“Saying that I have ‘contributed nothing of value to support the ideals of either the Benson Center or CU Boulder’ is preposterous …,” said John Eastman, CU Boulder’s visiting conservative scholar, to the Boulder Daily Camera. Professor Eastman caused controversy for his remarks at the Washington, D.C., rally for President Trump prior to the attack … Continue reading Great Moments in Repeating the Negative
The Hill: “Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo told viewers Wednesday that her show had been ‘punk’d’ after she interviewed an animal rights activist who claimed he was the CEO of the pork producer and food-processing company Smithfield Foods.” “The segment earlier on in the show was presented as an interview with CEO Dennis Organ on the process of … Continue reading Great Moments in Journalism
Army had a great football season – it went 9-2 while winning the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy for head-to-head wins over both Navy and Air Force. So which bowl game will it be attending? None. Army has been left out of any bowl game due to a number of them being cancelled and byzantine contracts between bowls … Continue reading Great Moments in College Bowl Games
UNLV senior quarterback Max Gilliam has apologized for being drunk and eating sushi off a nude model’s body while appearing on the Bravo reality television show “Below Deck.”
This Thanksgiving ad for East Coast grocery store chain Giant Food feels like it was created by a passive aggressive art director who has had it with people ignoring stay-at-home orders. For those doubting its authenticity, Giant Food apologized for the ad, saying that it had gotten caught up in the “pre-holiday excitement.“
In its article about the death threats the lineswoman injured by tennis pro Novak Djokovic has been receiving, the New York Post identified her by name and listed her hometown.
Courtesy of The Denver Post reporter Danika Worthington.
Granted, Tim Kaine is pretty forgettable, but still…
ESPN has suspended reporter Adrian Wojnarowski for his four-letter reply to a press release U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley distributed via email criticizing the NBA’s stance on China. Regardless of your thoughts on Sen. Hawley, one of the cardinal rules of being a grown-up is don’t use your work email to engage in petty feuds. … Continue reading Great Moments in Journalism
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
We’re all enjoying relaxed dress standards during the COVID-19 pandemic, but correspondent Will Reeve one-upped most of us when he took the opportunity to go full Winnie the Pooh (shirt, no pants) on his segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Granted, the name “Good Friday” can be a little misleading, but …
WLOS-TV reporter Justin Hinton didn’t realize he had a random filter generator turned on when he shot a Facebook Live update for the station:
One of the cardinal rules of crisis communication is “Don’t Drag Your Partners Into Your Problem.” It appears that is a rule that representatives of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown haven’t quite figured out yet. The Hollywood (Fla.) Police Department confirmed to ESPN that Brown is the subject of an investigation relating to a … Continue reading Great Moments in Spokesmanship
Today’s Denver Post features an Opening Day article on the Colorado … Phillies? Update: The Denver Post has acknowledged the photo mistake.
Yet another company that needs a more diverse set of employees around the table when developing and approving marketing campaigns: Heineken.
This week’s nominee for “Company that needs a more diverse group of people around the table in order to not make a stupid decision” is … clothing retailer H&M.
MoonPie has apologized for sharing its strategy via Twitter for preventing the flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations we are experiencing: The company did do better with its Thanksgiving recipes, however:
Chris Parente: “Ohhh.. ohhh… Natalie threw up…”
Having worked for large, publicly traded companies, I know firsthand that CEOs always want coverage in The Wall Street Journal. This, however, is not what First Data’s CEO was looking for. Allison Prang at the WSJ reports: First Data Mistakenly Announces Acquisition Plan for BluePay First Data Corp. said it mistakenly posted a draft of … Continue reading Great Moments in Public Relations
What young tyke wouldn’t want to be Anne Frank for Halloween?
Walmart has apologized for this component of its “Back to School” campaign: (Photo: @thisbemesara)
When asked by a student reporter to comment on a University of Oregon basketball player being under criminal investigation for an alleged sexual assault, President Michael Schill responded: “I don’t have any awareness of that,” Schill said. “In any event, I can’t comment on an individual student. What if I was asked by another reporter about … Continue reading Great Moments in Higher Education
Matthew Reisen from the Albuquerque Journal reports: Someone stole a television news station’s SUV in Downtown Albuquerque while the crew was gathering footage for a story about crime in the area. Michelle Donaldson, KOB news director, said the crew watched as the vehicle was stolen near First and Central. The crew was in the area … Continue reading Great Moments in Journalism
Kyle Clark and 9News are having a field day reading emails from the Longmont Housing Authority complaining about journalists such as … Kyle Clark. Here’s a free tip to the LHA staff and board: It’s called CORA – Colorado Opens Records Act – and it means that any non-privileged email generated or received by a … Continue reading Great Moments in CORA
9News shows it takes weather alerts more seriously than its competitors.
An on-screen graphic from NECN in Boston: (Hat tip: AdWeek)
Many Americans probably don’t remember in 2011 when President Obama stepped down for a year and President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner assumed command. (Hat tip: Abraham Morales)
The dream of every high school newspaper reporter … taking down the principal. In Kansas, a student newspaper is being praised for its hard work in reporting that Pittsburg High School’s newly hired principal had seemingly overstated her credentials. The principal, Amy Robertson, has now resigned, after the paper found she claimed advanced degrees from … Continue reading Great Moments in Journalism
South African Premier League soccer player Mohammed Anas accidentally thanked both his wife and his girlfriend in a post-match television interview. The back-tracking started immediately.
The Animal Adventure Park in New York has enjoyed the chance to engage and educate tens of millions with its YouTube channel promoting April the giraffe’s impending delivery. Meanwhile, the Denver Zoo managed to sneak one by the general public.
