Seven things for PR pros to know Thursday morning, 9.11.2014

Former FBI director to investigate NFL as crisis worsens; Obama reveals plan to fight ISIS; Jay Carney debuts on CNN; Internet giants protest in favor of Net Neutrality.

1. The National Football League said late Wednesday that it has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to independently investigate its disciplining of Ray Rice.

The crisis worsened for the NFL on Wednesday. One day after Commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS News that league investigators tried to, but could not, access the tape of Rice striking his then-fiancee at an Atlantic City casino in February, law enforcement officials essentially said he was lying. Anonymous law-enforcement personnel told the Associated Press on Wednesday that they sent the recording to NFL officials months ago.

The AP reported that it listened to a voicemail purportedly left by an NFL official who confirmed he received the tape and said, "You’re right. It’s terrible."  NFL spokesmen reiterated on Wednesday that the league had no knowledge of any of its staffers viewing the video.

2. President Barack Obama unveiled his six-point plan for defeating the ISIS network in Iraq and Syria, including a combination of airstrikes in coordination with allied nations’ ground troops and humanitarian aid, in a speech to the nation on Wednesday night. The address met predictably mixed reviews from Capitol Hill.

3. Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had a tough first night as a commentator on CNN, where he squared off against hawkish Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Twitter scored the argument decidedly in McCain’s favor.


CNN announced Carney’s hire on Wednesday, saying he will serve as a commentator across the network’s programming and appear on political specials.

4. Netflix, Reddit, Tumblr, and Etsy were among the websites that protested in favor of Net Neutrality, the concept that all Web traffic should be treated in the same way, on Wednesday by posting "wheel of death" images on their portals.


5. Apple wouldn’t be considered a "data company" at this point. But that may change with the introduction of Apple Watch. The New York Times looks at the privacy issues it will face, especially in light of the celebrity photo-hacking scandal of recent weeks.

6. The former head of ticket sales for the New York Mets is suing the team, claiming she was repeatedly insulted by executives for being pregnant and unmarried.


7. A Central Pennsylvania Chipotle shut down after a number of mangers and employees quit. In a sign left on the window, they cited "borderline sweatshop conditions" — and used the hashtag #chipotleswag.

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