Edition, July 25, 2001, Page 1
GETS BIG FLA. RETIREMENT PLAN
The Florida State Board of Administration has awarded Ketchum
Inside a multimillion-dollar contract to educate the state's
600,000 public employees about new pension options.
Burson-Marsteller and Fleishman-Hillard were the other finalists
in the pitch, Peter Fleischer, director of Ketchum Inside,
told this NL. The exact budget for the program has not yet
been ironed out, he added.
Ketchum was chosen because of its "depth of experience
in human resources communications," said James Francis,
chief economist for FSBA.
He said the state went through a very "rigorous selection
process." Several dozen firms were considered, according
Ketchum will inform pension plan participants about the
introduction of a defined contribution option to the Florida
Retirement System, which ranks as the country's fourth largest
public pension system with more than $100 billion in assets.
Ketchum Inside says it focuses on workplace communication
and "change management."
McMULLEN TO JOIN BANK ONE
Melinda McMullen, VP-communications for IBM Global Services,
will join Bank One Corp. Aug. 1 as senior VP-comms. and
PA, based in Chicago. She succeeds Gerald Buldak, who retired
Reporting to chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, McMullen will
manage corporate communications, media relations, contributions
and community affairs, and the company's home page on the
She has put in stints at Ketchum, Burson-Marsteller, American
Express and Edelman PR Worldwide.
McMullen joined IBM six years ago in corporate media relations.
Patrice Tanaka & Co. is to receive $1.1 million
in fees/expenses from South Africa Tourism, according to
a revised contract the firm has just filed with the Justice
Dept. Of that amount, $620,800 are estimated fees. PT&Co.'s
contract runs through March 31, 2002. The firm's president,
John Frazier, signed the pact, which is dated June 22. PT&Co.
officially started work for South Africa on March 16...Weber
Shandwick Worldwide has picked up Cigna's $1 million
PR account in a competition that came down to about a dozen
finalists. Mike Fernandez is senior VP-PA. The former U.S.
West and Eastman Kodak executive joined Cigna more than
a year ago.
PAINE PR TUNES INTO XM SATELLITE RADIO
XM Satellite Radio, Washington, D.C., has selected Paine
PR to handle its national and regional PR efforts.
The account will be handled by Paine's Los Angeles office,
headed by Daryl McCullogh, with support provided by the
firm's New York office, headed by Paul Wood. More than 20
Chance Patterson, who is XM Radio's VP of corporate affairs,
said Paine PR brings the "powerful combination of relevant
consumer experience as agency of record for DirectTV and
has a proven track record for the kind of creativity and
innovation we need to reach our national audience."
The PR budget was described as "significant" but
was not disclosed.
XM will offer up to 100 channels of digital-quality sound
and provide coast-to-coast coverage of music, news, sports,
talk, comedy and children's programming.
It has a distribution agreement with General Motors to integrate
XM radios into GM vehicles starting this year.
New York-based Sirius Satellite Radio is XM's main competitor.
Both are public companies.
Mindy Kramer, who is director of corp. comms. for SSR, said
the firm is currently involved in a "review process,"
and should have a decision this week. She joined SSR about
18 months ago from Edelman.
HONORS WRIGHT BROTHERS FLIGHT
Carter Ryley Thomas PR has won a three-year contract to
promote the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight
at Kitty Hawk, N.C. President Mark Raper said the account
is worth $900,000.
The Centennial Flight Commission, which was established
by Congress in 1999, selected CRT following a competitive
The Richmond, Va., firm will coordinate activities in the
50 states to honor the Wright Brothers, mark milestones
in aviation history and project the future for aviation.
Major highlights are a 17-day "Inventing Flight"
celebration planned for Dayton, Ohio,-home of the Wright
Brothers-beginning July 2003, and the reenactment of their
flight in an identical replica of their plane at Kitty Hawk
on Dec. 17.
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum,
NASA and the Experimental Aircraft Assn. will have input
into the campaign.
Edition, July 25, 2001, Page 2
WORK FOR PAXIL RAISES CONCERNS
The Washington Post said Cohn & Wolfe's campaign
to heighten the awareness of social anxiety disorder, sponsored
by Glaxo SmithKline, which makes Paxil, has raised concerns
that pharmaceutical companies, traditionally in the business
of finding new drugs for existing disorders, are increasingly
in the business of seeking new disorders for existing drugs.
