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No Joke: ‘The Colbert Report’ Voted ‘Most Informative U.S. News Source’

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Hey national news, you think your ratings are bad now?

I haven’t seen a survey but I would be willing to bet that most journos and PR peeps watch Comedy Central … for news.

Why? How much drive-by shootings, domestic disturbances, child abuse cases, political scandals, and weather reports can one person take in a day? We need some levity so we read blogs with a tinge of snark and watch TV with a bit more.

Thank you Comedy Central for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

While they joke wonderfully about the world around us, they educate America by giving a no-nonsense approach to what “breaking news” obfuscates on a minute-by-minute basis. And now, there’s proof: Stephen Colbert has been voted the “most informative U.S. news source.”

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Stephen Colbert Gives Amazon a Piece of His Mind

Amazon has been receiving more than its share of bad publicity over its little war against publisher Hachette–and thanks to Stephen Colbert and author Sherman Alexie, the company got a bit more unflattering attention last night.

The interview is worth a watch. We particularly like Alexie’s point that pre-release publicity determines the sales numbers for a given book–a message that will be very relevant to anyone who does PR for the literary world.

We’re not big conspiracy theorists, but we do find it strange that the segment preceding that interview, in which Colbert expounds on the conflict, is currently unavailable–and that Amazon signed a streaming content deal with Comedy Central exactly one year ago.

At any rate, fret not: Powell’s and Alexie did indeed receive the famous “Colbert bump” last night.

Small victories.

Stephen Colbert Is Your New David Letterman

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So there’ll be no need to #CancelColbert after all.

When we first heard that Colbert was among those in consideration for Letterman’s role, we didn’t think it would work. But then he’s come a long way since “Even Stevphen“, hasn’t he? Also: love Neil Patrick Harris, but all those awards shows would be lonely if he took over.

Now will Colbert be as gracious to guests as Letterman was?

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Stephen Colbert Responds to #CancelColbert Controversy As Only He Can

So, in case you missed it, The Colbert Report made fun of somebody via Twitter, and it became a threefold lesson in PR.

The tweet in question poked fun at the the owner of the controversially-named Washington Redskins, Daniel Snyder, after his ham-handed attempt at shedding positive light on the decidedly non-PC team name by announcing the creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.

The tweet read, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

In context, it’s a hilarious parody that successfully illuminates Snyder’s poorly-executed attempt at cultural sensitivity; but taken out of context, the statement could obviously be viewed as, well, culturally insensitive.

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Stephen Colbert finds his ‘Report’ in Twitter Trouble

Without question, Stephen Colbert is a juggernaut of political hijinks and online shenanigans. Much like his progenitor, the great Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” fame on Comedy Central, Colbert has become a political hack (slash) phenom because of his hilarious takes on boring and mundane political issues.

Only now, he is finding there is a wall to some humor and it appears that Colbert may have just ran smack dab into it. In fact, he even took to Twitter to apologize for the now deleted tweet that has gone viral. Twice.

So, what happened? Glad you asked…

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6,329 ‘Credentialed Journalists’ Will Cover Super Bowl XLVIII

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In case you needed further proof that the multi-headed hydra we call “the media” still struggles to define its role in a micro-blog world, today brings two very different reports about the state of the journalistic game.

We’ll start with the bad news: Capital New York‘s soon-to-be-paywalled Media Pro newsletter let us know that, per our headline, more than 6,000 people who report for a living will keep us up-to-date on this year’s edition of what Stephen Colbert calls the “Superb Owl“. Some of them may still be reporting on whether the Big Game will happen at all while the NFL’s media relations team cackles maniacally.

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Thanksgivukkah: Best or Worst Marketing Stunt of the Year?

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We honestly can’t decide, especially after reading this perfectly trollish Slate piece calling it the worstest thing ever for mixing religion into the food-and-booze mix and emphasizing the differences between people (ugh).

Here are some facts we learned about the “holiday” this afternoon:

  • The original inspiration may have occurred in an episode of The O.C.
  • The “brand” was created last year by—get ready for it—a marketer based in Boston! Yes, we know you were thinking New York, but we’re not responsible for everything. Just most things.
  • Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has turned it into a city-wide event along with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies 
  • Creator Dana Gitell collaborated with the hip retailer Modern Tribe to sell some t-shirts and posters, donating 10% of proceeds to hunger charity Mazon
  • This 9-year-old created a “menurkey” (yes, that’s a turkey menorah) and raised nearly $50K on Kickstarter to produce and sell it
  • There will be a Thanksgivukkah Festival in L.A. on Thursday
  • Whole Foods isn’t really “all over it”, but they did write a blog post
  • The Jewish Daily Forward let us know that George Washington ordered everyone to celebrate the first official nationwide Thanksgiving on December 18, 1777, thereby ensuring that the world’s first Thanksgivukkah would occur two years later

We’re not quite sure what to make of it all, but we do know two things:

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Colbert’s Twitter Bot Mocks Fox PR ‘Socks’

Last week, a staff writer on The Colbert Report created a Twitter feed automated to turn others’ messages into tweets celebrating Fox News with the hashtag #PraiseFOX by replacing words with the names of Fox shows and hosts.

It’s a satirical play on Fox PR’s “sockpuppet” habit and BuzzFeed’s @horse_ebooks, and while WaPo‘s Erik Wemple is kind of right to say “the explanation is a doozy“, you’ll get it:

Maybe we’re just easy to impress because we’re not programmers, but there’s a new tweet every two minutes and some of the backhanded compliments are gold:

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Stephen Colbert Hosts StoryCorps Gala, Discusses the Art of Storytelling

Many of us love Stephen Colbert for his ability to stay in character, but last night he talked about other characters—and how their stories compel him.

The event was the tenth anniversary of StoryCorps, the NPR project dedicated to sharing the tales of everyday Americans and painting a broader, deeper portrait of our nation and its people.

After the event, Colbert talked to Vulture about the art of storytelling. Some key quotes:

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PR Pro Turns a Wedding Ruined by the Shutdown Into a Big Media Win

This week, Joy Miller had a problem: her wedding was scheduled for Sunday at Yosemite National Park, and the government shutdown threatened to ruin everything. We’ll let her explain:


Sounds like a nightmare come true, right?

Enter Lara Miller, a freelance publicist based in San Francisco who handles media pitching for clients at Prosper PR. Joy and Lara have long been best friends, and Lara writes:

“Joy called me on Tuesday in tears.  She could barely get the words out about her wedding. I immediately went in my PR mode, told her not to worry that we WOULD find them a place and that I would get the media to cover it. From there it was a day’s work fielding pitch responses, venue calls, and offers for various services.”

As Joy told us today, “Lara’s been planning the wedding with me for a whole year, and she said ‘Trust me, I’ll make it happen; it’s what I do.’”

Behold the power of the press…

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