Breakfast Briefing: The 10 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 9.6.2016

The presidential election hits the stretch run.

(Image via Donald Trump's Facebook page).
(Image via Donald Trump's Facebook page).

Post-Labor-Day polls signal election stretch run. Donald Trump is up two points over Hillary Clinton in a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday morning, while Clinton holds a six-point advantage in an NBC News/SurveyMonkey tracking poll. On the campaign trail: Clinton rolls out new campaign plane, invites reporters on-board; Clinton team releases ad featuring veterans; Trump denies pay-for-play with donations to Florida attorney general; Bill Clinton defends work of Clinton Foundation.

Ailes lawyers up. Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes has hired the libel lawyer who helped Hulk Hogan take down Gawker Media. Attorney Charles Harder has contacted New York magazine and national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman asking them to save documents on stories on Ailes, according to reports. The magazine has defended its reporting. Update: Fox News parent 21st Century Fox agreed to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former anchor Gretchen Carlson for $20 million, according to various reports. "We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve," the company said in a statement.

Wells Fargo says sorry for actors-to-scientists campaign. The bank apologized for print ads touting a teen financial-education day that showed aspiring artists trading in their dreams for careers as scientists. "A ballerina yesterday. An engineer today," one tagline read. A host of performers complained about the campaign on Twitter.

Apple set to unveil new iPhone. Speculation about wireless headphones is the major matter of gossip before Wednesday’s Apple event. The Wall Street Journal has warned that new iPhone editions may not have the game-changing technology upgrades of past iterations. What to expect, via Recode.

British Airways glitch means long check-in lines. The airline apologized on Monday morning for an IT issue that slowed down lines at Gatwick and Heathrow airports in the U.K. Airline communications experts called for more transparency from carriers last month after an outage grounded Delta flights around the globe.

Vanity Fair investigates Theranos downfall. The magazine found that founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes went against the advice of the company’s top scientists and executives on how to handle controversies about its blood-testing technology and details her mid-October 2015 meeting with employees on the topic.

Kaepernick jersey sales soar. Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the national anthem may have angered many, but it hasn’t hurt sales of his jersey. The backup quarterback’s number 7 jersey is the fifth-best-selling overall on President Obama defended Kaepernick’s right to protest on Monday.

BuzzFeed explains split to employees. The news organization’s executives worked to reassure staffers last month that news is still a priority at BuzzFeed after its split into news and entertainment organizations. CEO Jonah Peretti told staffers last Wednesday that it has no plans to sell its news division, according to The New York Times.

Bayer ups bid for Monsanto. The German pharmaceutical giant has increased its offer for crop-sciences company Monsanto by 2%, now offering more than $65 billion. However, Bayer is keeping all options on the table, including a hostile bid or pulling its offer altogether, according to Reuters.

Former Jeb Bush spokesman joins public affairs firm. Tim Miller, the former top spokesman for Jeb Bush and an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, has joined Definers Public Affairs, according to Politico. Matt Rhoades, former campaign manager for Mitt Romney, is one of Definers’ cofounders. 

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