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Bad News: Poll Shows Confidence in News Media Very Low, Right Above Congress

we hate TV

500 channels and nothing on…

There is nothing more mesmerizing than our ability to ignore fact, figure, and logic.

Collectively, there are groups of people who can be so dense that one would think every highfalutin group walks around in wifebeaters drenched in sweat and beer stains. For example: It is no secret that the current Congressional body has the lowest approval rating in U.S. history, yet there they are, re-elected and sitting pretty.

Glowing in the spotlight of that single-digit love is one other group that just can’t take a hint: National Network News.

The numbers we have to share have nothing to do with ratings, but they probably should.

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Roll Call: OgilvyOne, Millward Brown and ABC News

OgilvyOne Hong Kong has promoted Sheilen Rathod to managing director, effective immediately. Rathod’s focus will be to drive client growth through the development of creative and effective customer engagement strategies, working alongside Chris Brewer, head of Customer Engagement and Scott McBride, head of Digital. Rathod will continue to work with clients to guide them in navigating the ever-changing digital, CRM and e-commerce landscape. (Release)

Millward Brown has announced it has acquired EffectiveBrands Holding B.V. (“EffectiveBrands”), one of the world’s leading global marketing strategy consulting firms. Millward Brown will combine EffectiveBrands with Millward Brown Optimor, its strategy consulting unit, to form Millward Brown Vermeer. Millward Brown Vermeer will work with the world’s leading CMOs and brands to align the “why, what and how” of marketing strategy to drive brand-led business growth. EffectiveBrands was founded in 2001 by Marc de Swaan Arons and Frank van den Driest. The founders, along with the firm’s 65 employees, bring extensive brand marketing experience to client engagements. EffectiveBrands’ Marketing2020 study is recognized as the most global and comprehensive CMO research program ever conducted and helps global CMOs align marketing strategy, structure, and capability with business growth. (Release)

Subrata De has joining ABC News as vice president, Multi-Platform Newsgathering, with oversight of our domestic, foreign, digital and social media newsgathering. Subrata’s new role will unify the editorial operation—expanding cooperation across broadcast and digital platforms to improve reporting and to use resources more effectively. Subrata has spent the last 15 years working for NBC News and MSNBC, most recently as the executive producer of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and senior producer for “Nightly News.” She has traveled the world with Brian Williams, often tasked with getting in and out of chaotic and dangerous places while covering major news events with distinction. She has overseen remotes from 20 countries, including Indonesia, Egypt, Israel, China, Iraq, Iran, Haiti and Afghanistan, and all over the U.S. (Release)

No Joke: ‘The Colbert Report’ Voted ‘Most Informative U.S. News Source’

colbert better than news

Hey national news, you think your ratings are bad now?

I haven’t seen a survey but I would be willing to bet that most journos and PR peeps watch Comedy Central … for news.

Why? How much drive-by shootings, domestic disturbances, child abuse cases, political scandals, and weather reports can one person take in a day? We need some levity so we read blogs with a tinge of snark and watch TV with a bit more.

Thank you Comedy Central for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

While they joke wonderfully about the world around us, they educate America by giving a no-nonsense approach to what “breaking news” obfuscates on a minute-by-minute basis. And now, there’s proof: Stephen Colbert has been voted the “most informative U.S. news source.”

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Here’s Your Favorite ‘Hack-to-Flack’ Twitter Wedding Proposal

When we first saw this social media wedding proposal yesterday we thought “that’s too personal to blog”. But then we realized that ABC News tech journalist Joanna Stern tweeted it not only to her now-fiancee Michelle Barna of Deep Focus but also to her 35,000 followers.

It was literally a case of a “hack” proposing to a “flack” over Twitter. Oh, and the flack said yes.

Also: it was far smoother than our own proposal.

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Hack to Flack: A Former Journalist’s Guide to Better PR Pitches

Today we’re happy to bring you a guest post by Lindsay Goldwert, a senior program executive at a global tech PR firm. Before she leapt to the dark side, Lindsay worked at the New York Daily News, ABCNews.com, CBSNews.com, CourtTV, Glamour and Redbook. In her spare time, she writes short stories.

As a communications vet who’s worn both the “journalism” and “PR” hats, she provides us with a very unique take on the delicate dance that we call “media relations.” Enjoy!

I have a confession: until very recently I was a working journalist–and I was very cruel to PR people.

Who could blame me? Tasked with writing and producing “life & style” content for the New York Daily News’s bustling website, I could not be bothered with endless email pitches that had nothing to do with my beat. I got snippy when people called to ask me if I had received their e-mail, yet every time I cleared my inbox it managed to fill up again within the hour.

By mid-morning every day, I already had a slate of content to work on–most of it stories that bounced off the day’s news. Yet PR people still called me (always when I was on deadline) to ask whether I might have time for a desk-side client interview or a three-hour lunch event.

Didn’t they know that, as a digital reporter, I never left my desk? Soon, I didn’t just ignore emails from PR people — I deleted them en masse without reading them. Eventually, I got so frustrated with the ill-timed telephone calls that I just stopped picking up my phone altogether.

Sound familiar?

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Big-Name Publicist Maurie Perl Leaving Condé Nast

Conde Naste vet Maurie PerlIn Industry Insider News, one of the New York media world’s biggest PR names has announced a major career change. Maurie Perl has a long history performing public relations work for some of the publishing industry’s best-regarded titles including Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Women’s Wear Daily goes so far as to call her “Condé Nast’s most powerful gatekeeper”; she spent more than two decades at the company performing PR duties for such names as David Remnick and Tina Brown and mentoring much of the industry’s younger talent. Before joining Condé Nast she worked at ABC News alongside Barbara Walters and others.

