PR/Media Week in Review 11-11-07

Mark Rose, Editor, PRBlogNewsCan YouTube elect the next U.S. President? That question is much more viable today than last week as Ron Paul, the fervent, iconoclastic Congressman from Texas with two first names, raised $4.3 million in one day largely based on an amateur video posted on YouTube. See thisnovember5th.com for the video and the story. Ron Paul’s YoutTube channel is already the 40th most popular of all time and surely to rise in the rankings.

Although there is a large field of Presidential candidates from both parties, nobody has emerged as the new H. Ross Perot or John McCain when he was barreling around the country in his “Straight Talk Express.” Ron Paul may be that guy. He is a Republican who is passionately againt the Iraq war and wants to get government out of your face. He wants to abolish the I.R.S. (now who can’t support that?). He is a medical doctor who has some straight forward proposals about making healthcare sane and affordable. I suspect that he will now have a much more prominent role in debates and media coverage. Here’s how he presents his record:

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.Ron Paul, Presidential candidate
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

Calacanis the New Rosie? 

Jason McCabe Calacanis has to get picked up by Fox for a new talk show. He’s a natural. Here’s Jason mixing it up with Steve Gillmor after Gillmor pulls a Trump: You’re fired!

Upcoming this week

Wednesday, November 14, New York Media Information Exchange Group features cutting edge digital media trends featuring Israeli technology innovators.

Friday, November 16, the Publicity Club of New York will serve up five journalists who will share their secret ingredients for PR entree to their outlets. Included on the menu: Rachel Wharton, reporter, New York Daily News; James Oliver Cury, executive editor, Epicurious.com, Laren Spirer, food blogger, Gothamist.com, David Bonom, contributing editor, Cooking Light, and, new to the menu, Jee Won Park, producer, CBS “The Early Show.”

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