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University Apologizes for “Sexist” Request

2017-06-09 by Richard D. Pace
University Apologizes for “Sexist” Request

Sooner or later, certain institutions will learn that establishing a dress code that is not unilaterally applied will get them into hot water and create a series of headlines which will have them apologizing to millions of strangers. Until they all do make this realization … or until said institutions tell the protesters to get lost, lessons will continue to be learned, and examples will continue to get made. Case in point, the Free University of Brussels. During the most recent graduation season, amid the excitement and anticipation of surpassing this milestone, students at this Belgian university received an email... Read More >

Texas Governor Takes Heat Over Shooting Journalists Comments

2017-06-06 by Aaron Sarno
Texas governor takes heat over shooting journalists comments

Sometimes things said in jest a relative few years ago could get you in hot water these days. Social media robs comments of context even as it shares them with the world. Then, once someone has given a soundbite the meme treatment, all bets are off. Just ask Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has been in the news recently after reportedly threatening to shoot journalists. Except, Gov. Abbott wasn’t really threatening anyone. He was clearly joking, and everyone was in on the joke … except for the millions on social media who heard about it secondhand and took it completely... Read More >

Former MWWPR Executive Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes

2017-05-23 by Jason Tannahill
Former MWWPR Executive Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes

The sad, strange saga of former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, a former MWW PR executive, may be finally coming to a close. Weiner pled guilty to some of the charges outlined in the case against him built around his repeated sexual text messages with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner’s political ambitions had long-since been derailed by his seemingly compulsive need to randomly sext relative strangers before this most recent case made the headlines. According to reports by the Associated Press, Weiner admitted he was guilty of transferring obscene material to a minor, though there’s no word yet on some of... Read More >

PR Crisis Management – What’s the Plan?

2017-05-21 by Jason Tannahill
PR Crisis Management – What’s the Plan?

Crises don’t happen only in the world of big business, and a crisis that makes a connection to consumers can devastate a small business just as quickly as a large business, and maybe to a greater extent since small businesses may not have the resources to get the help they need in those times. That doesn’t mean they can’t come out ahead though. Start Before a Crisis Hits Since crises requiring PR efforts are not planned events, the best way to deal with them is before they occur. There are a few readers who may be scratching their heads over... Read More >

Celebrity Hacker Who Stole Nudes Pleads Out

2017-05-17 by Aaron Sarno
Celebrity hacker who stole nudes pleads out

The internet is awash in both legitimate and “fake” celebrity nude photos. Some celebs “leak” these pics to grab some relevance or to help promote a new project. Others do it “just because” … but many, many celebs are embarrassed to have their privacy invaded when nudes are posted without their consent. Such is the story for superstar actress Jennifer Lawrence of Hunger Games and X-men fame. When her obviously private and never intended for public consumption pics hit the net, the typically outspoken star was no less verbose. She called the hack and subsequent release of the photos on... Read More >

Congresswoman Slammed for Misusing Charity Funds

2017-05-12 by Aaron Sarno
Congresswoman Slammed for Misusing Charity Funds

Former US Representative Corrine Brown is on the hot seat in Florida. Prosecutors have accused Brown of misappropriating funds donated to a charity set up to help poor children, using those funds to live a “lavish lifestyle” of high-end shopping and fancy parties. The 70-year-old former representative pled not guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges. The evidence against Brown is stark, and the sound bites coming out of the courtroom are condemning. ADA Tysen Duva said, “"(Brown) knew exactly how to lie to these donors, and knew exactly where the cash money was going…” Duva’s narrative is that Brown created... Read More >

Federal Probe of Fox Digs Deeper

2017-05-10 by Richard D. Pace
Federal Probe of Fox Digs Deeper

It’s been a bad 2017 over at Fox News. While the network continues to do well in the ratings and with advertisers in most time slots, big name personalities and leaders have fallen from grace, and it looks like the hits will keep coming… at least for the foreseeable future. Still reeling from the loss of Roger Ailes after sexual harassment allegations, Fox was rocked by the loss of its most popular pundit, Bill O’Reilly, due to similar allegations and multi-million-dollar payouts. And it doesn’t look like things are going to get any easier over at Fox. The United States... Read More >

Fyre Festival: Epic Public Relations Fail.. And 42 West

2017-05-03 by Aaron Sarno
Fyre Festival Epic Public Relations Fail

Music festivals have been happening since before Woodstock in 1969, each with strengths and weaknesses, but the Fyre Festival scheduled for late April this year didn’t appear to have any strengths as the time came.Ahead of time, it sounded great, tickets going for amounts starting at $1000, but going as high as $250K for the festival extending over two weekends and held on one of the private Islands of Exumas (Bahamas). The idea was co-sponsored by Ja Rule, and the acts included Migos, Blink-182, Major Lazer, and more. As news of the festival was released, touting itself as the most... Read More >

Munoz Will Not Be United Chairman

2017-04-24 by Ronn Torossian
Munoz Will Not Be United Chairman

Not that long ago, United CEO Oscar Munoz was riding high. Recently named PR Week’s Communicator of the Year, Munoz was already United CEO and was all set to step into the Chairman’s seat. Then came a series of escalating PR problems and at least one outright PR disaster. Munoz tried to apply those award-winning communication skills, but Joe and Jane Public were simply not having it. After the Leggings Incident, which turned out to be fairly overblown. United was right back in the news when a doctor who refused to leave a flight was manhandled and dragged off a... Read More >

Credit Suisse Management on the Hot Seat

2017-04-21 by Jason Tannahill
Credit Suisse Management on the Hot Seat

It’s never easy to take one for the team, but when you’re the boss, the buck stops with you. Sometimes that means the bucks stop before they get to you. Such is the case with Credit Suisse. Twelve top executives with the company, including the CEO Tidjane Thiam, will see their bonus pay cut by a whopping 40 percent. This cut comes after the bank posted a dismal 2016 annual report, including a loss for the second year in a row. After this news, when shareholders saw how much the leaders of the company stood to make via bonuses, they... Read More >

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