|US/CHINA: U.S. Holds Fire in Google-China Feud|
by JAY SOLOMON, IAN JOHNSONAnd JASON DEAN, Wall Street Journal
January 12th, 2010
U.S. government officials and business leaders were supportive but wary of taking sides in Google Inc.'s battle with China, a sign of the delicate tensions between the growing superpower and the West. Google has threatened to bolt from China over censorship and alleged cyber spying.
|IRELAND: U2 rattled by claims of tax dodging|
by Michael Seaver, Christian Science Monitor
March 3rd, 2009
The band that loves to rail against global corporate malfeasance is being criticized at home over allegations of tax dodging. The controversy stems from 2006, when the band moved its publishing company to the Netherlands to avoid a potential multi-million-euro tax bill after the Irish government capped artists' tax-free earnings at €250,000 ($315,000).
|US: Radio Host Has Drug Company Ties
by GARDINER HARRIS, The New York Times
November 21st, 2008
An influential psychiatrist who was the host of the popular NPR program “The Infinite Mind” earned at least $1.3 million from 2000 to 2007 giving marketing lectures for drugmakers, income not mentioned on the program.
|IRAQ: U.S. to Fund Pro-American Publicity in Iraqi Media|
by Karen DeYoung and Walter Pincus, Washingtom Post
October 3rd, 2008
The Defense Department will pay private U.S. contractors in Iraq up to $300 million over the next three years to produce news stories, entertainment programs and public service advertisements for the Iraqi media in an effort to "engage and inspire" the local population to support U.S. objectives and the Iraqi government.
|US: When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests
by STUART ELLIOTT, The New York Times
March 12th, 2008
But a coalition of children’s advocates contends that the hospital went too far by agreeing to name a new emergency department and trauma center after another locally based retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch, in exchange for a $10 million donation.
|US: Comcast Defends Role As Internet Traffic Cop|
by Cecilia Kang, The Washington Post
February 13th, 2008
Comcast said yesterday that it purposely slows down some traffic on its network, including some music and movie downloads, an admission that sparked more controversy in the debate over how much control network operators should have over the Internet.
|US: Drug Ads Raise Questions for Heart Pioneer
by STEPHANIE SAUL, The New York Times
February 7th, 2008
Celebrity advertising endorsements are nothing new, of course. But the Lipitor campaign is a rare instance of a well-known doctor’s endorsing a drug in advertising — and it has helped rekindle a smoldering debate over whether it is appropriate to aim ads for prescription drugs directly at consumers.
|US: Conrad Black Found Guilty in Fraud Trial|
by Richard Silkos, The New York Times
July 13th, 2007
Conrad M. Black, the gregarious press tycoon also known as Lord Black of Crossharbour, was found guilty today by a Chicago jury of three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice. He could face up to 35 years in prison.
|THAILAND: Holding Big Pharma's feet to the fire|
by Marwaan Macan-Markar, Inter Press Service
May 17th, 2007
For nearly a week, the advertising pages of Thai- and English-language dailies have been the stage for debates on Thailand's decision to break patents on anti-AIDS drugs in the interest of public health. A lobby championing the cause of the powerful pharmaceutical companies ran full-page spreads in the morning newspapers with an eye-catching warning in large, bold text, which said: "The Wrong Prescription for Thailand".
|IRAQ: 'Pentagon Moved to Fix Iraqi Media Before Invasion'|
by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service
May 9th, 2007
In the run-up to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon planned to create a 'Rapid Reaction Media Team' (RRMT) designed to ensure control over major Iraqi media while providing an Iraqi 'face' for its efforts, according to a ‘White Paper' obtained by the independent National Security Archive (NSA) which released it Tuesday.
|US: Hurdles Loom in Deal for Reuters |
by AARON O. PATRICK, Wall Street Journal
May 9th, 2007
Thomson Corp. and Reuters Group PLC's ambitious plan to create the world's largest supplier of financial data and news could face regulatory hurdles as it would narrow the market to two main competitors from three.
|US: Broadcasters Agree to Fine Over Payoffs|
by Jeff Leeds, The New York Times
March 6th, 2007
Radio broadcasters have long been accused of corrupting the public airwaves by accepting bribes from corporate music giants.
