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First, offer irresistible prizes to the first people to enter your store.
When they start queuing up, inform the local media.
Make sure they make no mention of the prizes or that the whole event was engineered by a promotional department; it's better to report it as if it was a spontaneous happening. The illusion of consensus will build traffic, boosting sales.
Treat local reporters like kings, and they'll work for you. We don't need them reporting on the negative aspects of a national chain moving into their neighborhood (traffic problems, impact on locally owned businesses).
Investing a few thousand dollars on an engineered PR event pays huge dividends in the long run and is certainly more cost effective than television or print media ads.
Independent media first given Secret Service Clearance to attend Dubya soriee and then denied access by Portland Police. Portland's KGW/NBC Channel 8 Steve Redin assaults indy videographer, because he had to get his prise-winning shot through a chainlink fence. What does the real media look like? You, me or NBC? Who paid for this propaganza fundraiser and who owns the streets? Lane County Commissioner Peter Sorenson and other elected officials want a true healthy forest and safe communities, while Bush wants old growth timber for his timber wealthy donors.
Someone operating as a dupe for logging interests, or even more insidiously, for the Bush regime, started two massive fires for the backdrop of his visit. It remains to be seen if the 'public' U.S. national forest service will conduct a proper investigation into the cause of the fires. It also remains to be seen if the mainstream media will cover this issue properly. What can we do?
This is a short film that has been put together by Eric Blumrich, a 32-year-old freelance illustrator/animator/web developer, and a man who is just fed up with American politics...His website is www.ericblumrich.com and it is really good. You'll go back again and again...I'm not his press agent, just a fan.
The Portland Spitune, aka "Tribune", ran the headline "Bush: Mission Accomplished" this morning. This counts as probably one of their most laughable wastes of ink ever, not to mention gross rationalizations and naked example of wishful thinking. If you call having a pResident being forced to not announce their presence to the local community, setup deceptive motorcade routes, require thousands of dollars of police protection, sneak in and sneak out of political speeches in their own country a successful mission, then I would have to agree with the Spitune. Otherwise, I would say what happened yesterday is the reaffirmation of what the administration learned the last time they were here. That is, people are aware of the miserable person and policy maker that pResident W. is and he should always expect to have to hide his face in shame.
Watch out, corporate media outlet KATU infiltrated the free media.
Portland's large media outlet has at least one story that does not paint protesters in a bad light...
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion recorded from a shortwave radio. 2 files- broadcast quality (13.2MB) and quick download (3.3MB). With times and freqs for listening at home. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, China, Russia, Spain, and Cuba.
KATU: The BIG fight
"KATU crew assaulted by protesters"
KATU is covering it in a Blog fashion on their website.
Brian Whitaker investigates whether the 'independent' media institute that translates the Arabic newspapers is quite what it seems
What do Reuters photographer Mazen Dana and UN advisor Vieriea de Mello (soon to be UN Human Rights Commissioner with a thick dossier on US violations in Iraq) have in common?
Both were seen as threats by the Pentagon. Both are now dead.
Freedom Communications has long advocated a libertarian point of view on the editorial pages of its 28 daily papers and 8 tv stations. Today the company is one of the nation's largest newspaper publishers estimated to be worth about $2 billion.
"Consumers ultimately copy the advertising, competition and achievement society produced by politics and the media in their daily reality and see no possibilities any more for exodus from this money- and success pressure. The economically dominated reality has become self-referential. In Karl Polanyi's words, the market society is totalitarian." Translated from the German
I think once we get to our "free speech zone" and are protesting that we should break out in song: America the Beautiful. And everyone sing out loud.
Or......alternatively or in addition: sing God Bless America.
On February 14, a Florida Appeals court ruled there is absolutely nothing illegal about lying, concealing or distorting information by a major press organization.
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion recorded from a shortwave radio. 2 files- broadcast quality (13.3MB) and quick download (3.3MB). With times and freqs for listening at home. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, Spain, Russia, China, and Cuba.
Every anarchist in Eugene will be there, so should you!
"So, it's a tremendous time to be alive."
"Designer Prostitution" was the topic of an interview by Katie Couric on the Today Show, August 11, 2003. It represented the horror of the middle and upper classes as they have fallen victim to the free-market forces as defined by Adam Smith. This is an open letter response and editorial to that nationally syndicated "town meeting" interview.
Poking a finger into the eyeball of power.
Seems that the wepins a mass distruxion is coming to Bob Jones University West! No foolin! He and his nucular fambly are havin a shindig, and it wull only cost you two thousand bucks to break bread with him!
Elite Force Aviator:
George W. Bush - U.S. President and Naval Aviator
12" Action Figure
know what's funny?
A weekly 30 minute review of news and opinion recorded from a shortwave radio. 2 files- broadcast quality (13.2MB) and quick download (3.3MB). With times and freqs for listening at home. Free to rebroadcast. Netherlands, Russia, Germany, China, and Cuba.
It's important progs hear smart folks observations from the "other side."
The media knew they were there--but where are they?
Free Press encourages you to attend the National Conference on Media Reform, November 7-9, in Madison, Wisconsin. The conference will provide the opportunity to meet with other activists to build a stronger and more effective media reform movement.
Yes you to can have the privilage of meeting the most honest "man" in America.
