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  • Reply to: Calling John Rendon   13 years 6 months ago
    A reliable source has suggested to me that Rendon might be coming to speak at the Air War College. This would be in line with his past speaking egagements. On February 29, 1996, Rendon spoke before an audience of cadets at the US Air Force Academy. Sheldon Rampton and I reported this in our book "Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq." Rendon bragged about his firm's work, saying: "I am not a national security strategist or a military tactician. I am a politician, and a person who uses communications to meet public policy or corporate policy objectives. In fact, I am an information warrior and a perception manager." Rendon reminded the Air Force cadets that when victorious troops rolled into Kuwait City at the end of the first war in the Persian Gulf, they were greeted by hundreds of Kuwaitis waving small American flags. The scene, flashed around the world on television screens, sent the message that US Marines were being welcomed in Kuwait as liberating heroes. "Did you ever stop to wonder," Rendon asked, "how the people of Kuwait City, after being held hostage for seven long and painful months, were able to get hand-held American, and for that matter, the flags of other coalition countries? Well, you now know the answer. That was one of my jobs then."
  • Reply to: Flacks Attack "Determined Detractors"   13 years 6 months ago
    Isn't Ketchum the agency that served as the condiut of funds to Armstrong Williams and did video news relesaes for the government on the prescription drug program without identifying the source? And aren't they refusing to answer any questions about their role in these PR fiascos? Just asking.
  • Reply to: Pushing Pills for Profit   13 years 6 months ago
    I have a sneaking suspicion that most, if not all, of the pharmaceutical companies are headed by CEO's who are staunchly Republican. Has anyone researched this? What makes me suspicious is their way-too-cozy relationship with the FDA, their end-run marketing campaigns past the doctors straight to consumers, their ability to create false levels of alarm with the public by labeling common maladies as "diseases" so they can then market their "solutions", their willingness to push products that they know aren't safe at the time of final FDA approval, and their universal unwillingness to pull products off the market once safety questions are raised (in other words, before enough profits have been earned). Hmmm... Turner N. Gunter III, Pres./CEO Opportunity Knocks, Inc. info@opportunityknocksinc.com
  • Reply to: Petition from Fired Fox Journalists   13 years 6 months ago
    The appellate court overturned the case because it determined the FCC policy against news distortion was never formally adopted as a rule, and therefore doesn't qualify under the Florida whistleblower statute. There was no finding as to the truthfulness of the story.

    I'm sorry, but I still think this is a slippery slope. Can you imagine what would happen if Michael Powell had jurisdiction over "Rathergate?" It's bad enough that we have to deal with all the conservative horsehockey over "indecency." And since corporations are the ones with the big legal budgets, I think the cast majority of "news distortion" cases brought against broadcasters would involve stories critical of corporations (that is, of course, assuming broadcasters would ever resume running actual stories).
  • Reply to: Petition from Fired Fox Journalists   13 years 6 months ago
    "Do we really want to open the Pandora's Box of the FCC determining whether a story is "distorted?" The FCC doesn't need to. Fox itself admitted as much when they had the reporters' whistleblower rewards overturned: "That verdict was overturned in 2003 when an appellate court accepted Fox's defense that since it is not technically against any law, rule or regulation for a broadcaster to distort the news, the journalists were never entitled to employee protections as whistleblowers in the first place."

    "Remember Food Lion and ABC?" Funny, that's exactly what Monsanto wrote to Fox News.

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