Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 7.6.2016

Pistorius gets six years in prison; Trump fails to capitalize on Clinton email story; Clinton to mock Trump casino empire in New Jersey.

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday morning for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. The former Olympic sensation was convicted of manslaughter in 2014, but the charge was changed to murder by a higher court. Nike and sunglasses-maker Oakley were among the brands that sponsored Pistorius prior to the February 2013 incident.

Donald Trump failed to capitalize on FBI Director James Comey’s rebuke of Hillary Clinton’s talking points on her use of a private email server while secretary of state, instead praising Saddam Hussein on Tuesday night in North Carolina for killing terrorists. Trump also suggested Attorney General Loretta Lynch was bribed by Clinton. The New York Times called Comey’s comments on Clinton "a ready made attack ad" against the Democratic candidate.

Wednesday on the trail: Hillary Clinton will be in Atlantic City, New Jersey, today to say that Donald Trump’s casino empire wasn’t good for anyone but the presumptive Republican candidate. Newt Gingrich will join Trump at a Sharonville, Ohio, rally that’s being called a vice presidential slot tryout for the former speaker of the House. Believing it can roll back the Republican majority in the House of Representatives by tying Trump to GOP congressmen, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is planning to air TV ads earlier than ever before.

Twitter has added Facebook veteran Bret Taylor to its board of directors in its latest bid to spur innovation. Taylor is the chief executive of software business Quip. Previously, he worked at Facebook for three years after it acquired a company he founded, FriendFeed, and had a stint at Google.


Actress Kaley Cuoco apologized on Instagram on Tuesday for posting a Fourth of July shot of her dogs sitting on the American flag that outraged some social media users. "Living in the public eye can be extremely difficult at times. Every mistake and every imperfection is amplified," she said in her apology note. 

I would like to comment on a photo I posted yesterday , that has caused lots of controversy. First off, please know, I have the utmost respect for my country. I am a proud American in every sense of the word. I understand the American flag stands for our freedom and represents American heroes , past and present. Yesterday I made a mistake by posting the picture that was taken of my sweet dogs posing on an American flag. I sincerely apologize to anyone that has been offended by my previous post. This is no way reflects my feelings toward what the American flag represents. Living in the public eye, can be extremely difficult at times. Every mistake and every imperfection is amplified. I am not perfect. I am a proud American, today, tomorrow, always. ??

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