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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 12:32 PM
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Creative Response Concepts: Righties controlling research?! Gannon?!
yes, the PR company for right wing ideologues...

can anyone tell me why they're listed as PR contact on releases from LexisNexis?

http://www.lexisnexis.com/about/releases/0696.asp

http://www.lexisnexis.com/about/releases/0767.asp

Have the names Sean McCabe or Steve Burke come up in the context of the Gannon thing?

Now, let me tell you, I write press releases (among other PR stuff) and plan media relations and publicity campaigns for a living. Generally speaking, we put our firm's name, as well as our client's name, on releases as a contact.

Good God, I hope this doesn't mean that CRC's got their hands on LexisNexis, which is an incredibly useful research tool that millions use (I think it's millions...). I hope I hope I hope I'm wrong. Somebody tell me I'm wrong.
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 12:45 PM
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1. Who are Sean McCabe and Burke?
Do you know of something linking them to the GOP? Because if you do, then yes, I AM worried. Whoever controls Lexis-nexis controls how history will be written. (or re-written.)
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:25 PM
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3. eeek! I wish I knew...I'm still trying to figure it out, but any help
would be much appreciated.

BTW, here's from CRC's site http://www.crc4pr.com/company/press /

Regarding PR Week's article of 9/17,(http://www.prweek.com/news/news_story_free.cfm?ID=22258... )

CRC President Greg Mueller released the following statement:

"Please understand, we never meant to imply that the blogosphere is something we did, or even could, control or direct.No one controls the bloggers. The extraordinary depth and breadth of their talent and resources only breeds one thing: a fierce independence much needed in the country. They are a forcethe PR industry and news media need to pay greaterattention to.

"In the interview with PR Week, we tried to communicate that the bloggers, and then CNS www.cnsnews.com, were moving this story, which we then began pushing to conservative media, news websites and "mainstream" press.

"If anything, we're just proud that our client, CNS News, provided some hard news reporting to add some gasoline to the already rampant wildfire that the bloggers had started. Do we deserve credit for that? Not nearly as much as the guys at PowerLine, Instapundit, LittleGreenFootballs, INDCJournal, Allahpundit, and so many others deserve."
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:31 PM
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5. CRC's client list includes--ye Gods!--Christian Coalition and RNC!
http://www.crc4pr.com/firm/clients.asp

Agusta Westland
American Bankruptcy Institute
American Education Reform Foundation
Americans for Fair Taxation
Americans for Hope, Growth & Opportunity
Ancore
Associated Builders and Contractors
AT&T
Catholic Alliance
Catholic Family Radio Network
Christian Coalition
Coalition for Auto Repair Equity
Coalition for Patient Choice
Contract With America
Credit Union Campaign for Consumer Choice
Forbes 2000 (Steve Forbes for President)
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Golden Rule Insurance Company
Gilder Group
Joseph Seagram & Sons, Inc.
LifeLine Press
Manhattan Institute


Media Research Center
Microsoft Corporation
National Republican Congressional Committee
National Republican Senatorial Committee
National Taxpayers Union
Parents Television Council
PAX Television
Privacy Council
Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration
Regnery Publishing
Republican National Committee
Small Business Survival Committee
Stone Investments, Inc.
Telecel International, LTD
Thomas Nelson Publishing
TIME Warner Inc.
Universal Studios, Inc.
U.S. Business & Industrial Council
Viacom Inc.
Visa USA
The Walt Disney Company
Warner Brothers Television Network
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 12:54 PM
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2. kick! This is so important, and it scares the hell out of me
The media relies on Lexis-nexis for its research. Whoever controls Lexis-Nexis controls information. The press should be worried about this.

(And i subscribe to Lexis Nexis and use it all the time)
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:30 PM
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4. um,...ew,...I do NOT like the thought of CRC tied into LexisNexis!
Yikes!!! Talk about total information control!!! Wicked.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:36 PM
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6. HOLY FREAKIN' COW! Sean McCabe and pornography!? in Florida!?
Quick google revealed this court case, which in part says:

The Respondent registered the domain names primarily for the purpose of disrupting the business of its competitor. Policy ? 4(b)(iii). See Fossil Inc. v. NAS, FA 92525 (Nat. Arb. Forum Feb. 23, 2000) (finding that the Respondent acted in bad faith by registering the domain name <fossilwatch.com> and using it to sell various watch brands). The Respondent obviously knew of the Complainants mark given the competitive nature of the two businesses. See America Online, Inc. v. Avrasya Yayincilik Danismanlik Ltd., FA 93679 (Nat. Arb. Forum Mar. 15, 2000) (finding that Respondent "clearly had knowledge or reasonably should have had knowledge" of Complainants well-known mark).


The Respondent has created an adult entertainment website at the domain name "PENTHOUSEX.COM". Using a domain name to attract Internet users to your website by creating a likelihood of confusion with the Complainants mark is evidence of bad faith. Policy ? 4(b)(iv). See Busy Body, Inc. v. Fitness Outlet, Inc., D2000-0127 WIPO Apr. 22, 2000) (finding bad faith where the Respondent attempted to attract customers to its website, <efitnesswholesale.com>, and creating confusion by offering similar products).


the court case URL

http://www.arbforum.com/domains/decisions/95073.htm

Someone tell me this is a complete coincidence.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:42 PM
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8. McCabe on release for anti-Clinton book; same ph #
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: SEAN MCCABE, PETER ROBBIO OR KRISTIE MEAVE AT (703)-683-5004

NOVEMBER 9, 2000

BILL GERTZS THE CHINA THREAT IN BOOKSTORES

Gertz Reveals:
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION BOTCHED WEN HO LEE SPY CASE


from website

http://www.regnery.com/regnery/010309_chinathreat_press...

