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Beware People who Refer to Themselves in the Third Person – The Rupert O’Dwyer Saga Continues

September 4, 2011 Leave a comment

For JO, Kisses - Rupe

I checked my email the other day and found an item from Jack O’Dwyer in response to my rebuttal of the Aaron Perlut piece about the PRSA/O’Dwyer conflict in Forbes.

I’ve found that no one does a better job of undermining the arguments of Jack O’Dwyer than Jack O’Dwyer – so I have little editorializing to do except to point out the following things:

  1. The use of the third person.  I actually kind of like this because it’s a very old-timey journo sort of thing to do.  Kind of like wearing fedoras and rushing to find payphones to call in copy.
  2. No rebuttal of the charge of hacking the PRSA website.  Jack continues to deny that his office accessed the teleconferences without authorization, but insists that they have every right to do so (if they had).  The charge that someone from his offices hacked into the members-only section of PRSA’s website, however, he remains completely silent on.  (That’s saying something because as you can see Jack can’t keep his mouth shut about anything).
  3. The hoary copyright claim chestnut.  Again, Jack demonstrates why he’s ethically-obliged to hand over coverage of PRSA to someone else in his ‘organization’ (which I imagine to be a bunch of underfed cats scurrying around a studio apartment, the walls of which are covered in newspaper clippings connected by red yarn and pushpins).  He’s “reporting” on an organization he has a grievance against, which the Society of Professional Journalists deems a conflict of interest.  Notwithstanding the reality that PRSA’s circulation of O’Dwyer content likely constitutes Fair Use, Jack should file a copyright infringement lawsuit or shut up about it.  Fish or cut bait, man. Read more…

Former O’Dwyer Columnist Glosses Over Hacking and Libel in Forbes Column on PRSA Dust-up

August 31, 2011 3 comments

Today, Aaron Perlut penned a piece for Forbes magazine titled “The Case of Jack O’Dwyer vs. PRSA” that explores the titular conflict.  Unfortunately it’s woefully incomplete and devolves into an exercise in false equivalency.

Forbes False Equivalency

Here are some of the major problems with the Perlut piece:

1. Though he discloses his connection to both sides (being a PRSA member and actually writing for O’Dwyer’s isn’t a legitimate enough equivalency to establish neutrality), Perlut goes to heroic lengths to paint the conflict as a wash with both sides sharing blame: Read more…

Not All Public Relations is Spin Just Like Not All FDA Approvals Are PhRMA Favors

August 23, 2011 1 comment

FDA Quote

Many thanks to Nancy F. Hughes, APR for alerting the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) to a recent report published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that blasts everything produced by the Public Relations profession as ‘inaccurate spin.’

The report, titled “Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User’s Guide,” was written by Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, Noel T. Brewer, PhD, and Julie S. Downs, PhD and  distinguishes “risk communications” from “public affairs (or public relations).” Read more…

Suggested Reading for Rupert O’Dwyer – the SPJ Code of Ethics

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Regarding “journalist” Rupert O’Dwyer’s recent screed about the Public Relations Society of America:

“Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.  Journalists should: [...] Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.”

Writing a prescribed course of action and then listing the names and email addresses of the “Top 50 Society Chapter Presidents” is “advocacy” – not news reporting.  Just sayin’.

In other news, the crickets who have been chirping during O’Dwyer’s non-response to the phone and website hacking allegations against his organization are getting really tired.

Another Rupert O’Dwyer Revelation – PRSA Documented Website Hacks

July 26, 2011 7 comments

For JO, Kisses - Rupe

Amazingly, there’s a new revelation in the PRSA Phone Hacking scandal involving Jack O’Dwyer and his publication.  Vice President of Public Relations for PRSA Arthur Yann revealed in a comment on this blog yesterday that PRSA has evidence that someone accessed the private, password-protected, members-only section of PRSA’s website from an IP address traced back to O’Dwyer’s PR. Read more…

Has Rupert O’Dwyer Admitted to Hacking PRSA Conference Calls?

July 25, 2011 5 comments

Has Rupert O'Dwyer Admitted to Hacking PRSA Conference Calls?

As a follow-up to my previous entry, today’s blog post from Jack O’Dwyer (“PRSA Stonewall Battered by Facts“) appears to drop a bombshell in the form of a possible admission that his organization did indeed access the conference calls of the Public Relations Society of America without permission (a timely reveal given the News Corp phone hacking scandal currently unfolding in the UK).

In it, he provides specific details about the teleconferences themselves (including timing and participation).  Here’s a sample: Read more…

“Rupert O’Dwyer and the PRSA Phone Hack” or “Ethics Schmethics”

July 19, 2011 2 comments

The ongoing skirmish between Jack O’Dwyer and the Public Relations Society of America has taken some dark turns in recent weeks as O’Dwyer has amped up his accusations against the professional organization (which is saying something as O’Dwyer has analogized PRSA to the Third Reich in the past).

Alexandra Bruell at Advertising Age wrote a very thorough piece dissecting the conflict (“PR Group Accuses Writer of Phone Hacking: In Wake of Murdoch Hearings, PRSA Points Finger at O’Dwyer“).

It’s highly salient that O’Dwyer did not deny the phone hacking in his blog (arguing instead that it would be perfectly legitimate if it did indeed occur):

“He accuses us of improperly listening to Society teleconferences. Those teleconferences should be open to members and non-members as well as the press since PRS claims to speak for the entire industry.”

As he’s well-known for dogging his sources, in perhaps the most perfect example of hypocrisy O’Dwyer was unavailable for comment. Read more…

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