Fly on the Wall 

Irony [in]action

Last week an important-sounding announcement was issued by the U.S. Government Printing Office, a fine agency dedicated to the motto "Keeping America Informed." According to a press release, September is Emergency

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Preparedness Month, an annual event designed to "provide Americans with a variety of opportunities to learn about the ways they can prepare for an emergency, establish a communications plan, and become better aware of threats that may impact communities." The press release announcing Emergency Preparedness Month was dated September 15, 2006.

Product Placement

Breaking News: Harold Ford Jr. elevates brand awareness with help from ABC and Justin Timberlake. When Timberlake performed his hit song "Sexy Back" live on Beale Street for ABC's Good Morning America last Friday, the former N'SYNC star wasn't the only super-hot denison of People magazine hanging in the spotlight. Due to an expert parking job by the driver of Harold Ford Jr.'s campaign bus, the congressman and Senate hopeful's campaign logo was smack dab in the middle of the action, not to mention in the center of the shot. When Justin shook it to the east and sang, "Baby, I'm your slave," Ford was there. When Justin shook it to the west and sang, "I'll let you whip me if I misbehave," Ford was there. Having successfully associated the name Harold Ford Jr. with a song about getting "your sexy on" and getting "gone with it," the bus was nowhere to be seen by the time Mayor Herenton took the stage later in the program. Like they say, you can't buy that kind of advertising.

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