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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on June 05, 2008

John Stodder has written the most interesting commentary I've seen from within the public relations industry about former Bush administration press secretary Scott McClellan's new book. It's interesting in part because Stodder is an interesting figure. For those who remember this sort of thing, he was one of two executives at the Fleishman-Hillard PR firm (the other was Douglas Dowie) who were convicted in May 2006 of multiple counts of conspiracy and fraud in a scheme to overbill the city of Los Angeles for public relations consulting services.

Posted by Sheldon Rampton on March 19, 2008

Republican strategists are salivating over the "inflammatory sermons by Obama's pastor" Jeremiah Wright. They believe that Wright's sermons "offer the party a pathway to victory if Obama emerges as the Democratic nominee.

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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on December 28, 2007

Language plays a powerful role in shaping political decisions, argues Brent Cunningham. As an example, he points to the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, "when the choice of words -- by the press and government officials -- played a crucial role in setting America on a course that led, ultimately, to our military action in Iraq. ...

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Posted by Diane Farsetta on November 19, 2007

Source: army-technology.com"The basis of the whole thing was, 'we're going to go into Iran and what do we have to do to get you guys to go along with it,'" said Laura Sonnenmark, a participant in a recent focus group apparently funded by the Republican-associated lobbying group Freedom's Watch.

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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on July 25, 2007
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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on July 10, 2007

Bush job approval Gallup poll The latest Gallup poll shows that only 29 percent of Americans approve of President Bush's job performance — the lowest rating that Gallup has measured for Bush, and one of the lowest for any president since Gallup first began conducting surveys.

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Posted by Sheldon Rampton on June 29, 2007

Glenn Greenwald and Joshua Micah Marshall are calling out the mainstream media for uncritically parroting the Bush administration's new strategy of referring to Iraqi insurgents as "Al Qaeda." Greenwald writes, "What is so amazing about this new rhetorical development — not only from our military, but also from our 'journalists' — is that, for years, it was too shameless and false even for the Bush administration to use.

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