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[News] Dr. Evil Richard Berman Caught AstroTurfing Again (for People's Death)

  • Subject: [News] Dr. Evil Richard Berman Caught AstroTurfing Again (for People's Death)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:34:29 +0100
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Dr. Evil's Payday

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| Who pulled off this publicity stunt? Credit Richard 
| Berman, one of Washington's most notorious PR operatives, 
| whose exploits Mother Jones and others have been 
| chronicling for years. Nicknamed Dr. Evilâa moniker he 
| embracesâhe's the force behind several industry-backed 
| nonprofits that share staff and office space with his very 
| for-profit communications and advertising firm, Berman and 
| Company. The firm promises clients it will not "just 
| change the debate" but "start" one, and a range of 
| companies, from Anheuser-Busch to Philip Morris to the 
| casino chain Harrah's, have signed up for Berman's 
| "aggressive" and "hard-hitting" advocacy. Some clients pay 
| Berman and Co. directly, while others donate to his 
| nonprofitsâbut much of the cash winds up in the same 
| place, via hefty management fees the front groups pay to 
| Berman's company.


HHS Investigates Medicare Providers' Massive Misinformation Campaign

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| Today, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department took 
| its first steps toward cracking down on misinformation 
| disseminated by Medicare providers.
| During the recent health care reform hullabaloo, "Keep 
| Government Out of Medicare" became a rallying call for 
| some and a joke for others. As it became clear that 
| tens of thousands of senior citizens across the country 
| held irrational beliefs about the government's role in 
| their health care, we asked, where is all the 
| misinformation coming from? The answer: Medicare 
| Advantage providers have been deliberately misinforming 
| Medicare recipients about health insurance reform. 



Wendell Potter: How Corporate PR Works to Kill Health Care Reform

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| It is easy to think of efforts to influence lawmakers as the
| exclusive domain of K Street lobbyists. Much has been said
| and written about the millions of dollars the special
| interests are spending on lobbying activities and the
| hundreds of lobbyists who are at work as we speak trying to
| shape health care reform legislation. Very little by
| comparison has been written about the millions of dollars
| that special interests are spending on PR activities to
| accomplish the same goal and that are vital to successful
| lobbying efforts.


Size Matters, Reality Doesn't

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| After some conservative bloggers wrote that they believe
| allies' guesstimates over official reports, CJR asked
| whether "the point of the whole exercise on Saturday was
| not, apparently, to gather a crowd in the numeric sense" but
| "to gather a crowd in the symbolic sense."


P.S. to the Tea Party Express

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| Blogger Lindsay Beyerstein reports that BusBank, "one of the
| featured corporate sponsors of the Tea Party Express had to
| pay millions of dollars to settle lawsuits for its role in a
| bus fire that killed 23 elderly nursing home residents
| fleeing Hurricane Rita in 2005."


Revolving door for health care aides

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| Some of the most influential aides in the closed-door Senate
| Finance Committee negotiations over health care reform have
| ties to interests that would be directly affected by the
| legislation.


Wendell Potter: Public Option Essential, Baucus Plan An "Absolute Gift" To Health Insurance Industry (VIDEO)

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| 'Contrary to the misinformation being disseminated by the
| health insurance industry and its allies, the public
| insurance option would not have a competitive advantage over
| private plans," Potter told the committee. "It would have to
| meet the same benefit requirements and comply with the same
| insurance market reforms as private plans. "


Obama speech disrupter a health industry darling

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| At that point the president was interrupted by Rep. Addison Graves âJoeâ
| Wilson (right), a Republican from South Carolina.
| âYou lie!â Wilson shouted from the crowd.
| Obama paused for a moment before continuing his address as Wilsonâs
| colleagues looked on in shock following the breach of protocol.
| Whether because of his outspokenness or in spite of it, Wilson is a
| major recipient of contributions from the health care industry.

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