The paper said C&W arranged for psychiatrists and patient
advocates to appear on TV shows and in articles explaining
that the debilitating form of bashfulness was extremely
C&W's pitch to media said social anxiety was America's
third most common mental disorder with more than 10 million
sufferers and that 13% of Americans are affected by social
But the National Institute of Mental Health told the Post
that only about 3.7% of the U.S. population has social anxiety
disorder, and the American Psychiatric Assn. said rates
vary between 3% and 13%.
As a result of C&W's campaign, media accounts of social
anxiety dramatically rose. Most delivered the key message,
"Paxil is the first and only FDA-approved medication
for the treatment of social anxiety disorder," the
Blurring the line between normal personality variation and
real psychiatric conditions can trivialize serious mental
illness, some experts told Post staff writer Shankare
Vedantam, who said Glaxo Smith-Kline did not make company
officials available for comment, despite repeated requests.
The article ran in the Post's July 16 edition.
C&W emphasized in its calls to the media that it spoke
on behalf of doctors and nonprofits-not the pharmaceutical
company that was paying its bills, Vedantam wrote.
The PR firm's website, however, make's no secret of the
fact that it is in the business of marketing, not public
health, Vedantam said.
On a previous campaign to promote coverage about the 10th
anniversary of Prozac's launch in Britain, the agency said
it successfully helped drug maker Eli Lilly spin coverage
by offering journalists interviews with "independent
Key Opinion Leaders"-doctors, advocacy groups and patients
with "suitable debate."
Vedantam said C&W declined to talk about its role in
the Paxil campaign, calling the information "proprietary
LOBBIES FOR BANNED CHINESE GROUP
Golin/Harris International's MWW Group is lobbying Congress
on behalf of the Friends of Falun Gong, a group that converged
in Washington, D.C., last week to protest FFG's alleged
persecution by the Chinese Government.
MWW has been busy lining up co-sponsors of a Congressional
resolution protesting the crackdown on Falun Gong members.
These include Democrat Barney Frank and Republicans Dana
Rohrabacher, Dan Burton and Iliana Ros-Lehtinen, Bob Sommer,
executive VP at MWW, told this NL.
The firm's Washington head, Jonathan Slade, heads the account.
He is assisted by Ellona Wilner, Dana Bostic (a former aide
to Sen. Jim Jeffords) and Jon Alexander (an ex-Customs Service
Falun Gong claims more than 70 million followers. Members
want the right to practice a series of exercises, and follow
a philosophy guided by "truthfulness, compassion and
The group says more than 50,000 of its members have been
jailed and tortured in labor camps by the Chinese Government,
which dismisses Falun Gong as a cult.
Sommer said the Falun Gong began its march in New York and
had stops in Trenton and Baltimore.
MWW's sister firm, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, successfully
counseled China on its bid for the 2008 Olympic Games. FFG
has accused China of violating the Olympic charter due to
its brutal crackdown of Falun Gong members.
NETWORK ADDS THREE UNITS
The Titan Network has expanded its business model beyond
PR with the launch of three units for consulting, communications
"We don't consider ourselves just a PR firm any more,"
Tony DeMartino, co-founder and CEO of the Atlanta-based
firm, told this NL. "We are a new type of firm that
brings marketing services to the table under one roof."
DeMartino has tapped Scott Marticke, head of Young &
Rubicam/Atlanta, as managing director of the Titan Advertising
Marticke said TTN is concerned with finding the correct
mix of marketing disciplines.
Carl Mittelstadt, president of the World Trade Club in Atlanta,
will serve on the "front lines" of TTN's consulting
unit, DeMartino said, with the unofficial title of "CEO
who helps other CEOs."
TTN has also added Geri Wolff, VP of marketing for Carnival
Cruise Lines, to conduct market research, sales training
and brand strategy for the firm.
TTN's capabilities also include business diagnostics and
venture finance consulting.
BALL RELOCATES TO N.Y.
The International Hairdresser's Ball, an annual trade event
for the hair care, fashion and cosmetics industries, will
relocate to New York this year and be expanded from a trade
show into a public event for consumers, its founder, Michael
The IHB will be at the Puck Building Nov. 7, and will feature
hair care, fashion and cosmetics pros, along with manufacturers
This year's event will include the addition of an awards
show for hair care, cosmetics and fashion in music, TV,
advertising, magazine and photography.
The Ledlie Group, Atlanta, handles PR for the IHB. Info
also available at www.hairdressersball.com.
