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Rebeca Seitz Slams ABC "Porn;" Sleazy PR People

Rebeca Seitz Slams ABC “Porn”

Who is Rebeca Seitz?

They are saying she is an innocent Florida mom who turned on her TV one morning this week to watch Good Morning America and claims she found a TV commercial that was not only sexually explicit, but was also offensive and may harm the well-being of young Andy, her son. This alleged soft porn ad was promoting a new ABC drama, Betrayal. I haven’t seen the ad so I can’t comment. 

“This wasn’t primetime. This was a commercial about a primetime show airing while we all enjoy cornflakes and coffee and wish our kiddos a good morning,” she wrote on her blog. “My kid saw that … Not because I took him to a movie wholly inappropriate for his age. Not because I quit parenting and just told him to turn on the TV at 10pm and watch whatever.”

Seitz wrote a blog post about this alleged porn ad, the blog post went viral, and she wound up on Fox news with none other than Glenn Beck, the wonder boy of Fox TV. You can see a phone interview Beck does with Seitz at this link. The forced-sad, fake expression on Beck’s face is very entertaining. Like he really cares and the huge salary he’s getting has nothing to do with how he feels.

Now, what you won’t get in detail in the Huff Po article to which I linked above is that Rebeca Seitz is not just any old blogger mom, no indeed. This is her “About” page, and I think it’s important to point this out in the spirit of full disclosure. I see too many of these PR people deceiving romance readers in small ways they never know.

An award-winning novelist and President of the first public relations firm dedicated to representing entertainment created from a Christian worldview, Rebeca has worked with various national media outlets, including The Today Show, USA Today, National Public Radio, Southern Living, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, and Good Morning America. She is recognized for her groundbreaking research into the behaviors of Christian consumers as well as development of public relations standards specific to creators of values-driven, entertainment-oriented products. She also co-chairs the non-profit SON: Spirit Of Naples, which equips and encourages Christians creating mainstream, commercially-viable media content.

In other words, Seitz knows how to promote, market, and get her point across better than just any old blogging mom, and from the content I’ve seen on her blog she’s good at what she does and she has a clear agenda.

Had this been an unknown blogging mom, who is Jewish and cares just as much about what her children see on TV in the early morning, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. I know blogging. I’ve been interviewing bloggers and authoring my own blog for years. Very few things like this go viral that fast without a little help from unseen forces working in the background.

In any event, I actually agree with the fact that adult content of that nature should NOT be on TV that early in the morning…or at any time when children are watching. I can be very conservative that way, in spite of the fiction I write, and in spite of how much I hate censorship. This is why I keep this blog rated pg at all times, and if it wasn’t for the occasional pejorative I use in certain blog posts, this the content of this blog would be g rated. I consciously self-censor here because I have my own standards and I make my own rules here. But I also try to keep things real, and I don’t pretend to do anything here without disclosing everything to my readers. I’m not a sleazy PR person either.

Sleazy PR People

You only have to do a simple search to come up with tons of pieces about how sleazy PR people are, and about how the PR industry works. I don’t think it’s all bad, but I do think it’s important now more than ever before with all the online PR and marketing going on behind the scenes that we know it’s happening so we can’t be taken in too easily.

This is an older book, but I still think it’s important.

Reveals the extent to which we have been deceived by public relations firms on behalf of their unscrupulous clients — the corporations and governments that control our society.

This is an excellent free article about PR people and sleaze, with a more positive view. And as I said, I think the important factor here is knowing the difference between sleaze and what’s real.

When I was a reporter, I dealt with two kinds of PR people. The first sent you bad press releases on non-stories and harassed you when you didn’t run them, and their bosses were never available when you needed to ask them questions. Then there were the PR folks that stopped what they were doing to track down information for a deadline story, even when it wasn’t necessarily going to make them look good.