Posts by gselig

PR mistake: Accused wife beater, former news anchor Rob Morrison does interview in a bar

»Posted by on Feb 21, 2013

So I was reading Mediabistro this afternoon and this article headline caught me eye: “Rob Morrison, Interviewed at a Bar, Maintains Innocence.” Unless you are a bartender, under mostly any circumstance doing an interview at a bar is a mistake. It’s a huge problem if your name is Rob Morrison. Morrison, in case you are not following the story, is accused of trying to choke his wife. He’s reported to be involved with a string of domestic abuse allegations. It seems apparent that he has anger management problems. And there are reports of drinking problems, too. So why in the world would the now former WCBS news anchor agree to an interview at a bar with a New York Postreporter? That venue only gives the appearance that he is drinking his...

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Dead meat PR wise? Burger King embroiled in horsemeat scandal in UK

»Posted by on Feb 1, 2013

The story is breaking in the United Kingdom: After two weeks’ worth of deny, deny, deny… Burger King now admits that its burgers, including its popular Whopper, contained horsemeat. Burger King has more than 500 stores in the U.K.  New tests show that despite what Burger King publicly said for a couple weeks, the flat-out denials were simply false. “It… raises serious questions about whether the food company, which sells around one million burgers a week in the U.K., has any good idea about what goes into its products,” writes the U.K. Mail. “These guarantees were incorrect in a revelation that threatens to destroy the trust of customers.” So how big of a problem is this for BK? I don’t think Burger King is dead...

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Is it coincidence that Lance Armstrong gave his first interview to the network owned by a former sponsor?

»Posted by on Jan 18, 2013

I love Oprah just like the next person. She does a great interview. But in some respects it’s mind-boggling as to why Lance Armstrong would choose Oprah and her fledging network, OWN, to launch a blockbuster media spin campaign. So it made me wonder, why Oprah Winfrey? OWN is a joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Networks. Guess who was one of Lance Armstrong’s biggest sponsors as he competed in the Tour de France? You guessed it: Discovery Channel. He was a member of the U.S. Postal Service/Discovery team between 1998 and 2005. Is it just coincidental that Lance Armstrong would grant a HUGE interview to Oprah, co-owned by Discovery Networks, just as he begins to face big lawsuits from sponsors and others affected by his at that time...

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NBC’s ’1600 Penn’ further blurs line between news, fiction

»Posted by on Jan 8, 2013

So I read with interest how Larry King would guest star on the new, much hyped NBC show ”1600 Penn.” Larry King, though he interviewed news makers, was not a hard core journalist. He is a talk show host. But Savannah Guthrie of “Today” and NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd are very real and very working. Both are influential journalists who also have been tapped for guest-starring roles on “1600 Penn.” Am I the only one bothered by this… that real journalists covering some of the biggest issues facing the world today are appearing in a fictional comedy about the White House and the President of the United States (POTUS)? I have nothing against the show. Really not. In fact I am rooting for it....

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Bob Costas gun control comments out of bounds

»Posted by on Dec 3, 2012

NBC broadcaster Bob Costas knows how to get attention. Yesterday he decided to opine about the Jovan Belcher tragedy to advocate for gun control. Bob Costas generally offers opinions that are popular with the public. He’s been the sports commentator version of a populist politician, expressing positions that the vast majority of the public typically agree with. Not this time when Bob Costas fired off his mouth on gun control. Bob Costas used his halftime segment on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” to talk gun control following the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Belcher shot and killed Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and mother of his child, multiple times and then killed himself. Here’s what Bob...

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