Brown says “She’s more than a publicist. She’s a consiglieri. No one can see all the angles like her”. Tough to find greater words of praise for anyone in the business.

Earlier this week an internal email revealed that Perl would be leaving as a result of Condé Nast’s decision to hire the Rubenstein agency for all media relations concerns. This move comes about because the company looks to further establish itself in “the scripted TV and feature films arenas”. Robert Green, executive producer of Huffington Post Live, will be the company’s new senior vice president.

No word on next steps for Perl, who has “no intention of retiring.”

Man Sues Airlines for Obese Wife’s Death

KLM AirlinesIn a tale of tragedy and PR disaster that almost certainly could have been avoided, a grieving Bronx husband just announced plans to sue Delta, KLM and Lufthansa airlines for millions.

Earlier this year, the three carriers each claimed to be unable to provide seating to his wife Vilma, who died in Europe while awaiting a return flight to New York. The couple planned to go home to the States after a European vacation so Vilma could resume treatment for diabetes and kidney disease; she weighed approximately 425 pounds at the time of her death.

The couple flew to their native Hungary via Delta and KLM “without incident” in September after Vilma apparently boarded two planes “with the help of an airlift…and a seatbelt extender”. Husband Janos now claims that airline reps in Europe “asked about return flights so [they] could make proper arrangements” and that he purchased two separate seats on the way back to accommodate his wife.

And yet, the couple’s lawyer says that the very same KLM Airlines forced the pair to de-plane in Budapest “due to an issue with a seat back” and urged them to drive to Prague, where a second pilot ordered Vilma from his plane after “they put her on the seat and they couldn’t belt her in”. The two then drove to Frankfurt only to be denied service by Lufthansa reps, who voiced concerns over passenger safety when Vilma “didn’t fit in a three-seat gap”; she died of kidney failure in Hungary two days later.

A Delta rep told ABC News that the airline simply couldn’t seat Vilma “Despite a determined good-faith effort”; the husband’s attorney claims that his client “wants to know why his wife had to die because the airlines simply didn’t want to be inconvenienced.”

We’re not sure the story is so simple.

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Diane Sawyer: Have a Made-in-America Holiday, Create 200,000 Jobs

Made in AmericaThe average American plans to spend $700 on holiday gifts, trimmings, and trappings this year (that’s $465 billion!). It’s no wonder we find our radios, TVs, in-boxes and mailboxes  inundated with ads from retailers, each hoping to get a piece of that hefty sum of cash.

While we frantic gifters try to find the best deals among the glitter and bold print and endless exclamations of “Sale!”, ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer decided to run a different kind of campaign geared toward holiday shoppers. This campaign focuses less on spending money and more on investing it — Sawyer wants each of us to commit to spending at least $64 of our holiday spending budget on American-made merchandise. If we all actually did this, World News says we would create 200,000 new jobs — a new spin on a gift that keeps on giving!

In case you don’t have the time or patience to read the labels on every potential present (who does?), ABC compiled a list of made-in-America gift ideas, organized into categories like sports and games, clothing and accessories, toys, etc. There’s even a form you can fill out to tell ABC you’re “in” that includes space to share your story and upload a corresponding photo or video of your patriotic gifting–a few lucky participants may even find themselves featured on Sawyer’s show. Fifteen minutes of fame, job creation, and holiday cheer? Now that’s a campaign!

Sandy Twitter Troll Outed and Shamed

To the unfortunate few who pay attention to online flame wars: the nightmare is over. ComfortablySmug–the Twitter “troll” who posted false messages during Hurricane Sandy claiming that Con Ed was about to shut off power to all of Manhattan and that the New York Stock Exchange had experienced severe flooding–has been named and shamed. Get ready for some huge surprises:

  • He lives in New York
  • He works in finance
  • He doubles as a political consultant
  • He has trouble maintaining serious long-term relationships

After a Buzzfeed post revealed the offender’s name, he disappeared, only to pop up again with what amounted to an apology combined with a press release promoting Christopher Wight, the Congressional candidate whose campaign he managed until his abrupt resignation this week:

Well, at least he doesn’t stray off-message. Once a flack, always a flack.

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President Crashes Wedding but Leaves Lovely Gift

While planning a wedding, professionals often tell the bride and groom to expect the unexpected and prepare for any number of things: bad weather, hungover grooms, limos with engine problems–the list goes on. The Gibbs of Iowa had heard all of this while preparing for their nuptials, but they never expected to receive a wedding crasher of the presidential variety.

Jon and Sayli Gibbs had been excitedly awaiting their big day, which was scheduled for September 1st at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa. Then, just a week before the wedding bells were set to ring, they received a notification that President Obama had scheduled a last-minute rally for the same venue on the same day–and their guest list quickly got a whole lot bigger.

Luckily, both the rally and the wedding went off without a hitch, as the rally ended roughly an hour before the wedding began, but even so, the president seems to have felt guilty for putting the couple’s special day in jeopardy of being overrun by a bunch of politically-charged ralliers. When Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs returned to their hotel after the celebration, they found not only a beautiful silver dish and mint julep cup bearing the presidential seal, but a handwritten note from the commander in chief himself.

In case you can’t read the note in the photo, it says, “Congratulations on the wedding! Michelle and I wish you a great life together.” We guess if someone is going to crash your wedding, it might as well be the leader of the free world. Especially if he comes bearing gifts.

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