DIARY: Organizers vent about Brill’s intent

Self-appointed media watchdog Stephen Brill has been making headlines again - this time for failing to keep up with his slew of speaking engagements.

Self-appointed media watchdog Stephen Brill has been making headlines again - this time for failing to keep up with his slew of speaking engagements.

Self-appointed media watchdog Stephen Brill has been making

headlines again - this time for failing to keep up with his slew of

speaking engagements.



Last month, Brill missed a date with The Deadline Club (insert punch

line here), e-mailing on the morning of the meeting to say he wasn’t

sure what time to arrive. As it turns out, this is not a recent

phenomenon.



Back in 1998, he was slated to speak at a Bulldog Reporter conference

but canceled without explanation, prompting attendees to ask for their

money back. ’He never even apologized,’ says Infocom Group publisher Jim

Sinkinson.



And after signing on for a Ragan Communications conference, Brill backed

out with just three hours notice. According to director of conferences

Ralph Gaillard, Brill blamed cancellations at NY airports. ’But I called

JFK and LaGuardia,’ Gaillard says. ’And both said flights were on

time.’



Asked about her client’s case of Chronic Cancelitis, PR pro Cindy

Rosenthal suggested that Brill schedules hundreds of speaking

engagements per year, and a few cancellations are to be understood.

Maybe, but try explaining that to a conference organizer with 200 copies

of Brill’s Content - and no Brill.



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