Two points from PR and Academics 101: don’t steal stuff—and if you’re going to borrow from someone else, make sure you make it very clear that you did so. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, or whoever writes his speeches and op-eds, didn’t learn either of those lessons, and it’s led to lots of bad press for a guy who would like to be president one day.
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A quick lesson in media relations from the office of Vice President Joe Biden: try to be nice to reporters whenever possible–and if you do decide to be difficult, make sure you’re justified or you might embarrass yourself.
Today the VP’s office issued an official apology for “bullying” (not our word of choice) a student reporter at a press event. In summary: Biden, attorney general Eric Holder and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin called a press conference to announce a new domestic violence prevention initiative. A reporter for Capital Press, who also happens to be a student at the University of Maryland, accidentally sat in a section of the room that was not reserved for media and took photos of Biden as he spoke.
After the event, a member of Biden’s press staff spoke to the reporter and demanded to watch as he deleted the (supposedly) forbidden photos. Scandal!
NYC-based WISE Public Relations appointed John McCartney to the newly created role of director of media relations. McCartney will be responsible for leading the media relations programs and providing strategic communications counsel to clients. Prior to WISE Public Relations, John served as US Account Director, Earned Media at Splendid Communications Group. (Revolving Door)
Dushka Zapata joined Ruder Finn to head the agency’s west coast operations. Dushka will become the agency’s Managing Director, Ruder Finn San Francisco, a newly created position. She was most recently Executive Vice President and Head of the San Francisco office for Ogilvy & Mather, where she oversaw the agency’s full offering in San Francisco. (Release)
Resolute Consulting hired John Cohen as executive vice president of its national security strategy and communications practice in Washington, D. C.. Cohen was formerly principal deputy coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In his new role, John will work with Resolute Consulting clients to assess the public environment surrounding complex issues and develop strategic communications and outreach strategies to help solve them. He will leverage his extensive experience working with the news media and preparing and implementing crisis communications plans for public and private sector entities. (Release)
The major political parties continue to battle it out over ways to cut spending and grow the economy. The White House is taking what it admits is a small step towards curbing wasteful government spending with the aptly named “Campaign to Cut Waste.”
Launched this week and led by VP Joe Biden (“because no one messes with Joe,” President Obama says in the campaign video), the initiative will seek out ways to save money or get back precious government dollars that are now being unnecessarily spent. Among those wasteful expenditures already identified are a large number of government-funded websites, like one for the Fiddlin’ Foresters, “the official old-time string band of the US Forest Service.” That website has already been brought down.
The President says they’ve already pinpointed $33 billion in savings.