When the private plane industry took flak after the public learned the nation’s top executives don’t fly commercial, who did they call? PR pros.
So who will PR firms call now that the public is learning companies and governments pay PR pros?
In separate incidents this week, the Chicago media and one Cable TV host slammed the City of Chicago and AIG, respectively, for paying outside communication companies. The message was: How dare these organizations spend tax dollars on communications while the economy sinks?
On Thursday, MSNBC’s uber-liberal host Rachel Maddow pounded AIG for “working on their image” and hiring another PR firm, Kenst and Company. According to Maddow, AIG has not only in-house communicators but also several contracts with outside PR companies, including Burson-Marsteller.
Maddow continued her segment by slamming Burson-Marsteller for working with creepy clients—dictators, polluters, poisoned-toy makers. Of course, if you follow the PR industry, and Burson-Marsteller, it should as no surprise that this large firm works with creeps.
For instance, the company's CEO, Mark Penn, worked as Hillary Clinton's chief strategist.
Just kidding. Hillary's no creep, although Penn sure is.