Here at FishbowlNY, it’s sometimes all about the side notes.
The alleged gist of today’s Page Six item is that CBS ordered its news anchor Scott Pelley to travel to D.C. last week to smooth over some ruffled staffer feathers. But what caught our attention is the back-and-forth between the NYP, Pelley and the newsman’s PR flacks, sparked by a previous Page Six item about Pelley’s supposed anger over a John Miller scoop going to CBS This Morning:
“You wouldn’t last 10 seconds at CBS News,” said Pelley. “This is not how reporters do their job. You called my publicist but not me in my office?”
But when we called Pelley’s office last night about his recent DC trip, we were told all calls must be transferred to a publicist. His rep explained: “Scott is often in Washington, was a correspondent there for many years, and talks all the time with members of the team.”
We know the feeling. Sometimes, you’re damned if you PR-do and damned if you PR-don’t. Read the Page Six item here; extra points to the paper for using “pugnacious” in the item headline.