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GOP Comms Director Resigns After Rant About Obama Daughters Goes Viral

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Hell has finally frozen over as our fractious political parties have figured out something to agree upon: don’t mess with another man’s kids.

An unwritten rule in Washington has long held that journalists and political opponents alike do not report negative news about the children of our elected officials.

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.), broke that rule all over Facebook last week…and this morning we learned that she paid for her mistake with her job.

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GOOD NEWS: Grandma’s Dream of Performing in Macy’s Parade Comes True

grandma boopMeet Grandma Boop.

We didn’t name her, but we sure want to meet her. You see, yesterday was her 83rd birthday. And for the past 30 years, every time she blows out those candles on her cake, she only wishes for one thing — to be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Yes, way. Not watching it or sitting on the parade route. Girl wants to be in the parade. As in dressed like a clown.

How can you not love this woman already? There she is adorned like a turkey enjoying her family as she does every year. Following the opening of those get-a-gun-and-shoot singing cards, she has a fit that has to induce a smile or two for anyone within 50 feet of the broadcast.

Just watch this video. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed.

APOCALYPSE WATCH: Gizmodo Shares What’s Wrong with America

gizmodo-logoWhat’s the state of the United States today?

From the Kardashians to the “Real Housewives,” athletes’ contracts to underpaid civil servants, the cost of living in New York to the even higher cost of living in San Francisco, there are tell-tale signs everywhere.

However, few things on the planet will offer a darker portrait of humanity in general than the Black Friday ballyhoo.

But what if there were something about Thanksgiving that overshadows the sight of people literally pitching a family-sized tent in front of Walmart to save $200 on a TV?

Gawker property Gizmodo just shared such a thing.

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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Black Friday Expands, Rebrands as ‘Black Week’

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Still wondering why we “can’t have nice things?” Two words: Black and Friday

It’s yet another unofficial American holiday during which people are allowed — nay, encouraged — to re-enact scenes from The Purge in hopes of scoring $400 off a big screen TV. The doors open, and may God have mercy on the soul of whoever is standing at that partition.

The stampede is on and the fights go viral faster than you can type #WalMartFights. However, if you think one day is enough of this madness, you better ask somebody. This year “Black Week” because it’s hard out there for a retailer.

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RadioShack Forced to Stay Closed on Thanksgiving After Employee Mutiny

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The formerly dominant personal technology super store, Radio Shack, is suffering in many ways.

This Dallas/Fort Worth-based company is laying off employees almost on a monthly basis. It is closing hundreds of stores annually. Its brand is considered so antiquated that self-deprecationwas in order for its last Super Bowl commercial. Now it is facing almost certain bankruptcy.

That said, there’s still hope: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all that they imply. Unfortunately, it seems that this business can’t quite get those right. Maybe that’s why they hired Weird Al: this story feels like a parody of how to get ready for the holidays.

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GOOD NEWS: Costco Continues to Be the Champion for Thanksgiving

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FOX News annually warns us of a “War on Christmas” in discussing the plight of religious connections to the holiday. Unfortunately, a “War on Thanksgiving” has commenced — and this one is about threats to the retail portion of the holiday.

The unofficial kickoff to Christmas shopping is a day marketed as a sales lollapalooza for some and an exercise in misery for many others. In fact, the blackness of Friday has crept into Thanksgiving, smearing its dankness all over shopping aisles everywhere. Lately, no one seems to care about eating turkey — but one huge retailer refuses to sell a thing on that day.

We say: good for you, Costco.

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What the PRNewser Gang Is Thankful for in 2013

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Tomorrow is the big day. A time when your humble PRNewser gang — him, her, her and yours truly — have a chance to reflect upon the overdose of tryptophan, the near-mauling of family members and how, exactly, one can resist the temptation to take an Instagram of everyone’s drunk Uncle Eddie (who tries to show off his “turkey leg” during the blessing of the meal).

The question came up during our morning “Soooo…whatchu gonna write about” meeting: what we are thankful for this year?

Sure, family, friends and a tank full of gas, but more specifically, what in this beloved industry of integrated flackdom are we most appreciative for in thanking sweet baby Jesus in 2013? Here’s our list. We’d love to hear yours in the comments after the jump…

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Starbucks Joins the Black Friday Black Eye to the Holidays

Kinda says it all to me after this holiday buzzkill news

Kinda says it all to me after this holiday buzzkill news

Sure, there’s a Starbucks on every corner. If you don’t believe me, listen to the great Lewis Black explain it.

Now, I understand Starbucks thinks it is a retail giant, but it’s not. Admit it, O’ siren of the coffee bean. You sell addiction in a nicely tight package of prepubescent angst.

Your smarmy baristas may be happy to provide some fattening lemon, pumpkin or other fru-fru bread, but you are placed on every street corner in the known world to sell coffee.

Your PR is for coffee. Your products are known as coffee. Your bottom line is laced in it.

So, far be it from me — who just loves all this Thanksgiving Thursday / Black Friday hurry-hurry-sell-till-you-puke-mess — to allow a moment like this to go by without a comment of snark. But Santa has decided that Starbucks would be better served as a big box retail store than a depot for hipsters ogling over each other’s skinny jeans and graphic tees.

According to the ConsumeristStarbucks’ Black Friday deal is $65 for a stainless steel tumbler that comes with an entire month’s worth of free espresso-based beverages.

Well, dip me in a caramel macchiato and call me java mama. I hope this comes with an appointment to an internist because your damn liver and kidneys may have something for you by New Years.

STUDY: People Aren’t Getting Self-Handsy During the Holidays

Jerking off all time lowYesterday, we brought you a story about PS4 and its latest “partner” in providing kids an ultimate gaming experience. And as filthy as I felt writing that thing, would you believe I found more?

Although I had to filter for images and stories with extreme heedfulness, would you believe the people that brought you free videos of BBWs doing the Harlem Shake on an actual Globetrotter have a real study out?!

Get this: According to the Pornhub “study,” no one is stuffing their turkey, yanking their mistletoe or putting a cornucopia on their Yuletide log during the holidays, if you know what I mean.

Hey, this is real news, flacks. I just report it!

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This Is Why All The Backlash in the World Won’t Put a Stop To Thanksgiving Day Shopping

target black fridayMore and more around this pre-Thanksgiving time, the media is filled with stories about retailers opening their doors for Black Friday earlier than the year before. Then there are stories about the backlash — from the employees who say their Thanksgiving Day celebrations are hampered by the need to report to a job that isn’t paying early enough to justify the inconvenience, and supporters who think that it’s heartless for these retailers to commercialize the holiday.

Despite the coverage this issue has gotten, retailers keep opening earlier and earlier, to the point that Kmart will be open for 41 straight hours. Shortly after this marathon opening was announced, CNN had a story that read:

Hundreds of Kmart customers took to social media and threatened to boycott the store if it didn’t reverse its decision, so that its employees can spend Thanksgiving with their families. People called the decision “heartless,” “greedy,” “shameful” and “disgusting.”

There must be a reason that retailers would subject themselves to this type of negative publicity at a time of happiness and goodwill each year.

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