Delta apologizes for World Cup tweet representing Ghana with a giraffe

Delta issues mea culpa for tweet representing Ghana with a giraffe; GM recalls 3m more cars; Advocates call for chewing tobacco ban in baseball after Tony Gwynn's death; The latest from Cannes.

Delta apologizes for poor use of imagery in World Cup tweet
Delta said it was sorry on Monday night for its World Cup-themed tweet praising the US team for its 2-1 victory over Ghana that featured imagery supposedly representing both countries: the Statue of Liberty for the US and a giraffe representing its opponent.

However, experts quickly pointed out that giraffes do not live in Ghana, and critics accused the airline of stereotyping the country without checking the facts.

Delta apologized for the tweet and wished good luck to all participating teams but not before it was savaged by Twitter users for the giraffe image.


GM recalls 3 million more cars for ignition switch issue
General Motors said Monday that it is recalling 3 million additional vehicles for ignition-switch problems similar to the issue with the Chevrolet Cobalt that has been blamed for 13 deaths. The automaker has recalled more cars this year, 17.7 million, than Americans bought last year, according to Mashable.

Edelman wins PR Grand Prix for Chipotle ‘Scarecrow’ effort
Edelman was the big winner at Cannes on Monday for its work on Chipotle’s The Scarecrow campaign, taking home the PR Grand Prix and a Gold Lion along with Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles. This morning, Hill+Knowlton Strategies London chief creative officer Simon Shaw picks his Cannes highlights. For all the latest from the south of France, check out our sister magazine Campaign’s live blog.

Two other things to know on Tuesday morning:
Anti-tobacco activists are again calling for Major League Baseball to ban players from using smokeless tobacco during games after the death of San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn. The late Padres outfielder died on Monday after a battle with mouth cancer.

While violence in Iraq is capturing most of the headlines, President Barack Obama will tout his administration’s record on advanced manufacturing and other economic gains during a Tuesday stop in Pittsburgh. He’s also set to announce initiatives that would make it easier for people to start or expand manufacturing operations.

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