....LMB: "Good Riddance"....

March 04, 2003

I've written quite a bit about Charlotte Beers on this website. In the wake of 9-11, this successful PR exec signed up with the government to convince the Middle East that the U.S. is actually a dandy place through the use of poorly thought-out advertising campaigns.

I hate PR people in general, but had a special anger in me with regard to Beers. Her campaign was particularly nauseating because it aimed to persuade Arabs and Muslims to ignore the U.S.-sponsored horrors around them and embrace the Superpower to their bosom, based upon some TV ads. That level of gall and contempt is nearly off the scale.

Well, this will probably be the last time we mention Charlotte at LMB, because Ms. Beers is resigning.

According to PR Watch, Beers departure was sneeringly cheered on the PR industry website O'Dwyer's PR Daily, with comments like "Good riddance!" and "About time! She was horrible and the U.S. has lost all post-9/11 support." Unfortunately, O'Dwyer's has become a site requiring paid subscriptions, so I can't read the insults myself.

I'd like to give her a mean-spirited farewell myself, but it appears that Charlotte is quitting because of health problems, and that rouses my sympathy. Good health to you, Charlotte, and I hope we never hear from you again. Once the White House selects your replacement, I will renew beating the ass of your sorry office of professional liars.

Posted by Jake at 09:38 PM

God, Jake, quit being so compassionate. I hate crying when I visit the Ashcroft-eyeballed web.

I'm sure thousands of newly-persuaded Iraqis feel the same way, weighing their miniscule, probable health problems (from possible U.S. bombings)--such as sudden death--against those of an petroleum-addicted-empire-coddling, future-colony-placating demagogue.

I'm raising my beers to hyphenation!!!

Posted by: Shawn at March 5, 2003 12:43 PM

Pardon my indefinite articulation.

Posted by: Shawn at March 5, 2003 12:44 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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