It’s another one of those weeks. I’m jammed with work and not feeling at all well. But the blog beast calls me. Post, damn it! Post! I swear, in the next life I’m coming back as a trumpeter mute swan. I’ll be the good-looking one on the right.
I shot this photo just before noon today while working from home and gazing out back. Really, I was working from home — honest. Please don’t tell the dean! (If you’re confused, and you should be by now, check my last post.)
Two quick notes on PR-related stories, then I gotta go to work.
The milk-labeling war continues. If you followed my two posts about rBGH in milk (here and here), you’ll want to catch this update in yesterday’s Cincinnati Enquirer. Thanks to PRKent grad Stacy Wessels for the link.
Monsanto and grocery giant Kroger are escalating their PR war over milk from cows treated with rBGH hormone (made by Monsanto). Monsanto claims there’s no difference in the milk from treated and untreated cows, and the FDA agrees. Kroger says its customers prefer rBGH-free milk and have a right to know what they’re buying.
In the story you’ll find Kent State grad Meghan Glynn on the front line as chief spokesperson for Kroger. Megan was a student in the first class I taught at Kent State (Ethics & Issues in Mass Communication) back in 1992.
BTW, I did the family shopping this past weekend. At Giant Eagle, organic milk is $3.49 per half gallon. The “other milk” from the hormone-pumped cows sells for $3.09 per gallon. Does it really cost twice as much to be organic? Thank God they don’t have organic gasoline, eh?
Jack O’Dwyer is calling on PRSA for the straight skinny about Dr. Gail Baker’s departure as head of the society’s Ethics Board. Just to be clear, O’Dwyer’s story doesn’t suggest any wrongdoing by Baker, but does say that her resignation closely followed O’Dwyer’s inquiries regarding her appointment to head the Ethics Board. (I can’t link you to the story, as O’Dwyer’s is a subscription site.)
From the O’Dwyer story:
Gail Baker, Ph.D., dean of the College of Communications, Fine Arts & Media, University of Nebraska, Omaha, resigned yesterday as chair of the Ethics Board of the PR Society after odwyerpr.com pointed out ethical issues at the Society to University officials.
Baker, who served last year as vice chair of honors and awards, was a controversial appointee because she had not been on the EB.
Attempts by this website to reach her via phone or e-mail this month were unsuccessful.
We all know Jack O’Dwyer could be a bit more politic in how he deals with PRSA. At the same time, PRSA could be a whole lot more forthcoming with information about its operations. The society won’t talk with O’Dwyer, period — an odd media-relations strategy.
Jack’s criticism of PRSA is confrontational at times, but at least he’s raising some questions. How come no one else is?
Update: For the record, I asked PRSA (via email) on Monday if there would be a statement regarding the Gail Baker resignation. PR director Joe Derupo responded, also by email, to say that PRSA would have “no further comment at this time.”
I should probably write an angry post, but what the hell’s the use? “No comment” tells me all I need or care to know.