Breakfast Briefing: The 10 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 9.15.2016

Two public affairs players team up as Bully Pulpit buys the Incite Agency.

(Image via Samsung's Facebook page).
(Image via Samsung's Facebook page).

New this morning: Bully Pulpit buys the Incite Agency. The deal means former Obama aides Andrew Bleeker, now Bully Pulpit’s president, and Ben LaBolt will be on the same team again, with former Incite founding partner LaBolt joining Bully Pulpit as partner. LaBolt and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs founded Incite in 2013. Bully Pulpit was launched four years earlier.

PRWeek unveils 2016 Hall of Fame class. The honorees will be touted at a dinner in New York City on December 5. The fourth group of Hall of Famers consists of Margi Booth, Lisa Caputo, David Drobis, Steve Harris, John Onoda, and Patrice Tanaka.

WSJ: How Samsung botched the Galaxy 7 recall. Under the threat of exploding smartphones, the technology giant only made customers more confused and delayed efforts to provide replacement phones. Samsung also failed to coordinate the recall with federal authorities, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Clinton back on the campaign trail amid dropping polls. Hillary Clinton is set to return to campaigning on Thursday after three and a half days of rest, as a newly released New York Times/CBS News poll shows Clinton up only two points nationally. Both Clinton and Donald Trump released information about their personal health on Wednesday — Trump’s sit-down with Dr. Oz is set to air today — while Trump was scolded by a Flint, Michigan, pastor for politicizing his visit to her church. Clinton tweet stormed over a Newsweek story on Trump’s overseas financial connections. Ivanka Trump struggled through a Cosmopolitan interview about her maternity leave plan.

Fifteen-year-old Saudi girl presses for hijab emoji. Rayouf Alhumedhi has not only sent a proposal for an emoji of a woman wearing a hijab to the Unicode Consortium, the governing body of sorts of emoji, but she's also campaigning for its inclusion. Alhumedhi held an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit a day ago.


Iovine clears the air on Tidal rumors. Music industry legend and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine told BuzzFeed that his company isn’t looking to acquire a rival music-streaming service to tack on to Apple Music. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that the Cupertino, California-based company was kicking the tires on acquiring Tidal.

Who will buy Twitter? Recode was kind enough to make a list, ranked, of possible suitors for the 140-character publishing platform. The lineup, without ruining the surprise, includes some usual suspects, media companies, cable behemoths, customer relationship management giants, and financial firms.

Rights groups take up Snowdon’s cause. Three major human rights groups are pushing for President Barack Obama to pardon Russia-based whistleblower Edward Snowden. The American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International have taken up his cause.

Feds investigate Wells Fargo. U.S. Attorney’s offices in New York and California are looking into the bank’s sales practices. Last week, it fired more than 5,000 employees for selling accounts without the consent of customers. It was fined $185 million last week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

What to know on Thursday: Western Union names Gap, Charles Schwab veteran Bill Chandler SVP and chief communications officer; Prestone account goes to JMPR; Publishing and PR executive Joseph Livingston dead at 94

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