The United States Tennis Association was forced to apologize this weekend after it accidentally performed Germany’s Nazi-era national anthem at the opening ceremonies of the 2017 Fed Cup in Hawaii.
Seattle Sonics Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter broke his arm punching a chair in frustration during the team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks last night.
Scotland’s The Herald previews the Trump Inauguration: Hat tip: BBC
Hat tip: @AlistairColeman
Hat Tip: @romenesko
It’s not like Aldo Svaldi is a new guy at The Denver Post …
Hat tip: @MikeKruger
Coloradao Colorado State University edition:
Hat tip: KUNC’s Ann Marie Awad/@AnnAwad
(Hat tip to Mike Kruger/@MikeKruger)
Reporting live as morons drive their cars into five feet of water. “Why are you doing that? Why are you doing that?! Ugh. God…d…..”
When the correction is longer than the article, it may be time to revisit those copyeditor layoffs. (Hat tip: James Cormish)
Santanu Choudhury of the Wall Street Journal reports that India’s Tata Motors – parent company of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, among others – is set to unveil the unfortunately named Tata Zica at an auto show next week as fears of the global Zika virus pandemic continue to grow. Choudhury reports that, “Tata picked the name … Continue reading Great Moments in Marketing
From the Longmont Times-Call: The Longmont City Council appointed a homeless man to the city’s housing authority board, but city staff members haven’t heard from him since he submitted an application for the position and don’t know how to reach him.
Hat tip: Jim Romenesko
The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers inexplicably showed this video making light of domestic abuse at their recent home game against the Chicago Bulls. I presume there are now a couple dozen positions open in the Cavs’ marketing department.
Ford is recalling the 2015 Lincoln MKC because it placed the start-stop engine button too close to other buttons, and drivers are inadvertantly shutting off the car while driving. The good news for Ford? It only sold 13,500 of the cars so far, so the recall is manageable.
Example 1A of why you should never automate your social media content.
Less-than-optimal ad placement from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald: (Hat tip: Romenesko)
Former Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee offers his thoughts to an over-aggressive public relations person who complained to Bradlee when a section editor shot down a pitch. The classic Bradlee closing zinger: “I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgment and that we distrust yours.” Is there any … Continue reading Great Moments in Journalism
From the great city of Philadelphia this morning:
(Hat tip: Patti Hazlett)
The PR industry is on fire this week. First Malaysia Airlines offers a “bucket list” promotion, and now Think Jam launches a “Headless Day” campaign for the Sleepy Hollow: Season One DVD the same day ISIS releases a video of journalist Steven Sotloff being beheaded. Hat tip: @reb_howard
Snake-bit airliner Air Malaysia creates the “Ultimate Bucket List” contest.
“Let me figure out how we want to handle this,” (the PR agency owner) told a reporter Tuesday afternoon. “I will call you back with accurate, factual information.”
So it turns out there may be a sports anchor worse than Drew Soicher – San Antonio’s Cory Smith.
“I call Twitter ‘the microphone for morons’.” —Denver Broncos executive John Elway (@JohnElway), at the NFL’s career development symposium this weekend.
The evolution of the front-page sticker ad – this one is actually printed on the paper.
The Bakersfield Blaze, the Single A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, announced that “Tara the Hero Cat” who saved a Bakersfield toddler from a dog attack will throw out the first pitch at a game next week.
Via Adweek; hat tip to Eric Anderson
I know that newspapers are, ahem, hard up for advertising dollars, but the South Florida Sun Sentinel has taken it to a whole new level today with the ad on its front page. (via Romenesko)
A day after CBS announces that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show, Denver Post editors run a story wondering who will replace David Letterman.
The Atlanta Braves celebrated the opening of the 2014 MLB season by … accidentally setting an American flag on fire.
The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune apparently has replaced all of its editors with 10-year-old boys:
Oh, the irony.
Which is tougher – A snow plow or a road-side reporter? Slide ahead to the 0:45 mark to find out.
Wouldn’t you be more likely to watch the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams if this showed up every once in a while?
The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore plays a little offense with a (hopefully) drunk college student. (Hat tip: Jeni Anderson)
I wish NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell had resigned on the spot rather than make this one of the defining moments of her career:
The Netherlands’ Sjinkie Knegt takes exception to a win by Russia’s Viktor Ahn in the European Championship’s 5000M Relay event. The two will square off again in a month at the Sochi Olympics.
The definitive list of the best news bloopers of 2013 (hat tip to Brad Bawmann).
From Justine Sacco, Director of Corporate Communications at the publicly traded IAC/InterActiveCorp. If you are job hunting, there likely will be a position open there on Monday.
An oldie but a goodie.
The last year has been a bloodbath for photojournalists as newspapers across the country continue their cost-cutting measures. But, really, who needs professional photographers when Renaissance men like Chuck Fieldman can snap a photo while also reporting a story? And can someone please convince the National Press Photographers Association to create an anti-Pulitzer award that recognizes photos … Continue reading Great Moments in Photojournalism
9News cuts to the chase …
Damn you, Miley Cyrus.
Seriously, KTVU. The name “Ho Lee Fuk” didn’t set off an alarm bell? Even after it followed “Sum Ting Wong?”
The greatest fear of all television anchors: the teleprompter dies mid-broadcast.
When anchors and meteorologists (passively aggressively) fight … Hat tip: Julie Scott
There aren’t a lot of standards when it comes to being a radio talk show host, but apparently not choking your producer is one.