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February 13, 2008


Mark Folse

That is hilarious, even for an old press flack like myself who might have written it once (after I finished cursing and punching the wall that my boss could do something that stupid.).

All of the crime problems in this city and they buy Robocop costumes. Did you see the picture on the dead tree version on B-1? Look at the guy in the background. What red-blooded, under-endowed chief of police wouldn't want his SWAT team dressed in those find Kelvar threads?


Mark, I don't think you would've penned a defense that began:

"The photo selected to depict the public safety press conference on yesterday by the Times Picayune grossly misrepresented...."

I can accept that a "communication director" needs to obfuscate...but shouldn't part of the job be to, you know, communicate?

Rachelle Matherne - Five by Five PR

Oh man. Gotta love a communication director who uses "on yesterday" in an official statement. Not to mention, y'know, the rest of it.

Have you read any of the comments on under either the original story or the photo caption contest entries? I'm getting a huge kick out of the people who think the TP should not have published the photo because they are responsible for educating the public on proper gun safety. The biggest laugh was the person who said the photographer should have let Nagin know how bad he was making himself look. So newspapers' duties now include image management for local celebrities?

Gawd. Why don't people get what journalism & the media are actually about?


"Have you read any of the comments on under either the original story or the photo caption contest entries? I'm getting a huge kick out of the people who think the TP should not have published the photo because they are responsible for educating the public on proper gun safety."

I did see one of those. I assume it's the same people who grouse when a subject is captured with a cigarette in a candid photo, or feeding a baby from a bottle.

As for the comments, that area has just become fora for racists much of the time - I avoid the comments below the stories as much as possible.


The photo was taken "out of context". I'm curious as to what the proper context might be ...


Um, and a misuse of the contraction "it's" for the possessive "its"? And the ludicrous photo, of course. Communication directors who can't communicate on top of a mayor who thinks that goofing off with new militaristic toys is a morale booster...? Sheesh.

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