Posts Tagged ‘Ari Fleischer’

PACKERS HIRE PROFESSIONAL SPIN DOCTOR TO HANDLE FAVRE FIASCO

August 4, 2008

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From Jay Glazer of Foxsports:

How awesome is this? The Green Bay Packers have screwed up the Brett Favre situation so badly that they’re seeking professional help to get them out of their PR mess.

The Packers have actually hired former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer as a “consultant.” Fleischer currently runs Ari Fleischer Sports Communications, a sports public relations firm.  The company’s own website says it can “can help you handle the bad news and take advantage of the good.”

Great. I’m sure it will be a piece of cake to spin why an NFL team would want to get rid of the winningest quarterback in history, the same qb who led the Packers to their last Super Bowl victory. Go get ’em Ari! Whether it’s defending George Bush’s presidency or the Packers trying to force Brett Favre into retirement, it’s good to know some people will do ANYTHING for money.

BRETT FAVRE AND HIS WIFE ARRIVE IN GREEN BAY VIA PRIVATE JET SUNDAY

HAPLESS BASTARD AND FAVRE REPLACEMENT, AARON RODGERS, WAS BOOED AT PRACTICE SUNDAY GOING 7/20 WITH BRETT FAVRE WATCHING FROM THE STANDS

Favre meanwhile is due to report to Packers camp today to take a physical. Publicly the team says the veteran Hall-of-Famer will be allowed to compete for the starting quarterback job. Privately the Packers are reportedly frantic to trade Favre and end the entire PR fiasco. Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Packers even called their division rivals the Minnesota Vikings to let them know Favre is available. Yikes!

 

BRETT FAVRE

DEFENDING THE INDEFENSIBLE (FOR MONEY)

March 13, 2008

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Sports Business Daily has an item about former White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer, teaming up with IMG to form “Ari Fleischer Sports Communication.”

In announcing the formation of his new company, Fleischer notes he was a consultant to MLB. He helped prep their commissioner, Bud Selig, on his testimony to Congress and his press conference following the release of the Mitchell Report. 

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Hey, he’s the media expert, but is that something you really want to brag about?

 Fleischer is also willing to lobby for athletes. Particularly, those wanting to re-build their images following disclosure of their steroid use.

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Fleischer whined that the media can be tough on athletes as well as politicians,

 “The media that covers sports is very much now like the media that covers the president: very assertive, very powerful and very focused on what’s wrong and what’s negative.”

So Ari Fleischer has gone from defending this guy:

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To this guy:

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I ask you, is this biggest fall from grace in political history?

Or, pretty much a lateral move.