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Bad PR Vibes

12:25 PM -- Dear Whoever Writes the PR Vibes Newsletter from PR Firm, Calysto Communications:

Greetings, young person! I'm Phil Harvey, editor of the largest telecom publication in the world, though you'd never know that, judging by my absurdly low number of Twitter followers.

I assure you, kind sir or madam, I'm not known for my powers of observation. You will often see me trying to leave the coffee shop by pushing on a door marked pull. You will often see me setting my coffee cup on top of my car while I fumble for my keys, then driving away with said cup still atop said car. Yes, I'm a bit thick (and I do spend thousands of dollars a week on coffee).

The reason I'm writing is that I have noticed something that demands your attention. Boy, oh boy, did my monocle pop straight out when I saw Wednesday's issue of PR Vibes.

Indeed, that issue of the newsletter had the following quote from Ron Mathews, the new event director for Supercomm:

"As broadband infrastructure stands to be a critical recipient of the economic stimulus package that we hear about every day in the news, we anticipate accelerated growth in our industry," Mathews says. "We really want to take advantage of those opportunities that are offered to our industry, and that [date change] allows us to do it."


Amazingly, Mathews said the exact same thing to your PR firm's intrepid reporter as he did to me. My story carried the exact same quote -- right down the added editorial clarification for the words "date change."

I'm not what you'd call a sharp-eyed sort of person. But even at a passing glance, some details appear to me as though they were bathed in neon with dancing girls on either side. Would you not agree that even a half-blind bat such as myself could make a case that my story is remarkably akin to Wednesday's issue of PR Vibes?

Actually, don't answer that. I am a gentleman and as such I should never imply that you're some sniveling little copy-thieving weasel that ought to have your Gap khakis worn out by a hickory switch. Indeed, I have no proof of plagiarism whatsoever, other than the eerie similarity of the pacing, the word choice, the quote, the sentence structure, and a handful of other silly details.

So where shall we leave this, you mysterious Calysto wordsmith? Well, I have an idea: You should call Ron Mathews immediately and compliment him on his incredibly exact word choice. When Mr. Mathews calls PR firms to update them on industry events, as I'm sure he's prone to do, he is nothing if not a monument of precision and a man of rare talent.

And Lord knows, you do have an eye for talent.

Good day to you, fair scribe,
Phil Harvey
Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 4:08:47 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes


I think I just experienced the editorial equivalent to a Pimp bitch slapping one of his hoe's.




-áHave you ever contemplated writing romance novels?




-áCheers,


aaverboo 12/5/2012 | 4:08:47 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes


Point taken Phil, though you have to give them credit (even though they didn't give you any). The quote is at least accurate...which we know from past experience with Calysto coverage on our events is not usually the case.


digits 12/5/2012 | 4:08:46 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes {{Amen to that...}}
digits 12/5/2012 | 4:08:46 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes


Maybe Mathews actually said to calysto, having seen your story, Phil, was:




"We really want to take advantage of those opportunities that are offered to our industry, and that, open square brackets,-ádate change, close square brackets,-áallows us to do it."




You never know!




Or maybe he said: "Help!! This show's on its knees!!" (No square brackets required.)




Ray Le Square


DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:08:46 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes


thank you for remembering.




your reward: http://www.lightreading.com/blog.asp?blog_sectionid=217&doc_id=83071


paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:08:46 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes


 




Ray Ray Ray




Today its all about brackets.-á Except Phil is a square bracket in a round hole.-á Go Siena!




Are we to deny open bracketology for all.-á Even President Obama gave us a look at his bracket.




Ask not what your brackets can do for you, ask what Jay Bilas can do for your brackets.




seven




 


Stevery 12/5/2012 | 4:08:46 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes


 




Neon.... -á Dancing Girls...-á-á




Maybe you can turn this into a photo essay involving lingerie pirates.




Yarrrr.


DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:08:45 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes


You mean like the claim that we've banned-áLightwave from-áTelcoTV: http://www.prvibes.com/HTML/TelcoTV2008.html-á?




Or did you have something else in mind?


aaverboo 12/5/2012 | 4:08:44 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes Yes or the claim that there was no map for the pub crawl when there was a map in every program guide. Great investigative journalism!



 


DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:08:37 PM
re: Bad PR Vibes


Calysto quietly gave credit where credit was due by adding some attribution to their article online:




http://www.prvibes.com/HTML/Supercomm.html




I guess I won't hold my breath for an apology or a newsletter retraction.




ph


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