Edition, July 25, 2001, Page 3
SPOKESMAN GIVES PR TIPS
Polk Laffoon IV, who is VP-corporate relations for Knight-Ridder,
the second largest newspaper group, told the company's top
executives, publishers and editors in a memo that reporters
who want to do a story on the company "virtually always
have an agenda."
Laffoon said because that agenda is not often "friendly,"
they must "muster whatever facts and figures we can
to refute or blunt it."
He cites a June 18 article in The Wall Street Journal
by Patricia Callahan
to prove his point.
Laffoon said the Journal's front page article was "nobody's
idea of a helpful piece. But it was not nearly as strong
as [Callahan] would have liked mostly because we threw so
much contrary information at her."
If throwing information is not always the best course of
action, Laffoon advises saying nothing at all. "There
is nothing the matter with saying `no comment'-often it
makes good sense."
If a reporter already has confidential company information
from a source on the inside, Laffoon says you may have to
confirm/deny/set the record straight.
But generally, Laffoon tries "not to be intimidated,
and to remember that what is our business is just that."
Laffoon also warns of the danger of being taken out of context.
"Anything I say-any single sentence -can be used in
isolation so I have to think: How will this sound standing
on its own? If it isn't going to sound good, best not to
He said "throw-away remarks can easily become front
and center to the finished piece. When you talk to a reporter,
you watch what you say, then think you've got it wrapped
up and then-official business seemingly over-you let your
guard down. He sounds like your new best friend, so you
tell him something informally and...bingo! It's the lead."
When discussing company business, Laffoon believes it's
good sense to understand your own motives as well as the
reporters', even when talking off the record or on background.
"You still have to think: What am I trying to accomplish?"
he said. "Because if you impart something that isn't
ultimately flattering to what we're all about, and the reporter
uses it as a springboard to get someone else to say it,
what has been gained?"
CHANGES PAID CIRCULATION RULES
The Audit Bureau of Circulations has changed its paid circulation
rules for magazines and newspapers.
The board's 34 members, which include publishers of magazines
and newspapers and advertisers, approved the abolishment
of the "50%" rule, which stated that no copy could
be counted as paid circulation that was sold at less than
half the basic price.
Now, copies sold at any price can be counted as paid circulation.
The ABC board also passed guidelines defining electronic
sales of newspapers, allowing publishers to create and sell
new, electronic editions of their publications and still
have them count as paid circulation.
BOOK FINDS FEWER DAILIES
The number of U.S. dailies has dropped to 1,480, according
to the new 2001 Editor & Publisher International
The number of daily papers is the lowest reported in any
of the previous 81 annual editions of the Year Book.
E&P said the number of morning dailies increased to
766, while evening papers decreased to 727 for the 12 months
ended Feb. 1.
The Year Book also noted 14 dailies started Sunday editions
in the year ended Feb. 1, raising the number of Sunday papers
to 917, the most since E&P began charting this data
Overall Sunday circulation dropped to 59,420,999 in the
past year, and daily circulation fell to 55,772,847, said
E&P, which uses audited and unaudited figures supplied
The Wall Street Journal was the top circulation daily
with 1,762,751 copies sold. USA Today, which sold
1,692,666 copies, was in second place.
Rounding out the top 10 daily circulation papers were: The
New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post,
New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Newsday (Melville,
N.Y.), Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News.
The New York Times has the top selling Sunday edition with
1,682,208 copies sold.
ASSIGNS CELEBS TO TAKE PHOTOS
Entertainment Weekly will publish another photo issue
this fall, featuring photos shot by celebrities.
Peter Bonventre, executive editor of EW, has recruited 20
actors to snap their own self-portraits and to take pictures
on the sets of their films, TV shows and plays.
The celebrity snapshots will be laid out on about 10 pages
of the planned 60-page special section, which also will
include pictures from EW photo shoots and previously unpublished
pictures from the Academy Awards and movie premieres.
The section, which will run in the Oct. 5 issue, could become
an annual edition.
ESSENCE NAMES NEW EDITOR
Diane Weathers was named editor-in-chief of Essence
July 17, she succeeded Monique Greenwood, who left to devote
her full attention to her family and her businesses.
Weathers was previously senior editor, news features at
Redbook magazine and formerly associate editor of
Consumer Reports. She also was articles editor of
Essence for five years.
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Edition, July 25, 2001, Page 4
MAGAZINE IS A TRENDSETTER
InStyle, a monthly magazine, has redefined what's
in by pinning together pop cultures and the latest trends,
according to The Los Angeles Times.
