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When #PRFail for Drake Turns Into #PRWin for Toronto

Toronto Mayor Ford wipes face during an announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All-Star game in Toronto

Stop sweating, big man. We are not talking about you … for once.

Unfortunately for the great city of Toronto (Shout out to my cousins up north), the entire place is under a blizzard of crap. Nothing weather related, just its crackhead Mayor. So, the city tries to find whatever happy-happy-joy-joy it can to forget about that blowhard.

To wit, we come to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, which are currently in a nice playoff series with the favored Brooklyn Nets. At an earlier game, Captain D-Bag of the R&B scene, Drake (whom we have covered several times for his toolbag of nothing here, here, and here), was caught exhibiting his primping courtside in a YouTube video that went viral in a millisecond.

And then, the Toronto Raptors organization stretched out its baby Tyrannosaurus arm and cashed in with some genius…

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Mayor Rob Ford: When Bad PR Turns Into Reality TV Gold

Rob-FordOn the off-chance you have been stranded on a deserted island or binge viewing on reality TV, you may not have been granted the pleasure to be introduced to Toronto Mayor and professional crack smoker, Rob Ford.

Here he is pictured bringing sexy back … and front … and all around.

Canadian politics is surprisingly comical. First, Rob Ford holds a press conference about his warm pipe ways, then does a media tour about how he has changed his ways, bull rushes a co-worker on closed-circuit TV, yet is still out painting the town a beer-stained tee shirt taupe.

All of this scorched earth behavior hasn’t kicked him out of office with a gavel sticking in his maple leaf. In fact, the city digs him. American talk show hosts love him. And now, reality TV wants a piece of him. 

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Rob Ford Is Trying Really, Really, Really Hard to Make a Comeback

Toronto’s crack Mayor Rob Ford finally gave an interview that wasn’t totally embarrassing.

Appearing on the Today show this morning to speak with Matt Lauer three months after vowing to make changes, Ford sat up straight and calmly answered questions about how he’s doing and his plans for the future. In a nutshell, he’s working out and preparing to campaign for another term as mayor with elections taking place on October 27.

Despite Ford’s monotone and lack of antics, there are two interesting things about this interview.

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Rob Ford Discussed His ‘Weight Issues’ with Matt Lauer

You might not believe it, but Rob Ford has both a PR team and a damage control strategy, as revealed by this morning’s less-than-revealing interview with Matt Lauer (who sometimes plays a journalist on TV).

This case study might  be more relevant to the field of psychology than media relations. While Ford admits to the whole crack-smoking thing, he seems determined to downplay it by focusing on more important issues like…his weight. Don’t worry, he’s been “training every day.”

He then tries to convince Lauer that drugs don’t affect his ability to do his job, saying:

“Come back in six months. If you don’t see a difference, I’ll eat my words.”

Way to undermine your daily training regimen. Do words have a higher calorie count if they’re not true?

At the very least, we may have a winner for Ford’s re-election campaign tagline:

“No terrorist attacks occurred while I was bingeing.”

Rob Ford Understands Why No One Likes Him

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You’re probably tired of hearing about crack smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford. But consider this quote, which he delivered to reporters yesterday before the Toronto City Council did its best to strip him of all power this morning:

“Obviously I can’t support this and I have no other options but to challenge this in court.”

But…

“I completely understand where they’re coming from. If I would have had a mayor acting the way I’ve conducted myself I would have done the same thing.”

He’s self aware! And yes, this came after the press conference that made news for a quote regarding oral sex that we won’t repeat here and the follow-up appearance, during which Ford apologized for embarrassing his wife by pulling an Eliot Spitzer and making her stand beside him so he could embarrass her even more.

This story is too cartoonish to be real, isn’t it?

(Amazing photo via Mark Blinch of Reuters)

PR Challenge: Manage Rob Ford’s Re-Election Campaign

If you can get past Bill Weir’s best Kent Brockman impression, this CNN clip provides an answer to the question “How could anyone still support crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford?”

It seems the theme of his campaign was “I’m not that other dude”, and based on the interviews we just watched, a surprising number of people still agree.

Some re-election slogan ideas:

“Rob Ford: Rock Solid Results”

“Rob Ford: Cracking Down on Government Waste”

“Rob Ford: A Higher Standard”

Apologies to all. Now who could spin a second term for this guy?

Lady Gaga Calls Press Conference to Show off Her Helicopter Dress

In an apparent attempt to beat crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford in the “November’s Most Awkward Press Conference” competition, human sociology experiment Lady Gaga gave the world an answer to a question no one ever thought to ask: “What would a helicopter dress look like?

We’d like to say she entered the conference in “Volantis”, which is clearly not named after a city in Game of Thrones because Gaga is too busy staring into Marina Abramovic‘s eyes and recovering from her marijuana addiction to bother with such pedestrian entertainments as television. But this was really more like she gave a brief speech before entering the “flying dress”, hovering around for a moment, and coming back to earth with a thud.

We prefer Kenny Powers’ water-powered jet pack, but based on Gaga’s reaction at 0:47, we’d say she was pretty impressed.

We hear she has some kind of product to promote, but we were too distracted by her flying machine and her amazingly insightful quotes to care:

“I wanted to make today about something even more important to me, and that something is the youth of the world. Their minds are just so boundless. They’re just so inspiring.”

Aren’t they, though?

Was Crack Smoking Mayor Rob Ford’s Apology Good Enough?

Yesterday Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gave the strangest press conference in recent memory, admitting that he had, in fact, smoked crack cocaine on tape “in a drunken stupor” and storming off into his office as if he had more important things to do.

Someone on his team wisely decided that this response wouldn’t quite cut it, so he returned to face the cameras again a few hours later armed with an official statement of apology and surprised more than a few by refusing to resign.

Today some argue that the official follow-up and the decision to stay in office were the best possible responses, given the circumstances—and that Ford might actually come out of it OK!

How so, you ask?

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Here’s Mayor Rob Ford’s ‘Yes, I’ve Smoked Crack’ Press Conference

We don’t know if you guys have been as compelled by the “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smoked Crack and We’ve Seen the Tape” story as Gawker wanted you to be, but today’s press conference is well worth three minutes of your time:

In terms of media relations and speechifying, we think you’ll agree that no one would ever tell a client to say:

“Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors…I want everyone in the city to see this tape”

“Some of the stuff…you guys have seen me, the state I’ve been in…it’s a problem”

Mr. Media Training just posted a list of Seven Reasons Rob Ford’s Crack Admission Failed, the first of which could have been “uhh, he smoked crack.”

Our final thoughts on the matter: we like his response to the “Are you on crack right now?” question. And this looks like a job for Gina Rodriguez.