Regnery Publishing, the nations preeminent conservative publisher, is truly on a roll. Over the past three years we have produced no less than 25 bestsellers! Included in that list is the election-year blockbuster Unfit for Command, which reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Other books to make the list include William F. Buckley Jr.s autobiographical Miles Gone By, Richard Miniters Shadow War, Robert Buzz Pattersons Reckless Disregard, David Horowitzs Unholy Alliance, and Rowan Scarboroughs Rumsfelds War.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 10:54 PM
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41. Peter Robbio is another piece of work
Edited on Fri Feb-18-05 11:02 PM by starroute
http://www.theunionleader.com/Gourmet_show.html?article...

May 20, 1999

News stories yesterday reported that veteran Republican strategist Peter Robbio of Manchester had been replaced as Steve Forbes' state director, but he would still work for the Presidential campaign as a volunteer.

It has now been learned that Robbio was arrested shortly before midnight on Friday, April 16, after allegedly brandishing a loaded handgun at the popular Black Brimmer restaurant in downtown Manchester.

<snip>

In an arrest affidavit, Manchester Police Officer James Ahern said that while working a security detail at the crowded nightspot, he was approached by one Raul Gonzalez, who told him that "a subject just pulled a gun on him and threatened him with it . . . He told me the subject bumped into him and did not apologize. So he bumped him right back. Words were exchanged."

Gonzalez told Ahern that the man "walked slowly away approx. 6-10 feet never taking his eyes off Mr. Gonzalez, he then reached inside his jacket and pulled out (a) small dark handgun and held it up to his right shoulder."


On edit -- Mueller, Robbio, and McCabe were all working on that campaign together: "Meanwhile, former Pat Buchanan operative Sean McCabe is now officially a member of the Forbes team, joining '96 Buchananites Greg Mueller and Peter Robbio, as well as '96 Dole strategist Paul Young."
http://www.theunionleader.com/Gourmet_show.html?article...

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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 07:12 AM
Response to Reply #41
48. You know who else I do believe worked the Forbes campaign?
J, Kenneth Blackwell, OH's SoS.

What, do these people all know each other? I mean, everywhere you look it's the same group of players, over and over again. I've never really researched the Dems--is it the same way on the left? Is everything in this country an "old boy" network?
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 03:09 PM
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53. guess Robbio's bounced back, since he's repping the National Press Club
Programs & Events: NPC Newsmakers






Past Newsmakers





Reservations






Frequently Asked Questions about Newsmakers






February 2005

http://www.press.org/programs/newsmakers.cfm

Thursday, February 24, 2005


8:00 AM Newt Gingrich (NPC Newsmaker)
Description: Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America, by Newt Gingrich.....

Former House Speaker Gingrich will discuss his book that was released on the 10th anniversary of the Contract with America. The book examines economic, social and geopolitical issues facing the United States in the post-September 11 world, presenting five threats that America faces. The former speaker offers five commitments that Americans can support for the future.


Contact: Peter Robbio @703-683-5004 ex 116 or probbio@crc4pr.com

Sponsored by:National Press Club
Location: Lisagor Room
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 11:54 PM
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43. definitive tie to Washington Times
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Al-CIAda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:40 PM
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7. kick
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:46 PM
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9. reg publishing/novak connection
I almost can't type, I'm so out of breath and kind of weepy. what are we coming to?

http://www.regnery.com/eagle/eagle.html

REGNERY PUBLISHING is a subsidiary of Eagle Publishing, considered by many America's leading conservative publishing company, whose headquarters are located in Washington, D.C..

Eagle periodicals, books, and book clubs give readers up-to-the-minute news as well as in-depth analysis and commentary on the events that shape our world. Our full range of products and services provide independent thinkers with perspective and solutions favoring the traditional American values of free enterprise, limited government, and individual liberty.

(snip)


Concise, hard-hitting, and above all, accurate, are words that come to mind when describing the Evans-Novak Political Report. ENPR is widely regarded as the consummate insider's source for what's happening in politics today. Edited by nationally known commentator and columnist Robert Novak, this respected publication is packed with "insider" news and "heads-up" reports on legislative, regulatory, tax, foreign policy and other political developments on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across America. ENPR's predictions have proved accurate with uncanny regularity for more than 33 years.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:50 PM
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10. and here's the swift vets
now I'm just crying. this can't be true. someone...

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sean McCabe or Steve Burke at (703) 683-5004

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Releases New TV Ad:

Kerry Secretly Met with Enemy Leaders While America Was at War

Group Launches $1.3 Million TV Blitz in PA, OH, WV, NV and NM


Washington DCSwift Boat Veterans for Truth, a non-partisan, non-profit group representing more than 250 Swift Boat veterans who served with Senator John Kerry in Vietnam, released its latest television ad making public a secret meeting between John Kerry and enemy leaders of North Vietnam. According to the Kerry campaign, the clandestine meeting occurred in Paris in May 1970.

http://horse.he.net/~swiftpow/article.php?story=2004092...
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:53 PM
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11. he's a swift boat spokesperson
Sean McCabe, a spokesman for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which aired the ad, said the organization intends to begin airing a second commercial Tuesday in three other states.

http://www.theolympian.com/home/specialsections/Electio...

is this, like, just common knowledge? have I just missed out on this incredibly important thing?
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:54 PM
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12. and an anti-choice dude
http://www.priestsforlife.org/pressreleases/00-07-18pre...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:


JULY 18, 2000 SEAN MCCABE/ ANNE GOLDEN (703) 683-5004



Priests for Life Launches "Campaign for Life 2000"


Organization will engage in unprecedented effort to highlight the abortion issue during the 2000 election season


