvi of the Daily Show.

The significance wasn’t lost on Mandvi, as the Daily Show was right in the middle of things when Sanchez was dismissed from CNN last fall. “You all must really hate Rick Sanchez,” Mandvi joked, insinuating it was a slap in the face for Sanchez to have someone  from the Daily Show hosting.

Mandvi also poked a bit of fun at the awards themselves, as he joked that they are “the most relevant awards show ever,” and said, “Let me be honest. I’m only here to increase my Twitter followers.”

That being said, in their third year, the Shorty Awards have only gotten bigger (and longer).

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Torossian’s 5WPR Working with Rick Sanchez

5WPR president Ronn Torossian confirmed with PRNewser that his firm is working with Rick Sanchez, the CNN staffer fired in October 2010 after making controversial statements about The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. According to TVNewser, while making an appearance on Pete Dominick‘s satellite radio show, Sanchez called Stewart “a ‘bigot’ and went on to say, ‘a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart.’”

Torossian didn’t elaborate on the nature of the services he’s providing for Sanchez. However, Business Insider’s Glynnis MacNicol reported on an event she attended late last week at the Carlebach shul in Manhattan, a “one-on-one with (‘America’s Rabbi’) Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in front of a group of about 50 people including myself.”

In addition, Sanchez will appear at a couple of fundraisers for a Toledo-based Latino social service agency today, according to the Cleveland Jewish News.

In Second Year, Shorty Awards Get A Bit More Formal

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“I just wanted to beat Jason Mraz,” said indie-rocker Ted Leo when we asked him why he decided to make a push to win the Shorty Award’s music category.

The awards, now in their second year, honor “the best producers of short, real-time content” on Twitter. Getting a bit more formal, this year’s awards were hosted at The New York Times‘ TimesCenter. Last year’s location was the Galapagos Art Space in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.

While Twitter is an online bastion for PR professionals, the closest thing to a PR category is advertising, which was won by @frankadman.

Kristin Maverick of agency Attention was on hand to cheer on client Suze Orman, who won in the finance category.

Host Rick Sanchez of CNN kept things moving, and even poked fun at a recent Daily Show segment that mocked his coverage of the recent Chile earthquake and potential tsunami.

“I think the reason they chose me [to host] is because I’m a guy who does things fast,” he said. “The proof is there…Jon Stewart said that I remind him of a guy who is high on cocaine at a party.”

The awards ranged from the very serious, such as Haitian radio host Carle Pedre, who won for his coverage of the recent earthquake that took place in his country, to the totally not serious, such as “The Llama,” which won in the “weird” category.

The complete list of winners is posted on the award’s Website.

FishbowlNY’s Alex Alvarez was there as well. Read her recap here.

[Image: CNN's Rick Sanchez chats with Sesame Street's Grover. Courtesy oficialivetesangalo on Flickr]

CNN’s Rick Sanchez Lets Loose on Fox News, Fox PR Responds

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CNN anchor Rick Sanchez may be most well known (to media and tech geeks, at least) for being an avid Twitter user and incorporating social media into his program. This past weekend, Sanchez used Twitter to take aim at Fox News with the following Tweets:

if i didn’t believe in doing right thing, i’d be rich anchoring at fox news

do u know how much money i’d make if i’d sold out as hispanic and worked at fox news, r u kidding, one problem, looking in mirror

Mediaite’s Steve Krakauer pinged the Fox News PR department, who provided the following response:

Everyone knows that Rick is an industry joke, he shows that he’s a hack everyday. And he doesn’t have to worry about working at FOX because we only hire talent who have the ability to generate ratings.

Well then. We’re not interested in the media cat fight aspect of this story, but are interested in the PR ramifications. As Krakauer states, “Sanchez is known for attention-grabbing comments and actions. But in the Twitter world, these types of comments are only exacerbated by the complete lack of network oversight. It’s doubtful CNN would have cleared these statements, but on Twitter, an oversharer like Sanchez can let his uncensored thoughts get disseminated to the public, and picked up immediately…”