Will Anyone Apologize for Anything Anymore?

From the AP: Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Georgia congresswoman who had a physical altercation with a police officer, is speaking out about the episode after saying she regretted the incident. But she has refused to apologize in a statement and a brief on-camera interview. The six-term congresswoman apparently struck a Capitol Police officer when he […]

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Last Strumpette Post

Based on our most recent e-mail exchange with “A-MAN-duh,” we’ve decided it’s pointless to engage with Strumpette any further — or rather, Furthermore. For those of you who wish to engage in sex talk with a dude, go for it. The jig’s up. It’s all over but the humiliating conclusion. Guess cranky B.L. was right […]

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Reverse Cowgirl: A Strumpette Who Is Actually Female

We stumbled across this blog this morning and it’s pretty interesting — although not necessarily safe for work. It’s The Reverse Cowgirl, by author Susannah Breslin. For the lusty geeks who have been courting Strumpette, maybe it’s time to find an honest woman like Susannah. Technorati tags: PR, Public Relations, Marketing

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Shell Flacks Have Got No Rhythm

A fascinating read from Bloomberg News: Royal Dutch Shell PLC has one word to offer on the subject of its musical oil barrels. “What?” says Shell spokeswoman Alexandra Wright in London. The World Cup is about to change Shell’s tune. “Oil drum music is infectious,” says Sepp Blatter, the president of Federation Internationale de Football […]

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Pick of the Orchard 3.31.06

MySpace Mania(Micro Persuasion) Another Fingergate Update(Wonkette) An Open Letter to Borders Books(The Bidinotto Blog) John Podhoretz Attacks Jill Carroll(Think Progress) Robert Scoble Trading Card(raving lunacy)Technorati tags: Web 2.0, PR, Blogs, Websites, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Media

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A Book Recommendation for Tom Foremski

Ten years ago, Stuart Ewen’s book PR! A Social History of Spin was published. Ewen offers a stridently leftist take on the PR industry (he doesn’t like us), but it’s also a fascinating read. One of my favorite parts is seeing what the newspaper editors of the early 20th century had to say about Ivy […]

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Hooters Air: Brand Extensions Gone Wild(ly Wrong)

From the AP: MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Hooters Air, which featured women in orange short-shorts and tight T-shirts on flights, will be grounded beginning next month except for private charters out of Winston-Salem, N.C. Bob Brooks, chairman of the Hooters restaurant chain, and president Mark Peterson told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News for a story […]

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Hooters Air: Brand Extensions Gone Wild(ly Wrong)

From the AP: MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Hooters Air, which featured women in orange short-shorts and tight T-shirts on flights, will be grounded beginning next month except for private charters out of Winston-Salem, N.C. Bob Brooks, chairman of the Hooters restaurant chain, and president Mark Peterson told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News for a story […]

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Howard Kaloogian Hires Ben Domenech as Campaign Manager

Not really. But think about it: Ben and Howard — they could be the Ben and Jerry of freezer-burned ethics. A tasty match, indeed. P.S. — Don’t feel bad, Howard. A Turkish suburb has to be at least as dangerous as where Hugh Hewitt is hanging out — and he’s on the front lines. (Via […]

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Brian Connolly: In His Own Words

Since people continue to ask us about Brian Connolly, who is neither a suspect nor “person of interest” in our Strumpette investigation, we thought we’d share a few of the many, many comments posted by Brian on Steve Rubel’s Micro Persuasion blog, which — along with Edelman — has been the focus of the Strumpette’s […]

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Sharon Stone’s Sex Ed Program? Hint: It’s Not Abstinence-Only

Sharon must have taken tips from Tom Cruise on how to rev up a movie publicity tour: Sharon Stone is telling randy teenagers to have oral sex instead of giving up their virginity. The Aids campaigning actress — who appears fully nude in new film, ‘Basic Instinct 2’ — says it’s safer than going all […]

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Why Branding Is Bad for Democracy

Here’s another thought for the day, riffing off of Wednesday’s: We love branding. Helping companies develop identities, in fact, is one of our favorite things. But you know us — we think too much. So it occurred to us this morning (as we pore over logo alternatives for a client) that branding just might be […]

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Borders and Waldenbooks Choose Security Over Freedom

From the AP: Borders and Waldenbooks stores will not stock the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it contains cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked deadly protests among Muslims in several countries. As Borders Group Inc. spokeswoman Beth Bingham put it: For us, the safety and security of our customers and employees is […]

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Threats of Protest Force Condi to Cancel Photo-Op

That’s OK, Condi. Sometimes… it’s better… if it doesn’t happen. Technorati tags: PR, Public Relations, Politics

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Whitney Houston Responds to Crack Allegations

Short but sweet. We think maybe she should have released a statement through her publicist. Here’s actual information on the case from Gawker. Technorati tags: PR, Public Relations, Whitney Houston

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Pick of the Orchard 3.30.06

Hollywood Reporter journo apologizes to studio, ban lifted(Romenesko) On Amateur Media Critics(Rachel Sklar) Sharon Stone, and Other Reasons Not to See Basic Instinct 2(Egotastic!) Persecution, complex(Street Prophets)Technorati tags: Web 2.0, PR, Blogs, Websites, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Media

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Somebody Give Hugh Hewitt a Distinguished Service Medal

From an actual interview with an actual combat reporter, here are some words that actually came out of Hugh Hewitt’s mouth: Time Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware: Let’s look at it this way. I mean, you’re sitting back in a comfortable radio studio, far from the realities of this war. Hugh Hewitt: Actually, Michael, let me […]

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Strumpette Goes Down

As in, we can’t find the URL anymore. Hope it’s nothing we said. Update: He’s back up, with an anti-Edelman rant.

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Brian Connolly, Continued

He’s not a suspect. He’s not even a “person of interest.” But since a fair number of folks are asking us about Brian Connolly’s association with the Strumpette (he does admit knowing his/her identity), we thought we’d share a little more background on Brian. Apparently, the Chicago technology scene is a big soap opera, at […]

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PubSub: You Get What You Pay For

Why do we put up with this useless service? Just look at PubSub’s “30 Day History” for Media Orchard. If you actually put any stock in this service, you would believe that: 1. We had no outbound links — at all — from March 22-28, but had 82 outbound links on March 21. 2. We […]

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