Marisa Fox, who wrote the article that ran in the July 13
edition of the LA Times, said Martha Nelson, who
launched InStyle in 1994, is "sitting pretty as managing
editor," attracting both readers and advertisers.
Currently, 1.58 million readers, mostly women, buy InStyle
every month, and it will exceed Vogue in ad pages
and revenues for the first time, according to Publishers
Fox points out other fashion magazines have started imitating
InStyle's winning formula of filtering fashion through
the lens of pop culture rather than high society and avant-garde,
"It has made the once sacred world of fashion accessible
by granting readers a front row view of the red carpet,
VIP passes to exclusive parties, pages upon pages of clothing
to suit any body type and the keys into the homes and closets
of favorite TV, film and pop stars," writes Fox, who
notes InStyle was the first magazine to run full-length
party pictures of celebrities and pioneered catalog-like
InStyle's influence even extends to similar celebrity
and product layouts in magazines as disparate as Rolling
Stone, Child and Town and Country, said Fox.
"Gone are the days of Diana Vreeland, the late Vogue
editor, known for issuing style dictums, of fashion catering
only to socialites, of ateliers and obligatory linings,"
"This is the era of cheap chic at Target and fashion
becoming entertainment thanks to TV shows such as E's `Fashion
Emergency' and cultural happenings like the popular Jackie
Kennedy exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,"
Publicists also love the "frothy paean to fame and
fashion and readily grant exclusive interviews."
Cindy Guagenti, a publicist at Baker, Winokur, Ryder in
Los Angeles, likes InStyle because "they don't
have an agenda, they're not mean-spirited. You don't have
to worry about anything."
Fox said detractors, however, claim InStyle "shamelessly
panders to celebrities and has created a climate where celebrities
and their agents set the tone and the parameters of the
cover, select photographers and even veto writers who are
deemed too critical."
Nelson defends the soft editorial tone. "If someone
has broken up or has been in the news, their trials have
been well documented by everyone else, from the tabloids
to TV to the newsweeklies," Nelson said. "We're
a monthly and that's not what we're about. I want to see
pages that are beautiful, useful and fun. We're a fashion,
service, and lifestyle magazine. So if you have a drug habit,
then we probably don't want you in InStyle."
READERS SUGGEST PR IDEAS
Washington Post columnist Bob Levey, who recently
asked in his column for PR ideas to help improve the New
Jersey Turnpike's image, said "readers came through
by the bushel."
A couple of months back, Levey said the superhighway, which
is celebrating its 50th birthday, has "PR problems
that it has never even dented, much less resolved. The NJT
has been mocked and insulted to a fare-thee-well. In its
next 50 years of life, it needs to fight back," said
"So from the land where spin was invented, I invite
Washingtonians to help retool the NJT's image," said
Levey, who ran some of the ideas in his July 4 column, including
one by Burke Stinson, a former PR pro for AT&T, who
now teaches at Rutgers Univ.
Stinson said "The Sopranos" is only the latest
sign that New Jersey has "in-your-face pride"
over its mobster reputation.
"How about signs for 'rumored burial sites of James
Hoffa' and the place where a minor character in `The Godfather'
was shot?," Stinson suggested.
Another New Jerseyan, Sherrie Smith, said the NJT should
promote the grungy cities it passes. Motorists will "decide
that they could never live in such an area, which is exactly
how we like it," she told Levey.
NAMED EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR
Paul Gigot, 46, will succeed Robert Bartley as editorial
page editor of The Wall Street Journal.
Gigot, who will stop writing his "Potomac Watch"
column, will move from Washington, D.C., to New York to
become the first new editorial page editor in more than
Daniel Henninger will remain as deputy editorial page editor,
and Bartley will continue the column "Thinking Things
Gigot will also oversee OpinionJournal.com.
Juan Morales, former executive editor at E!Online,
was named editorial director of Movieline, the monthly
magazine, replacing Virginia Campbell, who resigned after
12 years in the position.
Christie Haubegger has resigned from Latina magazine,
which she started five years ago.
Baker was named editor of Dig, replacing Stephen
Hanks, who started the archeology magazine for children
for the Archeology Institute of America, which recently
sold it to Cobblestone Publications.
James Warren, who has been the Chicago Tribune's
Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the past seven years,
was named deputy managing editor/features, and George
de Lama, associate managing editor/foreign and national
news, was promoted to deputy managing editor/news.
