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Definers Defines Facebook Mission

Fri, Nov. 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

DefinersDefiners Public Affairs said today that Facebook didn't hire it to do "opposition research," as reported by the New York Times on Nov. 14. The social media giant fired the firm following the NYT article. (5 reader comments)

PR Tips for Crisis Preparation

Mon, Nov. 12, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianFive things a company can do to turn a potential disaster into a branding opportunity. (3 reader comments)

Braithwaite Handles Jersey Virus Outbreak

Fri, Nov. 9, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

BraithwaitePhiladelphia's Braithwaite Communications is handling crisis PR chores for the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, where an outbreak of adenovirus beginning in September killed 10 and sickened at least 19 more severely disabled children.

Priest Challenges Church Message on Abuse Scandal

Mon, Nov. 5, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianOne priest’s calls for the resignation of a cardinal has allegedly made him a target for the Catholic Church, establishing contradictory messaging as the church attempts to handle its ongoing child sexual abuse scandal. (8 reader comments)


Publicis Monitors Khashoggi Developments

Wed, Oct. 31, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Maurice LevyPublicis Groupe chairman Maurice Levy says the French ad/PR combine, owner of Qorvis Communications—Saudi Arabia’s go-to PR firm—is monitoring developments in the investigation into the Oct. 2 murder of Washington Post contributor and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. (2 reader comments)

Campbell Sends Lobbyist Packing

Tue, Oct. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Kelly JohnstonCampbell Soup fired VP-government affairs Kelly Johnston for spreading false information that billionaire philanthropist George Soros was funding the caravan of people from Central America heading for the US. (4 reader comments)

UK Slaps Facebook’s Wrist for Cambridge Analytica

Thu, Oct. 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Cambridge AnalyticaBritain’s Information Commissioner’s Office today fined Facebook nine minutes of annual revenues for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data of 87M FB users 'harvested' without their consent.

Bombs Sent to Obama, Hillary Clinton

Wed, Oct. 24, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Suspicious packages sent to CNN, Clintons, ObamasThe Secret Service said today that it found two explosive devices in mail sent to the former president Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (3 reader comments)

Senator Targets Saudi Propaganda, Trump Ties

Tue, Oct. 23, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Richard BlumenthalConnecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is probing Saudi Arabia's social media activity and ties to Donald Trump in the aftermath of the murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (7 reader comments)

Mnuchin to Skip Saudi's 'Davos in the Desert'

Thu, Oct. 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Steve MnuchinTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has decided to skip the so-called "Davos in the Desert" summit in Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the murder, torture, dismemberment and beheading of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (3 reader comments)

Glover Park, BGR Quit Saudi Arabia

Tue, Oct. 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

glover park logoWPP's Glover Park Group and BGR Group have quit their Saudi Arabia accounts following the alleged torture, murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents. (8 reader comments)

Hyper-Globalization and the Critical Role of PR

Tue, Oct. 16, 2018

By Takashi Inoue

Takashi InoueGlobalization, social media and the disruptive forces of emerging technologies have created an environment that repositions PR from simply adding value to a company to a necessary skill for survival and success.

Gladstone Axes Saudi Arabia Business

Mon, Oct. 15, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Steve LipinGladstone Place Partners has axed the $200K Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia account in the aftermath of the alleged murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. (7 reader comments)

Bell Pottinger Partners On Hook for $5.3M

Thu, Oct. 11, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Bell PottingerPartners of the former Bell Pottinger face demands for payments of $5.3M that they received during the year prior to last year's collapse of the British firm.

Joele Frank Forges Ahead on Broadcom’s Forgery Scam

Wed, Oct. 10, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

BroadcomBroadcom today said a memo signed by Defense Dept. officials that is circulating among members of Congress, calling for a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US of Broadcom's $19B deal to acquire CA Technologies, is a fraudulent document.

Banks’ PR Nightmare Continues

Mon, Oct. 8, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianSome of Britain’s largest banks are apologizing after being embroiled in a massive mis-selling scandal involving Payment Protection Insurance. (1 reader comment)

GE Dumps CEO After 14 Months on Job

Mon, Oct. 1, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

John FlanneryGE today dropped a bombshell on Wall Street, dumping CEO John Flannery after a 14-year stint and replacing him with the first outsider to head the storied company. (1 reader comment)

Facebook Attack Affects up to 50M Accounts

Mon, Oct. 1, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

FacebookFacebook reported that the site was hit last week with a massive security breach after hackers were reportedly able to gain access to accounts belonging to as many as 50 million of the site’s users.

PR Nightmare: Ticketmaster’s Secret Scalping Program Unveiled

Mon, Sep. 24, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianA team of journalists reported that Ticketmaster is allegedly colluding with resellers who purchase tickets from the concert giant and resell them for inflated prices, violating the company’s own terms of service.

When Lack of Context Leads to Catastrophe

Thu, Sep. 20, 2018

By Paris Kissel

Paris KisselSometimes, a well-intentioned campaign with a positive message can backfire when consumers’ first impressions fail to take the backstory into consideration.