The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Monday, 8.29.2016

Big issues barely mentioned at the MTV VMAs; Anthony Weiner is in trouble again; Fiat Chrysler CEO sees Samsung as 'potential strategic partner'; Suit against Trump campaign CEO

Image via MTV (has been cropped and resized)
Image via MTV (has been cropped and resized)

Sunday night: Big issues barely mentioned at the MTV VMAs
During MTV’s Video Music Awards last night, Beyonce walked the white carpet with the mothers of police-violence victims Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, and Trayvon Martin. And Kanye West gave a confusing speech that included a line on gun violence in Chicago, citing last week’s death count. But aside from that, no one really grabbed the mic and said something.

The VMAs also (of course) included random brand plugs and a Lochte spoof
Sean "Diddy" Combs strategically mentioned Ciroc vodka, with which he has a 50-50 profit split, during both of his on-camera appearances; DJ Khaled wore actual Nike shoes as a necklace; and Jimmy Fallon mocked the Ryan Lochte scandal. Hosts Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele aimed to become social media influencers during the show, adopting hashtag-happy alter egos.

Anthony Weiner is in trouble again
Weiner, who is married to Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, allegedly sent raunchy tweets and photos of his crotch to another woman, according to media reports. One of the selfies purportedly includes his young son in the background.

Fiat Chrysler CEO sees Samsung as ‘potential strategic partner’
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said he sees Samsung Electronics as a possible strategic partner, amid interest from several potential buyers for its Magneti Marelli components unit, according to media reports. Samsung is in advanced talks to buy some or all of Marelli, people close to the matter told Bloomberg earlier this month.

Suit against Trump campaign CEO
A suit from 2005 alleges that when Trump’s campaign CEO Stephen Bannon was working at American Vantage Companies, he fired head of PR and corporate marketing Julia Panely-Pacetti, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, while she was on maternity leave. In the suit, obtained by the New York Post, Panely-Pacetti said she was terminated from her position "because of her sex and disability." Panely-Pacetti claimed in the suit that she was fired "while she was on a protected Family and Medical Leave Act maternity leave, even though she had been forced to continue performing her job responsibilities from home throughout her maternity leave."

The latest election news: Donald Trump to make a "major speech" on immigration during his stop in Arizona on Wednesday; At least 110 Republican leaders won’t vote for Trump.

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