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The Morton’s steak house near the 9/11 Memorial invited me to stop by and do the usual photo review. We make genuine new articles, not infomercials, and are never censored or told what to write. We are not paid by the restaurants.
The New York Morton’s staff seemed nice enough, but then the corporate suits from Texas showed up by surprise. The local managers mentioned to the Landry’s people (owners of Morton’s) our pending visit, and received pushback.
The local media person then sent this ill-advised email,
Looking forward to your visit. As I mentioned we did have our senior management team in this afternoon and we did mention your anticipated visit. Due to corporate stipulations all photos will have to come from our corporate office.
The write up will need to be reviewed by our Corporate Brand Marketing Manager, Eunice Garcia. I have noted her information below. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you, Steve!
Best regards, Kelly Veasy, Sales and Marketing Manager“.
I called the local Morton’s, cancelled the visit, and wrote an email in classic SG fashion,
“Go to hell. What planet do you live on where you dare tell a journalist that you will censor the photos and story?“.
This prompted their PR firm to write,
I received your contact information from Morton’s The Steakhouse World Trade Center location. I work for the PR agency for Landry’s, Inc. corporate and I wanted follow up and apologize for the confusion this afternoon.
As corporate policy, we always like to share our own in-house images for the restaurant since we already have great, hi-res quality images ready to share with any media outlet. I certainly understand that you wish to take your own photos and not share your feature in advance. We are happy to work with you and hope you consider visiting Morton’s again in the future.
Moving forward, please feel free to reach out to me directly and I can be your main Morton’s contact.
Again, my apologies for the confusion.
Katelyn Roche | Account Executive, Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations”.