Breakfast Briefing: The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 11.22.2016

On the daily Trump transition Twitter beat.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons, by Jleon (talk), CC BY-SA 3.0)
(Image via Wikimedia Commons, by Jleon (talk), CC BY-SA 3.0)

Trump transition Twitter. (Editor’s note: Brace yourselves; this section might appear daily). President-elect Donald Trump said on Twitter on Tuesday morning that he cancelled a meeting with executives at The New York Times because "the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice." Update: Times SVP of comms Eilleen Murphy disputed Trump's claims on Tuesday morning. Update number two: The meeting is back on, according to The Wall Street Journal's Tim Hanrahan. 

Earlier meeting with the media described as a "firing squad." Accounts of what was supposed to be an off-the-record meeting with media executives described more of a screaming match in Trump Tower in Wednesday. The president-elect was said to have dressed down several industry big wigs, including CNN president Jeff Zucker, who was reportedly told, "I hate your network." Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway called it a "very candid, cordial, and honest" meeting.

YouTube video spells out administration policies. Trump, who has not held a press conference yet, described his administration’s priorities for its first 100 days in office in a YouTube video posted on Monday. On the list for day one in office: executive actions to "restore our laws and bring back our jobs." Not mentioned: his proposed wall on the Mexican border or a registry of Muslims.

Questions about Trump meeting with Farage. The president-elect reportedly pressured British politician Neil Farage and his aides to oppose off-shore wind farms near one of his golf courses in Scotland, according to media reports, raising more questions about how he can balance running the executive branch and having his name on an international business operation. Trump’s media relations team initially denied he brought up wind farms, then declined to comment when presented with details of the conversation by The New York Times.

Twitter cracks down on Tila Tequila. Twitter has suspended the one-time reality show celebrity’s account after she posted an image of herself in a Nazi salute with two men in her latest embrace of hate speech. Still on Twitter: The American Nazi Party and similar groups.

How one pizza place responded to an outrageous fake news story. Several fabricated news stories accused Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, DC, pizza parlor, of being the epicenter of a child-abuse ring run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager. The restaurant’s ownership contacted the FBI and asked social media companies to take down the posts. Its general manager compared responding to the stories to "trying to shoot a swarm of bees with one gun," according to the NYT.

Bloomberg: Major chains selling aloe vera-less aloe vera. The aloe vera sold under store brands at Walmart, Target, and CVS does not actually contain aloe vera, according to Bloomberg News, which hired a lab to perform tests. The U.S. market for aloe products has jumped 11% in the past year to $146 million, according to the report.

Baylor athletic official suspended after alleged altercation with reporter. Baylor University placed associate athletic director for communications Heath Nielsen on leave after a Texas-based reporter accused him of assault after the school’s November 5 blowout loss to Texas Christian University. Nielsen was arrested three days later.

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