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Humanitarian Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe Pushes For More Hashtag Activism: ‘We Must Shout #BringBackOurGirls’

michelle obama bringbackourgirlsConservative pundits have been denouncing the #BringBackOurGirls hacktivism as a pointless and nonsensical exercise. Rush Limbaugh called it a “pathetic” move by the “low-information crowd.” Ann Coulter tried to mock the whole thing with her own take on the issue. And got mocked. (Hilarious. Personal favorite right here.) And George Will called it simply “an exercise in self-esteem.”

Humanitarian Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has a different take on the issue. She is a recent addition to the Time 100 for her work as the founder of the Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Uganda, a place for girls who have suffered sexual assault and exploitation. Sister Nyirumbe says this sort of online movement is important in cases where an issue would not otherwise get the attention it needs for change to occur. She paid a visit to The Colbert Report last night to talk about the book and documentary she’s the subject of, Sewing Hope, but to also talk up the virtues of hashtag activism like #BringBackOurGirls.

“It’s the best we can do and we we haven’t done enough,” she said. “… We must shout ‘Bring back our girls.’”

She also said she would punch Stephen Colbert.

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Meet Rush Limbaugh’s Newest Arch-Nemesis: Al Roker?!

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Who woulda’ thunk this dude was coming to the rescue?!

For the past couple of weeks, the majority of this country has been dealing with some apocalyptic-diabolical-Mr-Freeze-meterologicasmic-event called “Polar Vortex” (Someone really needs to cue the eerie suspense music around here).

While Weather Ubergeeks, like the Weather Channel grand poobah Jim Cantore, have been soiling themselves describing this thing, other talk show hosts have been smoking both Lamar Odom’s and Mayor Rob Ford’s crack pipe while discussing this ballyhooed cold spell. ICYMI: Rush Limbaugh decided that Congressional delegates — specifically, the left-leaning ones — have superpowers like ‘Storm’ of X-Men fame.

Sure, they are all full of hot air, but Rush blamed them for the Polar Vortex. And then…up in the sky, it’s a shart (because he did), it’s an overrated weather guy, it’s Super Roker?

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Rush Limbaugh’s Comments Cost Cumulus Millions

Radio broadcaster Cumulus Media says it lost millions of dollars after Rush Limbaugh went on his offensive tirade against Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. Advertisers immediately began distancing themselves from the radio host to the tune of “a couple million” dollars in lost ad revenue. CEO Lew Dickey also attributed losses during the quarter to lost L.A. Dodgers broadcasts and other factors.

It’s also possible that, since Limbaugh’s show is carried on hundreds more stations (a total of 600) than the 38 broadcast by Cumulus, the losses were spread around to a number of companies.

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More Advertisers Flee Limbaugh’s Radio Show

When last we checked in on Rush Limbaugh, Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke was dismissing his half-assed apology for the disgusting attack against her on his radio show and eight advertisers had  pulled their dollars. That number has now climbed up over 100.

Among those who have cancelled is Premiere Networks, Limbaugh’s syndicator, which is pulling its barter ads for the next couple of weeks. Think Progress says it has an internal memo listing dozens of advertisers that want to pull their ads, including Honda, Sony, and Clorox. Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda have called for Limbaugh to be pulled off the air entirely.

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Limbaugh Says Apology Was Sincere, Fluke Says She Doesn’t Care

Rush Limbaugh used his radio program today to reiterate his “heartfelt” apology to Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student that he labeled a “prostitute” and a “slut” last week for her vocal support for covering contraception in health care plans.

Today’s show was also an opportunity to address the news that a number of advertisers have decided to pull their dollars from the program (the figure has gone from six to eight). AOL has added itself to this list.

“We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show,” said AOL spokesperson Maureen Sullivan.

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Limbaugh Apology Doesn’t Squash Contraception Coverage Controversy

Rush Limbaugh has issued a fake apology for the vile statements he made on his radio program Wednesday night. During his show, he called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke (and, by extension, it would seem, any woman who supports the contraception coverage effort) a “prostitute” and a “slut.” Limbaugh says he “did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke,” that he was trying to be “humorous,” yadda yadda, insincere bunk.

Immediately following his disgusting commentary, Democratic Congress members expressed their outrage, calling for Republican members to denounce the statements. But it looks like the calls from six advertisers to cancel their contracts prompted the contrition.