Bill O'Reilly LIVE! with special guest Lars Larson
You could win the opportunity to meet Bill O'Reilly at a special meet and greet reception.
Master of telling the truth from the "right" point of view.
Julian Borger, Washington
Monday August 4, 2003
why mimic the networks?
DEMOCRACY NOW ! " CAMPAIGN .
The Washington warmongers are eroding our Democracy and Free Speech. Please, let's help bring "Democracy Now! " to every one of the radio and television stations in your community.
This should be your other important ON-GOING CAMPAIGN in your neighborhood.
Wednesday morning smoke wafted up to the sky from the Red and Black cafe, and it wasn't from a cigarette. Evidence showed that someone had set fire to the Portland Tribune box. Throughout the day, plastic humbly smouldered in a clump on the ground while ashes and fragments of newsprint scattered themselves on SE 22nd Avenue. Within a day or two the box was unnecessarily replaced with a new one.
The verboten truth is that the unprovoked attack on Iraq and the looting of its resources is America's 73rd colonial intervention.
Americans, says Time magazine, live in "an eternal present". The point is, they have no choice. The "mainstream" media are now dominated by Rupert Murdoch's Fox television network, which had a good war. The leading 20 internet sites are now owned by the likes of Fox, Disney, AOL Time Warner and a clutch of other giants. Just 14 companies attract 60 per cent of the time all American web-users spend online.
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Cataloging the wretched reporting of Judith Miller.
How stupid are we, finally, how easy to fool? Fox News is run by the insidious Roger Ailes -- image merchant for Nixon, Reagan and Bush senior, producer for Rush Limbaugh, newsman never -- and Fox is not what it seems to be. It's not a news service, certainly, nor even the sincere voice of low-rent nationalism. It's a calculated fraud, like the president who ducked the draft during Vietnam, and even welshed on his National Guard commitment, but who puts on a flight suit stenciled "Commander-in-chief" and plays Douglas MacArthur on network TV.
Pictures of this week's action.
Clear Channel protestors gobble up free CC burgers.
Pepperface Update For The Week Ending - 07.25.03
"I don't even know the Dixie Chicks, but I find it an insult for all the men and women who fought and died in past wars when almost the majority of America jumped down their throats for voicing an opinion. It was like a verbal witch-hunt and lynching."
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There aren't enough volunteers to fight the ongoing US wars on TERROR. To solve this problem without instituting a Draft the Pentagon is using corporate media to convince "adult influencers" of young people that enlisting in the military is a "good career choice."
Activist groups and lawmakers say the libertarian instincts of the FCC's Michael Powell are out of step -- many fear that large corporations will absorb local news outlets.
Did someone say the Peace movement was dead? Well, it's being reborn as an anti-Bush, Impeach or Pink-Slip the President, anti-Imperialist, End the Occupation, Out of Iraq, anti-Patriot Act, Anti-Corporate Control, Civil Liberties & Social Justice Movement -- and it had it's coming out party Friday evening in L.A.'s Century City Plaza!!
While Clear Channel delivers a free lunch to listeners today, Code Pink and others will host a street sign protest of FCC Deregulation and Media Monopoly. Please join us at 11:30 at 8405 S.W. Nimbus (Off the 217 and Hall) at Creekside Corporate Park.
In what's believed to be the first case in which a low-powered station has been silenced by the commission, Frank Patterson's WFBP- LP/Taylors, SC has had its "license to cover" dismissed. Additionally, the FCC set aside an amendment filed by Patterson that sought the relocation of WFBP from 106.1 MHz to another frequency.
As the Bush administration trots out wholly implausible deniability over its commander in chief's detachment from American intelligence findings, something far more troublesome inhabits the land: those millions of Americans who have settled into a state of denial about their recidivist president and his handlers.
Alterity | awl-TAIR-uh-tee | noun
: otherness; specifically : the quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation
"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass . . . and I'm all out of bubble gum."
Just a reminder
Having been in the Army myself, I remember the strict "gag order" that was imposed upon us, myself having been issued Top-Secret Crypto Security Clearance for my second job as CBR NCO for the Cavalry Troop I was assigned to in Korea. I often broke the rules, never getting caught, but this goes to far. Today's soldiers are likely so heavily monitored in everything they say or do that there is no chance for any freedom of opinion.
how to be persona non grata at the white house: Be Canadian; Be Gay; Tell the Truth
The same troops and officers who had been garrulous and outspoken in previous visits were quiet, and most declined to speak on the record. During a visit to Fallujah, a small city about 30 miles west of Baghdad, military officials expressed intense chagrin about the bad publicity. And they slammed the ABC reporters for focusing on the soldiers' criticism of Rumsfeld, Bush and other officials and implying that they are unwilling to carry out their mission.
Nearby, Pfc. Jason Ring stood next to his Humvee. "We liberated Iraq. Now the people here don't want us here, and guess what? We don't want to be here either," he said. "So why are we still here? Why don't they bring us home?"
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"The pure facts are not denied by Chomsky's adversaries but their interpretation.. Chomsky believes in a strategy of the media moguls even it it isn't an unconditionally conscious strategy. Government-friendly reporting is better in the long run for the economy and for the media conglomerates." This book review of `Media Control' focuses on the subtle form of standardization of the US mass media. Thanks, Noam, for tirelessly showing that the US media manipulates and veils!
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