But in a pair of agreements disclosed yesterday, the broadcasters moved to resolve accusations that they had auctioned off the airwaves by agreeing to pay a landmark penalty and pledging to play more music from independent recording artists.
|NETHERLANDS: Gimme Tax Shelter|
by Lynnley Browning, New York Times
February 4th, 2007
When it comes to attracting celebrity wealth seeking shelter from taxes, the Cayman Islands and other classic Caribbean tax havens are receding in favor, according to tax experts here and overseas. But for earnings derived from intellectual property such as royalties, the Netherlands has become a tax shelter of choice.
|US: ExxonMobil Accused of Disinformation on Warming|
by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service
January 3rd, 2007
Like the tobacco industry that for decades denied a link between smoking and lung cancer, ExxonMobil has waged a "sophisticated and successful disinformation campaign" to mislead the public about global warming, according to a major new report by the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
|EU: Exxon spends millions to cast doubt on warming|
by Andrew Buncombe and Stephen Castle, The Independent (UK)
December 7th, 2006
The world's largest energy company is still spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund European organisations that seek to cast doubt on the scientific consensus on global warming and undermine support for legislation to curb emission of greenhouse gases.
|US: Ponzi Scheme or Variety Show? Scams Use Leased Radio Time To Target Immigrant Listeners
by Jennifer Levitz, Wall Street Journal
October 31st, 2006
Rick Santos, manager of WLQY-AM in Miami, says he thought the popular Creole program that aired six days a week on his radio station was a "musical variety show."
It was actually part of a fraud, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Scam artists used the radio for two years to promote an investment scheme that ensnared 631 Haitian immigrants and cost them nearly $6 million, a federal court ruled after an SEC complaint.
|US: Ads Test Payola Case Settlement|
by Jeff Leeds, The New York Times
October 25th, 2006
Hardly more than a year has passed since the nation’s biggest record labels started agreeing to a series of measures that were intended to end the industry’s long history of employing bribes and other shady practices to influence which songs are heard on the radio.
|IRAQ: Pentagon Audit Clears Propaganda Effort|
by Mark Mazzetti, New York Times
October 20th, 2006
An American military propaganda campaign that planted favorable news articles in the Iraqi news media did not violate laws or Pentagon regulations, but it was not properly supervised by military officials in Baghdad, an audit by the Pentagon Inspector General has concluded.
|IRAQ: Firm That Paid Iraq Papers Gets New Deal|
by Rebecca Santana, Associated Press
September 27th, 2006
A public relations company that participated in a controversial U.S. military program that paid Iraqi newspapers for stories favorable to coalition forces has been awarded another multimillion-dollar media contract with American forces in Iraq.
|US: 10 Miami Journalists Take U.S. Pay|
by Oscar Corral, Miami Herald
September 8th, 2006
At least 10 South Florida journalists, including three from El Nuevo Herald, received regular payments from the U.S. government for programs on Radio MartÃ and TV MartÃ, two broadcasters aimed at undermining the communist government of Fidel Castro. The payments totaled thousands of dollars over several years.
|US: PUSH Seeks Boycott of Oil Giant BP|
by Liam Ford, Chicago Tribune
June 13th, 2006
Leaders attending the annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition conference on Monday called for a boycott of oil giant BP PLC, a conference sponsor, and for a renewed focus on increasing minority representation on national television news channels, including CNN.
|US: The Next Niche: School Bus Ads
by Caroline E. Mayer, The Washington Post
June 4th, 2006
BusRadio, a start-up company in Massachusetts, wants to pipe into school buses around the country a private radio network that plays music, public-service announcements, contests and, of course, ads, aimed at kids as they travel to and from school.
|US: Big Bonuses Still Flow, Even if Bosses Miss Goals|
by Gretchen Morgenson, The New York Times
May 31st, 2006
As executive pay packages have rocketed in recent years, their defenders have contended that because most are tied to company performance, they are both earned and deserved. But as the Las Vegas Sands example shows, investors who plow through company filings often find that executive compensation exceeds the amounts allowed under the performance targets set by the directors.
