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Posts Tagged ‘things we all hate’

No April Fool’s: Kim and Kanye Are on the Cover of Vogue

We always imagined that, when looking back at the lives we’ve led on some day in the distant future, we would be able to pinpoint the moment when we finally lost it—”it” being our faith in humanity, ourselves and all the things we hold dear.

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This is not that moment. It’s just a rapper whose music we once liked and his soon-to-be-wife appearing on the cover of the world’s most important fashion magazine.

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UK’s Best-Known Publicist Also a Huge Pervert with a Tiny…Ethical Compass

max-clifford-214x300Max Clifford, the United Kingdom’s most infamous publicist and owner of amazing eyebrows, is doing a great job protecting his own reputation as a huge pervert with a very, very small…sense of ethics.

The hits keep coming from Clifford’s ongoing trial for various and sundry sex offenses. Let’s review the tabloid headlines, shall we? Clifford supposedly:

There’s more, and it’s all incredibly disturbing.

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The GOP Knows What the Kids Are Wearing

Today in Same Old Story news, someone in the Republican Party anticipated the results of this study about changing political alliances among Millennials and got to work making some ads to appeal to that key demographic: Audi-driving early-30′s yuppies battling problems with facial hair.

Like all political ads, these are collections of cue card quips designed to reduce incredibly complex economic issues into simple talking points.

Of course the ad offers no specifics explaining why an easing of regulations on any given industry would lead to more jobs, much less better jobs. Nor does it explain moves to cut short the unemployment benefits earned by all those friends who (allegedly) can’t find work because of the same regulations…as if this guy’s “friends” work in fossil fuels.

The next ad makes the same points:

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Cosmopolitan Wishes Perez Hilton Would Stop Pitching His Own Stories on Twitter

Today we learned that Cosmopolitan speaks for the common man in that the mag’s social team has had quite enough of newly thin/always shameless gossip blogger Perez Hilton (and his little dog, too).

Who knew?!

A note to other people who do the thing that Perez does: the act of tweeting links at someone only works if you have a pre-existing relationship with that person. Even then, it can still be very annoying.

Important Things to Remember.

Top 7 ‘PR Case Study’ Names We Never Want to Hear in 2014

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You may have missed it (lucky you), but lots of PR-ready news stories went down this year. Some were ridiculous, some were inspiring, some were cringe-worthy “teaching moments” and some were held up as “let’s figure out how this person got so successful so we can quantify it” case studies. We posted on every one of them at some point, and for that we offer our profoundest apologies—but they were trending at the time, and this is how the blog game works.

Here’s the point: after performing some in-depth research, we decided that 2013 gave us more than enough news and analysis regarding these seven people, and we’d prefer to hear absolutely nothing about them in 2014. In fact, we think we can distill the “lessons” learned from each case into a single sentence.

Click through for what we hope will be one last glimpse at those who have (almost) nothing to teach the rest of us.

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11 Things the Media Does That Piss Off PR

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But you said you liked the pitch!!!

Last week we ran a guest listicle about the top things public relations flacks do that piss off our media contacts. We’ve seen a lot of these lists, and the whole thing sometimes feels like a bit of a one-sided conversation, so in a follow-up post we asked our readers to suggest some points from the other side of the screen. Here, without further ado, are eleven things the media does that really irritate PR.

1. Greeting pitches with total silence:

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We know you have more important things to do, but unless we’re pitching you something as ridiculous as the “woman-proof car” you could at least write a simple “No, not interested.”

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NBC Sports Radio Jokes About Sexual Assault

Good question. The account appears to be making light of this story announcing that the Florida State quarterback will not be charged due to complications in the case. In case you don’t get the reference, here’s an image of the Heisman “stiff arm” trophy:

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So the “joke”, if you could call it that, is that this QB pulled a “talk to the hand.”

To their credit, the feed’s managers quickly deleted the tweet and responded:

Good to know, but that’s still poor sportsmanship all around.

(H/T to our anonymous tipster)

The Friday Dump: Lindsay Lohan Has a Publicist, Not a PR Professional

shutterstock_134672576We were just talking about how publicists and PR people are totally different. And who better to help us illustrate that point than Lindsay Lohan?

Lindsay recently told Oprah and anyone else who will listen that she’s totally sober now—pinkie swear! Few believe this claim because she’s gone to rehab more times than Eli Manning has thrown an interception this season and, until recently, she paid some dude $2,500 per day to be her “sober coach.”

But after an enterprising paparazzi took a picture of the actress in which she appeared to be reaching for a bottle of wine while hanging out at a friend’s house, her brave publicist came to the rescue, telling Yahoo or whoever that she “continues to succeed in her recovery” and:

“The photo does not show Lindsay consuming any alcohol and could easily be misleading as her purse is also in the photo (next to the bottle) despite what the photos show.”

That’s not much of a press release now, is it?

The rep obviously provides a valuable service. Being a publicist for celebrities with terrible reputations requires a unique skill set, and we have respect for anyone who can go back and forth with the tabloids without pulling his/her hair out.

But the next time you tell someone that you work in “public relations” and they assume that you spend all day waiting for TMZ to pick up the phone, this stupid story provides a nice way to make the distinction.

Fox News PR Team Planted Fake Story to Discredit Journalist

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This week’s story about members of the Fox News PR team posting “sockpuppet” comments in threads on various blogs (like our sister site TVNewser) was big, but this one is far worse: NPR reporter David Folkenflik‘s new book “Murdoch’s World” reports that the team schemed to send a journalist a fake tip in order to discredit him.

Here’s the deal: as Folkenflik tells The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple, the Fox PR team refuses to participate in any story that compares the channel to its competitors in tracking general cable news trends—they don’t even want to acknowledge the existence of CNN or MSNBC.

Crain’s New York Business reporter Matthew Flamm was trying to write a story about how CNN briefly beat Fox in the ratings game in February 2008 when he received this “tip” from an “inside source” at the network:

“FOX PR reps would never confirm this, at least not on the record. But [Bill] O’Reilly, not Brit Hume, will…anchor our texas and ohio primary coverage on Tuesday night. They want to copy the success that MSNBC has had with Olbermann and Matthews anchoring their coverage.”

It sounds like a big deal because, in order to confirm its “fair and balanced” status, Fox maintains a clear wall between “objective” reporters like Hume and opinionators like O’Reilly—and such a move would represent a breach of that wall.

But the story wasn’t true.

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Study Tells Marketers to Target Women ‘When They Feel Least Attractive’

Are you f*cking kidding me?

“Are you f*cking kidding me?!”

When we first clicked on this story about a study telling marketers how to target women “when they feel their worst”, we knew it had to be a joke.

However, upon reviewing the accompanying infographic we have determined that it is very, very real. The study was apparently created by the PHD Worldwide agency (part of the totally awesome new Publicom-Omnicus-whatever-the-hell-they’re-calling-it merger), which even pushed out a press release today.

Let’s pick out some of the very worst quotes, shall we?

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