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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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New York Times Publisher: ‘I’m Not Sexist. She Was a Bad Manager.’

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It would be a sweet picture, if — you know — that didn’t hate each other so much.

Last week, the publishing world stood still for a moment when it learned that 17-year publication veteran and three-year executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson (pictured above and left), was shown the door. And fast. (Followed by another classy headline from the New York Post.)

Her claim: Sexism.

In short, she was she was sorely underpaid for decades. Granted, no one is feeling bad for her when she made $425,000, but when your predecessor made in the sixes, you have room to gripe. She did, namely in the direction of her boss and publisher (also pictured above and right), Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. And now, he’s fighting back.  Read more

Jill Abramson Comes Out Swinging via The New York Post

jill abramoff new york postThat is not a typo, dear industry cronies. The jilted, former executive editor of The New York Times is still making headlines. Except, as you can see, she did it for the competition. Kinda.

Yes, the New York Post’s snark comes to the rescue again with this play on words. (And for those who don’t know, The Times is known as ‘The Old Grey Lady.’ See there? Jokey jokes.)

News is now that Abramson was let go because of her refusal to back down from pay inequality. The Times has a different story. And while the national media is having a feeding frenzy on this issue, the story in the Post is that Abramson is a “badass” with a tattoo hailing her allegiance at the paper she once led.

Because that’s news.

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The Film Industry Has a New Definition of PR

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Variety editorial director/longtime man-about-town Peter Bart has a problem with Hollywood’s new communications strategy.

What, you didn’t realize that the major studios were conspiring to neuter the press?

Here’s the gist of Bart’s complaint:

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How Did We Become ‘Spin Doctors’ Anyway?

what-is-public-relationsSo, there I was reading PR Week recently when I noticed its quote of the day: “PR professionals hate spin and what it stands for.” The fact that said PR professional shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition notwithstanding, the sentiment is right on!

Candidly, I have never been so smug with this craft to think I am beyond being called a “flack.”

It’s our nickname and it’s a term of endearment. Many journalists respectively celebrate their status as “hacks.” However, one term that is universally frowned upon in this establishment is “Spin Doctor.” 

Why? The term connotes ne’er-do-wells, people who suck at PR, and borderline used-car salesmen or, in the worst case scenario, lobbyists.

Unfortunately, the literal meaning of the term is even worse…

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America’s Most Elitist Crossword Puzzle Uses ‘Fo’ Shizzle’

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Yes, my nizzles. That’s the New York Times, fo’ rizzle!

In case you have absolutely no clue what that cutline says, no worries. I speak “Snoop Dogg.” According to the Urban Dictionary, “-izzle” is ”a suffix, often used by gangsters, used to cut off a word when one’s brain cannot process words with greater than three syllables.”

“Izzle” was basically a cutsy lingo developed by the Snoop D-O-double-G. It was such a popular way to speak, screwing up anyone advocate of AP-style, that the New York Times covered it in 2004. I suppose since that day in almost a decade ago, editors at the “Old Grey (White) Lady” thought they accrued street swagger … so they included “Fo’ Shizzle” in their nationally respected crossword puzzle.

What the fizzle?!

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General Mills Completes Its Reversal on Arbitration Terms

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In the final chapter of a brief three-part exercise in damage control, General Mills has completed its 180-degree reversal on a failed plan to prevent future class action lawsuits by forcing consumers to resolve complaints via private arbitration.

After refusing to comment on a New York Times story that speculated as to whether the new terms would have forbidden all fans and followers from filing suit, the company attempted to clarify before dumping the effort entirely.

Over the weekend, GM’s director of external communications issued a statement in the form of a blog post which nicely demonstrates the difficulty of turning legal terms colloquial.

Key quotes and our translations after the jump.

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General Mills Clarifies for Fans: You Can Still Sue Us (but Please Don’t)

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But not “100% naturally”

General Mills has attempted to dispel some confusion regarding what may have been the most boneheaded move of the week: a revision of its legal terms that seemingly forbade fans from filing lawsuits if they’ve clicked on anything related to the company.

In summary: Facebook fans and Twitter followers can still sue…unless they’ve subscribed to a GM publication or downloaded a coupon. The mix-up seems to have stemmed from the use of the phrase “online communities”, because who could have foreseen people misinterpreting that one?!

The note a spokesperson sent to The New York Times after the jump:

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General Mills: If You ‘Like’ Cheerios Then You Can Never Sue

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General Mills is, of course, no stranger to controversy regarding the ingredients and health properties of its products. Just add an “O” to the end of the acronym if you need to refresh your memory.

That said, we have a feeling that the company’s latest attempt to protect itself in the legal sphere will, in the immortal words of the late Keith Moon, “go over like a lead balloon.

…and there will be plenty of terrible press in the process.

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GM CEO on Recall Crisis: ‘Terrible Things Happened’

Here’s a case study in double duty internal/external crisis communications via General Motors and The New York Times.

This video was broadcast to employees, but it was clearly also meant to be a public statement; it’s been published on multiple news sites today.

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