(Washington, DC) Priests for Life, the Catholic association which assists clergy of all denominations to address the abortion issue, today officially launched an educational campaign to activate believers in their political responsibilities during the 2000 election season. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of the organization, joined by clergy of various denominations, representing every region of the country, announces the campaign at a news conference today at 1:30pm at the National Press Club.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 01:55 PM
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13. he's been at it a while...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

MAY 25, 1999

SEAN McCABE (703) 683-5004, EXT. 110


Ronald Reagan Ranch Announces Board of Governors Co-Chairmen


Santa Barbara, CA: Young Americas Foundation is pleased to announce its Board of Governors Co-Chairmen for the new Presidential Leadership Program. Young Americas Foundation President Ron Robinson has appointed three Reagan Administration officials to the Board. Frank Donatelli will act as chairman, while Edwin Meese III and William Clark will serve as co-chairmen. These three noted conservatives will provide strategic vision and advice to Young Americas Foundations new Reagan Ranch project. Young Americas Foundation is an organization that strives to promote conservative ideas on todays college campuses.

http://www.reaganranch.org/leadership/press/05_25_99.ht...
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 02:18 PM
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14. more swiftboat stuff
from Billings Gazette:

2 swift boat vets denials false, group claims

By LINDA HALSTEAD-ACHARYA
Of The Gazette Staff

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth say two swift boat veterans who claim they did not sign a letter used against Sen. John Kerry did, in fact, include their names on the list of supporters. And they've got the e-mail to prove it, according to Sean McCabe, spokesperson for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

http://www.billingsgazette.com/index.php?id=1&display=r...

so really, what's this mean?
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jdj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 02:20 PM
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15. thanks for posting all of this.
it sucks, it really does, but it's good to know this stuff, you have to nowadays.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 02:21 PM
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16. crikey, this is it:
http://www.internetretailer.com/pressReleaseDetail.asp?...

there's another release about LN with CRC and Sean McCabe on it.

we're talking data, consumer data, choice-point like data with this product.

excuse me while I go sit in a corner and shiver.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 02:28 PM
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17. he's a CRC honcho
he's a contact for The Privacy Council on this release, and that's one of CRC's big case studies on their site.

http://www.privacycouncil.com/release_details.php?id=43

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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 02:34 PM
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18. Get this to Keith Olbermann!
Blast this to every journalist! Someone needs to be checking that Lexis-Nexis is doing its job -- which is to be a trustworthy archivist of the news.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 02:49 PM
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20. I wouldn't know how!
This Sean McCabe guy is deeeeeep into the Right. And he's the
communications go-to guy for LexisNexis' Big Brother-est
databases. Does anyone care? This seems like a huge freakin'
deal to me. 

Geez, I've got to do some work work now... someone, please...

http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Sean+McCabe%22&num=100&hl=en&lr=lang_en&safe=off&start=500&sa=N

this is about page 5 or so of my google search. he's not the
musician, the canadian, or the runner, as far as I can tell.
anyone want to take it up here?

(he's behind the PR campaign for The Passion, too, I
think...)
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 02:47 PM
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19. EEEEKKKK!!!
Edited on Fri Feb-18-05 02:48 PM by Karenina
OK, Kk897, let's not FREEEEAAAAK!!! :hug: Breathe in... breathe out... :scared: :scared: :scared: EEEEEKKKK!!! :scared: :scared: :scared:
Meine ficken Fresse... :kick:
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 03:03 PM
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21. this is a bit odd: lexIs-nexus / lexUs-nexus
Could be a common typo, but google comes up with a lot of hits when searching for both (google: "Lexus Nexus" lexisnexus), the two are often mentioned in one and the same article:

http://people.cas.sc.edu/rosati/libintinfo.htm

"...is available in both electronic form (such as Infotrac, Lexis-nexus)..."

"...For American newspaper articles use Lexus-Nexus and the General Magazine Index of Infotrac (for an electronic version)...."

"...For popular magazine articles, such as Newsweek or New Republic or the Economist, use Infotrac, Lexus-Nexus..."


http://www.kcgov.com/XML%20Data/Commissioners/PDFs/02-1... (pdf)

"County Attorney Mike Miner presented information from Lexis Nexus indicating that the Burns the county has are now out of date. Miner stated Lexus Nexus would replace them for a fee. Sue Mitchell stated she believed that they were already paying for updates and that they did have current ones. Ron Robinson stated that the updates are also available on the Internet. Mitchell will verify the updates and report at the next meeting."


* moreover *

lexUs nexus is significant wrt the so called "surveillance society", as pointed out by journalist Robert O'Harrow on Democracy Now
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/10/154...
(video, audio, transcript)

Thursday, February 10th, 2005
No Place to Hide: Award-Winning Journalist Robert O'Harrow Goes Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society

<snip>

Robert O'Harrow, Jr. , reporter for The Washington Post and is an associate of the Center for Investigative Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for articles on privacy and technology and a recipient of the 2003 Carnegie Mellon Cyber Security Reporting Award. (www.noplacetohide.net )

<snip>

...a company called Seismic Intelligence. Its name was Seisint, and it created a system called the matrix. A lot of people would have heard about the matrix, because it, for the first time to my knowledge, combined criminal investigative records and confidential investigative records from police and law enforcement and driver records and photographs with these 20 billion records that, you know, showed where we lived and the cars we owned and the assets that we have; and it did it in a way where I could make a query, if I were a cop, that had a partial license plate, a description of, you know, that I'm a white guy with -- six foot with brown hair, and a general location, and come up with everybody that fit that description within the snap of a finger.