|US: Disney Loses Its Appetite for Happy Meal Tie-Ins|
by Rachel Abramowitz, Los Angeles Times
May 8th, 2006
Disney is not renewing its cross-promotional pact with the fast-food giant, ending the arrangement with this summer's release of "Cars" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." One reason, say multiple high-ranking sources within Disney, is that the company — which prides itself on being family friendly — wants to distance itself from fast food and its links to the epidemic of childhood obesity.
|US: America's Fake News Pandemic|
by Timothy Karr, Media Citizen
April 7th, 2006
A report released yesterday by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and Free Press exposes corporate propaganda’s infiltration of local television news across the country.
|US: Smithsonian Agreement Angers Filmmakers|
by Edward Wyatt, The New York Times
April 1st, 2006
Some of the biggest names in documentary filmmaking have denounced a recent agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks Inc. that they say restricts makers of films and television shows using Smithsonian materials from offering their work to public television or other non-Showtime broadcast outlets.
|US: Players Big and Small Are Sifting Through Pieces of Knight Ridder|
by Katharine Q. Seelye, The New York Times
March 27th, 2006
With the McClatchy Company set to accept bids, starting as early as tomorrow, for the 12 Knight Ridder papers it is selling, some of the potential buyers are looking at the country as if it were a giant chessboard. The goal is not to topple a king but to become one — a king of each regional market where potential buyers already own newspapers and can achieve economies of scale by buying pieces of Knight Ridder.
|US: EFF Challenges Clear Channel Recording Patent|
February 15th, 2006
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced it has filed a challenge on Tuesday to an illegitimate patent from Clear Channel Communications. The patent - for a system and method of creating digital recordings of live performances - locks musical acts into using Clear Channel technology and blocks innovations by others.
|US: Sales Brisk for "Wal-Mart" Docu As Accusations Fly
February 15th, 2006
Berlin's European Film Market became the backdrop for yet another verbal battle between Wal-Mart and its filmmaker nemesis Robert Greenwald on Tuesday. The Greenwald-directed film "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" made for hot sales but heated words at the market.
|US: The Net Effect of Neutrality|
by Eric Hellweg, Technology Review
February 10th, 2006
In Congress this week, two sides presented their cases in front of a Senate committee that’s considering revising a 10-year-old telecommunications bill. The topic was Internet neutrality: the idea that all bits coursing along the Web should be treated equally.
|US: The End of the Internet|
by Jeffrey Chester, The Nation
February 6th, 2006
The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.
|MIDDLE EAST: Firms feel pain of people power|
by Robert Plummer, BBC News
February 3rd, 2006
The backlash throughout the Muslim world against a series of Danish cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad is having a severe impact on at least one prominent business in Denmark.
|US: Wal-Mart's Musical Moves|
by Abigail Goldman and Charles Duhigg, Los Angeles Times
January 26th, 2006
This latest example of Wal-Mart's "direct procurement" approach continues the company's practice of upending the traditional relationship between the makers of goods and those who sell them.
The deal has some in the recording industry alarmed at the thought of Wal-Mart's establishing direct partnerships with musicians and cutting out the labels. And it may just be the start.
|US: Disney Paid Eisner $10.1 Million in '05|
January 12th, 2006
Michael D. Eisner, former chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, received $10.1 million in compensation last year, including a $9.1 million cash bonus, according to the company's annual proxy statement filed Wednesday.
|IRAQ: Pentagon Paid Sunni Clerics To Aid Propaganda Effort|
by David S. Cloud and Jeff Gerth, The New York Times
January 2nd, 2006
A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print positive articles written by American soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work, according to current and former employees.
|US: Conrad Black Indicted on Additional Charges
December 15th, 2005
Former newspaper mogul Conrad Black, already accused of fraud, was indicted by federal prosecutors Thursday on additional charges including racketeering and obstruction of justice. He now faces a maximum prison sentence of 95 years if convicted.
