Campaign to Fix the Debt Backscratches Politico for Publicity

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 11:45 am

This Campaign to Fix the Debt organization bankrolled by a bunch of corporate interests has become the newest entry into the Washington favor factory, and it certainly knows how to spread the money around. This anecdoteabout the organization and Mike Allen’s rumor-laundering morning dish “Playbook” is very illustrative. Politico chief White House correspondent Mike Allen [...]

Adventures in Corporate PR: JPMorgan Chase About To Pull Off Fail Whale Bait and Switch

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 8:55 am

Here’s a classic example of how corporations manage expectations. A couple weeks ago, on the same day as the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reported that JPMorgan Chase’s losses from the Fail Whale trades could reach as high as $9 billion. Their sources were “people who have been [...]

Securitization Fraud Task Force Responds to Criticism With PR

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 6:25 am

Darren Samuelsohn takes a look at the much-maligned securitization fraud task force, which has come under criticism for, well, not doing much of anything since coming into existence. Let’s see how the leaders of the effort have responded to all that criticism. “People are very angry that the only person who’s been to prison is [...]

Fracking Companies Employing Psy-Ops Specialists for PR Campaigns Against Activists

By: Monday January 16, 2012 9:35 am

UPDATE: So this story is from back in November, I’ve been helpfully corrected. That makes it no less disturbing, of course, but FYI. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a disturbing story today about how fracking companies are employing counter-insurgency and psy-ops experts to manage criticism of them from activists and the media. Marcellus Shale gas drilling [...]

GAO Attacks “TARP Worked” Meme

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 6:54 am

Along with Dean Baker and a few others, I’ve been fighting a lonely crusade against those who insist that TARP “made money.” First of all, TARP wasn’t even the bailout, it represented about 2% of all emergency programs provided to banks. Second, the banks paying the money back they got at 0% interest and could [...]

Murdoch’s News Corp. in Full Damage Control Mode

By: Monday July 18, 2011 1:30 pm

I think we’re so used in America to see corporate malfeasance get a free pass that we’re not particularly inclined to believe that News Corp. will be fatally wounded by this phone hacking scandal. I’m not so sure of that, not least because the story originated in, and is still being adjudicated in, Britain. To [...]

Breaking: Politicians Consult Each Other on What to Say Publicly

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 11:05 am

The latest scandal of scandals is that politicians talk to each other. Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, Charles Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, began to instruct fellow [...]

New York Times Sticks PR for Natural Gas Industry into Their News Section

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 10:15 am

I’d pay money to see an investigative report on how this article got planted in the New York Times: Natural gas may be having its day, as its rival energy sources come under a cloud. The serious problems at the nuclear power plant in Japan have raised new doubts about the safety of nuclear energy. [...]

“TARP Worked” PR Machine Continues Its Assault

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 8:30 am

Well, here we go again with the TARP PR machine. Today’s story notes that Fifth Third Bank has paid back their TARP funds, meaning that 99% of all bank-delivered funds have been repaid and that the program stands to make a $20 billion profit on the bank side. This proves that old adage about lies, [...]

Nuclear Industry: Pay No Attention to the Potential Meltdown Behind the Curtain

By: Monday March 14, 2011 9:10 am

We have plenty of people here at FDL to give you the technical explanations about what is happening at the Japanese nuclear plants right now. I’m here to give you the spin. The nuclear industry’s spin. The most striking claim made by NEI spokesman Mitchell Singer: Americans should be “reassured” by the crisis unfolding in [...]

BP’s Long-Term Game Plan: More PR, and a Flotilla of Lobbyists

By: Thursday June 3, 2010 11:28 am

Tony Hayward, when he’s not sticking his foot in his mouth, has devised a great idea to put BP back on top – an ad campaign. The foreign oil giant BP has launched a new series of advertisements to contain the damage to its reputation and stock price from its uncontrolled disaster in the Gulf [...]

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