Edition, July 25, 2001, Page 7
HANDLES ARTIFICIAL HEART
Brodeur Worldwide is helping Abiomed deal with the firestorm
of media attention following the successful implantation
of its self-contained artificial heart in an unidentified
patient in Louisville's Jewish Hospital.
The PR firm, according to staffer Lori McKenna, also has
fended off criticism that it is trying to restrict the news
The New York Times made that charge in a July 13
piece called "Artificial Heart Maker Restricts News
of Patient's Condition."
"Abiomed has forbidden the surgeons who implanted the
device to talk about the patient's condition, citing a need
for privacy," wrote Lawrence Altman.
Altman said calls to JH were referred to Abiomed.
He wrote that JH's reticence to discuss the procedure was
"surprising" since it has "aggressively sought
publicity for the artificial heart implant and an earlier
advance, the first hand transplant.
Wanted to Avoid Hype
Abiomed, on its website, posted a response to the Times
The company's goal is to "protect the privacy and confidentiality
of patients and their families, to insulate clinicians and
Abiomed technical support from unnecessary distractions
with an anticipated high level of media attention."
The Danvers, Mass.-based company said it has received "overwhelmingly"
positive reviews for its media relations game plan.
"Abiomed and the hospital have received a great deal
of laudatory commentary for our restraint and for our avoidance
of hype," said its statement prepared with Brodeur.
While Abiomed and the hospital are willing to release "clinically
significant information," the overall policy effort
has been to "avoid the kind of speculative frenzy that
can be associated with the frequent release of details of
The company regrets that the "New York Times
and others have suggested motives behind our communications
policies without ever discussing their views with Abiomed."
JH officials held a press conference on July 16 and released
a picture of the "heart at work," which the Times
put on its front page.
They said the hospital and Abiomed are paying the cost for
Felicia Vonella, the former VP-IR for TheStreet. com, is
now Ogilvy PR Worldwide's senior VP-IR.
"I tried out a corporate job, but decided I wanted
to return to a PR firm," Vonella told this NL. She
selected Ogilvy because it is a "big agency" and
"truly has an integrated" IR practice.
The 14-year financial communications veteran made her mark
at Dewe Rogerson. She joined DR in 1987, and rose to the
director of global IR before leaving in 1999.
HILL & KNOWLTON
The Reston, Va.-based wireless and satellite e-mail provider
Motient has awarded a six-figure PR account to Hill and
Knowlton's Washington, D.C.-based technology practice after
narrowing a field of nine firms down to three.
H&K will handle corporate positioning, branding, media
relations, trade show support and PR as Motient prepares
to launch a wireless PDA device in September, Jennifer Grace,
senior managing director in the firm's tech practice, told
Alisa Fogelman-Beyer, senior managing director and tech
practice leader, heads the account. Robin Baker, managing
director, and Jennifer Shields, A/S, along with Grace, will
also work with Motient.
Grace said the original field of nine firms was narrowed
to five, and then to three. She said H&K won after a
second meeting and pitch with Motient executives.
Motient claims 250,000 users of its services and announced
last week total revenue of $23.7 million in the second quarter.
SLURS IN BROCHURE CAUSE PR FLAP
The official "Welcome America" brochure, which
was produced by the Weightman Group to promote Philadelphia,
contained several racial slurs that were hidden in a word
Area media seized the situation, publishing major-length
news stories about the offensive puzzle, which appeared
in about 450,000 brochures, at a cost to the city approaching
The puzzle asked readers to find 11 words associated with
America's Birthday. Letters could also be found to spell
out "niggah," "jap," "yid"
Dava Geurin, a spokesperson for the agency, called the negative
slang words, "a completely honest mistake."
A. Bruce Crawley, who is president of Crawley Haskins &
Rodgers PR and chairman of the Philadelphia Convention and
Visitors Bureau, as well as a member of the Welcome America
executive committee, said Weightman will be "very much
accountable to ensure that nothing like this was done intentionally."
Crawley is African-American.
RF PICKS UP BODY SHOP
The Body Shop has picked Ruder Finn to promote the company's
U.S. store expansion.
RF will handle several events and local PR campaigns aimed
at increasing awareness and attracting traffic to Body Shop's
The account team will be led by David Herrick, VP of RF's
San Francisco consumer practice, and managed by Deana Lee,
Chad Little, PR manager for The Body Shop, said it was a
"natural choice to select" RF because it was impressed
by the firm's creative strategy, quality of work and enthusiasm
for previous projects.