|US: News Tycoon Stole Millions, US Charges|
by Geraldine Fabrikant, The New York Times
November 18th, 2005
Conrad M. Black, once a major force in business, political and social circles in Manhattan and London, was indicted in Chicago yesterday on charges that he and three former colleagues stole $51.8 million from Hollinger International, the giant international newspaper publisher he helped create.
|US: Bad Reception|
by Art Levine, American Prospect
November 9th, 2005
Did cronies of Mouafac Harb, the executive who runs America's Arabic-language networks, get sweetheart contracts?
|U.S.: A New Weapon for Wal-Mart: A War Room|
by Michael Barbaro, The New York Times
November 1st, 2005
Wal-Mart is taking a page from the modern political playbook. Under fire from well-organized opponents who have hammered the retailer with criticisms of its wages, health insurance and treatment of workers, Wal-Mart has quietly recruited former presidential advisers, including Michael K. Deaver, who was Ronald Reagan's image-meister, and Leslie Dach, one of Bill Clinton's media consultants, to set up a rapid-response public relations team in Arkansas.
|US: On Television, Brands Go From Props to Stars|
by Lorne Manly, The New York Times
October 2nd, 2005
Network, advertising and production executives say that this season, more and more brands will venture outside the confines of 30-second ads. They may have no choice: As technology and clutter blunt the effectiveness and reach of the commercial spots that have underpinned the television business for nearly 50 years, the various players are scrambling to adapt.
|US: Magazine ad "unleashes hell" for Boeing and Bell|
by Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times
October 1st, 2005
Boeing and its joint-venture partner Bell Helicopter apologized yesterday for a magazine ad published a month ago - and again this week by mistake - depicting U.S. Special Forces troops rappelling from an Osprey aircraft onto the roof of a mosque.
|US: Sony Agrees to Halt Gifts for Airtime|
by Jennifer Bayot, The New York Times
July 25th, 2005
Sony BMG Music Entertainment, one of the world's largest record companies, agreed today to stop providing lavish gifts, free trips and other giveaways in exchange for airtime for its artists on radio stations, under the terms of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office.
|US: The New Blacklist
by Doug Ireland, LA Weekly
June 13th, 2005
The Christian right has launched a series of boycotts and pressure campaigns aimed at corporate America -- and at its sponsorship of entertainment, programs and activities they don't like.
|US: Students Do Not Share Gonzales' View on Piracy
by By Lorenza Muñoz and Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times
April 29th, 2005
Attorney general says downloading bootlegs is illegal, but many students are unfazed. "When I buy a CD I feel like I'm paying for corporate lawyers and corporate headquarters and, no offense, but I don't want to do that. And I don't have to," says one.
|US: When Media Dogs Don't Bark|
by Norman Solomon, AlterNet
April 18th, 2005
The recent decision by General Motors to pull its advertising from the Los Angeles Times has not gone over very well.
|US: Video Games Add Advertisements
by Matt Richtel, New York Times
April 11th, 2005
Until now, ads have appeared occasionally and haphazardly in video games. But a new advertising agency hopes to bring a more aggressive marketing approach to interactive media. The aim is to put up billboards and make product placements for mainstream advertisers in the cyberworlds of sports, shooting and strategy games.
|Book Review: Thrilling Chronicle of Cons, Fools and a Business World Gone Mad |
by Larry Williams, The Baltimore Sun
March 20th, 2005
A half-dozen books have been published about Enron's collapse, but Conspiracy of Fools, Kurt Eichenwald's richly detailed narrative, is likely to be a landmark record - not just of what went wrong at Enron, but of how American business went crazy during the 1990s, when it seemed that everyone had a shot at becoming a billionaire in the New Economy.
|US: Pepsi Puts a Lid on Kids' Ads|
by Andrew Ward and Jeremy Grant, The Australian
March 1st, 2005
PepsiCo, one of the world's largest soft-drink makers, has introduced voluntary restrictions on its advertising to children, in response to rising levels of obesity in the US and western Europe.
|US: Marketing Under the Radar|
by Deborah Branscum, CMO
December 22nd, 2004
Stealth. Guerilla. Undercover. Whatever it’s called, covert marketing woos ad-weary consumers by pretending to be something it’s not. But is it the real deal for marketers?
