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THR ‘Most Powerful’ List Reflects New Media’s Influence

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The Hollywood Reporter just released its annual “most powerful people in New York media” list, and the most surprising thing about it is how unsurprising the new listings are.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg provides the story’s lede–and while the piece mentions the expansion of Bloomberg TV and Businessweek, everyone knows that it’s still all about those terminals.

The big news, though, is the addition of the names you’ve come to know from the digital side.

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Can HBO’s Silicon Valley Improve Silicon Valley’s Reputation?

Yesterday HBO debuted the trailer for Mike Judge‘s sitcom Silicon Valley.

Looks like a Big Bang Theory/Workaholics mash-up: they’re nerds, but they aren’t one-dimensional punchlines; they’re Millennials, but they don’t spend all their time figuring out how they can manage to do less work.

In an amazing coincidence, Napster/Facebook guy Sean “Don’t Call Me Justin” Parker used the same weekend to offer a pitch-perfect demonstration of why SV may want to update its operating system.

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Valentino PR Apologizes for Using Pics from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Wake

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When a Page Six headline calls you “appalling”, it may be time to think about what you’ve done.

Unfortunately, fashion PR is to blame for the most classless response to Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s death; not one but two big-name brands used the actor’s recent New York wake as an chance to promote their own products.

We hoped Gawker‘s “Fashion Label Uses Wake As PR Opp” headline was just more clickbait, but a “celebrity relations manager” at Valentino did indeed spam journalists with pictures of Amy Adams carrying one of the brand’s bags to Hoffman’s ceremony last week in Manhattan (along with an official promo for the bag).

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McDonald’s Canada Has No Pink Slime to Show You

Question: why is McDonald’s so much better at corporate reputation in Canada than in the States?

Last summer we finally stumbled across that behind-the-scenes “here’s why our food looks so much better in the ads” clip, and this week our beefy friends up north responded to the infamous “pink goo” image you see floating around the Internet with this “how we make Chicken McNuggets” spot, which aired during the Super Bowl.

The clip’s been making the rounds online today, and some bloggers remain critical.

Yes, it’s still true that those McNuggets contain things like “dimethylpolysiloxane” (an “anti-foaming agent used in Silly Putty”) and a “petroleum-based preservative” known as THBQ. Studies have determined that the breasts usually aren’t anywhere near as clean as the ones you see in the video either, thanks to the inclusion of “fat, blood vessels, nerves, cartilage, and bone.”

Lots of qualifiers there, and the clip doesn’t make us want to venture into our local McDonald’s. But there’s still a whole lot more transparency in that ad than, say, the one comparing a gold medal to a McNugget.

[H/T Gawker]

Super Bowl XLVIII’s Biggest Loser: New Jersey Transit

One name that definitely didn’t get any good press last night: New Jersey Transit.

Most who regularly commute to the city know the horrors of Penn Station at rush hour. We like to call it a Seventh Circle filled with exhausted professionals boarding standing-room only trains, desperate to return to the relative calm of the suburbs.

Yesterday the service shattered previous records as more than 30,000 people used the system. Most of them did not have a good experience, with delays of up to 90 minutes inspiring many social media complaints and even more creative curse words. Several fans collapsed. We’ll let the riders themselves tell you more:

This morning Gawker and other outlets collected some of the most horrific images—and they’ll make you thankful that you weren’t anywhere near MetLife stadium last night.

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Office Max Fails on ‘Daughter Killed in Car Crash’ Story

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We know you heard about this corporate comms nightmare: Gawker, BuzzFeed, Forbes and pretty much every other blog ran stories about the fact that Office Max’s sales department sent a solicitation letter/coupon to a man whose daughter was killed in a crash last year with the recipient listed as “daughter killed in car crash.”

This incident was, of course, a mistake (though we have to wonder why anyone would think to enter that text into a contact database).

The real story here is how Office Max screwed up the damage control response by blaming it on “big data.”

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CNN Correspondent Was Totally (Not) High During Pot Report

We’re pretty sure Randi Kaye was just feeling the crowd’s vibe after those tacos, and Wiki Answers tells us there’s no such thing as a “contact high”—but Anderson Cooper couldn’t stop smiling.

Legal marijuana may yet become America’s next great industry (color us skeptical), but if you watch the whole segment we think you’ll agree: the business at large needs some more credible spokespeople before it can convince bankers to handle its money.

Small steps.

(H/T Gawker)

Politicians Do a Decent Job Reading Mean Tweets About Themselves

We’re not Jimmy Kimmel‘s biggest fans, but we do like his “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” series for illustrating two facts:

  • Twitter is a massive sh*tshow
  • Actors don’t take themselves as seriously as we think they do (or do they?)

Today NowThisNews decided to apply that great idea to the political realm with mixed results. The first one really is the best.

There’s a reason for this: in case you haven’t noticed, politicians’ feeds* are even more boring than those of, say, major PR firms.

You know it’s true.

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All San Francisco Chronicle Employees Will Learn to Master Social Media (or Else)

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That’s not quite what last night’s Mashable headline read, but we figured we’d dramatize it because clicks.

Speaking of clicks, most of the journalists we read are pretty good on social, but the San Francisco Chronicle apparently plans to begin putting all its reporters through “a startup-style incubator” that will teach them to master the digital world, increase traffic and, hopefully, stall that ongoing revenue slide.

We can feel worlds converging as we type this post…

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Fired Fox Flack Paid $8M to STFU

BrianLewis1Back in August we reported on the problematic firing of Brian Lewis, head of PR for Fox News and longtime confidante of network chief Roger Ailes. While the storied flack initially had only good things to say about his former employer to sister site TVNewser, the picture quickly got ugly. Lewis hired former Donald Trump attorney Judd Burstein, who earned his pay by uttering this classic line:

“Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.”

We LOL’ed at the use of the man’s name three times in the same sentence.

General consensus held that Ailes suspected Lewis of leaking information to media sources, and today someone actually did leak some inflammatory news to Gawker: seems that Fox paid its former rep a total of $8 million in “hush money” to avoid a costly lawsuit.

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