<snip>

Now, the matrix system is one of those things that a lot of people thinks was killed because a number of states dropped out both for concerns about privacy and the intrusion, as well as the cost. But the reality is, some states are still using it, and more importantly, last summer, Hank Asher's company was bought by Lexus Nexus, this giant company that nobody thinks of really in this realm because we all use them to get newspaper clips; but in fact, Lexus Nexus is one of the main players in the war on terror, and is sharing its information under contract with the government. Now, they bought the matrix system and Hank Asher's company, Seisint for three-quarters of a billion dollars. And it's a sure thing that the matrix technology is now being used for homeland security.

<more>
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 03:57 PM
Response to Reply #21
22. thanks rman!
I'm back now...couldn't concentrate on what I was doing anyway...

I wouldn't have thought to look at the mispelling, but you're right. I even used to spell it that way.

And I've been meaning to check out that book for a while now...

if anyone's interested, please help. We don't want these people controlling the flow of information more than they already do.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 04:11 PM
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23. Wasn't Roger Stone's wife one of the owners
of Creative Response? I remember she owned a DC Company with a name like that.

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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 04:29 PM
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25. and Roger Stone is?
it is a DC company. I wish I could keep the names of these people at the top of my mind.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 04:44 PM
Response to Reply #25
27. Roger Stone is the guy that people thought gave Burkett
the forgeries, either Roger of his current wife Nadia.

Stone is also the fellow who ran the Miami Riot.

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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 05:26 PM
Response to Reply #27
30. I see that Stone Investments is a CRC client; any relation? n/t
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 05:38 PM
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31. Stone's ex owns 'Stone Group'
Edited on Fri Feb-18-05 05:38 PM by DoYouEverWonder
I don't know if Stone Financial is a subsidiary?

However, her graphics company is called Creative Marketing in Alexandria, Va.

Creative Response Concepts is in Arlington, Va and is owned by someone else. CRCs Chairman is someone named Leif Noren.

Here's some info about both companies. There might be some overlap? All I know is the Roger Stone is in here some where.



McCarty revealed during the FEC hearings that she was recruited by top Republicans on the morning after the Nov. 7 election to oversee the ballot recount in Palm Beach County. McCarty also testified that Stone called her at home between Nov. 13 and Nov. 16 and told her he was forming a committee "for the purposes of taking action against the Florida Supreme Court," and she agreed to participate, according to the Broward Daily Business Review.

"He explained to me that people were very, very upset with the way the Florida Supreme Court was conducting itself, and that in Florida we have a merit retention system," McCarty said.

But what Stone did not explain -- and still has not to this day -- is who instructed him to create the committee and who donated the $150,000.

According to press reports, committee campaign records listed the $150,000 as a "loan" from Creative Marketing in Alexandria, Va., which doesnt exist, though it does share the same mailing address as the Stone Group, a fundraising and marketing firm run by Republican activist Ann Stone, Rogers ex-wife.

Stranger still, according to the Broward Daily Business Review reporter Dan Christensen, state Administrative Law Judge Harry L. Hooper, determined that "Stone or his organization actually paid the $150,000 not to Creative Marketing but to a Virginia company called Unique Graphics and Design, which, according to Virginia state corporate records, had as its principals Ann Stone and Lora Lynn Jones. The committee subsequently paid Unique Graphics an additional $50,000 in May 2001 for purposes that remain unclear."

"Neither Hooper nor the FEC determined why the committee listed Creative Marketing rather than Unique Graphics as the recipient of the payments," Christensen wrote July 9.

http://www.buzzflash.com/analysis/03/09/15_recount.html



The Republican National Committee operates its own 24/7 anti-news network to monitor coverage and orchestrate a rapid response. Salon reports that the story casting doubt on the documents was first pushed into the news stream by Creative Response Concepts, a Republican public relations firm. Then, selected bloggers went to work led by an Atlanta lawyer who helped get President Bill Clinton disbarred and was the first who called the memos fakes. His charges spread like a prairie fire through the rabid conservative grapevine and amen corner. The goal: Focus the media on Rather, not Bush. CBS initially stood by the documents, then hedged, saying that even if they were flawed, the story that Bush had disobeyed his commander's order to have a physical was accurate in essence. But it finally had to concede it was a mistake to run the story.

http://www.indcjournal.com/archives/000991.php

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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 04:28 PM
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24. the catholic voice
http://www.yourcatholicvoice.org/index.php?id=press&pre...

Statement on Senate Passage Of Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October21,2003
BILL MAY (415) 515-9329

Ray Flynn
US President Your Catholic Voice

Your Catholic Voice President Ray Flynn:

'Today, I want to commend each and every Member of the U.S. Senate who stood by their convictions and voted, again, in defense of life. Today's Senate passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion ban now moves us one step closer to ending this gruesome, barbaric and unnecessary procedure.

'I also want to thank President Bush and other Members of Congress for their leadership and efforts in promoting a culture of life. This debate has gone on far too long and certainly begs this point. We can debate important issues such as National Security, Social Security, healthcare and taxes. But if we cannot defend life at every stage, from the moment of conception until natural death, what can we defend?'

Mr. Flynn is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. To schedule interviews with either of them contact Keith Appell (ext. 112), Sean McCabe (ext. 110) or Steve Burke (ext. 108) at (703)-683-5004.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 04:40 PM
Response to Reply #24
26. weyrich is on the advisory board of Your Catholic Voice
http://www.yourcatholicvoice.org/index.php?id=15

also Your Catholic Voice Foundation.

McCabe seems to have been replaced by another contact, a May. You guys might recognize the other names on this list.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 05:13 PM
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28. he's the contact for seethepassion.org and WIN
WIN Chastises ADL for One-Sided Panel on Mel Gibson's "Passion"

January 9, 2004

Why Does Abe Foxman Have A Personal Vendetta Against Mel Gibson?

CINCINNATI --- Women Influencing the Nation President and Founder Jennifer Giroux today chastised Anti-Defamation League Executive Director Abe Foxman for the one-sided panel discussion on Mel Gibson's forthcoming movie The Passion of the Christ at an ADL annual meeting this morning in Palm Beach, Fla.

