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Youtube Weathers “Borderline Content” Woes

Mon, Jun. 17, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianYouTube’s decision to allow a controversial conservative commentator to remain on the site has resulted in a PR blow to the video-sharing platform’s reputation.

Hope Hicks to Spill the Beans

Wed, Jun. 12, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Hope HicksHope Hicks, former White House communications director and confidant to Donald Trump, has agreed to testify to a closed session of the House Judiciary Committee, according to its chairman Congressman Jerry Nadler. (1 reader comment)

IRS Investigation Worsens Uber’s PR Woes

Mon, Jun. 10, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

RonnUber’s ongoing PR problems got even worse with news that the ride-hailing giant is now under investigation by U.S. tax authorities.

42 West Calls Off Elephant Hunt PR

Thu, May 30, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Operation Jumbo Slaughter42 West has ended its PR push to justify the Government of Botswana's effort to cull its elephant herd, which has grown in population from the 20,000s during the 1970s to 135K today. (2 reader comments)

FH Responds to Bayer Suspension

Tue, May 28, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

John SaundersFleishmanHillard CEO John Saunders released a statement today, saying clients have the right to "understand diverse perspectives before they engage." Bayer suspended FH two weeks ago because the firm compiled a dossier of about 200 politicians, journalists and scientists who expressed health concerns about Monsanto's Roundup weed killer.

Bayer Suspends FleishmanHillard

Mon, May 13, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Matthias BerningerGermany’s Bayer has suspended FleishmanHillard following reports in France's Le Monde that it compiled a dossier of about 200 politicians, journalists and scientists who raised health concerns about client Monsanto's  “Roundup” weed killer.

Narrative Hijacking: The Uber Driver Strike

Mon, May 13, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe most recent strike by Uber drivers, just days before the ride sharing giant’s highly anticipated IPO, signals a clear plan by organizers to hijack the company’s public narrative.

Sitrick Takes Center Stage at Woodstock 50

Tue, May 7, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Woodstock 50Sitrick And Company is working with Woodstock 50 founder Michael Lang as he tussles with Dentsu Aegis Network's Amplifi Live unit, which pulled its financial backing for the event that is slated to run Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen.

BGR Advises US-Backed Gov't of Venezuela

Mon, May 6, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Lanny GriffithBGR Group is representing the U.S.-recognized Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on a pro bono basis, providing strategic government affairs and PR services in the US as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Venezuela president Nicolas Maduro must go.

Lion-Monroe Joins CommCore

Mon, Apr. 29, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

VIctoria Lion-MonroeVictoria Lion-Monroe, who has more than 25 years of marketing, branding and advocacy experience, has joined Washington’s CommCore Consulting Group, a top crisis and media training firm.

APCO Cuts Ties with Huawei

Fri, Apr. 26, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Don BonkerAPCO Worldwide has ended its nine-year relationship with Huawei, the Chinese electronics/ telecommunications giant that is at the heart of the US battle with China on the technology and trade fronts.

Apple Tightens the Purse Strings

Mon, Apr. 15, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianApple is facing PR blowback after recent reports surfaced of the tech giant being stingy with artists.

A Crisis Primer for the Social Media Era

Fri, Apr. 12, 2019

By Peter Burger

Peter BurgerThe old crisis management protocols of controlling the narrative while communicating the brand story doesn’t work in a digital age where every action is misconstrued as a misstep and anything you say can and will be used against you.

Tulchan Helps Indivior Battle Justice Dept.

Wed, Apr. 10, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

SuboxoneTulchan Communications represents British pharmaceuticals company Indivior, which was indicted by a Virginia grand jury April 9 on 28 counts of healthcare, mail and wire fraud connected to its marketing of Suboxone Film, an opioid-based drug, as a treatment for opioid and heroin addiction.

Burger King’s Latest PR Blunder

Wed, Apr. 10, 2019

By Paris Kissel

Paris KisselBurger King drew negative public reaction after a recent ad campaign promoting a new burger was decried for its lack of cultural sensitivity.

Democrats Probe PN's $2.25M CMS Pact

Tue, Apr. 2, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesFour Democratic leaders have formally asked for a probe into whether funds from Porter Novelli's $2.25M contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services flowed to Republican communications consultants to burnish the brand of CMS administrator Seema Verma. (1 reader comment)

Huawei’s PR Headache Worsens

Mon, Apr. 1, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianRecently unveiled court documents regarding the December arrest of Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng add new embarrassing details to the Chinese telecommunications giant’s ongoing reputation woes. (2 reader comments)

Empire State Sues Opioid Makers/Distributors

Thu, Mar. 28, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Letitia JamesPurdue Pharma, J&J's Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Allergan, Endo Health, Teva Pharmaceuticals, McKesson, Cardinal Health and Amerisource Bergen Drug are among targets in deceptive marketing practices lawsuit filed today against opioid makers/distributors. (1 reader comment)

Sard Verbinnen Flies to Boeing Crisis Support

Wed, Mar. 27, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Dennis MuillenburgBoeing turned to Sard Verbinnen for crisis support in the days following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, according to the New York Times. Company initially faulted for failing to put a "human face" on crisis response.

Negative Publicity Response Can Boost Brand Value

Wed, Mar. 27, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Olivia JadeResearch shows that companies can sometimes gain value when responding to a celebrity endorser whose bad misbehavior has threatened their brand. (1 reader comment)

JW Childs Rebrands After Massage Parlor Raid

Tue, Mar. 26, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

John ChildsJW Childs Assocs, has rebranded as Prospect Hill Growth Partners following the Feb. 22 raid of a Florida massage parlor that netted its chairman/co-founder John Childs.