Jim Fallows and I share an interest in ridiculous public relations pitches. We are both inundated by them (as are, I imagine, many, many other reporters), and every so often I like to post one, in particular the most absurd ones. To wit:
My name is Kate and I handle public relations at Manwin Group of Companies.
I have been following your continuing coverage of the new adult ICM TLD and believe I may have news that would be of interest to you.
Manwin is the owner of the largest network of adult sites in the world. With over 50 million visitors to our adult sites, every single day - you can understand that this new domain affects us a great deal. We have been monitoring the developments very closely and have decided to take our first steps in protecting and defending our brands and trademarks.
The press release attached details how we have reached out to Stuart Lawley and the ICM Registry....
We have worked, and continue to work tirelessly to develop our brands into the best in the adult entertainment sector. The creation and maintenance of the new adult TLD concerns us greatly, and we are willing to take the steps required to shelter our brands and products from the exploitation that may ensue should the ICM act irresponsibly.
I hope this e-mail and the attached sheds greater light on a much talked about topic. I am available to you should you need any further explanation or elaboration on our stance.
Thank you for your time.