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  • Bravo. I’m reading Space Merchants right now, all about advertising and PR in the future. I despair for our species sometimes, I really do.

    July 14, 2004
  • Nice letter. What kind of articles does Media Bistro generally post?

    July 14, 2004
  • The piece was inappropriate at best- it read like it should have come out of a discounted Learning Annex course- but I’m glad it crossed your path, because your irritation is a thrilling thing to witness. 🙂

    Hope your skin has bronzed this week.

    July 14, 2004
  • Yes, it is the larger trend, that everything is about spin, rather than reality, that is really infuriating. How else can one explain that almost half the electorate will pull the lever for the Bush administration in November? (Sound of teeth grinding.)

    July 15, 2004
  • Thanks. Many of their proprietary articles are Writer’s Digest sort of pieces: “Punch Up Your Pitches with Power Phrases!” The most useful thing they do is a daily roundup of media-related stories in the press (see below). Registration is free.

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    HACK VS. FLACK
    PR guru Richard Laermer knows why writers sometimes can’t stand publicists–and what PR people should do to avoid that.
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    TIMES, SCRIBE SUED OVER ANTHRAX COLUMNS
    The former Army scientist identified as a “person of interest” in the 2001 anthrax attacks sued the New York Times Company and columnist Nicholas D. Kristof yesterday.
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    ‘REALITY’ 24/7
    Fox has tested the limits of reality TV with The Simple Life and Joe Millionaire and When Animals Attack. Now fans will be able to relive the shows on an all-reality cable channel. BBC: Fox plans to provide behind-the-scenes footage, including pre- and post-show interviews, auditions and out-takes.
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    NEWSPAPER SALARIES UP
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    Mark Jurkowitz: In Outfoxed, Robert Greenwald launches an all-out attack on the Fox News Channel’s editorial integrity. Guardian: Fox News is accused of abandoning traditional reporting values.
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    DID PREZ KEEP MOORE OFF LARRY KING LIVE?
    CNN was negotiating to have director Michael Moore appear, and said it were trying to get a member of the Bush administration for a debate, but then CNN never got back to Moore. NYO: Moore offers no solutions, writes Richard Brookhiser. S.F. Chronicle: Fahrenheit 9/11 is bell tolling for many mainstream journalists, writes Tim Goodman.
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    July 15, 2004
  • Well, thanks. My irritation is a petulant thing to witness, I think. My skin has not in fact bronzed, it has been moistened. We only live a few miles apart–wasn’t it raining in Queens?

    July 15, 2004
  • Nice! Say, have you read the new novel Jennifer Government? Nice modern-day-izing of Pohl’s book, and begins with two truly evil flacks… well, not really, but marketing folks are perhaps worse.

    Chris

    July 15, 2004
  • I was asking if a combination of time and Italian blood had transformed your color of a few days ago into something bronze. In the event you were hoping for one possibility over the other. 😉

    July 15, 2004
  • The combination of rain and my Calabrian blood has transformed my mood into bleak depression. It’s not as pretty as a tan, but it seems to last longer.

    July 15, 2004
  • I have to read Jennifer Government. I’ve been resisting because it’s so wildly popular, of course. Marketing folks have the same moral flexibility as flacks without the latter’s prodigious intellects.

    July 15, 2004
  • PS

    Other occupations that will be banned, come the revolution:

    Club Promoter
    Astrologer
    Fashion Consultant
    Party Planner
    Mogul (of any variety)

    July 16, 2004
  • It’s the flouride they put in our water, that’s why.

    July 16, 2004

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