Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 11.25.2014

Ferguson prosecutor's press conference panned; Twitter finance chief's social media mistake; Honda CEO apologizes for underreporting incidents.

1. Despite pleas from the family of Michael Brown, state authorities, and President Barack Obama, violence erupted on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night after prosecutor Robert McCulloch said Officer Darren Wilson will not face trial. Wilson fatally shot Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in August.

Critics panned McCulloch’s press conference disclosing the jury’s decision, questioning whether he was seeking the spotlight by holding it in prime time and denouncing his statement that jurors "gave up their lives" to deliberate the case. His anger at social media and the 24/7 news cycle for getting in the way of the grand-jury process didn’t win him fans on Twitter, either.


2. Honda’s CEO apologized on Tuesday for underreporting more than 1,700 incidents that resulted in death or injury to federal authorities in the past 10 years. The automaker is in the midst of its largest recall ever.

3. Twitter CFO Anthony Noto appeared to unintentionally tweet his company’s plans for a future acquisition on Monday night, a no-no for a public company. He quickly deleted the tweet, but only after a number of reporters took screen shots.


4. The Food and Drug Administration is planning to announce sweeping regulatory changes on Tuesday that would require restaurant chains, movie theaters, and other businesses to post calorie counts on their menus. The regulations will go into effect in a year.


5. Creston, the owner of Cooney/Waters and a number of other agencies, reported Tuesday morning that its revenue for the six months concluding at the end of September was up 4% on a like-for-like basis. Revenue in its communications and insight division also grew 4%.

6. The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the head of the VA hospital in Phoenix, the epicenter of the scandal earlier this year over poor scheduling practices and long wait times for patients seeking care.

7. Friends and colleagues have stuck up for Uber business SVP Emil Michael in a Bloomberg Businessweek article, saying he has been mischaracterized by BuzzFeed’s report that he floated the idea of the car service investigating critical journalists

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