PR Daily associate editor Alan Pearcy, who highlights the day’s most compelling stories and amusing marginalia on the Web in #TheDailySpin, is off today. PR Daily managing editor Michael Sebastian is filling in.
Ever want to try something like this? To quash rumors that Hillary Clinton is in talks to replace Joe Biden as vice president, an administration official last week emailed a short poem to a Weekly Standard
reporter. The poem from State Department spokesman Philippe Reines begins, “This did not happen/They did not have lunch/They did not have any meal/They did not meet this month …” He included in his email an animated video of someone beating a dead horse. Nice touch.
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Elsewhere in Washington, some prominent Republican colleagues of Rep. Todd Akin, the genius behind the “legitimate rape
” comment, are calling for him to drop out of the Missouri race for Senate. Among the lawmakers banging the drum is Sen. Scott Brown
, the Republican from Massachusetts who’s in a tight reelection race.
However, there is one Republican congressman who has to be pleased with Akin’s remarks, and that’s Kevin Yoder from Kansas. Yoder is the freshman lawmaker who sparked an FBI investigation when he got drunk and went skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilea
—a.k.a., where Jesus walked on water—during a trip to Israel to tour holy sites. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who also attended the trip (though not the naked swimming part), reportedly gave Yoder a—ahem
dressing down over of the incident.
While we’re still on the topic of Akin, a PR Daily reader noted
that the six-term congressman who doesn’t seem to understand female anatomy is—ready for this—a member of the House Committee for Science, Space, and Technology.
Speaking of space and technology, Mars Curiosity rover has a laser on it, which is shooting Martian rocks
. A freakin’ laser.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera is about as dumb as those rocks. After Major League Baseball slapped the All-Star with a 50 game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing testosterone, someone associated with the athlete reportedly paid $10,000 for a fake website for the drug Cabrera claimed he was taking
that caused the failed test. It didn’t take league officials long to smell the phony.
And finally, in honor of National Radio Day
, here are five tips for an outstanding radio interview
—and a moment from one of the great movies about radio, “Good Morning, Vietnam,” to which all acronym-weary readers can relate: