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Cartoon Network boss quits over bomb scare
CNN ^ | 02/09/2007

Posted on 02/09/2007 12:45:09 PM PST by devane617

The head of Cartoon Network resigned Friday after the network's guerilla marketing scheme for one of its shows went bad last week and led to a bomb scare in Boston - a fiasco that cost its parent company $2 million. In a letter to employees, Jim Samples, the general manager and executive vice president of the network, wrote: "I deeply regret the negative publicity and expense caused to our company as a result of this campaign. As general manager of Cartoon Network, I feel compelled to step down, effective immediately, in recognition of the gravity of the situation that occurred under my watch."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bomb; cartoon; cartoons; stuckonstupid; stupid; two
I am sure this guy did not directly create this campaign. Wonder is, in this case, stuff rolls down hill?
1 posted on 02/09/2007 12:45:11 PM PST by devane617
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To: devane617

Anybody seen any of those signs on Ebay yet?


2 posted on 02/09/2007 12:48:04 PM PST by Pontiac (Patriotism is the natural consequence of having a free mind in a free society.)
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To: devane617

In the meantime, the 2 dolts in Boston are still collecting checks and laughing at the mess they caused.


3 posted on 02/09/2007 12:48:13 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: devane617

What happened with the 2 freaks with the hair? Did they get fired or are charges still pending? They should be charged with being totally obnoxious, arrogant and stupid. Oh then they should be fired!


4 posted on 02/09/2007 12:49:41 PM PST by LYSandra
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To: devane617

I hate Boston, and I really don't like to use that word.


5 posted on 02/09/2007 12:49:55 PM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: devane617

This is dumb. Time Warner and Cartoon Network should have called out Boston (especially that boob of a mayor) for being ridiculous and subsequently told them where to shove it.


6 posted on 02/09/2007 12:51:01 PM PST by DallasJ7
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To: LYSandra

That is my question also. I know a fish rots from the head down, but no mention of the people that developed the campaign, or the implementers.


7 posted on 02/09/2007 12:51:43 PM PST by devane617 (Let's take back our country -- get a job in the MSM, or education system. We need you.)
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To: devane617
I am sure this guy did not directly create this campaign.

I am sure that he had to sign off on it?

Anything that unorthodox would have to go to a president of the network for approval.

I would be surprised if it had to be approved by the parent company.

8 posted on 02/09/2007 12:52:42 PM PST by Pontiac (Patriotism is the natural consequence of having a free mind in a free society.)
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To: devane617
They had to make a show of him losing his job to get them off the hook.

Never underestimate a large business in CYA mode.

Human sacrifices still take place, but on a modernized level as this person has been degraded on the job market and it will cost him a piece of his life.

9 posted on 02/09/2007 12:53:07 PM PST by capt. norm (Liberalism = cowardice disguised as tolerance.)
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To: devane617
This guy may or may not have been directly responsible for those two yoyo's, but I give him credit for taking the blame as the top man. We need more people like that in our government. If we had those type, half would be gone.
10 posted on 02/09/2007 12:56:22 PM PST by hophead ( "Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

11 posted on 02/09/2007 12:57:50 PM PST by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: devane617

From an advertising perspective, the campaign was brilliant. Too bad the guy felt the need to step down.


12 posted on 02/09/2007 12:58:01 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: devane617

13 posted on 02/09/2007 1:00:47 PM PST by Semi Civil Servant (I have a team of writers working on my next tag line.)
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To: LYSandra

No charges as of yet for Peter "Borat" Berdovsky and
Sean Stevens...I think one guy got hit by a car and
the ambulance was severely delayed due to the stunt/
furor.


14 posted on 02/09/2007 1:16:09 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: devane617

Now, when is the head of the Snickers company going to clear out his desk?


15 posted on 02/09/2007 1:22:50 PM PST by 50sDad (Cultural Diversity means never having to say "I don't fit in.")
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To: devane617

Seems like nobody ever admits to getting fired anymore except celebrities.


16 posted on 02/09/2007 1:23:46 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: DallasJ7

I would agree with you.


17 posted on 02/09/2007 1:29:37 PM PST by politicalwit (Freedom doesn't mean a Free Pass.)
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To: hophead
This guy may or may not have been directly responsible for those two yoyo's, but I give him credit for taking the blame as the top man. We need more people like that in our government. If we had those type, half would be gone.

I doubt he's going voluntarily. I'm sure it's one of those "quit or be fired" types of situations.

18 posted on 02/09/2007 1:33:24 PM PST by NYCVirago
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To: devane617

Seems only appropriate that he'd be hit with a giant mallet... nyuk, nyuk, nyuk...


19 posted on 02/09/2007 1:59:21 PM PST by pabianice
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To: devane617

Hey! The buck has to stop somewhere. A big shot losing his job over an arrogant, presumptuous and insulting advertising campaign that inconvenienced thousands of ordinary people seems right to me. Actually, I would feel better if he were going to jail, too.


20 posted on 02/09/2007 2:13:38 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: theDentist

>>In the meantime, the 2 dolts in Boston are still collecting checks and laughing at the mess they caused<<

They made Boston look like a town of idiots. Let the chips fall where they may - and it looks like they are. ;)


21 posted on 02/09/2007 2:15:39 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: devane617

WTH is "guerilla marketing"?


22 posted on 02/09/2007 2:17:53 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner ("Si vis pacem para bellum")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Click here http://www.google.com

In the search box, type "guerilla marketing" and you will get your answers.


23 posted on 02/09/2007 2:37:37 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: devane617

Well that's dumb. That was just a Dumbocrat enclave (Beantown) out to mug a company for money with a flimsy excuse. Cartoon Network ran the same promotion in a bunch of other cities and nobody saw the revenue opp., until after Boston decided to sue.


24 posted on 02/09/2007 2:45:38 PM PST by Bon mots (What does 24,000 gallons of jet fuel cost?)
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To: devane617
If I had been the head of Cartoon Network I would have held a major press conference as soon as Boston went nuts.

I would have gone on the air and said the following...

To the people of Boston, You are morons. Complete and total morons. Those signs are up in 9 other major cities, and have been up in your city for 3 weeks now.

You just noticed them now? Great preparedness. And no other city has reacted like you. They see that these signs are no threat. But you, Boston, are morons.

25 posted on 02/09/2007 6:12:00 PM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Continental Soldier
advertising campaign that inconvenienced thousands of ordinary people seems right to me. Actually, I would feel better if he were going to jail, too.

Just a real quick note.......the massive over response of the state and local police are what caused the inconvience......just as seeing 4 or 5 "emergency" vehicles blocking intersections are a huge over reaction to a medical 911 call.

Can we lock up the dispatcher that sends off the call too?

26 posted on 02/10/2007 12:38:18 PM PST by ninonitti
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To: devane617

Maybe they'll change the "Adult Swim". A bit too raunchy and stupid.


27 posted on 02/10/2007 12:40:34 PM PST by rbosque
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To: devane617

You'd think that, if anyone were resigning, it'd been some of the morons and twits running Boston.


28 posted on 02/10/2007 12:41:15 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Phantom Lord
If I had been the head of Cartoon Network I would have held a major press conference as soon as Boston went nuts

This may be the reason he's leaving.......I know I couldn't work for a group of sackless suits upstairs who bend over for a shakedown and reach for the checkbook instead of standing up for their people.

29 posted on 02/10/2007 12:42:33 PM PST by ninonitti
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To: ninonitti

No, we can't lock up the dispatcher too. If a citizen reports a strange electronic device placed at the city's infrastructure (or anywhere, for that matter), the police and homeland security have an OBLIGATION to address the problem. To have done otherwise would have been a serious neglect of duty. A couple of years ago, I was having lunch at a sidewalk restaurant on Newburry Street when the police pulled up and cordoned off the street and sidewalk in front of the restaurant. They quickly proceeded to clear all of us out of the restaurant while they brought in the bomb squad to check on a suspicious vehicle parked in front of that restaurant, a vehicle with a large, unlabelled black box sitting on the back seat. It was an out-of-state license plate and it had been overparked there for several hours. Fortunately, the box was identified as harmless, and the police returned the area to normal. Not one of us at the restaurant or on the sidewalk complained about the police response, even though, in my case, the affair screwed me out of my dessert! :)


30 posted on 02/10/2007 2:33:17 PM PST by Continental Soldier
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To: Continental Soldier
I was pointing out to you how your reaction to this was to throw someone in jail to make you feel better over this entire incident.

In this case it was an MBTA worker who was spooked by the cartoon sign and called it in and shortly thereafter another call came in about a pipe bomb at NEMC. Someone (my bet is at the BPD level) at that point freaked out and got into Massachusetts cop not on construction detail mode and started the dominoes falling all over.

As I've said earlier this was an over reaction and the inability of government officials to take responsibility for anything proves it in my book. This "Homeland Security Industry" is nothing but a smoke screen that bungling local bureaucrats hide behind while murders go unsolved; cops smuggle dope into town; the borders are open and blinking lights send them out shutting down interstates.

31 posted on 02/10/2007 3:07:30 PM PST by ninonitti
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