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Archives: May 2010

TV Reporter To Aggressive PR Pro: ‘Don’t Touch Me’

Note to PR professionals: don’t touch reporters, especially when they’re trying to interview someone. In this video, via Mediaite, we see Dan Noyes, reporter with ABC Bay Area affiliate KGO-TV get testy with the communications director for Laguna Honda hospital, Mark Slavin.

Slavin is attempting to block access to a hospital executive, and is a bit too “touchy” for Noyes’ taste, or most people’s, for that matter.

New York Post Splashes Disney Corp. Comm. Scandal on Page One

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It’s not every day a PR person lands on the cover of the New York Post. Bonnie Hoxie, executive assistant to Disney head of corporate communications Zenia Mucha, was arrested yesterday with her accomplice, Hollywood coffee shop owner Yonni Sebbag. The two were nabbed in an FBI sting for attempting to sell company secrets to hedge funds. The Post ran emails documented in the SEC filing about Hoxie’s love of expensive shoes, hence the pun.

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All Eyes On Obama As He Preps for First Press Conference in Months

President Obama will give his first press conference today since Februaryor July — depending on how one defines “press conference.”

The press conference, along with tomorrow’s visit to the Gulf Coast, will be instrumental for the administration, as it needs to project an image and show results that display it is in control of the situation.

Writes the Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart:

I want to hear definitively how he is holding BP financially and legally accountable for this disaster. He must lay out the goals and timeline of the special commission he formed last week to investigate what happened. And he has to convince the American people that the lax leadership at the Mineral Management Service is over. A good way to demonstrate this is by announcing that the agency’s invisible chief, S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, has been shown the door.

As Manny Ortiz, senior lobbyist at Washington D.C. agency Quinn, Gillespie & Associates told PRNewser yesterday, “the perception problem now is that everyone agrees BP is bad, but what is [the administration] doing to fix it?”

The Ticker: B2B social media; Facebook settings; Media brands; Oily politics

Joe Kingsbury Jumps From Text 100 To Edelman

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Edelman has made a lot of high profile hires as of late. The latest is Joe Kingsbury, formerly social media practice lead for North America at Text 100. He joins Edelman as SVP, director of online engagement, in the corporate public affairs department.

“I think that it says something, hopefully, about where I think the industry is going, which is kind of digging even deeper into client’s needs as opposed to talking about tools,” Kingsbury told PRNewser today.

He added that he’ll be focusing on digital strategy from a B2B perspective, and working with clients in technology, financial services and healthcare.

Obama Administration’s ‘It’s BP’s Issue’ PR Strategy No Longer Viable

President Obama will hold a press conference tomorrow to address new offshore drilling regulations. He will also head to the Gulf Coast on Friday.

The moves reflect a different tone from the administration’s original stance on the recent Gulf Coast oil spill, which was to paint it as a problem almost solely to be dealt with by the company’s responsible – namely BP – and not the government.

“The president himself has only made one brief appearance in the region since the spill began and has only spoken publicly about the incident six times in the past five weeks,” CBS News notes.

Manny Ortiz, senior lobbyist at Washington D.C. agency Quinn, Gillespie & Associates told PRNewser today, “the perception problem now is that everyone agrees BP is bad, but what is [the administration] doing to fix it?”

With a news cycle that has turned from solely BP focused to administration and BP focused, “the strategy of keeping [Obama] away won’t help right now,” said Ortiz. “They have nothing to lose.”

Democratic strategist James Carville had more pointed words when went off on Obama on ABC’s “Good Morning America” today. “I have no idea of why they didn’t seize this thing,” he said. “I have no idea of why their attitude was so hands off here.”

UPDATE: The White House held a private, on-the-record meeting incident commander Thad Allen and several influential political columnists today.

RELATED: Enjoy Some BP Cake

Clean Up That Resume

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Put in your bid for the Press Officer job at Sotheby’s

Goddard Claussen Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. needs a Copywriter

A luxury wine importer in New York is looking for a Marketing & Communications Intern proficient in Adobe Creative Suite. No mention if perks include free booze

PRWeek is looking to fill both Bay Area Correspondent, and News Editor posts

Deep Focus is hosting a Creative Open House tomorrow to find talent.

Disney Corp. Comm. Staffer Arrested for Insider Trading

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Bonnie Hoxie, executive assistant to Disney head of corporate communications Zenia Mucha, has been arrested and charged with insider trading.

Hoxie used her access to attempt to sell information to hedge funds that Disney was in talks to sell its ABC network. In emails to hedge funds, Hoxie and an accomplice wrote:

Hi, I have access to DISNEY’S (DIS) quarterly earnings report before its release on 5/3/10. I am willing to share this information for a fee that we can determine later. I am sorry but I can’t disclose my identity for confidentiality reasons but we can correspond by email if you would like to discuss it. I count on your discretion as you can count on mine.

“Today’s arrests…suggest that the integrity of the securities exchanges can be compromised not only by top executives, but also by anyone entrusted with material, non-public information,” Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan told The Wall Street Journal.

TVNewser has a statement from ABC, which reads in part, “conversations regarding the ABC Network were and are false.”

Fergie’s Publicist is Kate Waddington, Not Ken Sunshine

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Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson has been in hot water lately, after an undercover reporter caught her trying to sell access to her ex-husband, British trade ambassador Prince Andrew.

While in New York for this week’s Book Expo America, Ferguson met with PR guru Ken Sunshine of Sunshine & Sachs. However, Ferguson is not a client, a source at the agency told PRNewser today.

“Ken met with the duchess,” the source said. “They are old friends. They talked about the current situation and he gave her some informal advice.”

Then who is representing Ferguson? Kate Waddington of Sputnik Communications [pictured]. The two have worked together for more than a decade.

On the Podcast: Obama’s presser, Understanding teen word of mouth, and Fenton’s 2010 Nonprofit Forecast

This week on the PRNewser Podcast we discussed President Obama’s press conference tomorrow — with questions — a day ahead of his next visit to the Gulf of Mexico to tour the damage created by the BP oil spill.

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We also looked at the Ketchum/myYearbook.com study of hyper-networked teens.

Finally, Fenton Communications New York managing director Rob Anderson joined us to talk about the results of the firm’s 2010 Fenton Forecast: Leadership and Effectiveness Among Nonprofits survey.

It turns out people’s perceptions of non-profits is positive, but giving to non-profit organizations is trending downwards.

Also: do you think social media is the credible driver of non-profit messages? Not so fast. Listen to the podcast to find out more.

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