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THIS JUST IN: New Jersey Police Officer Crashes Into Dunkin Donuts

THIS JUST IN 2Okay. Stop me if you have heard this one: A cop is hungry so he drives as fast as he can to the local donut shop and…

We know. It’s a stereotype even older than “white people can’t dance” or “journalists drink coffee all day every day.

Having worked for a police department for six great years, we can tell you that Krispy Kreme never sponsored any related fundraisers. Not even a grocery store deli offer to make their cheap, knock-off glazed doorstops for the boys and girls in blue. Nonetheless, police officers do adore donuts.

And then a cop from South Jersey set the entire force back a decade or two.

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POLLING ALL PR TYPES: What Do You Want to Be Called?

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Here’s a serious question: What do you want to be called by your colleagues in the industry, pals in the media, partners and clients?

Everyone in this not-quite-fabled industry has an idea of what they like and don’t like, what they hear and ignore, what they answer to and what they wish no one would ever call them.

Some are accustomed to the big agency titles of account executive, manager, director, supervisor, and other synonyms for “hierarchy.” Others are interested in the boutique titles of guru, ninja, expert, and other nom de plumes that mean “badass.”

Before you jump, think about it: If you had to be labeled, what would your label read?

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The New York Times Embraces AP-Style, Invents New Way to Call a Congressman ‘Gay’

aaron schock 2Meet U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R – IL). 

When he is not enjoying the collective sub-10 percent approval rating the rest of his cronies earned on Capitol Hill, apparently he enjoys showing off his abs. Hell, they’re not even my abs, and I would enjoy showing those things off.

Anywho, for those not in the know, one of the most widely embraced assumptions and worst-kept secrets is Schock’s sexual orientation.

The reasons are after the jump, but the reason for this #PRFail is how the The New York Times has decided to try (yet again) to lure him out by creating a “colorful” new form of labeling.

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How Did MSNBC Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Offensively!

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Because racist jokes are always national news, right?

The NBC News nation hasn’t had the best week. First, we discover the powers that be at 30 Rock realize David Gregory isn’t holding up end of the deal so they make Will.I.Am a political commentator. You know, because that’s what we all think of that guy.

And then yesterday came — it was Cinco de Mayo.

A day that most people confuse for Mexican Independence Day, which in itself is offensive to many Mexican people. However, MSNBC couldn’t resist the temptation for its beleaguered network. They needed a catchy segment, something that would grab attention. Somberos, tequila, chips, salsa, and … oh, that’s right … racism?!

Whelp, it worked.

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The 5 Worst PR Stereotypes

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Hell, we can’t even agree what we do.

Okay, raise your hand if during a Thanksgiving dinner, this has happened…

You grow weary, like near clutching the dusty bottle of formerly nice alcohol to what has to be paint thinner now, because you made the mistake of trying to explain what you do for a living. The questions are overbearing, nonsensical, and borderline WTF. Even your own mother can’t figure it out. So, you dig in fighting the good fight, and say the following words we have all said out of frustration:

“I get people on TV.”

Oooooooooooooooooooooooh! The room nods in agreement and you rush for the bathroom, if anything, just for some well-deserved “me time.” And that’s why these ridiculous stereotypes exist.

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Today in Irony: Reality TV Snake Preacher Bit by Snake, Dies

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Hey Pastor? Those snakes bite.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 KJV)

That is a verse in the Bible. It’s meant to be a metaphor highlighting the power of the Cross in a Christ-follower’s life. It wasn’t said for fools to walk out in the desert, see a cobra, grab it by the tail and start dancing like a freak. Nonetheless, that happens, which is what gave this guy a reality show on the National Geographic Channel.

And today, he’s dead. Surprised?

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Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty: ‘Blacks were Happy, Happy, Happy Before Civil Rights.’

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That loud ‘thud‘ you heard was this guy falling … hard.

Grace can be a persnickety thing, you know?

You may reach a state of grace like Glen Campbell, who once joked about the “overnight success story” of his hit “Rhinestone Cowboy” by saying, “If that was an overnight success, it was the longest night of my life.” You work hard. You scrimp, save and set aside what you can for your dream. And then, it happens: There you are — king of the mountain.

