Thursday, March 15, 2007

Entergy Says: "Toxic Waste is Good for You!"

With a little help from:
Center for Media and Democracy

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is intimately tied into Hill & Knowlton which explains the kid glove treatment given to CASEnergy, and Moore's endorsement of nuclear. These guys control a whole lot of ad dollars.

In December 1953, H&K designed the tobacco industry's strategy for counteracting scientific evidence which linked cigarette smoking to lung cancer, authoring the Frank Statement to the public printed throughout the USA in January 1954. H&K also helped organize the Council for Tobacco Research. As a result, H&K was named a co-defendant of Philip Morris in numerous tobacco lawsuits.

H&K represented the Catholic bishops in America in their campaign against legalized abortion, and the Body Shop International when it came under criticism for making false claims about itself and its products.

Hill & Knowlton also represents Debswana - a joint venture between De Beers diamond mining companty and the government of Botswana. De Beers owns the rights to mine diamonds in the Kalahari, and through Debswana, has played a role in evicting indigenous Kalahari Bushmen from their land. According to Lord Pearson of Rannoch – a Peer in the British House of Lords, "Many of them (Kalahari Bushmen) felt that they had been evicted because Debswana wanted their land for its diamonds".

Hill & Knowlton claims on its website that "an information campaign generated support [for Debswana] among members of Congress, UK Parliamentarians, Members of the Japanese Diet and Members of the European Parliament, as well as numerous media outlets."

Paul Taaffe is Chairman and Chief Executive of Hill & Knowlton, Inc.

Entergy just as ugly and incestuous as they are tied into Burson-Marsteller.

Burson-Marsteller part of Young & Rubicam Brands, working as partners for some of the world's strongest brands, is led by Richard Mintz, who ran the media shop at the Department of Transportation during the Clinton administration. He also served as staff director for Hillary Clinton during the 1992 campaign.

In March 2005, PR Week reported that Burson-Marsteller won a $4.6 million contract, through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative grant program.

Executives at the Burson-Marsteller PR firm are saying as little as possible about their pro-biotech PR campaign for the Monsanto company.

In January 2004, the Observer (UK) reported that European Women for HPV Testing was a front group being run by B-M campaign for the US biotechnology company Digene. The Observer reported that some of the celebrities cited as endorsing the campaign on the groups website were not aware of the links of the group with Digene.

In April 2005, Jack O'Dwyer's Newsletter reported that Burson-Marsteller had joined with Quinn Gillespie & Associates to launch 360 Advantage, a public affairs shop filled with "key players in George W. Bush's successful presidential campaigns." 360 Advantage is headed by Russ Schriefer, who did advertising with the Bush/Cheney 2000 and 2004 campaigns and produced the 2004 Republican National Convention, and by Stuart Stevens, a "Bush adman and veteran political strategist."

The Executive Board, as of December 2005, consists of:

Harold Burson, Founding Chairman
Mark Penn, Worldwide Chief Executive Officer
Chris Komisarjevsky, President & CEO Worldwide, Emeritus
Carlos Lareau, Chief Operating Officer, Worldwide
Ken Rietz, Vice-Chairman, Worldwide and CEO US
Celia Berk, Human Resources Worldwide
Fred Hawrysh, Director of Global Client Service
Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer UK, Co-CEO Europe
John Maltese, Chief Financial Officer Worldwide
Heidi Sinclair, CEO Continetal Europe, CoCEO Europe
Bill Rylance, President & CEO, Asia/Pacific
Santiago Hinojosa, President & CEO, Latin America
Leslie Gaines-Ross, Chief Knowledge & Research Officer, Worldwide
Pat Ford Chair, Global Corporate Practice / New York Market Leader
Richard Mintz, Chair, Global Public Affairs Practice/Director of Global New Business Development
Jennifer Graham, Chair, Global Technology Practice
Ame Wadler, Chair, Global Healthcare Practice

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