Diary: Identity parade lines up PR victims for Private Eye’s cheap mug shots

A recent spoof article in Private Eye on the antics of ’President Clintstone’ and ’Monica Havitovsky’, caused some unintentional hilarity in the world of public relations by blatantly hijacking some photographs of leading PR figures from the pages of PR Week to illustrate the piece.

A recent spoof article in Private Eye on the antics of ’President

Clintstone’ and ’Monica Havitovsky’, caused some unintentional hilarity

in the world of public relations by blatantly hijacking some photographs

of leading PR figures from the pages of PR Week to illustrate the

piece.



In Private Eye’s version of events Hugo Brooke, sole proprietor of Media

Interviews found a picture of himself captioned ’Starsky’, a

’remorseless investigator charged with probing the allegations against

President Clintstone’.



A photograph of Gillian Pattison, now a director of Tavistock, was

labelled ’von Tripp’, a White House aide who tapes conversations between

the President and Havitovsky. Roger Haywood, chairman of Kestrel

Communications and Worldcom Europe was meanwhile captioned ’Bugloss’,

who is ’a former lover of Havitovsky and a compulsive fantasist’.



Perhaps most bizarrely a photograph of Pascal Copin, director of

communications at the French Post Office was labelled ’Scoopawicz’, a

chief reporter who ’bravely decided not to publish the tapes.’



The PR conspirators generally took it in good stride. Pattison says:

’It’s just a bit of fun. If we can’t take that sort of thing we

shouldn’t be in the business.’



However, some were a little less sanguine. ’Remorseless’ Brooke wrote to

Private Eye complaining about the use of his picture alongside the

charges that he was into ’probing’ activities in motel rooms. He

received an apology and compensation from Private Eye managing director

David Cash.



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