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Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

Fri, Dec. 1, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

CNN coverage of charges against Michael FlynnMichael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, pleading guilty today to lying to the FBI about conversations that he had with the then-Russian ambassador. Plans to cooperate with special counseler Robert Mueller. (11 reader comments)

PR Lessons From Lauer and Keillor

Thu, Nov. 30, 2017

By Curtis Sparrer

Curtis Sparrer The sexual assault scandals of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey were considered the worst PR disasters of the year among Americans, according to a recent survey, and most are cynical when it comes to the public responses issued by people accused of sexual misconduct. (5 reader comments)

Pixar Chief Takes Leave Amid Allegations

Mon, Nov. 27, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianPixar co-founder John Lasseter, who recently announced he’s taking a leave of absence from the animation company, has joined the growing list of powerful men who’ve been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace. (1 reader comment)

Ketchum Catches Wolf

Tue, Nov. 21, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Samantha WolfKetchum has snagged Samantha Wolf from Havas PR for the senior VP-corporate media strategy slot.

Goodell Expects Contract Extension

Mon, Nov. 13, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe National Football League’s forthcoming proposal to offer commissioner Roger Goodell a five-year contract extension has football fans across the nation crying foul. (5 reader comments)

PR Man Kay Bails Out of Louis C.K.

Fri, Nov. 10, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Louis C.K.Kovert Creative CEO Lewis Kay bailed out today on client Louis C.K., who was accused by five different women of sexual misconduct in a New York Times blockbuster report on Nov. 9. He quit after C.K. said the allegations are true and apologized for his actions.

Brathwaite To Exit Probed Podesta Group

Fri, Nov. 3, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Paul BrathwaitePaul Brathwaite is leaving Podesta Group, which is a target of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russian meddling in the US election, Dec. 1. (1 reader comment)

Manafort Made Offer that 5W Could Refuse

Thu, Nov. 2, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Paul ManafortPaul Manafort, Trump's indicted campaign manager, and his top deputy offered work to 5W PR chief Ronn Torossian on condition that he avoid FARA and receive payments from offshore accounts.

Podesta Quits as Mueller Indicts Manafort

Mon, Oct. 30, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Tony PodestaTony Podesta resigns Podesta Group on same day special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Paul Manafort for his work in Ukraine. PG repped European Centre for a Modern Ukraine in PR push organized by Manafort. (2 reader comments)

LDWW Handles Whitefish

Mon, Oct. 30, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

WhiteFish EnergyLDWW is handling Whitefish Energy, the tiny Montana company that had its $300M contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power lines cancelled Oct. 29 by the island’s governor Ricardo Rossello.

The Importance of Communications in a Crisis

Mon, Oct. 30, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian You’d think most companies and brands would know by now how to handle a crisis situation. Unfortunately, we’re just not there yet. (1 reader comment)

Fox News Scammed by ‘Veteran’

Mon, Oct. 23, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianFox News’ reputation came under fire this after the network was conned into airing a bogus story featuring a man pretending to be a decorated Vietnam War veteran.

Millennials Most Likely to Ignore Product Recalls

Fri, Oct. 20, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

RecallA recent survey suggests that Millennials are significantly more likely than other age groups to be noncompliant with product return notifications or to even take them seriously. (1 reader comment)

Weinstein's Estranged Wife Seeks Crisis PR

Fri, Oct. 13, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Georgina ChapmanGeorgina Chapman, co-founder of the high-end Marchesa fashion brand and actress, is "actively looking for crisis PR" help in the aftermath of the alleged sexual misconduct by her husband Harvey Weinstein. (1 reader comment)

MGM Via Joele Frank Disputes LV Shooting Report

Wed, Oct. 11, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

mandalay bayJoele Frank helps MGM Resorts International dispute revised timeline of the Las Vegas massacre that was carried out from its Mandalay Bay hotel property. (1 reader comment)

Harvey Weinstein Relies on Sitrick & Co.

Tue, Oct. 10, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Harvey WeinsteinEmbattled Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is using Sitrick and Co. as he deals with a slew of sexual harassment allegations, a cascade of condemnation by celebrities/politicos and ouster from Weinstein Co., which is now in the process of changing its name. (4 reader comments)

SKDKnick Denies Weinstein Work

Fri, Oct. 6, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Harvey WeinsteinDemocrat-leaning SKDKnickerbocker denies media reports that managing director Anita Dunn, former White House communications director and special advisor to President Obama's presidential campaigns, counseled embattled Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

MGM Offers Prayers in Wake of Las Vegas Rampage

Mon, Oct. 2, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

Mandalay Bay hotelMGM Resorts today is “offering prayers for the victims and gratitude to the brave responders” who responded to the horrific shooting of people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert last night near its Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (1 reader comment)

Bribery Charges Mean PR Concerns for Adidas

Mon, Oct. 2, 2017

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianAthletic footwear maker Adidas stepped into a crisis after an executive was recently named in an investigation into a college basketball recruiting fraud scandal. (1 reader comment)