Eight things PR pros need to know Tuesday morning, 10.28.2014

Redskins comms SVP cuts off live TV interview after Monday Night Football; Christie and Cuomo accused of playing politics with Ebola response; Cook defends Apple Pay.

1. The Washington Redskins pulled off a surprising 20-17 win over the favored Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. However, some of the action took place after the game, when Redskins communications SVP Tony Wyllie physically removed quarterback Colt McCoy from an interview with ESPN Deportes. "No means no," yelled by Wyllie at reporter John Sutcliffe, trended on Twitter afterwards. Sutcliffe got his interview with McCoy a half-hour later.

2. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo, the governors of New Jersey and New York, respectively, are being accused of playing politics with their policies for quarantining healthcare workers who have treated Ebola patients. Both states had instituted more stringent protocols for holding affected doctors and nurses than those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Possible 2016 GOP contender Christie insisted on Monday that he did not flip-flop on the issue.

3. Apple CEO Tim Cook pushed back on Monday against retailers such as Rite Aid and CVS that have declined to use Apple Pay, saying that more than 1 million credit-card accounts were signed up for the service in 72 hours. Meanwhile, Alibaba’s Jack Ma said he’s "very interested" in a payments partnership with Apple.

4. Twitter released its third-quarter earnings on Monday after the markets closed. In a nutshell, the service reported less-than-expected user growth and engagement numbers. Its stock price tumbled after hours.

5. In what Republicans are calling the first candidate gaffe of the 2016 election cycle, Hillary Clinton called into question the private sector’s role in job creation. "Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs," she said while campaigning for Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts on Friday.

6. The Madison Square Garden Company is considering splitting its live entertainment business from the New York Knicks and Rangers, it said Monday. The announcement comes after former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

7. The US Postal Service approved about 50,000 requests from authorities last year to monitor the mail of individuals as part of law-enforcement or national-security investigations, according to a report from its inspector general.

8. Lloyd’s Banking Group said it will eliminate 9,000 jobs and close 150 branches. It blamed the growing use of digital banking services for the job cuts. 

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