Breakfast Briefing: The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 9.20.2016

The New York Police Department's assistant commissioner for communication and public information walks PRWeek through its communications response to Saturday night's Chelsea bombing.

Photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office, via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo by Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office, via Wikimedia Commons.

Inside the NYPD’s comms response. Peter Donald, the New York Police Department’s assistant commissioner for communication and public information, called Twitter — the NYPD has 118 accounts — an "invaluable" tool for communicating with the public after Saturday night’s explosion in Chelsea. In an interview with PRWeek, he also discussed how the department decided to use the NotifyNYC mobile-alert system to disseminate information about suspect Ahmad Rahami before he was captured on Monday.

Skittles responds to Trump Jr. In a strained analogy for the ages, Donald Trump Jr. compared eating a bowl of Skittles to accepting refugees on Monday night. The candy brand quickly became a trending topic as users mocked his tweet (which was actually tweeted by a radio host a month earlier). Skittles’ apt response: "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy."


Happening today: Wells Fargo’s CEO on the Hill. The bank’s chief executive, John Stumpf, will testify in front of the Senate Banking Committee about his employees’ opening of millions of accounts without customers’ permission. He’s set to say he’s "deeply sorry" for the scandal, according to leaked remarks.

Reports: George H.W. Bush to vote for Clinton. The 41st president is planning to vote for the wife of the man who replaced him in the Oval Office in 1993 instead of his own party’s candidate, at least according to a Facebook post by Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, a member of the Kennedy clan. A spokesman for the former president has only said he’ll vote "as a private citizen" and didn’t deny the report to Politico.

Happening on the campaign trail: Clinton dings Trump-Putin bromance, with pictures, on The Tonight Show; Trump doubles down on immigration proposal at Monday night event in Florida; Ad buyers betting on huge ratings for first Clinton-Trump debate.

Big drop for Takata shares after bankruptcy report. Shares of the Japanese auto-products maker were down as much as 9% on Tuesday after Bloomberg reported bidders for the company are thinking about taking it through bankruptcy proceedings. Takata continues to struggle to rebound from the airbag-safety issues that resulted in tens of millions of recalls. 

This story was updated on September 20 to correct the first name of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf.

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