"The ADL says it's open to interfaith dialogue, but has now shown itself to be agenda-driven with its sole purpose as maligning The Passion of the Christ and its producer Mel Gibson," Giroux said.

http://www.seethepassion.com/article.php?id=168
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 05:38 PM
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32. Paul Weyrich? If so,...he is a TOTAL NEO-NAZII!!!
That man is such scum!!! And he quite the crafty CON. I suggest you "google" "The Octopus". You'll find a piece which ties these pieces together for you.

You are seriously digging up some of the most scummy humans in this country!!!

Moreover, you are exposing an information control scam that is totally in the WRONG hands!!!
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 06:02 PM
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35. I'm all about the Octopus, baby...
...seriously, I know a bit about it. I had no idea, though, that LexisNexis was involved. That seems like a very very very bad thing to me.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 05:25 PM
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29. he was a campaign aid to Buchanan!!!
An Alexandria, Va., communications firm called Creative Response Concepts has since begun working with the group. One spokesman, Sean McCabe, was a campaign aide to conservative Pat Buchanan during his 1996 run for president.

http://www.tpj.org/page_view.jsp?pageid=678&pubid=440

(almost at the bottom)
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 05:39 PM
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34. interestingly, I've found a Sean McCabe making anti-Bush comments
on Blue Lemur in a Telluride publication. I won't post the URLs in case it's a completely different McCabe; the other stuff I've been posting is his professional work, but I find this latest twist quite intriguing.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 06:17 PM
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36. he worked on Steve Forbes' campaign in 99!
also note that Fourniers own (ack! forget which one!) one of
the companies or orgs I've looked at tonight.

Here's from a PDF:

The Associated Press State & Local Wire

March 15, 1999

HEADLINE: Forbes Declares Candidacy – On Internet

BYLINE: By Ron Fournier, AP Political Writer

DATELINE: Manchester, N.H.

BODY:

Steve Forbes will declare his presidential candidacy Tues­

day on the Internet (snip)

In the past four years, he has courted conservative leaders

who were skeptical of him in 1996. His staff is loaded with

veterans from conservative campaigns of the past, including

media strategists Greg Mueller, Keith Appell and Craig
Shirley

and press aides Juleanna Glover, K.B. Forbes and Sean 

McCabe.

Forbes’ Internet address will be: www.Forbes2000.com,

scheduled to open at 8:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday

http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:KX21wfaiq-AJ:www.legis.state.wi.us/lrb/pubs/wb/00wb1.pdf+%22Sean+McCabe%22&hl=en&lr=lang_en
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 06:24 PM
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37. Steve Burke? Surely this isn't the same as the Comcast Cable guy,
right? right? He was a honcho at Disney, a CRC client...

another little weird thing: both sean mccabe and steve burke, when googled, turn up hits as game designers and as artists. very odd.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 07:10 PM
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38. CRC and Cybercast News Service (CNS)
were behind the forgery/typewriter story. Turns out the L. Brent Bozell III is President of both CNS and Media Research Center.


Two DC firms ramp up efforts over latest presidential controversies
Written by Douglas Quenqua
Published on September 17 2004


A CRC client, the Cybercast News Service (CNS), was among the first to voice suspicion that documents suggesting Bush had received preferential treatment in the Guard were forgeries.

"After the CBS story aired, called typographical experts, got them on the record that these papers were fishy, and posted a story by 3pm Thursday," said CRC SVP Keith Appell. "We were immediately in contact with Drudge, who loved the story."

CRC worked with CNS and the Media Research Center, another media watchdog client, to push the story into the mainstream press.

"We've been communicating with bloggers and news websites to make sure they know it isn't just Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge who are raising questions," added CRC president Greg Mueller.

http://www.prweek.com/news/news_story_free.cfm?ID=22258...


Here's the staff list for CNS:

http://www.cnsnews.com/corporate/staff.asp



Headquartered in historic Alexandria, VA, across the Potomac from Washington, DC, the Cybercast News Service staff brings decades of experience to the organization.

Cybercast News Service
325 S. Patrick
Alexandria, VA 22314

By phone: 703-683-9733
Toll-Free: 877-CNS-NEWS

Learn more about our staff:

L. Brent Bozell III, President
Scott Hogenson, Executive Editor
David Thibault, Managing Editor
Eric Pairel, Webmaster

Washington News Staff:
Melanie Hunter, Deputy Managing Editor
Susan Jones, Morning Editor
Marc Morano, Senior Staff Writer
Jeff Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

Foreign Bureaus:
Julie Stahl, Jerusalem Bureau Chief
Patrick Goodenough, International Editor

Cartoonists:
Paul Nowak
Kevin Tuma
Wayne Stayskal
Jim Huber
Timothy Kelly





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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 07:43 PM
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39. whoa. and these people provide services to lexis nexis
Presumably, Lexis Nexis is well aware of CRC and their right wing bent. Scary.
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 10:46 PM
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40. Greg Mueller
I've got a bunch of notes on this guy's escapades, some of which I see have already been mentioned here, but far from all.

He was Pat Buchanan's communications director in the 1992 presidential campaign.

He did PR work for Gary Aldrich's smear-fest against Clinton ("Unlimited Access") and for its publisher, Regnery.

He was a top advisor for Steve Forbes in the 2000 campaign.

Creative Response Concepts was the PR firm for the SwiftBoaties.

