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WOLFF RESIGNS KEY G/HI-NY
Wolff, who held the positions of managing director/New York,
regional managing director/ Northeast, and worldwide director
of the financial unit at Golin/Harris International, has
resigned after five and a half years effective Sept. 30.
The firm said it has initiated a search for a replacement.
time is right for me to seek new challenges," he said
in a statement.
joined G/HI as head of its New York office in mid-1997 after
13 years at Kekst & Co. During his term there, G/HI
handled M&A deals for CSX-Conrail; Chrysler-Daimler;
Dominion Resources-Columbia Gas; Tyson-Smithfield, and EDC-AES.
dePinies, managing director of G/HI's Madrid office and
the firm's chief economist, assumes the worldwide director
post for financial communications and investor relations.
Shep Doniger moves up from deputy managing director to acting
NAB SET TO AWARD $250K RADIO
National Assn. of Broadcasters is on the verge of selecting
a PR firm to handle a $250K image and media relations account
for AM/FM radio, Stacy Perrus, media relations manager at
the NAB, told this NL.
group wants to counter the threat posed by satellite and
defend against criticisms from Congress and the public that
AM/FM programming has become homogenous because of the consolidation
wave that has swept the business.
Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) introduced a bill in June aimed
at backing small and independent radio stations by prohibiting
"anti-competitive practices" in the industry.
firm selected will present a "positive" image
and provide "rapid response" to critics.
EX-CASSIDY COO JOINS BKSH
Oglesby, chief of staff to U.S. Trade Representative Robert
Zoellick, has joined Burson-Marsteller's PA/lobbying shop
BKSH & Assocs. in Washington, D.C., as vice chairman.
59, a former deputy chief of staff and assistant to President
Ronald Reagan on legislative affairs, is charged with expanding
BKSH's international PA reach in Brussels, Berlin and London.
The former Cassidy & Assocs. COO also lobbied for R.J.
Reynolds as a senior VP at R.J. Nabisco and served as president
of the Assn. of American Railroads.
EDELMAN HANDLES 'INSENSITIVE'
PR Worldwide is handling PR for Carr Futures, which lost
69 staffers in the terror attack on the World Trade Center,
and has been charged with being insensitive to the needs
of victims' family members. Fifty of them have formed an
emotional support group to help cope with dealing with CF,
according to a story in the Sept. 16 Wall Street Journal.
reported that eight death benefit beneficiaries received
letters from CF's insurer, CNA Insurance, to inform them
that they received excess benefits, and must return the
overpayment in the self-addressed stamped envelope.
also was criticized for a "Dear Family Member"
form letter that it sent immediately following the attack
and measly financial arrangements to compensate victims'
families, compared to sums paid by other WTC companies such
as Cantor Fitzgerald, AON Corp. and Sandler O'Neill &
Rafkin-Sax, senior managing director at Edelman Financial,
said form letters were the quickest way to contact CF families.
She defended CF's payments as comparable to what other WTC-impacted
companies paid to families of killed workers.
Edelman provided PR for Cantor Fitzgerald, which also was
criticized by family members in the immediate days following
the attacks, but has since made amends. Rafkin-Sax said
her firm was also picked for its financial expertise, and
sees an opportunity to work for CF's parent, Credit Agricole
D.C. PLANS RFP TO GAUGE PROMO
Washington D.C. Convention & Tourism Corp. is expected
to issue an RFP worth $200K during the next few weeks to
gauge the effectiveness of its communications effort.
Hanbury, who heads the travel promotion group, wants to
analyze the perceptions that visitors have of the nation's
capital, and evaluate the city's "American Experience"
number of domestic visitors to Washington rose slightly
last year, after being severely impacted by the Sept. 11
attack on the Pentagon. The number of domestic visitors
rose 2.8 percent from the 2000 period. Average trip expenditure
per-household slipped to $467 from $480. The number of business
travelers dropped by more than a third following the Pentagon
York, Pennsylvania and Virginia contributed the bulk of
leisure travelers to D.C.