That is until someone — or something, as is mostly the case — kicks your tail smooth off that thing. You know those nasty calamities Wile E. Coyote gets himself into once the ACME box explodes in his grill? Falls from grace are like that. It’s not the immediate bang that will kill you — it’s usually the looming cloud.

Which is what brings us to the patriarch of Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson, as he hearkens back to a better time. The 1950s and 1960s. Wait, what?

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10 More Things PR Professionals ‘Love’

lucy-prLast week, our fearless editor (which, BTW, is no longer this guy…update your Rolodex, peeps) brought to you “Ad Folks Hate Ads but Love Whiskey and Porn. What does PR Love.” Of course, some were good and others delved into the snarky. (Even better.)

That got the rest of us PR Newser / Mediabistro minions thinking, “What else do we love?” 

The list could be long and entertaining. You know, similar to the famed scroll of papyrus debuted by the great George Carlin and his list of the best dirty words ever. Patrick’s less noted list included items PR professionals love and “love,” such as:

  • Obsessing over journalists and their fascinating lives re-writing our clients’ press releases
  • Scrolling through our inboxes for any stray press releases: Delete. Delete. Block. Delete…
  • Watching other people’s clients being interviewed…so we can make fun of their terrible outfits
  • Posing for pictures at events…so we can delete them from our Facebook walls the next day
  • White wine or mimosas in the afternoon, because we’re still totally working

So, we have finely crafted a list of the top 10 other things PR peeps love. Enjoy, share and count how many are your faves:

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Top PR Pro’s Guardian Q&A Illustrates Familiar Industry Stereotypes, Challenges

In case you missed it, this week The Guardian ran a story penned by Nancy Brenner of MSLGROUP as part of its “A Day’s Work” series. Framed as a “Q&A” with an open comment thread, its headline consisted of a “what do you want to know?” offer to answer any questions readers might have about our industry. An interesting exercise, no doubt.

In the piece itself, Brenner recounts some of the more colorful stories from her time working for Fortune 500 companies and financial brands. Highlights include:

I sometimes compare working in PR to an emergency room.

I have chased reporters into the women’s bathroom to try to get their attention.

And:

I needed to find someone willing to suit up as Raggedy Ann & Andy in the freezing cold, for a minimum of money, and parade outside of the legendary building north of New York’s Madison Square Park to capture the attention of news vans.

But when I heard the Raggedy Ann & Andy toys mentioned as “a hot little Redhead” on television that night, I knew that I helped the client cut through the clutter and raise awareness for their product.

So…a little nutty, but par for the course at many firms. Here’s the thing, though: tales like these often confirm negative stereotypes held by those outside the industry. In the blog world we call it “troll bait.”

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Lessons from the No Doubt Video Scandal?

Gwen Stefani of No Doubt via Interscope RecordsYou may have heard that late-90’s “ska” kings No Doubt recently jumped on the comeback train. You may have also heard that the band immediately ran into controversy over the video for their single “Looking Hot.”

For some reason, the video’s director thought it would be a great idea to dress the band members in stereotypical Western/Native American gear: feathered headdresses, leather leggings, teepees, cute cowboy outfits…you get it.

We like to play dress-up as much as the next guy (which is to say not at all), but we’re a little surprised that the creative team responsible for the video couldn’t see the “scandal” coming.

Anyway, the band predictably pulled the spot after too many people complained about it being insensitive to the traditions and concerns of the Native American community; they even shut down their own website’s online forum after discussion of the video overwhelmed fans’ comments.

Today Zimbio asks whether this controversy served any discernible purpose, and it’s a good question. Arguments on both sides popped up over the past week, with some decrying the proliferation of political correctness while others lamented the public’s general ignorance of American Indian history and the perpetuation of long-discredited stereotypes.

Can we take any lessons from the band’s screw-up other than the fact that big-name pop stars should choose their video themes very carefully? Did the band make the right decisions to control the damage? And how could they have avoided the controversy (besides making an entirely different video)? Here’s the offending spot in case you missed it: Read more