It was also recently working for Viktor Yanukovych, former prime minister of Ukraine.
http://www2.pravda.com.ua/en/archive/2004/november/10/1...
http://www2.pravda.com.ua/en/archive/?31010-1-new

Mueller's connections with Brent Bozell go back at least to the World Freedom Foundation, a pro-Contra group connected to Reverend Moon which Bozell founded in 1987. According to http://rightweb.irc-online.org/groupwatch/wff.php , writing as of 1990:

Greg Mueller, director of public relations for WFF, is with the public relations firm of Keene, Shirley & Associates. Keene, Shirley is a registered agent for Jonas Savimbi of UNITA, the opposition army in Angola, and the Nicaraguan Development Council, a contra front group. He also represents the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance. Keene, Shirley was hired as the first public relations firm for the Nicaraguan American National Foundation, a pro-contra lobbying group formed by Nicaraguan exiles. Reportedly, the funds to pay the Keene, Shirley bill came from WFF and the Conservative Victory Committee. At Keene, Shirley, Mueller has also represented Christian Voice and has coordinated a conference for the AFC. Mueller worked with Bozell at the National Conservative Fdn as a research analyst for Newswatch.

Craig Shirley was the producer of the notorious Willie Horton ad in 1988 and was a publicist last fall for "Stolen Honor." In between, he, like Mueller, represented Gary Aldrich. Christian Voice and the American Freedom Coalition (AFC) were both closely connected with Reverend Moon.

Whatever the exact nature of the dirty-tricks and smear-job operation that has been going on on the right, Mueller and Creative Response Concepts are likely to be very close to the heart of it.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-18-05 11:04 PM
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42. just, whoa. thanks starroute
the thought that these people are controlling information in a much more insidious way just gives me fits. I mean, someone researching using LexisNexis trusts that source. It'd sure be easy to leave out a record here and there...
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 12:12 AM
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44. kickin' it for the night owls n/t
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 12:27 AM
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45. Okay, I think perhaps you should clue us night owls in...
What exacty is it that you've found here? I realize it's a series of connections of services and clients, but could you spell it out a bit? I'm confused. Who hires who in this scheme?

CRC seems to be quite busy, hmmm? Maybe a chart would be useful...
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 12:50 AM
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46. OK, I think this is sort of it:
The CRC and its employees are extreme wingers. They're behind the swift boat stuff. They seem to be behind the Rathergate stuff. They seem to be using bloggers as a way of marketing right wing causes. I believe that LexisNexis is a client, and I doubt that LN could NOT know who they were getting in bed with. That would seem to indicate that this widely used service--one upon which many researchers depend--is at least sympathetic to extreme RW sentiments.

When I looked at more specific releases with the CRC contacts, they seem to all be about LN products that involve deep databases (even one product that marries consumer info to GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION for more effective skip tracing...yeah, that's it... "skip tracing").

You want a Ministry of Propaganda? CRC seems to be it. And they're spreading their influence insidiously and surely. Pretty soon, I fear, the truth *won't* be out there 'cause they'll have erased it. Breaks this poor ol' conspiracy nut's heart, I tell ya!

I think that maybe maybe maybe Gannon ties in through the Rathergate thing, which other threads are looking at.

I didn't really have a "narrative" in mind.. someone on another thread just said, hey, let's look into CRC and I found this stuff. I posted as I found it, and I'm only now starting to draw conclusions. I'd certainly appreciate any other thoughts on this!
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 01:08 AM
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47. this is a bit overwhelming
and yet, very intriguing.

i hope someone stays with this and follows through on it. talk about the story of the century--or at least one of the bigger ones!
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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 10:46 AM
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49. kick
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Petrushka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 12:11 PM
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50. Check out that phone-number . . .
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 02:49 PM
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51. excellent! I would never have thought to google the phone number!
it would not suprise me in the least to find out that CRC is behind GOPUSA/Talon.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 02:56 PM
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52. CRC repped Ancore, which was SAIC
Wasn't someone writing about SAIC here just a day or two ago?


http://www.ancore.com/about.html

Ancore originally began as the Advanced Nucleonics Division of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Ancore became a privately owned company during 1997. In 2002, Ancore Corporation became a subsidiary of OSI Systems.

http://www.ancore.com/pr020308.htm

"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2002

Contact:

Kristie Meave or Elizabeth Baggett at 703-683-5004

CUSTOMS SERVICE, DOD TO TEST PFNA NEUTRON SCANNING AT US BORDER CROSSING

Neutron Scanners Can Detect All Forms of Explosives Including Components for Dirty Bombs

US Customs Service Commissioner Robert Bonner last week directed his staff to "work jointly with the Department of Defense" to stage a realistic test of Pulsed Fast Neutron Analysis (PFNA) scanning technology at a US border crossing, possibly El Paso, Texas. The commissioner described the use of Customs resources as "appropriate" and that he was "prepared to use up to $5 million from our appropriations for technology to help fund a controlled test."

The pledge by Commissioner Bonner to test the PFNA neutron scanning device at a US border crossing is significant in that now two federal agencies, the US Customs Service and the Department of Defense, have each earmarked $5 million for operational field tests of the PFNA inspection system.

When recently asked by members of Congress if Ancores technology could detect components for dirty bombs, officials enthusiastically responded by saying that Ancores neutron scanning systems can automatically detect and halt any dirty bomb threat at our borders, seaports or airports."
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 03:32 PM
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54. Bozell--->Media Resource Center----> CRC
http://www.mrc.org/press/2004/press20040721.asp

As I'm looking at all these "organizations" CRC reps, I realize what they're doing. They have some big fish clients, like Visa and Microsoft (ugh, worse than I thought), but then they've created dozens of right wing cause-oriented organizations.

I know this is how PR agencies work, since the one I work for has been advised to do the same kind of thing by experts, but we haven't done it (yet). The "organization" is pretty much bogus; you print up some letterhead, have your PR agency be the contact (since it's really the agency anyway), have a spokesperson, and bing! you've got press!

