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Minister of propaganda, John Rendon

Rolling Stone profiles Bush's minister of propaganda, John Rendon: "Mark Frauenfelder:
James Bamford, author of the book 'A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies,' wrote an amazing, frightening article for Rolling Stone about John Rendon, a guy who has taken untold millions of US taxpayer dollars to produce propaganda designed to sell the idea of wars in the Middle East. He's the one who fed a gusher of lies to the New York Times' Judith Miller, who uncritically used the propaganda for her stories.

[T]he Pentagon had secretly awarded [Rendon] a $16 million contract to target Iraq and other adversaries with propaganda. One of the most powerful people in Washington, Rendon is a leader in the strategic field known as 'perception management,' manipulating information -- and, by extension, the news media -- to achieve the desired result. His firm, the Rendon Group, has made millions off government contracts since 1991, when it was hired by the CIA to help 'create the conditions for the removal of Hussein from power.' Working under this extraordinary transfer of secret authority, Rendon assembled a group of anti-Saddam militants, personally gave them their name -- the Iraqi National Congress -- and served as their media guru and 'senior adviser' as they set out to engineer an uprising against Saddam.

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Home Depot Parking Lot Advertising

Home Depot’s Parking Lot Advertising: "

During brainstorm/ideation sessions, any thoughts that are off-topic, off-base, or need future follow-up get written down in a proverbial parking lot. Well, some marketing ideas are best left on parking lots in conference rooms -- not in parking lots of retail shopping centers. Case in point ... a Home Depot parking lot in Austin, TX.


Who are the ad creeps behind this ad creep? Parking Stripe Advertising are the creeps.


(Via Brand Autopsy.)

Fake News: It's the PR Industry Against the Rest of Us - Center for Media and Democracy: "Be careful what you ask for. That may be the take home lesson for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Last Thursday, the PRSA released the results of its poll of U.S. Congressional staffers, corporate executives and members of the general public. All three groups overwhelmingly supported mandating disclosure when broadcasters air video news releases (VNRs) %u2014 segments produced by public relations firms for their clients and frequently aired, without disclosure, by television news shows. PRSA's results are similar to those of the Center for Media and Democracy's poll on fake news, in which nearly 90 percent of respondents supported full disclosure, 'in all cases,' when VNRs or their radio cousins, audio news releases, are aired."

(Via PR Watch.)