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The Flack™ for Friday, June 3, 2022

The Flack highlights changes and trends in the news, examples of communications practices, and content we at BYRNE PR thought you might find useful.

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Some Companies Walked Away From The NRA After Sandy Hook. Will The Same Happen Following The Uvalde Massacre?Last week’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead is still very fresh. But in this day and age of companies taking positions on political and social issues, it remains to be seen if the NRA’s remaining corporate sponsors will walk away. Fortune takes a look.

Alex Cooper is Coming for Joe Rogan’s Spot – As you probably know, Joe Rogan is the king of podcasting. The standup comedian has hosted his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, since 2009, but Spotify has taken it to another level. Since signing a licensing agreement for $100 million with the streaming service, Rogan has seen his audience numbers explode. Today, nearly 9 million people stream each episode. But Rogan shouldn’t rest on his laurels. Alex Cooper has him in her sights. She also recently signed a deal with Spotify, and her audience is growing … quickly. The New York Times examines the podcaster who might be the next household name. 

New York City Bids Farewell to Its Last Pay Phone – Last week New York City pay phones became a thing of the past, as the last one was removed from midtown Manhattan. The phone is now on its way to the Museum of the City of New York and will be part of the exhibit, Analog City: NYC B.C. (Before Computers). NPR looks at the end of an era. And yes, you are old.

Would These Undelivered Speeches Really Have Changed History? – The Gettysburg Address, “I Have a Dream,” FDR’s speech following Pearl Harbor…it’s easy to list famous speeches that changed the course of history. But did you ever stop and think about the great speeches that were written, but, for many reasons, never delivered? Neither did we. But thankfully, Joe Nussbaum, speechwriter for many powerful politicians did, and he’s captured many of them in his new book, “UNDELIVERED – The Never-Heard Speeches that Would Have Rewritten History.” The New Republic has a review.

What Do Americans Know About International Affairs? – Well, it depends on the topic. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, Americans, on average, know quite a bit about certain global leaders and institutions and far less about others. For example, nearly 80% of those surveyed could identify Kim Jong Un as the leader of North Korea, but only 41% could identify the flag of the world’s second most populous country. Read the report and take the survey to see how much you know.


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: one who provides publicity



: to act as a press agent or promoter for something

The word flack was first used as a noun meaning “publicity agent” during the late 1930s. According to one rumor, the word was coined in tribute to a well-known movie publicist of the time, Gene Flack.