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

PR leaders urge Congress to accept Joe Biden’s win; There’s mistakes in press releases and then there’s this…

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

PR firm heads are urging Congress to accept Joe Biden’s win. Ruder Finn’s Kathy Bloomgarden, Edelman’s Richard Edelman, Finn Partners’ Peter Finn, BCW’s Donna Imperato, Interpublic Group’s Michael Roth and Rubenstein Communications’ Steven Rubenstein are among the more than 170 business leaders who signed a letter urging Congress to accept the Electoral College results that declared Biden as the next President of the U.S. The letter, published by the nonprofit Partnership for New York City, comes ahead of Congress’ meeting Wednesday to certify election results. 

There’s mistakes in press releases and then there’s this. It turns out, former Bond girl Tanya Roberts is still alive, despite reports to the contrary. Roberts’ spokesman Mike Pingle sent out a press statement confirming her death prematurely after her boyfriend Lance O’Brien told him he thought he said goodbye to her for the last time Sunday. “It was just a miscommunication that went horribly wrong,” Pingle told the Daily News. Roberts, 65, is battling a viral infection unrelated to COVID-19.

The FDA doesn’t want COVID-19 vaccine dosing regimens shaken up. After experts pushed ideas such as delaying the administration of second doses or halving the dosage given to vaccinate more people sooner, the FDA released a statement to let people know that’s not a good idea. "Without appropriate data supporting such changes in vaccine administration, we run a significant risk of placing public health at risk, undermining the historic vaccination efforts to protect the population from COVID-19," the FDA said.

Pop star JoJo Siwa has responded to backlash over her game JoJo’s Juice. Consumers complained that the game, meant for players aged 6 and up, had “inappropriate” questions about kissing, stealing and getting walked in on while naked. In a TikTok video Monday night, Siwa explained that she hadn't reviewed the game’s content, but that she alerted Nickelodeon to the backlash over the “gross questions.” She added that the game would no longer be made or sold. Siwa has 31 million TikTok followers.

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The latest on the #BeanDad saga. Musician and podcaster John Roderick has apologized following backlash to his tweets about making his hungry nine-year-old daughter figure out how to open a can of baked beans (she finally figured it out after six hours). In a statement posted to his website, Roderick explained that the entire experience with his daughter was actually quite playful and joyful. “What I didn’t understand when posting that story, was that a lot of the language I used reminded people very viscerally of abuse they’d experienced at the hand of a parent,” he wrote.

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