The PR Blog

by Glenn Selig, The Publicity Agency’s PR strategist-in-chief.

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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‘Clueless’ star Stacy Dash, Twitter and the often toxic mix of politics, entertainment and social media

»Posted by on Oct 11, 2012

‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash jumped into the political waters and sent a Tweet about her personal decision to vote for Mitt Romney, the Repubican candidate. The Stacey Dash Tweet was well under 140 characters, but boy did ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash cause an uproar. ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash appeared on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan’ and said she was “shocked and saddened” by the response from her Tweet. Here’s what happened. On Sunday ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash Tweeted: “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” Not only did the Tweet generate lots of feedback from the public, she also got a not-so-nice response from fellow actor Samuel L. Jackson:...

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PR crisis: Chick-fil-A president should know better than to comment on gay marriage

»Posted by on Jul 20, 2012

PR crisis: Chick-fil-A president should know better than to comment on gay marriage

You know how you don’t talk politics at Thanksgiving, especially in an election year? You know how all those smart wives remind their husbands that the house they’re going to dinner are staunch democrats and not to comment about President Obama? When it comes to a divisive topic like gay marriage, Chick-fil-A’s president should know better than to chime in with his opinion. Where was his filter? Did he lack one internally? Did his people ever advise him not to make a boneheaded move like speak publically about gay marriage? My guess is this and I believe I am right: Everyone in his inner circle knew exactly how he felt about gay marriage. People with such strong opinions don’t hide them that well. And I am certain he spoke up about...

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