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Another Coup for the Blogosphere

If you haven’t heard of Talon News’ White House Correspondent Jeff Gannon, it’s OK. There is no Jeff Gannon. White House correspondents and bloggers did a little digging on Gannon after he tossed softball questions to President Bush and White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan at news conferences. Turns out Talon News is closely connected […]

Corporate Captains Float The Bill

from AdAge: In a what has become a quadrennial custom, a newly elected president of the U.S. will be inaugurated today amid celebrations largely funded by marketers, media companies and other corporations that routinely lobby in high government offices. Bristol-Myers Squibb, ChevronTexaco, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, Pfizer, Aflac, Home Depot, Bank of America, Time Warner, Altria, […]

Mehlman Puts Geopolitical “Red Vs. Blue State Thing” To Bed

“We did what Visa did,” Ken Mehlman, Bush/Cheney’s 2004 campaign manager said. “We acquired a lot of consumer data. What magazine do you subscribe to? Do you own a gun? How often do the folks go to church? Where do you send your kids to school? Are you married? Based on that, we were able […]

Another Four Years Of Bush’s Deadpan Humor. Priceless.

Here’s yet another splendid example of the power of brand advertising. The executive branch of U.S. government is “borrowing” liberally from Master Card’s language to help sell their big January soiree. Hey, there are no new ideas. In a direct mail appeal to large donors, the President’s innuagural committee shaped it thusly: “Tickets to all […]

Modern Day Horatio Alger Cherry-Picked For Commerce

from the Chicago Tribune: President Bush today chose Carlos Gutierrez, a native of Cuba who rose from truck driver to chief executive officer of Kellogg Co., to be Secretary of Commerce. “Carlos’s family came to America from Cuba when he was a boy,” Bush said in the Roosevelt Room. “He learned English from a bellhop […]

Policing The Language — A New Corporate Responsibility

Red Herring reports that eBay has banned the N-word. The new eBay policy is clear: Share

Holy Mackerel

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, wants you to refrain from catching and/or eating fish. According to Associated Press, Bruce Friedrich, PETA’s director of vegan outreach, said, “No one would ever put a hook through a dog’s or cat’s mouth. Once people start to understand that fish, although they come in different […]

How Frank Can We Be?

One of the more fascinating aspects of Frontline’s “The Persuaders,” which aired last night on PBS was the close up look at Republican pollster, Frank Luntz. If you watch the news at all, you’ve seen this guy’s spin, I mean work. Luntz advised his political cronies, I mean clients, to say “climate change” not “global […]

Conspiracy Theory Informs Ad Campaign

James W. Walter, an eccentric millionaire from Santa Barbara, Calif., who over the years has financed programs promoting voter registration in low-income neighborhoods and prison reform, has recently taken a growing interest in the investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks. In fact, Walter is so interested he opened his wallet to the tune of $3 […]