Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 1.12.2015

White House criticized for ignoring Paris solidarity march; LA police union brings on Burson-Marsteller; Tech giants win big at Golden Globes.

1. The White House is facing criticism after no senior members of the Obama administration attended Sunday’s 3.7-million-strong unity march in Paris, despite leaders from France, Germany, and Israel among those at the front of the demonstration. Secretary of State John Kerry said he will travel to France to express solidarity later this week.


2. Disney communications executive Elizabeth Kaltman died on Saturday after a two-year battle with colon cancer, according to Variety. She was 41. Kaltman joined Disney in 2011 as director of global communications.  

3. A major Los Angeles police union, the Police Protective League, has hired Burson-Marsteller as it pushes for pay raises for officers amid stalled negotiations, according to the Los Angeles Times. LAPD officers have been working without a contract since July.

4. The future of one of football’s great pitchmen, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, is in doubt after his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Meanwhile, political rivals took potshots at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after his beloved Dallas Cowboys were knocked out by the Green Bay Packers after a controversial late call.


5. President Barack Obama will push for legislation this week that would require corporations to communicate more openly with the public after a data breach. Major data thefts have taken place at Sony, Home Depot, and Target in the past two years.

6. The Golden Globes took a sometimes serious turn this year, with a few presenters and award winners expressing solidarity with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Yet hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey got sharp jabs in at targets such as Bill Cosby. Among the night’s big winners were companies straddling the entertainment-technology line, such as Netflix and Amazon. 

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