Posted by Amanda Chapel
Eleventh-Hour Showing Nudges Out Edelman’s Rubel
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NEW YORK - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, APR, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been named PR Person of the Year for 2006 by the popular PR industry trade journal Strumpette.
"For sticking to his guns and reshaping global politics in a single press tour... Ahmadinejad came to what certainly would be considered the enemy camp, took the microphone and presented his side of the story with overwhelming success," said Amanda Chapel, managing editor of Strumpette.
Strumpette's Person of the Year Award is given to the person who most affected the events of the year, for better or for worse. A panel of nine recognized leaders in the Public Relation industry from North America, Europe, and Asia selected the winners from dozens of nominations by peers around the world.
Other finalists this year that have used the media to further their own agendas include:
- The ever strident orator Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez for delivering a sensational impersonation of Nikita Khrushchev's shoe-banging attack on the US at the UN in 1960.
- Former president William Jefferson Clinton for his recent finger-jabbing tirade on "Fox News Sunday," saying that he "really really" tried to kill Osama bin Laden while the Bush administration dropped the ball.
- And Zelig-like celebrity blogger and Edelman SVP, Steve Rubel, for no more than having a blog and being able to generate enough hype to insert himself broadly far beyond his actual PR experience on the Vespa account.
Chapel said, "Rubel was our choice but Mahmoud surprised us all with his overwhelming eleventh-hour showing. He humanized a totally negative image; neutralized his detractors with half-truths and artful dodges; and simultaneously galvanized a growing anti-American sentiment throughout the world. And he did it all on American soil using our right to free speech and our liberal media... presenting himself as a peacemaker all while he's BUILDING A BOMB for Christ's sake! Seriously, as far as PR goes, it doesn't get any better."
Last week, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited New York to address the 192 members of the 61st session of the UN General Assembly. There he reasserted his country's right to nuclear technology. He also questioned authority and legitimacy of Security Council with regard to imposing sanctions on Iran for its suspected program to develop nuclear weapons. Outside the General Assembly hall, Ahmadinejad went on a whirlwind successful media blitz.
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Posted by Amanda Chapel
CHICAGO - Strumpette, the widely-popular PR industry journal, today announced that it will host the PR industry's first online confessional.
As seen today on NBC's Today Show (link here), this is a 21st-century version of a traditional religious practice. The online confessional is an ultra-convenient way to maintain spiritual wellbeing anytime and anywhere in total privacy via the web.
PR's online confessional (link here) provides spiritual absolution for industry specific sins, from minor trespasses to serious ethical situations. These include sexual harassment, bill puffing, bait and switch, retread creative, as well as more serious conflicts of interest and even stock fraud. Strumpette online confessional gives the guilt-ridden PR professional on the go an easy and anonymous way to unburden their conscience.
It is a simple 4-step process. The confessions are entered and posted instantly online. In most instances absolution is also instantaneous.
Some of the sins that have been forgiven today include:
- "I haven't had a creative idea since 1994. I've presented the exact same plan outline and new business proposal to every single client I've pitched in the last 12 years."
Amanda Chapel, managing editor of Strumpette said, "Unfortunately, without confession, PR's main job turns totally reactive. The PR pro spends all his or her time spinning the last lie they told trying to cover for the one before it. We hope this helps end that hideous cycle."
For more information, visit http://strumpette.com.
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Posted by Amanda Chapel
The Bell Pottinger Group, the top Public Relations Consultancy in the UK, opened a brothel this week in the heart of London. According to an email to key clients, for a fee various "engagements" could be had. With regard to specific charges, the Times reported that a BP managing director said that every client would be charged differently depending on what services they used.
This is all part of a program arranged by the Labour Party, the principal left-wing political party in the United Kingdom. Exclusive access to Cabinet ministers and other senior Labour politicians is being offered for thousands of pounds at next week’s party conference. In addition, Labour is offering companies and special interest groups the opportunity “to engage first hand” with ministers and policy advisers for £1,500 a throw.
Bell Pottinger’s program has brought about intense criticism from the lobbying industry. Gill Morris, chairwoman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants, a voluntary organization that oversees lobbying, voiced deep concern. “What worries me most is that parliamentarians and ministers do this.”
Howard Haberman, APR, President of Haberman Communications Strategies, said, "The real problem is that the Internet has made things very competitive. For our services, money is just as easily spent in Vegas as it is in London."
Bell Pottinger's email invitation to various clients offered "engagements" with two Cabinet members, the Lord Chancellor, two ministers of state and three senior MPs. The e-mail promises "dinners" with Stephen Timms, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, on Monday, and Richard Caborn, the Minister of Sport, on Wednesday. It also promises "meetings of particular interest" to to BP’s health-related clients. These are with Caroline Flint, the Public Health Minister, and Kevin Barron, the Labour chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee.
For about the same amount of money - probably cheaper long term - one can get similar services just 40 miles north of Las Vegas. A sampling of the menu at the Cherry Patch Whorehouse includes:
Two Girl Chain: Two women chained together doing exactly what you tell then to do. Psst! You like watching two women together?
Cover All: For the discriminating man. Have or do your wildest fantasy ever with one or more of our lovely ladies.
NOTE: Hat tip to Edelman/London for the heads up to this story.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
Strumpette Opens Doors to Joint Venture Partners
CHICAGO - Strumpette.com today announced it's for sale. The popular web publication, independently appraised at $479,000, is looking to sell whole or in part. Interested venture partners are also encouraged to participate.
The sale includes:
- Established traffic and subscriber base with international footprint;
Strumpette's Managing Editor, Amanda Chapel, said, "It's totally a turnkey operation. For the right buyer, it offers a tremendous competitive advantage in the PR Industry. But the real opportunity is taking this mainstream. We are now ready to take it to the next level and we'd like to share that with our many fans."
For more information, write firstname.lastname@example.org. Serious inquires only please. All inquires are strictly confidential.
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