Retired Telco PR Exec Who Sent XYZ Corp. Letter To FCC Insists He Wrote It

from the uh-huh... dept

We’ve already written about how a former PR exec from what became AT&T has been outed as the guy who sent a letter to the FCC where he forgot to take out the boilerplate XYZ Organization that was almost certainly left there by the AT&T lobbyists who wrote the letter for him. However, one of our commenters noted that MediaPost spoke to the guy, Bob Sells, who insists that he wrote the letter with the XYZ part included:

Sells, a 77-year-old retired public relations executive in Little Rock, tells MediaPost that he often writes letters with placeholders and fills in the correct text later, but overlooked the reference to XYZ in this case.

Really? I’m really trying to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t come up with a single explanation for why he would write “XYZ Organization” when writing a letter himself from a group of people he supposedly represents. If you’re the one writing the letter, on behalf of your supposed organization, why would you include “XYZ Organization”?

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Griff (profile) says:

Can't a guy represent more than 1 group ?

Suppose this guy legitimately represents several groups. He writes 1 form letter then sends it 3 times, each wearing a different “hat”.

I do marketing for several clients. If there was a legislative issue that affected them I might write to my representative from each of them. And if I was really lazy I might re-use some of the letter.
In addition to replacing boilerplate text I’d probably reword a few paragraphs too…

But if I was 77 I woudl reserve the right to have a senior moment and forget to replace something.

I’m not saying that I believe this for a minute in this case – simply that if you, Mike, cannot think of a single scenario where the guy might be telling the truth then you have a fairly limited imagination.

iamtheky (profile) says:

Please note the exact sameness of Senate Minority Leader Kim Hendren and state representative Fred Allen. Again, all posted in the span of 2 days, so someone gave a very impassioned net neutrality speech to the lawmakers in Arkansas. Though I like the DNC connections, and i would prefer our former democrat turned republican senate minority leader be the mastermind over the retired realtors husband.

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/document/view?id=7020142055

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs2/document/view?id=7020141314

interval says:

One ex-friend of mine who loved to play the field explained one of his problem-avoiding tactics with his girlfriends was to, during conflict, “…deny, deny, deny, even when the truth is obvious, never stop denying. If she’s tied you to a stake and is pouring on the gasoline, never stop denying. As they slap you in cuffs and take you away, never stop denying.”

Sounds like AT&T has the same play book.

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