This morning on Meet the Press, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA) tried to tamp down the issue by reminding David Gregory a couple of times that Limbaugh has apologized and, yes, he personally thinks the comments were wrong.

But Limbaugh has opened up a can of worms that he and the GOP may regret for a looong time.

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Steven Spielberg Is the Most Influential Celebrity?

Forbes and its partner E-Poll Research have compiled a list of the ten most influential celebrities with Steven Spielberg coming out on top. He “narrowly edges out” Oprah Winfrey with the magazine saying, “…He is almost universally liked and respected. He did influence an entire generation of filmmakers with movies like Jaws and E.T. And when he takes a political stance, the whole world listens.”

Celebrities were ranked by E-Poll Research’s E-Score Celebrity service, which looks at 46 attributes to determine influence. According to the story, Oprah “more classically fits the definition of an influencer” because she drives sales.

Others on the list include Rush Limbaugh, Phil Jackson (the coach of the L.A. Lakers), Dr. Oz, and Bono. Many of the celebrities that you would naturally think of – Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Will Smith, or Sarah Jessica Parker, for instance – are missing. Goes back to the question about influence vs. popularity. Your thoughts?

Can You Pay to be a Guest on Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity’s and Rush Limbaugh’s Shows?

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While perusing the website of PR trade publication O’Dwyer’s, we noticed this advertisement offering to book talk show interviews on a “pay-per-placement” basis.

We’ve heard of “pay-per-placement” PR agencies before, and of course, one of the PR industry’s value propositions is that you pay a consultant or agency for media placements, among other services.

Nothing new there.

However, we can’t recall seeing an advertisement that implies in such a direct manner that one can pay to get on big name TV and radio shows such as those hosted by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, as well as conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Reached for comment, Jerry McGlothlin, president of Special Guests, Inc. told us the company offers both a monthly fee and a pay-per-placement service.

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Los Angeles Business Journal Looking Into Sitrick Lawsuit

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PR maven and agency owner Michael Sitrick is being sued by a former employee and current employees for “self dealing,” and devaluing the Sitrick Employee Stock Ownership Plan, PRNewser reported last week.

UPDATE: Joseph Giunta, general counsel for Sitrick And Company / Mike Sitrick writes in and says Sitrick, “was not sued by a former employee and current employees…He was sued by one former employee. Not a single current or former employee has joined in the suit and though he claims to have sued on behalf of the ESOP, the court has not granted him that right.”

It looks like the story will remain in the media. A reader sent in this ProfNet query today:

My story is about a lawsuit between Sitrick & Co. and a former employee, suing on behalf of the employee stock ownership plan. First, I would like to talk to any former (or current) employees. Second, I would like to talk to PR professionals about how a crisis-management firm should handle its own crisis. Contact: Joel Russell, jrussell@labusinessjournal.com

Sitrick has worked with a number of high profile clients over the years, from Halle Berry and Rush Limbaugh to Paris Hilton and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles during a sexual-abuse lawsuit.

LA PR Maven Michael Sitrick Sued By Former Employee

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Michael Sitrick, CEO of Sitrick & Company, has worked with a number of high profile clients over the years, from Halle Berry and Rush Limbaugh to Paris Hilton and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles during a sexual-abuse lawsuit.

Now, the “spin doctor of restructuring” — as the Financial Times recently called him — is being sued by a former employee and current employees for “self dealing,” and devaluing the Sitrick Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

His firm was acquired by Resources Connection, Inc. in October 2009.

The suit alleges that “of the more than $92M in cash, stock and earnouts earmarked for the ’09 acquisition of Sitrick Brinko Group by Resources Connection Inc., $87.4M went to the purchase of Sitrick’s personal goodwill and $5M went for the purchase of S&C’s assets,” reports O’Dwyer’s.

Richard Wool, who ran Sitrick and Co’s New York operations, is the lead plaintiff, although, “the suit has been filed on behalf of all the plan’s members, including some current employees,” reports Deadline.com.

“We don’t believe there is any basis to the lawsuit, if indeed one has been filed,” John A. Kober of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Sitrick And Company’s legal counsel, said in a statement.

RELATED: Los Angeles-based Toyota dealers were about to hire Sitrick in February, before word came down from corporate headquarters advising them against the move.

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