|US: Reuters Outsourcing Journalists|
by Jacques Steinberg, New York Times
February 9th, 2004
Outsourcing has become all the rage in recent years, and India has become a favorite destination for Western companies that want to send jobs to cheaper markets. Companies as different as Delta Air Lines and Dell Computer have hired workers or subcontractors to perform customer service, data entry or other computer-related jobs once done in the United States. Now, Reuters is going a step further. It told its editorial employees in an electronic posting late last week that it planned to hire six journalists in Bangalore, India, to do basic financial reporting on 3,000 small to medium-size American companies.
|MEXICO: Film Studio Sell-Off|
by Jo Tuckman, Guardian (London)
November 14th, 2003
Mexico's cultural elite is on the warpath, determined to stop a sell-off of state cultural institutions that will, they say, remove the last barriers to American cultural domination.
|UK: Brussels Concerned by BSkyB Monopoly|
by Daniel Dombey and Matthew Garrahan, Financial Times
October 1st, 2003
Mario Monti, Europe's competition Commissioner, on Wednesday turned his sights on British Sky Broadcasting, when he revealed plans to put forward a fresh set of objections to the satellite broadcaster's 1.02bn contract with English football's Premier League.
|US: Recording Industry Targets 12 Year Old for File Sharing|
by Frank Ahrens, Washington Post
September 10th, 2003
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the music industry's trade group, is targeting what it calls "major offenders" of peer-to-peer digital song sharing, which it considers to be a violation of copyright law. Federal law allows penalties of up to $150,000 per copyrighted work, or, in other words, per song.
|US: NGOs in the US Firing Line|
by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service
June 26th, 2003
Having led the charge to war in Iraq, an influential think-tank close to the administration of US President George W Bush has added a new target: international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is setting its sights on those groups with a "progressive" or "liberal" agenda that favors "global governance" and other notions that are also promoted by the United Nations and other multilateral agencies.
|US: Nation's Ethnic Media Wary of FCC Changes|
by Macrelo Ballve, Pacific News Service
May 26th, 2003
In barrios, inner-city communities and immigrant enclaves nationwide, ethnic media reporters cover stories often ignored by mainstream newsrooms. Now, with a media deregulation plan being formulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), critics fear that ethnic media's civic role may be undermined.
|US: FCC Chairman Refuses to Delay Vote|
May 16th, 2003
Michael K. Powell, the Federal Communications Commission chairman, rejected today a request from two commissioners to delay a decision on overhauling rules governing ownership of newspapers and TV and radio stations.
|US: FCC Close to Easing Media Caps|
by Dan Fost, San Francisco Chronicle
May 12th, 2003
The Federal Communications Commission is moving closer to easing its media ownership caps, including regulations that now limit how many television stations a network may own, or whether a company can own a newspaper and a television station in the same city.
|US: Bush Top Gun vs. S.F. Activist|
by Zachary Coile, San Francisco Chronicle
April 24th, 2003
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration's top Supreme Court lawyer urged the high court Wednesday to toss out a San Francisco consumer activist's suit against Nike Inc. because it could discourage corporations from defending themselves in public against their critics.
|US: Mobilizing the Hip-Hop Generation|
by Jesse Alejandro Cottrell, WireTap
April 23rd, 2003
To anyone who watches MTV all day -- where P. Diddy, Ja Rule and Nelly dominate the screen flashing fancy cars, gold chains and an entourage of scantily clad women -- political empowerment and hip-hop may seem like conflicting terms. But hip-hop has been political in nature since its birth in the youth subculture of the Bronx during the late 1970s. Unfortunately what started out as a gritty portrayal of what was really happening on the streets has been perverted in less than two decades into a seemingly endless supply of high-paid corporate clowns rapping about little more than the fact that theyre rich. Today, mainstream hip-hop is worse than apolitical -- it has become a tool to oppress and distract an entire generation of youth, especially youth of color
|IRAQ: Amid Allied Jubilation, a Child Lies in Agony, Clothes Soaked in Blood|
by Robert Fisk, The Independent/UK
April 8th, 2003
They lay in lines, the car salesman who'd just lost his eye but whose feet were still dribbling blood, the motorcyclist who was shot by American troops near the Rashid Hotel, the 50-year-old female civil servant, her long dark hair spread over the towel she was lying on, her face, breasts, thighs, arms and feet pock-marked with shrapnel from an American cluster bomb. For the civilians of Baghdad, this is the real, immoral face of war, the direct result of America's clever little "probing missions" into Baghdad.
