PR Battle About PR

Coming off a nice vacation, Richard Edelman busts on Jason Calacanis and defends his chosen profession in one blogged swoop. I am heartily sick of the ad hominem attacks and cheap shots taken by those who would try to draw attention to themselves. For a guy who states that “your ability to hire people, get […]

Stop Oil Speculation Now

Stop Oil Speculation Now is a PR campaign backed by the airlines. It’s designed to create sympathy for their plight (and deflect blame) as they attempt to cope with sky hugh fuel costs. According to Ad Age, the campaign is working. Nearly 1 million messages were sent by airline customers to Congress in the first […]

The Right Spin

Karen Hughes can sell. In fact, she can even polish a turd, and that’s not something many people in this business have the stomach for. According to The New York Times, Hughes is now with Burson-Marsteller and ready to pitch in. Here’s a small slice of her email introduction to the Burson crew: I’ve always […]

InBev Dances Circles Around A-B

According to Ad Age, Belgium-based, Brazilian-run InBev not only has largely succeeded in controlling the media’s narrative of its $46 billion takeover bid for Anheuser-Busch, it’s also managed to emerge looking more sympathetic in the process. Public-relations experts, analysts and journalists covering the saga attribute InBev’s public-relations coup to an open and aggressive approach that […]

Craft Site Uses Rhythm Method

We get press releases everyday telling me about people I don’t know moving into jobs you could care less about. Such is the nature of running a site like this. Here’s a decided twist on things from Etsy: [via Scott Goodson] Share

Dear AdPulp Readers Who Work In PR,

Just how typical are guys like Mark Penn in your industry? ‘Cause the controversy du jour today is this story in the LA Times about Penn’s role in the Clinton campaign: As the campaign faces a make-or-break moment, some high-level officials are trying to play down their role in the campaign. Penn said in an […]

Publicists Run Wild In LAh

According to The New York Times, winning an Oscar isn’t just about the quality of a film. It’s about the studio’s ability to successfully market the film. Even here in Hollywood, recent growth in the public relations machinery is cause for remark. Executives have publicists. Stars have publicists. The tiniest movies will arrive in April […]

Gawker Has No Use for PR

Former PRWeek writer, Hamilton Nolan, now at Gawker, isn’t big on PR. Here he is speaking directly to Richard Edelman, the man Ad Age named its 2007 PR Exec of the year: Like I said, you’re a nice guy. But much of your work— Wal-Mart being the best example— is just objectionable on philosophical grounds, […]

Chris Anderson Unloads

New York Times Magazine writer, Rob Walker, points to a post by Wired editor, Chris Anderson, that unloads on people for him sending unwanted solicitations via email. I’ve had it. I get more than 300 emails a day and my problem isn’t spam, it’s PR people. Lazy flacks send press releases to the Editor in […]

PR Gets Some Publicity

Ken Wheaton of Ad Age looks at The New York Observer’s piece on Admen losing their mojo. The article suggests that public realtions, of all things, has usurped advertising as the industry of choice for those seeking a route to glamour. The supposition is supported by the role Heidi Montag, one of the stars of […]