Seven things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 1.23.2015

Sony pushes back Q4 earnings report; Comcast's lobbying in focus; Obama interviews on YouTube get a little weird.

The president with YouTube personality Hank Green
The president with YouTube personality Hank Green

1. Sony has delayed its fourth-quarter earnings report, citing the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that took place in late November. It will update investors and analysts via conference call on February 4.

2. Comcast’s lobbying muscle is under the microscope amid the debate over Net Neutrality and antitrust concerns about its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. No other US company’s employee base has spent more on political donations and lobbying over the past two years than that of Comcast, according to The Wall Street Journal.

3. From Davos Friday morning: Actress Emma Watson launched an anti-sexism initiative. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah was mourned, with Jordan’s king pulling out of the event to show respect. (Lindsay Lohan also took time to praise the late Saudi monarch on Instagram).

4. A partially completed Martin Scorsese documentary on Bill Clinton has been shelved after the former president tried to exert too much control, according to The New York Times. HBO had backed the project.

5. Southwest Airlines is being sued by a passenger for $49,000 after a piece of luggage fell on him from an overhead bin and he suffered a compressed disc during a January 2013 flight.

6. President Barack Obama sat down with three YouTube luminaries Thursday afternoon, and things got weird. Bizarre highlights include GloZell nervously describing first lady Michelle Obama as the president’s "first wife," and "Illuminati truthers" taking over the live chat stream.

7. Thursday press conferences by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady were panned by at least one PR expert. Writing in the Los Angeles Daily News, Desmond & Lewis president Lou Desmond said by denying any knowledge of deflated footballs, the Patriots’ coach "has ensured that the crisis and news stories are distracting from the big game."

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