Weekly Radio Spin: You May Now Spin the Bride

WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY RADIO SPIN, A LOOK AT THE STORIES BEHIND THE NEWS, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CENTER FOR MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY. I’M JUDITH SIERS-POISSON.


AND I’M DIANE FARSETTA. IN OUR TOP SPIN, THE RECENT LEGALIZATION OF SAME SEX MARRIAGES IN CALIFORNIA MEANS BIG MONEY FOR P-R FIRMS. BOTH SIDES ARE INVESTING HEAVILY IN MESSAGING AHEAD OF THE NOVEMBER REFERENDUM THAT WILL DECIDE THE LAW’S FATE. EQUALITY FOR ALL, A COALITION OF GROUPS SUPPORTING GAY MARRIAGE, HAS HIRED OGILVY P-R WORLDWIDE AND DEWEY SQUARE GROUP TO HELP DEFEAT THE SAME SEX MARRIAGE BAN TO BE VOTED ON THIS FALL. SUPPORTERS OF THE SO-CALLED CALIFORNIA MARRIAGE PROTECTION ACT HAVE ENLISTED THE SCHUBERT FLINT PUBLIC AFFAIRS FIRM FOR THEIR WORK. BOTH SIDES ARE BEING TOLD THAT THEY NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM THE FRINGES AND AIM THEIR MESSAGES AT THE MIDDLE. ONE GAY MAN WHO WAS ABOUT TO MARRY HIS LONG-TIME PARTNER SAID (QUOTE) "IT'S A WEIRD SUBJECT. WE WANT EVERYBODY TO BE FREE, BUT THE IMAGE DOES MATTER. . . . THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO MAKE US LOOK LIKE FREAKS." (END QUOTE)

THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY HAS COME UP WITH A NEW REASON FOR YOU TO SUPPORT NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS: JOBS. FORMER ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN IS NOW THE CO-CHAIR OF THE CLEAN AND SAFE ENERGY COALITION, A FRONT GROUP FOR THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY. WHITMAN RECENTLY STATED (QUOTE) “"THERE'S A REASON WHY NUCLEAR PLANT NEIGHBORS ARE SO IN FAVOR OF NUCLEAR PLANTS, AND THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE ECONOMIC GENERATORS FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES." (END QUOTE) SHE SAID THAT IF THE U.S. BUILDS BETWEEN THREE AND FOUR DOZEN NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS, MORE THAN 600 THOUSAND HIGH-PAYING JOBS WILL BE CREATED. BUT BY THE INDUSTRY’S OWN ESTIMATES, LESS THAN TEN NEW PLANTS WOULD BE UP AND RUNNING BY 2016. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS ESTIMATES THAT GENERATING JUST 20 PERCENT OF U.S. ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES IN THE NEXT 12 YEARS WOULD CREATE OVER THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND HIGH-PAYING JOBS.


IMAGES FROM ABU GRAIB PRISON AND REPORTS OF TORTURE AND MISTREATMENT OF GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES SHOCKED THE WORLD. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION REPEATEDLY CHALKED THE INCIDENTS UP TO A FEW BAD APPLES IN THE MILITARY. BUT A SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION HAS REVEALED THAT THE HIGHEST RANKING LAWYER FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SOUGHT THE ADVICE OF MILITARY PSYCHOLOGISTS TO DESIGN THE INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES. OTHER EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT DECISIONS ON TORTURE AND PRISONER TREATMENT WERE MADE AS HIGH UP THE LADDER AS VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY AND FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD. THIS SHOULDN’T COME AS A SURPRISE, GIVEN STATEMENTS LIKE THIS FROM DICK CHENEY, SOON AFTER 9-11:
{AUDIO CLIP} http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO2GE_-rKtw
:24 - :35 (OR MORE IF THERE’S TIME – UP TO YOU, DIANE!)
AS FOR RUMSFELD, DOCUMENTS SHOW THAT HIS OFFICE WAS RESEARCHING THE USE OF WATERBOARDING, STRESS POSITIONS, AND SENSORY DEPRIVATION AS EARLY AS JULY 2002.


IF YOU USE INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES TO FIND INFORMATION, YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN WIKIPEDIA ARTICLES SCORE HIGH IN THE RETURNS. FRENCH P-R PROFESSIONALS WANT TO CHANGE THAT. THEY CHARGE THAT WIKIPEDIA ARTICLES ARE TRUMPING THEIR CORPORATE CLIENTS’ OWN WEBSITES IN SEARCH RESULTS, WHICH THEY SAY IS INTERRUPTING THE COMPANIES’ MESSAGING. THE FLACKS CLAIM THAT THE WIKIPEDIA ARTICLES ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE, AND ARE AFFECTING THE VALUE OF CERTAIN BRANDS. THE HEAD OF WIKIPEDIA IN FRANCE DISAGREES. HE RESPONDED (QUOTE) "PR FIRMS FORGET THAT A WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE IS NOT INTENDED TO ASSURE PROMOTION OF A COMPANY." (END QUOTE) HE ADDED THAT CORPORATIONS COULD HELP ENSURE ACCURACY BY POINTING OUT GOOD SOURCES OF INFORMATION, BUT THAT COMPANIES USUALLY JUST WANT TO HAVE THEIR PRESS RELEASES INCLUDED VERBATIM.



AND NOW IT’S TIME TO PLAY “SIX DEGREES OF SPIN AND FAKIN’,” OUR LOOK AT THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN MEDIA MANIPULATORS. EARLIER, WE MENTIONED THE SCHUBERT FLINT GROUP WORKING AGAINST SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN CALIFORNIA. ONE OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THAT FIRM IS JEFF FLINT, WHO USED TO WORK FOR THE REPUBLICAN-LINKED P-R FIRM, RUSSO MARSH & ROGERS. RUSSO MARSH & ROGERS CREATED THE PRO-IRAQ WAR GROUP MOVE AMERICA FORWARD IN 2004. AUTHOR AND RADIO PERSONALITY MELANIE MORGAN IS THE CHAIRPERSON OF MOVE AMERICA FORWARD. IN THE SUMMER OF 2006 SHE SUGGESTED THAT BILL KELLER, AN EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, BE KILLED IN A GASCHAMBER FOR THE CRIME OF TREASON. WHY? THE TIMES' REPORTED THAT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WAS SPYING ON AMERICANS.


THAT’S THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF THE WEEKLY RADIO SPIN. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE CENTER FOR MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY’S WEBSITE, AT WWW-DOT-P-R-WATCH-DOT-ORG.

 


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