Breakfast Briefing, 12.6.2016: Hall of Fame; Donald Trump steals Christmas at one firm

PRWeek honored the six latest additions to its Hall of Fame on Monday night in New York.

PRWeek Hall of Fame 2016. The 2016 class of the PRWeek Hall of Fame was honored on Monday night at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The six most recent honorees are M Booth founder Margi Booth, Travelers marcomms leader Lisa Caputo, former Ketchum chief David Drobis, one-time General Motors comms leader Steve Harris, FleishmanHillard senior consultant John Onoda, and Patrice Tanaka, founder of her eponymous firm and former executive at CRT/Tanaka and PadillaCRT.


Trump win means no Christmas party for one firm. LaForce has cancelled its holiday party due to Donald Trump winning the White House, according to Page Six. The December 19 bash was set to include red-white-and-blue bunting and male models in patriotic body paint.

The Trump transition. Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway could form an outside group that would build public support for President Donald Trump’s policies instead of taking a White House role. She told The Washington Post the organization would create a "surround sound super-structure" to rally his supporters. In other transition news, Chinese media is mocking Trump’s "diplomacy by Twitter." The president-elect also has a "thank you tour" rally scheduled for Tuesday in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Tech giants fight terrorist propaganda. Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube said late Monday that they’ve agreed to develop a plan to stop the spread of terrorist propaganda on their platforms, including a shared database to help them identify terrorist images and videos.

Consultant pitches in to help Comet Ping Pong. PR consultant Erick Sanchez created the Stand with Comet Facebook page to help the Washington, DC, restaurant respond to fake #PizzaGate stories. A North Carolina man was arrested over the weekend for opening fire in the restaurant, later telling authorities he was there to investigate fake news stories about the pizza place being the epicenter of a child-abuse ring run by a former top Hillary Clinton aide.

Businesses forging ahead with overtime plans. More than eight in 10 companies surveyed by small business network Manta said they are planning to move forward with initiatives designed to comply with the Obama administration’s planned overtime rule change, despite a temporary injunction halting its implementation. The Labor Department rules were set to go into effect on December 1.

What Theranos told investors in happier times. In 2014 and 2015, the medical technology company told potential investors that it expected revenue of nearly $2 billion and more than $500 million in net income in 2016, according to materials unearthed by The Wall Street Journal. 

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