Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 11.14.2016

Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon to a top White House job set off alarm bells for civil rights groups.

Trump on 60 Minutes. Donald Trump’s first post-election TV interview, a sit-down with 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl, aired on Sunday night. The president-elect said he plans to immediately deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records, but softened his stance on other immigration topics. Trump said same-sex marriage is a settled issue, envisioned a time when Roe vs. Wade is overturned, and clarified he won’t take a salary as president.

Setting up the Trump administration. Trump’s transition team said Sunday night that Republican National Committee chief Reince Priebus will serve as White House chief of staff and former Breitbart head and top campaign aide Steve Bannon will be chief strategist and senior counselor. Priebus and Bannon are from different sides of the Republican tracks, with Priebus representing the party’s establishment and Bannon coming from its anti-establishment alt-right wing.

Outrage at Bannon appointment. The elevation of Bannon, who had been accused of sexism, racism, and anti-Semitism during his time running alt-right website Breitbart, was sharply criticized by civil rights groups. The Anti-Defamation League said Bannon is "hostile to core American values."  


Picking the next press secretary. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is under serious consideration for White House press secretary, according to The Hill. Ingraham campaigned for Trump and helped him with debate preparation during the campaign.

More from Zuckerberg on fake news. The Facebook CEO, who had said it was "pretty crazy" to think fake news on the social network affected the election, elaborated on the topic in a lengthy post on Saturday night. He maintained his stance that the impact of hoax stories was minimal, but said the company must strike a balance between allowing users to express themselves and getting rid of hoaxes.

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