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Jack O’Dwyer is Less Woodward & Bernstein, More Statler & Waldorf

November 2, 2011 Leave a comment
Jack O'Dwyer is Statler & Waldorf, not Woodard & Bernstein

Jack O'Dwyer is Statler & Waldorf, not Woodard & Bernstein

If Jack O’Dwyer’s journalistic credentials were ever in question before, let all doubt be removed with his recent flurry of scandal-mongering.

Responding to PRSA’s thorough documentation of O’Dwyer’s unethical behavior and rationale for his lack of press credentials at the latest PRSA International Conference, O’Dwyer has ramped up his campaign against the organization and is now incorporating students in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Unlike Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who have taken an objective approach to covering the US Government in their careers, Jack O’Dwyer is much more like Statler and Waldorf – the comical gadflies on the Muppets who criticize the performers no matter what they do.

It’$ All About the Benjamin$

The economic backbone of O’Dwyer’s operation is, like much of the traditional media, based on “eyeballs” (ie subscribers, traffic to his website, etc).  In order for it to be financially-viable, O’Dwyer needs to be perceived as being an important figure in the public relations industry where his trade is plied, and to have attention-grabbing material to write about. 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…

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…