Fox News reporter Greg Burke has been tapped by Pope Benedict XVI to serve in a high-level PR capacity for the Vatican. It’s more than a little ironic, don’t you think, that an organization looking for more “fair and balanced” coverage looks to a veteran of FNC?
Wal-Mart does not appear to learn from its mistakes. And as Time documented in reporting this debacle, the attempt by both Wal-Mart and its agency to blame the incident on a junior employee fall a little flat. As with 5W and Fleischman-Hilliard, this tactic of blaming the rogue employee for an ethical faux pax is ridiculous. There is clearly a pattern here, and it strains credulity to suggest that either Wal-Mart management or agency management didn’t sign off on it.
Creating Your Own Public Relations Monster: The Out-of-Control Spokesperson — The individual selected as the spokesperson for your client is, of course, supposed to make your client look good, and to put the client’s interests first. We all know this. But what’s a PR practitioner to do when a spokesperson gets out of control, goes “off the reservation” and starts making you look bad?
Utopia Communications Inc. Becomes a Federal GSA Contract Holder for Public Relations, Integrated Marketing & Advertising Services
Utopia Communications, Inc. (www.utopiacommunications.biz) a public relations and integrated marketing agency announced today that it has been awarded two United States General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule Contract numbers.
Utopia Communications CEO Ann Willets Named PR Professional of the Year
by the Public Relations Society of America – New Jersey Chapter
Weiner-gate poses the question, “Do negative personal behaviors disqualify someone from doing their job?”
I first thought about this post nearly a week ago, when there was still some semblance of a debate about whether U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York) should resign from Congress. Now that Weiner has finally conceded reality and decided to step down, we can at least conclude that in his case, there’s nothing left to discuss.
But the original question that arose from the whole spectacle was a good one, and it’s a core question for everyone who is concerned about professional ethics. Even recognizing the creepiness of Weiner’s behavior, particularly his dishonesty about what really happened; did it necessarily disqualify him from doing his job?