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DOBROW SETTLES WITH SEC
Larry Dobrow, Ruder Finn
editorial director and former PR Week news editor,
has settled insider trading allegations lodged by the Securities
& Exchange Commission against him and his father. The
securities watchdog contends that 31-year-old Dobrow passed
"material, nonpublic information" about an impending
takeover of H.D. Vest by Wells Fargo to his father while
he worked at Ogilvy PR Worldwide.
The complaint charges
that Harvey Dobrow, a 60-year-old doctor, purchased 2,000
shares of Vest after Larry "tipped him that Wells Fargo
was going to acquire" the Ogilvy client. He paid $6-$7
a share for Vest stock on March 22, 2001 for a total outlay
A press release issued
the next day announcing the takeover sent Vest stock up
"$13.38 to $20.38, earning Harvey Dobrow an illegal
potential profit of $27,436 on his 2,000 shares," charges
The SEC complaint alleges
that from Dec. 2000 until April 2001, "Lawrence Dobrow
was an H.D. Vest 'temporary insider' due to this work as
an account director in the New York office of Ogilvy Public
Relations Worldwide." As part of the "Ogilvy team
that managed public and investor relations in connection
with the sale of H.D. Vest to Wells Fargo, Lawrence Dobrow
passed insider information about the takeover to Harvey
Dobrow on or before March 22, 2001 while that information
was still confidential," the Feds charge.
The SEC, on Sept. 18,
issued a litigation release. It said: "The Dobrows,
without admitting or denying the Commission's allegations,
have consented to the relief sought in the Commission complaint."
Harvey, in his consent, "agreed to disgorge $27,436
illegal profits plus $2,265 prejudgment interest, and to
pay an additional $34,295 civil penalty, an amount equal
to 1.25 times his illegal profits," according to the
Larry "has consented
to pay a $34,295 civil penalty for his role in tipping his
father about the impending takeover. The Dobrows have also
consented to the entry of permanent injunctions from future
violations of the Section 10 (b) of the Exchange Act and
Rule 10b-5," said the SEC.
Larry Dobrow has not returned
calls for comment.
KENYA GIVES BING $600K TRADE
Kenya has awarded Eric
Bing & Co. a $600,000 economic development and public
The Austin, Tex.-based firm is to identify opportunities
for Kenya under the African Growth and Opportunities Act,
organize a trade mission to the U.S. for Kenyan officials,
and court U.S. foreign aid.
Eric Bing is to coordinate
his efforts with various branches of Kenya's government.
He reports to Margaret Chemengich, the country's Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Presidential elections to succeed Daniel arap Moi, 77, are
to be held by the end of the year.
U.S. PROPAGANDA NEEDS MORE
America's propaganda effort
requires more dollars and creative input from PR firms,
ad agencies and Hollywood to restore the "edge"
that it lost with the end of the Cold War, according to
a report issued by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public
Congress also must be
further integrated in public diplomacy, a term described
as doing PR aimed at foreign audiences by Charles Dolan,
vice chairman of the Commission and Ketchum senior VP.
The Commission released
its report on Sept. 18 during a State Dept. conference.
The session was attended by reporters from this NL, Al Jazeera
TV, Variety, Christian Science Monitor, Associated
Press and the Hollywood Reporter.
The document calls for
"realistic and tangible" approaches to make America's
It stresses the need to
take into account the rise of the Internet and the 24-hour
news cycle. Those developments mean the State Dept. must
broaden its traditional outreach to foreign government officials,
journalists and thought-leaders to include the general public.
The Commission noted that
the State Dept. spends $1 billion annually on its information
and exchange programs.
Chairman Harold Pachios
pointed out that the State Dept. earmarked $5 million last
year for polls to determine foreign attitudes and interests
worldwide. That is half of what New York City's Mayor Bloomberg
spent in his campaign run.
The Commission wants President
Bush to issue a directive stating that public diplomacy
is a strategic component of American foreign policy and
that significant reform is needed.
