Posted by Amanda Chapel
A Conversation with Rick French
Well, if you happen to have read the funny papers Friday, Rick French, president and CEO of French/West/Vaughan resigned from the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS) of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) after having served one year of a three-year term.
According to Jack O’Dwyer, French agreed that PRSA "has some issues, policies and stances it needs to address.” Rick said, “I personally wish the BEPS board had more authority to effect changes within the organization." Okay. Good. However, O’Dwyer added that French declined to discuss any specific issues.
Ahhhhhhhh... yes... the PR Dodge (dodge (dòj): 1. To avoid by moving or shifting quickly aside; 2. To evade by cunning, trickery, or deceit: kept dodging the reporter's questions).
Well, of course, to us here at Strumpette... that’s red meat!! We decided to ask French directly to clarify. After a little soft-shoe dancing on his part, it deteriorated into French threatening to sue us. Note: We’ve subsequently learned that Rick is an expert in crisis communications. I believe this is the recommended tactic to use when you're between a rock and a hard place holding bupkis.
Anyway, the following are excerpts of our conversation:
Again, for the record, in subsequent emails, Rick went from threatening a lawsuit to accusing us of “blackmail and extortion.” “Serious charges,” he said. “Enjoy the Cook County showers,” he said.
Bottom line: Rick opened the door in O’Dwyers. Again, according to French, PRSA "has some issues, policies and stances it needs to address.” Rick said, “I personally wish the BEPS board had more authority to effect changes within the organization."
And look what he goes through here to avoid answering any specific issues. Any wonder why things are as fucked up as they are in the PR industry.
Thanks Rick. You'll be missed.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
The heat in the ongoing feud between PR industry curmudgeon Jack O'Dwyer and the Public Relations Society of America was turned up a notch today as the publisher of PR's leading trade publication now not only claims he's been robbed but is openly accusing PRSA of the theft.
The latest chapter in the saga stems from an internal audit of the traffic of odwyerpr.com. O'Dywer's recently learned that Gerry Corbett, a national board member of PRSA, had accumulated grossly excessive usage numbers for the fee-based odwyerpr.com site. According to electronic records, Corbett's usage was many times greater than that of the average single subscriber. Corbett's unique password had 10,510 "hits" in the first 18 days of July, a figure surpassed only by the 11,581 hits registered for the free sample codes.
O'Dwyer said: "The numbers don't lie. Our electronic monitoring has Corbett's access among the most used codes to the site. It's not possible that's coming from one person. Thus far this month, he's had the second highest number of "hits" of any group or individual subscriber."
O'Dwyer blames PRSA. "This wouldn't be the first time," he said. O'Dwyer recounts that in 2005, PRSA was busted for having multiple users on one subscription code. At the time they were using O'Dwyer's fee only service for one $295 subscription as much as companies that were paying up to $5,000 a year for group access.
Is it theft? Well, in addition to the fact that all contents of odwyerpr.com are copyrighted; all subscribers to the O'Dwyer website electronically agree that they are "responsible for the security of their username and password" and are "solely liable for any use or unauthorized use under such username and password."
Corbett, who also heads the Branding and Corporate Communications Group at Hitachi America, vehemently denies the accusation. He said today he had "no idea" how his personal access codes came to be used so widely. "I never gave them to anyone," he said.
Posted by Amanda Chapel
NEW YORK -- Frogs falling from the sky, cats sleeping with dogs... another sure sign of the apocalypse was revealed today as it was announced that porn marketer 5WPR, has been retained by Regent University, America's Preeminent Christian University.
Founded in 1978 by televangelist Pat Robertson, Regent is "the nation's academic center for Christian thought and action" and "exists solely to bring glory to God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit."
5W CEO Ronn Torossian described the 5W-RU partnership as a “match made in heaven." His personal dedication to "Soli Deo Gloria" aside, practically speaking both agency and client seem to share a huge interest in sin and the youth market. On securing Girls Gone Wild for marketing communications support last February, Torossian described the hot barely-legal girl-on-girl porn action of GGW as "an iconic brand which reaches 25,000 young consumers per week and has a unique position in today’s youth market." Other 5W clients that court this sector include controversial hardcore gangsta rappers Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and L’il Kim.
Of course, rumors now swirl about what we might see in the way of co-promotional opportunities. Might the GGW tour bus visit the RU campus this Fall? This would surely bring the crowds back to church:
- Christina and Alexandria met for the first time tonight at a prayer meeting. Watch these sinners take communion!
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