Since we are getting close to Halloween and since I have presented and published about well-known PR Nightmares, I thought I would point out new stuff this month — in addition to regular news- as they walk by! (think Frankenstein)
public relations nightmares:
“A senior member of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration ordered a gloomy economic report removed from a state Web site last month that ran counter to a more positive spin O’Malley’s office had approved about slowing job growth in the state, e-mails show.”
“Then there are those who are just plain forgetful. Like a woman who sounded off on her boss in a post that has now become internet legend. Unfortunately, that boss was also a Facebook friend who could easily view her profile. The woman updated her status to read: OMG I HATE MY JOB!! My boss is a total pervvy (sic) w**ker, always making me do s**t stuff just to p**s me off!! W**ker!” The boss responded: “I guess you forgot about adding me on here? ” and ended with “Don’t bother coming in tomorrow. And yes, I’m serious.””
“My wife overheard me talking about Michael Vick this week. I made the mistake of mentioning how much I enjoyed his recent resurgence. In retrospect, I should have just said that women shouldn’t have the right to vote, or that men should be allowed to trade their wives in every six years like cars….
Articles on the recent consolidations in public relations and advertising:
“Sept. 27–Houston-based Vollmer Public Relations has been acquired by Edelman, the world’s largest independent public-relations firm.Vollmer founder and CEO Helen Vollmer will stay on as president of the new regional entity, to be called Edelman Southwest. It will continue to have offices in Houston, Austin, Dallas and New York City. Houston will be its hub.”
“WebMediaBrands, Inc. (Nasdaq:WEBM – News) today announced the acquisition of the blog 10000Words.net and related assets from Mark S. Luckie. Mr. Luckie, National Innovations Editor for The Washington Post, is based in Washington, D.C. Terms for the acquisition were not disclosed.”