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Yesterday, we brought you a story penned by David Segal (aka “The Haggler”) of New York Times consumer reporting fame. In summary, he was sent an atrocious email by an Austin, Texas PR firm. This pitch was so bad, Segal called Vocus for putting his number on a list and the PR firm for actually using it for such imbecilic reasons. Neither Vocus nor the PR firm ever called him back, and now Segal hates flacks from here to eternity.
In response, I called a friend of mine: Segal’s counterpart at The Dallas Morning News, the great Dave Lieber.
For more than 20 years, Dave was the consumer crusader of the southwest from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That is until he was called upon to play for the other team at the Morning News. If anyone will help flacks understand the suckdom of others in this profession, it’s Dave Lieber. He really cares, not only about journalism, but also about people in general. And yes, that includes PR professionals. Here’s my interview with Dave “The Watchdog” Lieber.
Read to the end and enjoy. Trust me, I know you will:
Way to go flacks who consistently give this profession a black eye, a bloody nose, a fat lip and a sweet wedgie. You all did it again—except to the wrong dude. This time, your unscrupulous actions of writing eight-paragraph pitches, conducting inane topical outreach and making badgering phone calls have incensed the great ‘Haggler’ of the New York Times.
To those not in-the-know (and by the looks of this story, that’s several of you), meet David Segal.
He is much more than the consumer advocate reporter known as “The Haggler.” He is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who deserves much better than what he reports here, in an article entitled “Swatting at a Swarm of Public Relations Spam.” As I said, way to go.
This morning’s big media news scoop, via Bloomberg: Forbes Media is on the market for sale to the highest bidder.
Hell, the headline reads “Preserving Venerable Forbes Brand, With an Aggressive Digital Drive”, and the article is all about how the Forbes native advertising program (which totally works, BTW), along with sponsored events and other new revenue streams, will increase its value as a standout in the floundering media field. From the second and eighth paragraphs:
Forbes Media’s 60-year-old soft-spoken and folksy chief executive…has spent the last three years transforming the company from a financially troubled family business into an enterprise that has moved aggressively to embrace the new digital landscape.
Forbes spokeswoman said that advertising revenue for Forbes.com would grow by 35 percent from 2010 to 2013
Times columnist Christine Haughney just wrote their sales pitch for them.
The New Yorker Editor David Remnick Comments on His Career, the Magazine’s Content and Cover Controversies
“While most magazines have their moments in the culture, The New Yorker has mattered a lot at various points in time,” said David Remnick, the magazine’s editor. New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute hosted a wide-ranging conversation with him on Tuesday evening.
Remnick shared his candid thoughts on his career, his editorial role, the magazine’s print and digital content and occasional controversies. While being The New Yorker editor is a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity, many takeaways from Remnick’s experiences about career timing, managing work relationships, having strong competitors and staying relevant apply across positions.
Below are selected highlights.
Early career: “There were things back then called paid internships”, Remnick emphasized, (in his only reference to the ongoing Conde Nast internship controversy). He got an internship at Newsday, and another at The Washington Post. He also taught English in Japan and served as WaPo’s foreign correspondent in Moscow, competing for stories with Bill Keller of The New York Times.
He attributes his eventual switch from newspapers to magazines to the waiting room at his father’s dental practice. He spent time there reading magazines while listening to rock music. “The New Yorker was hard to grasp beyond the cartoons when I was little, but I warmed to it.”
Being named editor : After Tina Brown left, Remnick, who had been working at The New Yorker, became editor. He said he got the job, even though he had no prior professional editorial experience, after Sy Newhouse’s initial choice was nixed. As Remnick recalled, “they really needed an editor in a hurry. But the geometry of my relationships with other editors changed, and that’s still complicated.”
We almost hate to point at Randi Zuckerberg because we’ve never heard of her being a big meanie to anyone, unlike her brother in that fictional movie we saw called Justin Timberlake Is a Rich Douchebag. But this is really not the best way to promote your new book on Veterans Day, is it?
In honor of Veterans Day, share how tech helped/complicated life while serving & get a free signed copy of my book! pic.twitter.com/3MU7UijrPL
— Randi Zuckerberg (@randizuckerberg) November 11, 2013
Sure, we get the direct connection between a semi-memoir about balancing your digital life with the real world and serving in the military…
Oh wait, no we don’t.
How much would you pay to hang out with Guy Fieri for a day? NYT restaurant critic Pete Wells would probably say “nothing”, because he can’t forgive the Guy for ruining a plate of nachos, aka the “hardest [dish] in the American canon to mess up”. But for hedge funder Steven A. Cohen, the experience was worth $100,000.
What did that sum buy the man? According to the recently published expose From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, the deal was that Cohen and Fieri would be “friends for a day” and do all the awesome things you see each week on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
But—as if to prove that the goodness in Fieri’s heart is every bit as real as the frosting on his tips—the two went on to become true buds prone to bonding over well-cooked weiners.
Confession: we were recently Googling someone we knew in high school after one of those random “I wonder what he’s been doing for the past ten years?” moments. The answer to our question was “breaking the law all over the place”, and it came in the form of ten different images of our old acquaintance in various stages of arrest.
We felt bad for him and we still do, but this little discovery gave us our first look into the skeezy world of mugshot websites, a weird little niche business that just keeps growing like a defiant weed (according to The New York Times).
These sites look like producers of clickbait spam that comes in approximately three varieties: “faces of meth”, “sexy mugshots” and “celebrities at their drunkest”. Here’s how they make money: they charge the average citizens depicted in these mug shots to remove them. And the pay scale is “flexible.”
Grossed out yet?
The New Yorker Festival has wrapped up for this year, bringing to a close the three-day festival that included talks with writer Edwidge Danticat, actress Toni Collette, and singer Paul Simon. We got our ticket to hear Jill Abramson speak with New Yorker writer Ken Auletta about being executive editor of The New York Times.
There were a lot of topics covered, but right at the end, there was a question, clearly from a publicist, about the newspaper’s interaction with public relations people.
“It’s a very skeptical relationship,” said Abramson, in a voice that is so unique it takes a moment to get used to. (Sample here.)
“We don’t want to use PR people as a gateway to the story,” she added.
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