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White House Unveils New PSA Asking Us All To Prevent Sexual Assault

The White House has released the latest PSA in its efforts to end sexual assault, and with it a new website that asks visitors to take a pledge as a “personal commitment to help keep women and men safe…”

The “It’s On Us” campaign has enlisted the help of celebrities such as Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Mayim Bialik and Randy Jackson, along with partners like BET and the NCAA. The President and Vice President have a cameo in the clip.

The Obama Administration’s efforts in this area began with the launch of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, which has another site, NotAlone.gov. Sharing information and making it explicitly clear what sexual assault is and where to turn to for help have been the first major steps for both campaigns.

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STUDY: President Obama’s Ratings Hit Another Record Low

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From ISIS to the economy, domestic drama to foreign policy, it seems that the President is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

Last month, the entire U.S. government received the deplorable edict of the worst approval rating ever, with 71 percent of respondents saying that the country is “headed in the wrong direction.” The same Gallup poll revealed that only 41 percent of Americans approve of the work done by the Oval Office.

This month it got worse.

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White House, Pentagon Go Social with News of Military Strikes in Iraq

This is the way we live in the present day: tweets announcing the launch of bombing campaigns against increasingly powerful insurgents in Iraq.

Note this preceding message for clarity:

So it did happen and it will continue to happen. But a few reporters jumped the gun.

Maybe we don’t know the specific objective (though the President did elaborate a bit in a somewhat open-ended press conference).

But thanks to Instagram, we do know what the decision-making scene looked like…

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THIS JUST IN: White House Forced to Consider Deporting Justin Bieber

THIS JUST IN 2To President Obama’s credit, he had a forum established for the minions of this country to have a voice.

Granted, it comes with a few catches but at least the door to get someone to hear you — someone that may actually matter (no real promise there) — is open for those motivated enough to make something happen.

How?

Visit We the People on the White House website. Yes, it’s official but it requires a petition. And here’s the catch:

Remember you have just 30 days to get 100,000 signatures in order to get a response from the White House.

Whelp, that official proclamation now has 10-year-old girls freaking the #$%& out right about now because Justin Bieber may find Uncle Sam’s red, white and blue boot in his beliebing Canadian behind.

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Is This the ‘Most Secretive White House’ in U.S. History?

jillabramsonThat bold claim came forth last week, loaded with ire directed at one President Barack Obamaif that’s his real name [cue the Law & Order doink doink].

The vitriolic assertion ruffled a few feathers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, but it wasn’t some run of the mill “I-am-pissed-because-that’s-not-the-dude-I-supported” complaint—it came straight from New York Times editor Jill Abramson, as seen in the snazzy screen shot to your left.

ICYMI: Abramson was giving an interview to Al-Jazeera America‘s John Seigenthaler (former Washington bureau chief for the NYT) when she threw out this statement:

It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering…I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.

And that led to this

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Oh Look, the White House Made a Typo

We would follow the response to this tiny spelling error made by someone on the White House‘s social media graphic design team and read opponents’ comments about how the mistake reflects upon the general incompetence of the current administration and its ideology, but we literally cannot think of a more complete waste of our (relatively) valuable time.

Can you?

News Corp Names Former Clinton White House Rep to Top Comms Role

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The streams have crossed, people. News Corp, the “multinational media company” formed as a spinoff of boss Rupert Murdoch‘s larger, identically named venture in 2013, has appointed a veteran White House PR man to the CCO (chief communications officer) position.

That’s the Clinton White House, by the way, where Jim Kennedy worked as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to the President. Other past clients include Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, aka The Wall Street Journal‘s favorite people in the world.

Kennedy joins the Corp after a stint as SVP for strategic comms at Sony; his new boss Robert Thomson, who doubles as the EIC for Dow Jones & Company, writes that “His global experience and Washington expertise mean that he has a contact network that extends from Tokyo to Tucson.”

We just hope he won’t have to respond to all the defamation lawsuits filed against the New York Post or answer any NC-17 phone calls from Alec Baldwin.

White House Press Team to Angry Photojournalists: ‘Here’s Your Damn Picture’

Some journalists with cameras are mad at the White House for over-managing the message by prohibiting them from attending “private” events like the signing of new laws and releasing its own pics via its own streams instead.

Yesterday the Associated Press and other major news organizations delivered a letter to press secretary Jay Carney asking for greater transparency and writing:

Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties…officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government.

They even used the term “visual press releases” to describe the images carefully curated and released by official White House accounts.

POTUS photographer Pete Souza responded last night with a twitpic that effectively said: “O RLY?”

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White House Uses Climate Change Hashtag to Announce More Oil Drilling

We haven’t been able to review President Obama‘s “yes, we botched the product launch” press conference today, but here’s an interesting case of the White House team spinning on social.

The purpose of the tweet is to announce that domestic oil production has hit a 24-year peak, but the message is phrased to make it sound like this is a victory in the (pretty much non-existent) war on climate change. Note the #actonclimate hashtag on the graphic.

Let’s unravel this statement:

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13 Political Metaphors More Annoying Than the Government Shutdown

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“My metaphorical cup is this full…”

Retreat to your cocoon, adjust your tin foil hat, pull the wool over your eyes and get ready to drink the Kool-Aid, sheeple—it’s time for a lesson in messages more infuriating than the last season of Lost.

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