Well, this bites. I had 100 in the Kim Kardashian wedding/divorce pool. Wonder why I was so optimistic about this 72-day union while remaining so pessimistic about the behind-the-scenes deliberations of the congressional supercommittee? Anyway, the Kardashian-Humphries hook-up lasted an eternity compared to the marriages of some other celebs — Britney Spears and Jason Alexander, for instance.
And I’m not sure exactly what Kim Kardashian does other than be ah, Kim Kardashian. But apparently she does that well — and she sure knows how to manipulate the media.
Here’s from USA Today, “Kardashian’s divorce won’t tarnish her brand“:
Reality starlet Kim Kardashian and NBA basketball player Kris Humphries were not meant to be together forever after all.
Seventy-two days after their lavish wedding ceremony, which cost an estimated $10 million and was subsequently televised to more than 4 million viewers, the couple announced their split.
It was something many celebrity watchers saw coming. But shed no tears for this couple — they’re going to be just fine, say the experts. At least there are no kids, the pre-nup should not be a problem, and the golden Kardashian brand should be safe.
Herman Cain should be so lucky. The potential GOP presidential candidate was involved in yesterday’s other media shitstorm. And something tells me that his brand is now circling inside the commode, waiting for one more flush, most likely from someone at the National Restaurant Association.
Here’s the latest from Politico, “Herman Cain sexual harassment allegations: Damage-control marked by inconsistencies“:
Herman Cain’s presidential campaign enters Tuesday facing a full-blown political crisis, now that the Republican White House hopeful has struggled for more than 24 hours to respond to allegations of sexual harassment dating to his time as president of the National Restaurant Association.
Since POLITICO published a story Sunday night revealing that the NRA had reached financial settlements with two women who accused Cain of inappropriate behavior, Cain and his spokesmen have offered a shifting and inconclusive series of responses.
The result is that a story that would have been damaging to Cain under any circumstances now threatens to derail his campaign permanently as the former trade association chief’s honesty comes into question.
Republican super-strategist Karl Rove declared on Fox News Monday night that Cain might only be able to right his campaign if the NRA shares additional facts to confirm his claim that any allegations of sexual harassment against him were dismissed as false.
“I suspect there’s gonna be a demand for the National Restaurant Association to release details of the investigation that was done” into the harassment complaints, said Rove, who dismissed suggestions from the right that Cain had been targeted for his race.
“He should be prepared for things like this because he’s a serious presidential candidate,” the former White House adviser said. “We want our presidents to be as far above reproach as possible.”
Wow, what a mess Cain and his staff have created because they weren’t prepared — even with as much as a week’s notice — to manage this story. Did he or didn’t he? Were payments made to former NRA female staffers? What did Cain know and when, if anything?
If you’re going to play with the big boys Herm, you need to understand how the media works. And it doesn’t work like this. Here’s an example of what might be the worst interview ever on the part of a “spokesperson” trying to set the record straight or at least spin the facts to some favorable end. It comes via a segment on Geraldo Rivera’s TV show as reported via Mediaite, “Geraldo Blasts Herman Cain’s Spokesman For Not Denying Sexual Harassment Claims“:
Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera grilled Herman Cain spokesman JD Gordon Sunday night about the new salacious sexual harassment allegationsbeing made against his candidate, repeatedly asking him for a yes-or-no response to the charges. “What you’re doing now is a recipe for disaster, mate,” Geraldo warned. “I’m telling you the morning papers are not past their deadline yet. Are you denying there was a cash settlement to two female employees of the National Restaurant Association — yes or no?” “You would have to get that from the National Restaurant Association,” Gordon responded. “These are serious allegations,” Geraldo said. “You gotta give us a little more substance.”
All Cain’s spokesman would say is that the charges were thinly sourced, as Geraldo continued chipping away at Gordon, trying to to receive an explicit response.
“These two sources aren’t even named in the piece and it was a third party,” Gordon explained.
“Are you denying it ever happened, JD Gordon?” Geraldo asked again.
“These are thin allegations, this is non-sourced, right now we’re trying to put this in perspective for you that this is not even an — uh — sourced allegation,” Gordon stammered, saying his candidate deserved better.
“He may deserve much better than this, JD Gordon, chief spokesman of the Herman Cain, but I want your denial–if you would– to be more substantive, do you deny that this ever happened?” Geraldo questioned.
“Let me just tell you this is an example of the media attacks,” Gordon hit back.
“Yes or no, was there a cash settlement to two female employees of the National Restaurant Association?” Geraldo persisted.
But Gordon would only continue to give non-answers to the allegations. “All I am telling you right now is it’s something the establishment is trying to attack…”
“You are evading my questions — was there or was there not a cash settlement?” Geraldo interrupted.
“This is a typical attack on a conservative who is doing well in the polls,” Gordon continued, before Geraldo cautioned he was dooming his candidate with his non-answers.
“Are you not in contact with your boss — may we speak with Mr. Cain?” Geraldo grilled.
“The international media already passed on it because they knew there was nothing to it,” Gordon claimed.
Ouch. Where’s someone who has taken and passed Media Relations 101 when you need him?
And I’ll bet Kim Kardiashian would have handled the interview better.