Nothing is more important to a blog organization than its reputation for accuracy, fairness and responsibility.
Building and maintaining the highest standards of journalistic excellence has been critical to the success of Strumpette since its inception just 4 months ago.
As the managing editor of Strumpette, I am responsible for assuring our visitors that we get the story right every time.
With that in mind, Strumpette's coverage yesterday of Office Sex in the PR Industry contains a statement we regret. In the story's "Analysis" of why there is very little "goin' on," going on, we said, "Lastly, of the men who are actually available and sexually capable, there are a lot of Hobson-Holtz podcasters in the business."
Since the story ran, we've heard from several viewers demanding an investigation. We responded directly. We immediately commissioned an independent review of the story led by the highly respected media attorney, Bertram Hinkle.
This morning, Mr. Hinkle made his determination. Indeed, there is insufficient evidence to conclude that "there are a lotta Hobson-Holtz podcasters in the PR business." That is, regrettably we cannot actually confirm the story as reported.
First, we want to underscore that we acknowledge serious faults in the use of sources who provided us with the original story. Strumpette's system of journalistic checks and balances, which has served us exceptionally well in the past, failed in this case.
Second, we are responding with an immediate retraction. We in no way meant to belittle the handful of genuine PR hobbyists that are having innocent fun role playing as media producers and business men.
We regret the misunderstanding. The fault lies with the editors, producers and reporters responsible for the report's contents. We apologize to our viewers for this mistake.
Do know that we have taken vigorous steps to strengthen our internal procedures to ensure that mistakes like this do not happen again.
Seen in the photo attached (click here), L-R are Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz. Apparently after a rollicking session of podcasting, the couple enjoys a relaxing early spring evening together on a glorious holiday in Concord, California.
Expert Calls "Seduction Business" a Veritable Dry Hump
First, so what's with all the sex on Strumpette? We've answered that many times. Public Relations is the "seduction business." The real question is where is the sex in PR ironically? Why is the business a veritable cloister when it comes to sex and intimate communications for that matter? Here we answer that and actually provide the industry with a few recommendations.
By way of introduction, here's a real world example: This summer we were blessed to have Kailey from the University of Wisconsin join us as an intern. She was fantastic: top of her class, cum-laude bright, cheerleader, unbelievable German work ethic, creative, and marketing instincts well beyond her years. She wrote like an angel (as well as anyone in the agency including yours truly, I might add). She was/is a natural connector and communicator. (Of course, I stretched that description out some in her final evaluation but that pretty much sums it up.)
What I did not mentioned was that Kailey has other gifts that almost eclipse her professional attributes. She was/is a total knockout; "stunning" is a good word. Straight-thick-flaxen hair that shimmers to her mid back. A statuesque 5' 10", she has boobs and ass the envy of any Victoria's Secret model with legs well... all the way up to Sweet Lord Have Mercy.
How best to describe her? Kailey's like a perfectly ripe piece of fruit. To be near her is to breath in desire... only to taste hunger and urgency. "Must have no matter the cost," best describes the faces of those who would stare at her. It was a tension that absolutely raised the temperature of any room she happened to enter. And the best part... she was/is a total innocent, a total sweetheart, totally oblivious to the potent spell she invariably cast.
Excuse me, everyone fantasized about Kailey, i.e. staff, clients, the FedEx guy, the doorman, security, maintenance, the window washing crew, everyone. Women, too! We all wanted to do her. But fact is, no one did. In the three months and nine days she worked at our firm, no one even made a pass. Odd but actually typical. That's the mystery we address here.
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