John McCain Announces That for the Month of October, He Will Be an Orthodox Jew

John McCain, who has criticized (and then praised) evangelical Christians, and has announced that he is Episcopalian (and then Baptist), and has said that he would not (and then would) vote for a Muslim to be president, announced today that for the remainder of his campaign, he will be a committed follower of a different […]

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President George W. Bush and the Global Warming Dancers

Say what you will about Dubya, but he can sure put on a good show. [Bush image by the AP; Flaming Lotus Girls image by John Curley.]

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Pick of the Thicket 9.29.07

Want to be a Pick of the Thicket? Submit your story. PRWeek comes to Media Orchard’s defense (PRWeek) Women sound off on the Happiness Gap (Colin McEnroe To Wit) Britney Spears apologizes (AOL Video) Five tips to ensure Hispanic media don’t cover your story (HispanicMPR.com) Check out Spin Thicket for more media, marketing and PR […]

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Ebenezer Mortimus Michael Medved, in 1858

In all social systems there must be a class to do the menial duties, to perform the drudgery of life. That is, a class requiring but a low order of intellect and but little skill. Its requisites are vigor, docility, fidelity. Such a class you must have, or you would not have that other class […]

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Edelman Launches Aerial Reputation Management Practice

Beating its large-agency competitors to the punch, Edelman extended its leadership in all things Web 2.0 today by announcing the launch of its Aerial Reputation Management Practice. The new practice was inspired by the U.S. Navy’s decision to camouflage — at the cost of $600,000 in landscaping and other changes — the appearance of 40-year-old […]

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Pick of the Thicket 9.28.07

What are Hollywood’s values? No — it’s not a trick question (The Newshoggers) Comcast customer service rep: We don’t give a crap (The Consumerist) Geoff Livingston lets you decide on the Buzz Bin’s redesign — typical consultant… (The Buzz Bin) Check out Spin Thicket for more media, marketing and PR links. Subscribe to Media Orchard […]

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Surge Strengthened: Conservative Bloggers Deploy to Iraq

Thank God. And the best part is, if it doesn’t lead to democracy in Iraq, it might just lead to democracy here at home.

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Pick of the Thicket 9.27.07

Is the end of the video news release nigh? (Strategic Public Relations) Wow, what a hot model — oh nevermind, it’s an anorexia awareness campaign (adfreak) Katie Couric vs. the blogosphere (WebProNews) Check out Spin Thicket for more media, marketing and PR links. Subscribe to Media Orchard with Bloglines… Technorati tags: Branding Strategy, PR, Blogs, […]

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1 Reason Why Lists Ruin Your Blog Posts (and Your Life)

1. Because they make you like everyone else. — BURNED-OUT A-LISTER: Look. You’ve got it all wrong. You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody! You’ve got to think for yourselves. You’re all individuals! B- THROUGH Z-LISTERS: Yes, we’re all individuals! BURNED-OUT A-LISTER: You’re all different! B- THROUGH Z-LISTERS: Yes, we’re […]

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I Wanna Be Kim Kardashian

Are you a female high school dropout, between the ages of 16 and 25? Are you tired of doors being slammed in your face? Are you tired of lying around in bed all day with nothing to do? Well, you never need get up again, because in six short weeks, Velvet Jones can train you […]

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Pick of the Thicket 9.26.07

1,000 bikini babes assemble on beach to spell Cosmopolitan (Sidney Morning Herald) Buzz is not a measure (Copywrite, Ink.) Write a dirty story, make dirty money (Dreams of an Erotica Queen) Paris Hilton banned from Oktoberfest (The Superficial) Check out Spin Thicket for more media, marketing and PR links. Subscribe to Media Orchard with Bloglines… […]

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Sexual Proclivities Map of Iran: Where All the Gay People At?

Hmmm. Apparently Ahmadinejad is right. Here’s the research data, which shows no gay population in Iran:

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Sexual Proclivities Map of Iran: Where All the Gay People At?

Hmmm. Apparently Ahmadinejad is right. Here’s the research data, which shows no gay population in Iran:

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The Blogger Cafeteria

Well, I’ve looked all over the damn place and I still can’t find the cool kids.

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Pick of the Thicket 9.25.07

Want to be a Pick of the Thicket? Submit your post here. Get your cancer — er, I mean lead — awareness bracelets here! (eDrugSearch Blog) Best Photoshopped magazine cover ever? (Macleans) How to shoot stock photos that make art directors happy (Black Star Rising) Kim Kard-ass-ian to be Playboy cover girl — left cheek […]

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The Wonderful World of Disney Hospital

Construction began last Wednesday on a $35 million Florida children’s hospital that will bear the Disney name — a first for the brand. According to reports, Disney “imagineers” currently are working to “develop the patient experience.” I normally wouldn’t presume to offer my pitiful, uncreative recommendations to someone who has earned the lofty title of […]

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13 Turns of Phrase That You Should Never Use in a Blog Post (or Anywhere Else) Again

Damn, I love Google. Because of Google, we don’t even have to argue why the following turns of phrase are trite; the number of search results for each of these overused word combinations proves the point for us. So please, never again write a speech, blog post or op-ed piece containing the following words or […]

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iPhone Redux: Getty Images Steps into a PR Mess Over Price Cut

Getty Images’ decision last month to slash prices for Web use of stock photos has sparked an escalating PR war with its photographers — one that we expect, as has been the case in Apple’s misstep with consumers over iPhone pricing, will be a no-win situation for Getty. The stock image market is in turmoil […]

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