|USA: INS Roundups Put Nation's Growing Ethnic Media in Bind|
by Sandip Roy, Pacific News Service
December 30th, 2002
As editor of the San Jose-based Farsi monthly Pezhvak, Shahbaz Taheri says he strives to be a bridge between Iranian immigrants and American society. Now he fears he helped deliver some of his readers to jail.
|AUSTRALIA: Libel Case Could Change Internet Future|
by David Fickling and Stuart Millar, The Guardian
December 11th, 2002
Once it was heralded as the last bastion of freedom of speech, a realm which transcended national law and the whims of the courts. But last night the internet was facing up to a harsh new reality after Australia's supreme court ruled that a local businessman could sue a website for libel in Melbourne even though it was based in the United States.
|US: Copyright Bill Gives Power to People|
by Michael Grebb, Wired.com
October 4th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- With talk of preemptive war all the rage on Capitol Hill, it seems that such posturing has extended into the world of digital copyright law.
|US: Recasting the Web, Info Commons to Cash Cow|
by Karen Charman, Extra!
August 26th, 2002
If the Bush administration lets large media conglomerates and local telephone companies have their way, the Internet as we know it -- that free-flowing, democratic, uncensored information superhighway -- could soon be a thing of the past.
|Mexico: Legislation Strikes Blow Against Privatization, Secrecy|
by Dan Jaffee, CommonDreams.org
April 28th, 2002
In less than 24 hours this past Wednesday, big advances for three major pieces of legislation indicated that Mexico -- for 20 years the ''model student'' of so-called free market policy reforms, and long noted for high levels of government secrecy and corruption -- may be charting a new, more independent course. At a moment when the Bush administration is chilling domestic dissent, restricting the free flow of information and promoting corporate deregulation, Mexico appears poised to do virtually the opposite.
|US: Osama's Mama - Corporate Hip-Hop Promotes War|
by Kevin Weston, Pacific News Service
November 5th, 2001
The night the United States began bombing Afghanistan, I was listening to a Bay Area hip-hop/R&B station, KMEL. KMEL is owned by Clear Channel, one of the largest radio conglomerates in the country.
|US: Media Giants Lobbying to Privatize Airwaves|
by Jeremy Rifkin, The Guardian (London)
April 28th, 2001
Imagine a world in which a handful of global media conglomerates like Vivendi, Sony, BskyB, Disney, and News Corporation own literally all the airwaves all over the planet and trade them back and forth as 'private electronic real estate'. A strategy is beginning to unfold in Washington DC to make that happen.
|US: 2001 Goldman Prize Winners Fight Greed|
Environment News Service
April 23rd, 2001
The Goldman Environmental Prize for North America goes this year to Akre and Wilson. Winners in five other geographic areas are honored too with the world's largest prize for environmental activists.
|USA: New Report Examines Commercialism in Schools|
by Constance L. Hays, New York Times
September 14th, 2000
From exclusive soft-drink contracts to computers displaying continuous advertising, corporate marketing in public schools is rising sharply. But few states have laws in place to address the phenomenon, and most decisions on commercial arrangements in schools are made piecemeal by local officials, according to a report from the General Accounting Office scheduled to be released today.
|Canada: Raffi Says No to Ads for Kids|
by Raffi Cavoukian, Toronto Globe & Mail
June 19th, 2000
Throughout my 20-plus years of making music for children, the core value at the heart of my work has been respect for the young child as a whole person. I have not accepted any offers to do commercial endorsements because I believe it's wrong to use one's popularity to sell products to a vulnerable audience.