For instance, let's say your agency has a client ABC Baby Food. You create for them, then, the National Council on Pediatric Nutrition. You put out press releases under this bogus Council's letterhead, listing the agency as contact, then you arrange interviews for the Council's "founding member"--i.e., your client. Your client looks like an expert, the a special organization lends your cause an air of authority, and releases don't look like marketing materials from ABC Baby Food, even though they really are.

So far from what I'm seeing, I get the feeling that the main client for all these little orgs is CRC or MRC. My guess is that I'm going to find that CRC or MRC regularly creates "bloggers" or forums that are a similar bogus front for the agency itself. I'm already picking up that PR agencies are being advised to court bloggers...it's only a matter of time.

"Do they have big Talons?"
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 03:43 PM
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55. hmmm...wonder when this job posting went up...
http://www.cnsnews.com/corporate/jobs.asp

Internet News Leader Seeks Investigative Reporter

CNSNews.com, a division of the Media Research Center, is seeking an investigative reporter with solid contacts in the intelligence and defense establishments, a special interest in national security/terrorism/homeland security issues and good organizational and writing skills to join its dynamic team of journalists.

(CNSNews is MRC is Bozell is CRC)
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julialnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 03:49 PM
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56. kick again
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 04:35 PM
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57. Go Daddy Software?
you guys, you guys...

isn't there something about Go Daddy Software in the Gannon thing? If so, we've got a connection between him and CRC.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-05 11:17 PM
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58. With Lexis Nexus, it's never too late to change the past.
Winston Smith would be amazed.

Creative Response Concepts are the turds who helped sink Kerry the War Hero and draw heat away from Bush the Cowardly Zero. Seemingly directed by Ailes, Rove, Bozell and Norquist, these scum used the Internets and their stooges at Fox News, the Washington Times and throughout the LRWM (Lying Right Wing Media) to give credence to these Big Lies and the rest of their NAZI propaganda. Fine scum they are. They serve Pat Robertson and Rev. Moon at the expense of the United States of America.

From Salon.com:

Swift Boat flacks attack CBS

As the controversy over Bush's military record builds, a right-wing firm that works for the RNC pitches in.


EXCERPT...

Creative Response Concepts, the Arlington, Va., Republican public relations firm run by former Pat Buchanan communications director Greg Mueller, with help from former Pat Robertson communications director Mike Russell, sent out a media advisory Thursday to hawk a right-wing news dispatch: "60 Minutes' Documents on Bush Might Be Fake." Creative Response Concepts has played a crucial role in hyping the inaccurate, secondhand Swift Boat allegations, with Russell serving as the group's official spokesman. A company spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Throughout the Swift Boat smear campaign, the veterans involved asserted they had no political agenda and were unaffiliated with any political party. But Creative Response Concepts, which was obviously paid some undisclosed amount for its Swift Boat work, has many links to the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Among its clients are the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee. Its client list also includes the Christian Coalition, National Taxpayers Union, Media Research Council and Regnery Publishing. Regnery is the firm that published "Unfit for Command," the SBVT screed against Kerry's military record.

Now Creative Response is working the case against CBS's "60 Minutes" report on Bush's questionable service in the Texas Air National Guard. The program included the first-ever interview with former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes on how he secured preferential treatment for the young George Bush in entering the Texas Air National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam. It also featured never-before-seen personal memos written by one of Bush's immediate commanders at the time, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who expressed concern and frustration over Bush's refusal to obey a direct order and fulfill his military commitment.

Bartlett attacked Barnes as politically motivated, but did not challenge the veracity of his account. Conservative operatives immediately alleged that Killian's memos were forged, posting their charges on the Internet while the CBS broadcast was still in progress. They claim that the memos were faked using modern word-processing equipment, and were not produced with typewriters common from the Vietnam era.

SNIP...

In the release, Creative Response promoted a Web site called Cybercast News Service, one of several groups directed by Brent Bozell, a longtime right-wing activist who has devoted years to attacking the "liberal bias" of the mainstream press. His Media Research Center and other similar efforts have been heavily funded by conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife.

CONTINUED...

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/09/10/forgery/
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-20-05 10:43 AM
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59. Hi Octafish! thanks for the article!
I really do believe that CRC is behind Gannon and Talon (and maybe GOPUSA). I'm almost there. If Gannon is connected with Go Daddy...

the tough thing is... all these people seem to always be running in the same circles. they all know each other. they all do business with each other. they all destroy things together. they work in concert. it's so tangled up that it's hard to tease out one strand of info so that you can say YES! THIS PROVES IT!

I find it interesting that many of these folks play and/or coach lacrosse; i'd have to go back through this huge list of links that I haven't put up here because they're about people's personal lives (people who may or may not be the people under discussion here). There seem to be a lot of Catholics and Irish Catholics among them, as well, which I wouldn't have thought. i'd have thought it more likely they'd be of an evangelical protestant persuasion of one sort or another. the irish thing came up completely unexpectedly, and again, i wouldn't put the links up here. these are just a few among the many odd "coincidences" i see pop up again and again and again.

thanks, Octafish, for taking a look here.
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Hapameli Donating Member (449 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-20-05 11:53 PM
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60. 2 hits this month on that phone number from Google News
Press Release Source: Regnery Publishing, Inc.


Conservative Leads Challenge to the Supreme Court
Tuesday February 8, 5:07 am ET


WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Rush Limbaugh calls him "F. Lee Levin" and named him the legal advisor to his Excellence in Broadcasting network, the most listened to radio franchise in the country. To Sean Hannity he's "The Great One" and a frequent guest on his nationally syndicated radio show. And to thousands of New Yorkers he's the #1 rated evening drive time voice of modern conservative wisdom on WABC radio (AM). He's Mark Levin -- former chief of staff at the Justice Department during the Reagan Administration -- and he's becoming an increasingly powerful figure in the world of political and policy ideas.