RF has previously helped launch several of the Body Shop's
Edition, July 25, 2001, Page 8
Electric CEO Jack Welch's reputation as "America's
most admired executive" is assured despite the
collapse of GE's $39 billion acquisition of Honeywell.
An informal poll of visitors to the "O'Dwyer PR Daily"
website shows that Welch doesn't have to worry about Honeywell.
Only 44 the 111 respondents felt that his image would be
tarnished because of Honeywell.
So what is Welch, who steps down in September, supposed
to do in the meantime? What can he do to add to his golden
legacy? How about cleaning up GE's PCBs that are laying
under the Hudson River?
That is something Welch has adamantly opposed. GE, however,
would get such a PA boost if Welch switched course and said:
"GE wants to be the country's No. 1 environmental citizen.
We will dredge the Hudson River."
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to dredge 100,000
pounds of PCBs along a 40-mile stretch of the river. It
wants GE to foot the estimated $500 million bill. It planned
to make a final ruling on the matter next month, but now
says it may push off that decision until September.
GE contends the PCBs are best left buried in the bottom
of the river.
Welch rightly says GE did nothing wrong in disposing more
than one billion pounds of PCBs into the river from 1947
At GE's April 25 annual meeting, Welch ripped into the EPA's
plan as a "Clinton/Browner proposal to undertake the
largest and most environmentally destructive environmental
dredging project in history."
Dredging would wind up destroying the river in an attempt
to save it, he said.
Welch said the EPA's plan was an example of a "political
agenda defeating sound science."
Welch said the company had to create an advertising campaign
to "give voice to the anti-dredging point of view,
and to put some facts on the table for fair discussion and
also is backing hudsonvoice.com to showcase the amount of
support it has for leaving the Hudson. It claims that 60
river communities oppose dredging, and that the EPA has
received more than 50,000 postcards, e-mails and telegrams
against its plan.
But GE's claim that Democrats in Washington wanted to punish
GE doesn't hold much water these days. Current EPA Administrator
Christine Todd Whitman supported dredging when she was Republican
Governor of New Jersey.
York Republican Governor George Pataki wants the river dredged.
Acting New Jersey Republican Governor Donald DiFrancesco
It was okay to dump PCBs into the Hudson 40 years ago, but
times have changed. People are more environmentally attuned
General Electric's op-ed ad that ran in the New York
Times says the company has already spent $200 million
to clean the Upper Hudson River, and will spend whatever
it takes to finish the job.
GE has every right to voice its opinion, but it is starting
to sound like a broken record. The forces are lined up in
favor of dredging.
The timing is perfect for GE to support dredging. That would
allow Welch to go out on even a higher note to pitch his
Incoming CEO Jeffrey Immelt can start with a clean slate.
Most importantly, GE loses its reputation as a corporate
polluter of the Hudson, and becomes an environmental superstar
by cleaning up its own mess.
Marina Ein has the toughest crisis job in the U.S.,
which is defending Rep. Gary Condit in the Chandra Levy
story. Her headaches are compounded by the decision of Condit's
lawyer to muzzle the Congressman. The only images of Condit
shown on TV and in the press are pictures of him holding
his jacket while running from one meeting to another. That's
in sharp contrast to images of the Washington police searching
various locales for the missing intern. The Levy family,
which has skillfully presented its case in the press, has
added more PR firepower to its team. Washington, D.C., counselor
Judy Smith, of Monica Lewinsky fame, is now working with
the Porter Novelli team for the Levys.
"A Manager's Guide to Privacy Issues" is
a publication just put out by GCI Group. Privacy could very
well be the civil rights concern of this decade, according
to Hubert H. Humphrey III, a senior VP at GCI. Humphrey
was Minnesota's Attorney General from 1982-1998, and chaired
the Internet Task Force of the National Assn. of Attorneys
"Godforsaken" describes the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge, according to an op-ed piece by Jonah
Goldberg in the indispensable Washington Times. Just
back from a trip to the ANWR, he refutes arguments made
by environmentalists that President Bush's plan to drill
there would despoil one of the most beautiful places on
Earth. Goldberg said the caribou would probably support
drilling because it would provide them shelter from the
trillions of mosquitoes and parasitic warble flies that
make life a living hell for the animals. He raps drilling
opponents who succeed by appealing to the imaginations of
guilty liberal environmentalists.