The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.16.2016

Nissan emissions scandal; Amazon to roll out private-label brands, Trump fake publicist story rolls on; KTLA faces backlash for making weather reporter cover up on air; Zuckerberg to meet with Glenn Beck.

Photo credit: By TuRbO_J from Adelaide, Australia - 2014 Nissan Qashqai ST, CC BY 2.0
Photo credit: By TuRbO_J from Adelaide, Australia - 2014 Nissan Qashqai ST, CC BY 2.0

Another auto emissions cheating scandal
South Korean authorities have accused Nissan of cheating on emissions tests on the Qashqai diesel SUV. They’re planning to fine the automaker nearly $300,000 and order it to recall hundreds of vehicles. The news follows similar scandals at Mitsubishi Motors, which Nissan took a controlling interest in last week, and Volkswagen. Nissan has disputed the accusations.

Amazon to debut private-label brands
Get ready for products from Amazon with new brands dreamed up by the e-retailing giant, as it rolls out several private-label brands in the coming weeks. Brands such as Happy Belly, Wickedly Prime, and Mama Bear will be on products including nuts, spices, teas, and baby food, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Trump fake publicist story rolls on
Saturday Night Live poked fun at Donald Trump this weekend for reportedly claiming to be his own publicist in conversations with tabloids years ago exaggerating his love life. Top Trump aide Paul Manafort denied the accusations on CNN on Sunday morning, though Trump has admitted conjuring up a fake publicist’s identity to talk to journalists. Meanwhile, Republican officials are defending the party’s presumptive nominee after a New York Times investigative report on his treatment of women since high school.

KTLA faces backlash for making weather reporter cover up on air
Some are calling the Los Angeles channel sexist after an employee handed weather reporter Liberte Chan a sweater on-air after viewers complained about her outfit. "We’re getting a lot of emails," the unidentified (male) station staffer said on the air.


Zuckerberg to meet with conservative media big wigs
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with Glenn Beck, former Bush White House press secretary Dana Perino, and Romney 2012 digital chief Zac Moffat on Wednesday amid the controversy of whether its trending topics list has a liberal bias. The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Mims argues the fight should be over the news feed itself, not the trending topics list.

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