Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Thursday morning

Jonathan Mildenhall joins banking startup Dave as CMO; American Airlines and United to furlough 32,000 workers.

Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Thursday morning

Jonathan Mildenhall has joined banking upstart Dave as CMO. Mildenhall had been consulting for the three-year-old financial services company through his firm TwentyFirstCenturyBrand. He wants to expand the company’s user base by promoting its services and creating an online community around the subject of financial planning and literacy, according to The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in his career, Mildenhall was Airbnb’s CMO and Coca-Cola’s SVP of integrated marketing communication and design excellence.

American Airlines and United Airlines are beginning furloughs of over 32,000 workers. The decision comes after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said that if Washington comes up with a deal with $25 billion for airlines “over the next few days,” the company will reverse furloughs and recall workers. Meanwhile, United Airlines told leaders in the Trump administration and Congress that if payroll aid is approved in the next few days, it would also undo the furloughs.

Twitter removed 130 accounts during the Trump-Biden debate. The social network tweeted late Wednesday that, based on intel provided by the FBI, it removed the accounts as they were attempting to disrupt the public conversation during the debate. Twitter said the accounts appeared to originate in Iran and provided samples of some of the posts made by the accounts in question.

Brad Parscale has exited his role as a senior adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign. "I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress," Parscale said in a statement obtained by Politico. Earlier this week, he was detained by police and hospitalized over suicidal threats he made at his home while holding a gun. Parscale was demoted as campaign manager in July after Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He remained on the reelection effort in a limited capacity.

Wonder how Weird Al Yankovic would have moderated Tuesday night’s presidential debate? That question is answered in a video Yankovic created with the Gregory Brothers, first published by The New York Times. The comedic musical is called, “We’re All Doomed.” 

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