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November 07, 2002

US Braces for Retaliation After Yemen Assassination- Wait a goddam minute. The recent CIA attack on Al Qaeda members in Yemen has actually increased the chances that my ass is going to get blown up? Who's side are those motherfuckers at the CIA on?

Low Turnout Is a Tacit Vote for Status Quo- before anyone starts claiming that the recent Republican victory is a "mandate" for anything, remember that voter turnout was abyssmally low. Here in California it looks to have been below 45% of eligible voters. So a little more than half of the little less than half of the US population that bothered to vote favored the Republicans. Which means that maybe 26% of Americans favored the Reps while around 74% didn't.

The Sniper Pundits- how conservative pundits are using the DC sniper to flog all of their enemies. The worst is a quote near the end, where a conservative columnist gleefully wonders if the situation is a "threefer," allowing him to smear blacks, Muslims and homosexuals (were Muhammad and Malvo an "item"?) all at once.

Foreign Journalists Blocked from Chechnya- " A little-noticed government directive signed on October 11 has made it much more difficult for foreign journalists to visit Chechnya ... the directive does not specify how foreign journalists can obtain the necessary permission to enter Chechnya or for what period of time it would be issued." How convenient.

What the 2002 Election Means for Tech- title explains it pretty well.

Tinfoil Hats Uncover the Wellstone Conspiracy- the same people who want more evidence that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction don't need evidence to "know" that Sen. Paul Wellstone was assassinated by American conservatives. Or something. Actually, the article does some interesting analysis of how the public tends to inflate the importance of public officials who are the center of conspiracy theories.

Technology Beyond Product Placement- "Marketers Study New Opportunities in Video Games, Long-Form Ads, and TV-on-Demand." Great, new advances in the field of Making People Buy Shit They Don't Want or Need.

Wanted: Scum- classified ad looking for a PR professional who will try to smear consumer rights, animal rights and environmental organizations for a new corporate front group called Tarnish the Halo. The company behind this new effort seems to be Berman & Co., read their PR Watch dossier.

Posted by Jake at 10:58 AM


Someone apply. I dare ya!!!!

Company Name:
Job Title: Research / Communications
Job Status: Full-time Regular
Job Code: Not Listed
Industry: Communications / PR, Nonprofit, Public Policy / Think Tank
Job Function: Research, Writing / Reporting / Editing
Job Division: Not Listed
Education: Bachelor's
Years Experience Desired: Not Listed
Salary: Not Listed
Location: Washington, DC
Contact E-Mail: Not Listed
Contact Information: Tarnish the Halo
1745 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 205
Washington, DC 20006
fax 202-318-1186

Date Posted: 10/31/02

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The food police want us arrested. The animal-rights movement wants us thrown to the lions. Green scaremongers want to slap us with mandatory warning labels. We just want to tell the truth.

Are you a top-notch researcher who understands these issues? Does your blood boil when social activists get a free pass in the press? Are you ready to fight for the good guys? Can you write tight, convincing, take-no-prisoners copy?

We need you. Downtown DC location, lucrative bonus plan, and non-stop adrenaline provided.

No amateurs, please. This battle is too important to be left to the weak-hearted. Fax a cover letter, resume, and two brief writing samples (under 1000 words) to 202-318-1186 or mail to:

Tarnish the Halo
1745 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 205
Washington, DC 20006

Posted by: at November 7, 2002 02:14 PM

For those who are and aren't bent on destroying what is worth saving for future generations and other species other than Homo sapiens, I highly recommend the book God Is Green, Ecology for Christians, (1992) by Ian Bradley, from Doubleday's Image Books. Standing for stewardship is nothing new. Christ did it. But then, you rarely hear of it at church. By the way, isn't Tarnish the Halo the name of the organization that Ralph Reed once so humbly fronted?

Posted by: Shawn at November 7, 2002 05:31 PM

No, it doesn't have anything to do with ralph reed. You squishy greenies drive me crazy. Go hug a tree will ya?

Posted by: Shawn at November 23, 2002 08:05 AM
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December 01, 2004

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The Great Indecency Hoax- last week, we wrote about how the "massive outcry" to the FCC about a racy Fox TV segment amounted to letters from 20 people. This week, we look at the newest media scandal, the infamous "naked back" commercial. On Monday Night Football, last week, ABC aired an ad for it's popular "Desperate Housewives" TV show, in which one of the actresses from the show attempted to seduce a football player by removing the towel she was wearing to bare her body to him. All the audience saw, however, was her back. No tits, no ass, no crotch, just her back.

No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror- in February of 2002, Donald Rumsfeld announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Influence, a new department that would fight the war on terror through misinformation, especially by lying to journalists. Journalists were so up in arms about this that the Pentagon agreed to scrap the program.

Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

U.S. Muslim Cable TV Channel Aims to Build Bridges- it sounds more positive than it is "Bridges TV" seems to simultaneously be a cable channel pursuing an affluent American Muslim demographic, and a way of building understanding and tolerance among American non-Muslims who might happen to watch the channel's programming. I was hoping it would be aimed more at Muslim's worldwide, but it ain't. Still, I'd be interested in seeing how their news programs cover the issues.

Every Damned Weblog Post Ever- it's funny cuz it's true.

Wikipedia Creators Move Into News- Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created collectively by thousands of contributors. It's one of those non-profit, decentralized, collective, public projects that show how good the internet can be. Now, the Wikipedia founders are working on a similar project to create a collaborative news portal, with original content. Honestly, it's quite similar to IndyMedia sites (which reminds me, happy 5th birthday, IndyMedia!). I'll admit, I'm a bit skeptical about the Wikinews project, though. IndyMedia sites work because they're local, focused on certain lefty issues, and they're run by activists invested in their beliefs. I'm not sure what would drive Wikinews or how it would hang together.

CBS, NBC ban church ad inviting gays- the United Church of Christ created a TV ad which touts the church's inclusion, even implying that they accept homosexuals into their congregation. Both CBS and NBC are refusing to air the ad. This is not too surprising, as many Americans are uncomfortable about homosexuality, and because TV networks are utter cowards. But CBS' explanation for the ban was odd:

"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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