Pop PR: portrayal or betrayal?: Many movies, TV shows and novels depict fictional PR characters - not often in a flattering light. Has pop culture been fair to PR? Paul Simpson investigates

Who would want a job in PR? According to Hollywood screenwriters, TV producers and the nation’s novelists, public relations is a profession full of cynical, manipulative, money-grabbing, back-stabbing phonies, whose primary qualifications are a certain shallow quickness of mind and the fact that before they took their first PR job they were admitted to a hospital to have their ethics surgically removed.

by PAUL SIMPSON

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