|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 Muņoz 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.