“National Television”: Quaint, Anachronistic — and Meaningless

We were reading a promo in People — “Kirstie Alley sets a new fitness goal: getting into a bikini on national television” — when it occurred to us that the once impressive term has pretty much lost its meaning. Used to be, “national television” meant one of the three broadcast networks — which guaranteed that […]

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Spin in the Blender

From WWD: Wondering why Andy Pemberton got sacked as the editor of Spin after only two issues? Just take a side-by-side look at that magazine and Blender, where he was the founding editor. A comparison using two recent issues: Blender’s newsy front of book section: Burner: Everything you need to know and plenty you don’t. […]

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Thanks for a Great 15 Months

Now let’s keep it going.

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More Harold and Kumar, Dude!

Thomas Huang of the Dallas Morning News offers a spirited argument for better media coverage of Asian men — using one of Media Orchard’s favorite flicks, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, as his commentary’s centerpiece. (Check out the clip above — unsafe language — if you haven’t already seen the movie.) Technorati tags: […]

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Star’s Passive-Aggressive Media Tour

Media training tip for Star Jones Reynolds: Smiling through gritted teeth does not communicate sincerity. More from Gawker. Technorati tags: PR, Public Relations, Star

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Genghis Khan Fans to Party Like It’s 1199

From The Independent (subscription required): Can Genghis Khan reconquer Mongolia? 800th anniversary projects are way behind schedule, and many doubt if the warrior is a fit hero for the 21st century They were supposed to be the celebrations that would attract 400,000 visitors and put independent Mongolia on the world map, but instead a public […]

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Paris Hilton: Media Trained

And talking about her favorite subject, from the Showbiz Show.

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Pick of the Orchard 6.30.06

Reality Show Gets Inside Scoop on NYC Tabloid (E&P) Reading sideways (BedBooks.net) Alleged Madam Andreia Schwartz Starts Naming Names (BlogNYC) CJR Daily Does It Again (Gary Weiss) Technorati tags: Web 2.0, PR, Blogs, Websites, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Media

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Russia Promotes “Sovereign Democracy” — With Help from Ketchum

From the London Times: The leading Kremlin spin-doctor rebuffed Western critics yesterday with a robust defence of President Putin’s democratic credentials in the run-up to the G8 summit in St Petersburg. Vladislav Surkov, in an unprecedented meeting with foreign reporters, dismissed charges that Russia should not be a member, let alone the president, of the […]

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Proof That Media Orchard Is No Geek: Second Life Creeps Us Out

If you don’t know what Second Life is yet, we’ll let Neville Hobson explain it to you. We signed up but got creeped out and left. This is one fad/trend/meme/phenomenon/revolution we’ll be content to watch from the sidelines. (Image snagged from Joseph Jaffe, who has more on Second Life here.)

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Pick of the Orchard 6.29.06

Superman an enemy of “traditional values,” claims publicity-seeking conservative author (PRWeb) [Kevin?] The Eye of the Beholder Has a Mouth (Micro Persuasion) Confessions of a Hypocrite (Lee Marc Stein) Social Bookmaking? (Via Ike Pigott) Technorati tags: Web 2.0, PR, Blogs, Websites, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Media

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NBC and YouTube to Make Buddy Comedy

Or buddy tragedy…too early to tell. NBC has gone from big-timing the folks at YouTube to paying them big bucks — or at least raising the startup’s profile. Here’s the deal via Forbes: Judging by the “Top Favorites” section on Sequoia Capital-funded video-sharing site YouTube, Internet users like watching students performing robot dances, teenagers playing […]

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Chick Says “Hooters for Neuters” is Bad Marketing

From the AP: LOS ANGELES – Several city officials on Tuesday sharply criticized a planned bikini contest to raise money for spaying pets, saying the “Hooters for Neuters” event was degrading to women. Hosted by the Hooters restaurant chain, the July 13 fundraiser will donate money to the spay and neuter programs at Los Angeles […]

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Couric’s “Listening Tour” Gets Ripped

Welcome to the nightly news, Katie. Here’s Cal Thomas: Emulating the “listening tour” of Hillary Clinton when she first ran for the Senate, the newly minted anchorwoman of the “CBS Evening News,” Katie Couric, will soon embark on a listening tour of her own. Executive Producer Rome Hartman says, “It’s an attempt to hear from […]

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Pick of the Orchard 6.28.06

The Baggy-Pants Marketing Syndrome (Suzanne Lowe) MySpace … Heading for the crapper? (George Parker) Steel Industry to Buff Image (Rich Ottum) Bud Kicks Up World Cup Brew-haha (CBS News) Technorati tags: Web 2.0, PR, Blogs, Websites, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Media

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Suri Cruise: Already a Victim of Hollywood Ageism?

From IMDb.com: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes refused to sell pictures of their new daughter Suri, after the photos were offered to the media and failed to get a significant price, according to media reports in the US… Photos of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt were reportedly sold to People magazine for $4 million, but pictures of Suri […]

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Obvious Headlines Click With Editors

Can anyone come up with an original headline for the new Adam Sandler movie’s box-office performance? Apparently not. Never one to criticize without suggesting, here’s our try: Box-office success of Sandler’s latest formulaic comedy leaves Media Orchard feeling depressed and remote (Via Romenesko)

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Baby’s First Fark

Ah, the brilliance of the Fark community. One member noted the prevalence of the marketing term “baby’s first” in selling everything from lullaby CDs to infant underwear to new parents. Other members chimed in with their own product suggestions, which include:

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More PR Fun for MySpace: Man Bites Dog

Heads must be spinning in the MySpace PR department. Despite publicizing the efforts of the online community’s “security czar” and the announcement of new restrictions to protect teens, the negative publicity continues unabated. Here are two recent stories from the man-bites-dog school: Police Officers’ MySpace Sites Scrutinized Controversy is brewing over some local officers who […]

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