Levin, 47, is the author of a new book, "Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America." (Regnery). A noted constitutional scholar, Levin's book is regarded as the guide to the imminent battle over the next Supreme Court nominee. Levin argues that America's highest court has strayed from its constitutional role, seized power from the elected branches of government, and disenfranchised millions of American voters. Several justices, he notes, abuse their power by imposing their personal policy preferences on society.

"Activist judges have taken over school systems, prisons, farm quotas and private sector hiring and firing practices," Levin said. "They have granted benefits to illegal immigrants, promoted racial discrimination in college admissions and intervened in a presidential election. Levin noted, "In the past, the Supreme Court has upheld slavery, segregation, and the wholesale internment of innocent Japanese Americans. The justices are just as imperfect as the rest of us, and the framers would never have placed so much power in the hands of so few."

Among the suggestions Levin proposes to redress judicial overreaching are amending the Constitution to include term limits for federal judges (who currently serve for life), and allowing Congress to override a Supreme Court decision with a super majority, much the same way Congress can now override a presidential veto with a two-thirds vote of the Senate and the House. <snip>


To schedule an interview with Mark Levin, please contact Mark Coyle ext. 130 or Peter Robbio ext. 116 at 703-683-5004.


http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050208/nyfnss02_1.html


And here's another abbreviation -- Christian Community Network (CCN) at 2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, which is housing this press-release from the Christian Wire Service:


Reaction Statement From MRC President Brent Bozell on Bob Schieffer Being Named to Replace Dan Rather

To: National Desk

Contact: Tim Scheiderer, of the Media Research Center, 703-683-5004, ext 126

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 2 /Christian Wire Service/ -- Naming Bob Schieffer to replace Dan Rather, even for the short term, further proves the CBS investigation into the Rathergate fiasco was a whitewash. Liberal bias prevails at CBS News, and the public will put little stock in CBSs reporting until this network removes the institutionalized bias that permeates its newsroom.

Schieffer himself is a classic example of someone in complete denial regarding liberal bias at CBS, having himself said: It's such a wacky charge. This particular charge was the exact subject of former CBS newsman Bernard Goldbergs bestselling book.

The problem starts at the top. Les Moonves can no longer swap pawns and feel that will pacify the deserved criticism. He must make bold moves and bring in people who are committed to reporting facts, not viewpoints. If CBS is claiming this is a commitment to balance, CBS is CBS-ing again.

http://www.earnedmedia.org/mrc0202.htm
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 06:35 AM
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61. kick! n/t
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 06:59 AM
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62. Please contact Eric Boehlart at Salon.com with this!
since he's already familiar with CRC, he knows exactly who they are.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 09:30 AM
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63. Do you know how? I don't have a Salon subscription. n/t
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mainer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 10:51 AM
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65. Done!
I'm a Salon subscriber -- just forwarded this thread to Boehlert.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 11:24 AM
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66. well, aren't you a sweetheart! thanks so much! n/t
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 09:49 AM
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64. people are talking about the Swifties going after new targets...
...the Swifties ARE CRC, etc. Look for Sean McCabe to pop up there, too. There's connection to the White House Correspondents Assoc., which led me, by phone number search, to the son of a FCC Chairman, a Montana college, and, in an odd twist of coincidence, to the very Bulldog of Gannon's bulldog.

CRC is probably Propagannon, too.
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chomskysright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 12:59 PM
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67. they're going after AARP using USA Next....
any info on that group and how to curtail their activities?

It looks to me that AARP needs to be warned. I am a member of AARP.

here is what I have drug up from their web site:


News & Information

AARP Distorts the Public Opinion Data on Social Security
Peter Ferrara, a senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Innovation and director of the Social Security Project for the Free Enterprise Fund, says "the public should recognize from the analysis of these polls that AARP is a liberal lobbying group, not an honest representative of seniors."


Transcript: Art Linkletter on Neil Cavuto
USA Next National Chariman Art Linkletter recently discussed AARP's liberal bias with Fox News' Neil Cavuto.


USA Next Releases National Survey on Social Security
Survey results show a majority of Americans support Personal Retirement Accounts and provides more evidence AARP manipulated their poll on Social Security.


USA Next Works for You and Your Family!
USA NEXT Works for You!
Join Now and Get Your Free Reports on Social Security and Health Care Solutions.


The Lobbying Emperor Has No Clothes
Research by USA staff reporters


AARP Against Trustees of Social Security
Researched by USA staff reporters


The High Cost of Health Regulation
BY CHRISTOPHER J. CONOVER
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New Study Finds Increased Multivitamin Use by the Elderly Could Save Medicare $1.6 Billion
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Social Security Reform Breakthrough
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Full Text of the Plan That Will Unite the Generations for America's Future
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 03:03 PM
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68. dollars to donuts CRC is behind this organization, too. I'll go check it
out and report back here in a little while.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 03:09 PM
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69. well that didn't take long (LOL)
yes, CRC is definitely behind usanext.org.

http://www.usanext.org/Press_Story.cfm?Press_Article_ID...

Scroll down and you'll see Appell and Bromberg, who are CRC reps, as the contacts. The guy most often quoted as the spokesperson for the swifties is Sean McCabe, who I've looked into, above. All of them are CRC reps.
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 03:30 PM
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70. whoa! this is becoming really interesting
I'm looking at some stuff here that really...

hmm... let's just say that I find it odd that medical equipment companies keep coming up in the context of my "investigation" (for want of a better word).
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kk897 Donating Member (829 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-05 03:47 PM
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71. can anyone remind me about O'Neil and the swifties?
I have such a terrible memory, but it could be vitally important. Also, anyone know who his wife is?
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