Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 6.1.2015

Former FIFA VP fights back...using 'The Onion;' Graham campaign set to kick off; NBC looks for new role for Brian Williams.

Senator Lindsey Graham, about to begin his presidential campaign.
Senator Lindsey Graham, about to begin his presidential campaign.

1. Here’s how not to push back in a crisis. Embattled former FIFA vice president Jack Warner cited an article from The Onion in his own self-defense as part of an eight-minute video he recorded and posted on YouTube. He later edited the video to exclude the Onion reference and reposted it to his account.

2. Foreign policy hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will return to the neighborhood he grew up in on Monday to formally kick off his presidential campaign, the latest in a string of launches that also includes former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in Baltimore on Saturday.

3. Patriot Act provisions including bulk collection of Americans’ phone records expired at midnight on Monday after the Senate failed to reach a deal extending the provisions. The move is a win for GOP candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who used parliamentary procedures to kill the deal, prompting Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to call him "the worst candidate we could put forward."

4. NBC News is reportedly trying to find a new role for Brian Williams that doesn’t include hosting the Nightly News. His six-month suspension from the network is set to end in August. Critics say putting Williams in a different position will only make the problem worse.

5. The film version of Entourage, set to hit theaters on Wednesday, will put another high-powered fictional publicist on the silver screen, following the lead of Bridget Jones’s Diary, Sex and the City, and Hancock.

6. The Even the Score campaign is urging the Food and Drug Administration to approve "female Viagra" treatments and accusing the regulator of gender bias. Its online petition has received more than 40,000 signatures.

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