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STUDY: Government Approval Ratings Hit All-Time Lows

uncle-sam-gun-to-headIf you watch the news for any amount of time, you may notice that our government has a perception problem that transcends any intra-party squabbles: pretty much no one has a good thing to say about the U.S. government, the people running it, or even those most affected by it.

Now, the latest related poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, adds to the dogpile.

In the national poll, we discover that President Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to its lowest ever position at 41 percent. Even worse, 71 percent of Americans believe this country is headed in the wrong direction.

Good news though: the approval rating for Congress has increased from 11 to 14 percent, so there’s that.

Le sigh.

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America Officially Hates Sarah Palin

palin_mouthSurveys are fun because they offer insights into America’s red, white, and blue soul. This is especially true when the surveys are about divisive things like politics, healthcare, or Donald Trump’s fabled “Trump Toupee.”

Take Sarah Palin.

See there? The name alone makes hairs stand up, stomachs turn and glasses go foggy. So why is she in the news … again? A survey.

While it’s not like Sarah Palin is on a media hiatus or anything, she’s not as visible as she would like. And thanks to this NBC News/WSJ poll, we know she is still more vocal than anyone would like.

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Billionaire Compares ‘War on Rich’ to Jews and the Holocaust

PERKINS

Send your hate mail to this jack wagon

Meet Thomas Perkins. 

He’s a Silicon Valley venture capitalist; a uber-iconoclast billionaire; founder of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; and international village idiot. Why? Dude was feeling miffed one day because his tea didn’t come with his daily copy of Barron’s (so, I’m sure he fired the help) and took it out on the Wall Street Journal. 

In fact, the letter to the editor he wrote was entitled: Progressive Kristallnacht Coming? Not cheeky enough for you uneducated peons? Try the slug in his article:

I would call attention to the parallels of Nazi Germany to its war on its “one percent,” namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the “rich.”

Yeah, there’s more after the jump…

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Mets PR Man/Butt-Dialing Champion Explains Himself to Today

Jay Horowitz, the man who has handled PR duties for the perpetual underdog New York Mets for more than 30 years, received more attention than expected over the past week thanks to his mastery of…the “butt dial.” A Wall Street Journal profile first outed him as “The King of the Accidental Phone Call”, and he showed up on The Today Show this week to make light of his cheeky tendencies:

We like the interview, though we would have loved an irreverent comment or two from one of our own favorite interview subjects, Al Roker (check out his Mediabistro clip!).

Horowitz also got some flack last week for tweeting an incorrect fact about his beloved Mets. The team’s last 20-game winner was R.A. Dickey, not Frank Viola. We still feel like everyone should cut the guy a break. He’s been loyal to a fault — and he uses a BlackBerry. Come on now.

Check out his original Wall Street Journal interview after the jump:

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American Airlines Had a Terrible PR Week

Given the fact that America’s faith in its airline companies is roughly equivalent to its faith in Congress, we feel like the big names should be doing everything in their power to remind customers how great they are.

This week, however, the opposite happened.

American Airlines suffered from flight cancellations, absentee pilots, planned layoffs for 11-14,000 workers, and an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal urging all readers to avoid the airline altogether. Wow, that last one was quite harsh. But we were even more disturbed by this story:

In short, a man (who happened to be a frequent business traveler and regular AA customer) bought tickets to Disney World for himself, his wife and his daughter. Four months after buying these tickets, his plans got complicated by the fact that American changed the flight plans for the return trip. Unfortunately, this meant placing all the paid passengers in arbitrary seating arrangements. As American set things up, the man’s daughter would be sitting on the other side of the plane.

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Survey of Financial Journalists Finds ‘WSJ’ Most Influential

A survey of 350 financial journalists found that The Wall Street Journal was considered most influential for financial news. Bloomberg News, The New York Times, Reuters, and Financial Times round out the top five.

The study was conducted by Gorkana, a global service provider for PR pros and journalists, in partnership with two DePaul University College of Comms professors: Dr. Matt Ragas and Dr. Hai Tran. This is the first study ever done by Gorkana.

The study also found that of the top 10 most influential financial journalists, five come from the NYT: Andrew Ross Sorkin, Gretchen Morgenson, Paul Krugman, and Joe Nocera.

Finally, when asked about their outlook on the economy, nearly half (46 percent) were neutral about it. Only 18 percent were positive.

The study was conducted between December 1 and December 30, 2011 via a self-administered online survey. For more information about the study, click here.

Pinterest is Simple, But Strategy is Still Required

As people continue to wrap their brains around Pinterest, writers are offering up some easy explanations for what it is.

“Simply put, Pinterest is a visually dazzling bulletin board, enabling users to bookmark and curate images or virtually fold over pages of their favorite catalogs,” says TIME magazine.

But after some weeks of seeming nonstop coverage of the site, we’re now moving into the phase where people are putting more thought into how it can be used as more than just a hobby. Especially now that we have word that it’s the “fastest growing site ever” and its driving crazy amounts of retail traffic.

This can quickly make things more complicated.

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Revolving Door: Le HuffPo, NY Times’ Abramson to Debut at Davos, NBC Publishing eBooks, and More

NY Times' Jill Abramson

Le Huffington Post made its debut on Monday in France with Anne Sinclair as editorial director. Sinclair, a former TV anchor, is the wife of infamous former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, aka DSK. At the press conference Sinclair reassured the audience that there would be no conflicts of interest between her new role and her private life. (via New York Times)

ABC News‘ partnership with Yahoo! has spawned two new Web shows about politics that launched this week. The shows are extensions of long-running blogs from George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper. George’s Bottom Line debuted on Monday and Political Punch with Jake Tapper appeared on Tuesday. (via TVNewser)

NBC News established a new eBook imprint called NBC Publishing. The unit will release enhanced eBooks with videos inside, and the launch follows the media company’s success in the eBook business. (via GalleyCat)

Jill Abramson, executive editor at The New York Times, will make her grand entrance at the Davos World Economic Forum this week. She will be joined by NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger, who is hosting a dinner on Abramson’s behalf. She will also lead a panel of women leaders in a discussion. (via Capital New York)

Newt Gingrich is continuing his attacks on the media. Last week Gingrich critiqued CNN for questioning him about his second marriage at the start of the South Carolina debate. After the Florida debate this week Gingrich complained that NBC did not allow the audience to clap, saying “Media doesn’t control free speech.” (via FishbowlDC)

Diane Sawyer was criticized by James Spann, chief meteorologist at Birmingham ABC-affiliate WBMA, for her report on the Alabama tornadoes on Monday evening’s World News. Spann took issue with Sawyer’s claim that there was no tornado warning, saying “This event was forecast days in advance.” (via TV Spy)

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Journalists: We Love Twitter

Access Communications interviewed more than 25 reporters from a wide variety of outlets including Gizmodo and the Wall Street Journal, finding that 69 percent use Twitter as a reporting tool, up 21 percent from last year. Sixty-eight percent believe that reliance on social media has increased significantly. And 95 percent believe that social media can be a reliable means to find sources. We’ve got the SlideShare after the jump.

“I use it religiously,” said USA Today reporter Jon Swartz. “It’s the best service in the world, bar none.”

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A Road Map for Pitching Travel Media


Real people and offbeat experiences, not perfect places, are the most coveted types of travel stories, according to a panel of travel media editors at a Publicity Club of New York event on Tuesday. In a notable departure from many other media beats, there was hardly any mention of celebrity-driven content.

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