Another goal is closer
coordination between the White House Office of Global Communications
and Charlotte Beers, the State Dept.'s Under Secretary for
Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
MERRITT GOES TO PhRMA'S AID
Mark Merritt joins the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers
of America on Oct. 7, and will help spearhead its campaign
to deflect criticism against high drug prices and thwart
any Congressional move to slap any controls on prescription
drugs. He is to head PhRMA's just-created Strategic Communications
and PA division.
Merritt was chief strategist at the American Association
of Health Plans, which represents the managed care industry.
His role is to pitch PhRMA's line that prescription drugs
keep people out of costly hospitals and nursing homes. It
also maintains that drug costs account for only nine cents
of the nation's healthcare dollar.
Korn/Ferry International conducted the PhRMA search. Nels
Olson, in the recruiter's Washington, D.C., office, handled
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PLAYBOY AS TOP EDITOR
41, is leaving Maxim magazine to join Playboy as
editorial director, the most senior editorial position.
He will succeed
Arthur Kretchmer, who is retiring after publication of the
50th anniversary issue of Playboy (Jan. 2004).
who will join Playboy on Oct. 7, will be based in
New York. Kretchmer is in Chicago.
FRANTZ IS INVESTIGATIONS EDITOR
Douglas Frantz, 52, was named investigations editor of
The New York Times. He has been the paper's Istanbul
correspondent since 2000, and will be in charge of a separate
Frantz joined the Times in 1994 after working as
a Washington, D.C., investigative reporter for The Los
was named news director of WNBC-TV (Ch. 4) in New York.
editorial page editor of The Springfield (Mo.) News-Ledger,
was sworn in as president of the Society of Professional
Journalists Sept. 14 during the group's annual convention.
who had been editor-in-chief of Worth magazine, has
joined Boston-based Inc. magazine as editor, replacing
who left to start his own consulting business.
22, has joined Automotive News, Detroit, as a reporter.
an assistant editor at Broadcasting & Cable in
Washington, D.C., has become the magazine's Los Angeles
bureau chief. 323/549-4111.
55, a syndicated columnist with The Chicago Tribune,
was forced to resign after admitting he engaged in inappropriate
sexual conduct more than a decade ago with a high school
student in her late teens.
a reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau of The Associated
Press, was dismissed after the news agency could not confirm
the existence of people quoted by name in several of his
has resigned as editor of The Denver Post. His last
day on the job is Sept. 27.
former executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer,
was named managing editor of The San Francisco Chronicle.
who is losing her anchor chair on "The Early Show,"
will remain with CBS News as a correspondent for the Eye
on America segment for "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather."
was recently named online editorial director of seventeen.com,
which is Seventeen magazine's web counterpart.
Bettie (Alex) Gant,
46, building editor of This Old House magazine, died
71, editor of Far Eastern Economic Review for 25
years, died Sept. 15.
currently managing editor, was promoted to editor of The
Atlantic Monthly, replacing Michael
Kelly, who becomes editor at large beginning with
the November issue.
CNN has opened
its new street-level newsroom on Sixth ave. on the southwest
corner of 51st street, in New York. The studio, which has
a large picture window, is the new home of "American
Morning," which Paula Zahn hosts for three hours every
weekday morning starting at 7 a.m.
The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, a weekly package of original articles and
information focused on personal finance and careers, has
been picked up by an additional 12 newspapers with combined
circulation of 1.2 million.
The papers include The San Diego Union-Tribune,
seven papers from the Los Angeles Newspaper Group and The
Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.
With these additions, a total of 74 papers with combined
circulation of 10.8 million are now carrying the branded
pages in their Sunday editions.
Lou Dobbs' syndicated
column on money and politics will run in U.S.
News & World Report.
WSBK-TV (Ch. 38)
in Boston started a one-hour 7 a.m. newscast on Sept. 16
to compete against the network morning shows "Today,"
"Good Morning America," and "The Early Show."
Heeb, a Jewish
humor magazine started 18 months ago with seed money
from filmmaker Steven Spielberg, is going quarterly.
News Syndicate, a monthly column reaching more than
12 million readers nationwide, has moved its headquarters.
The new address is ENS, PO Box 276, Murray Hill Station,
New York, NY 10156. 212/679-9968; fax: 679-9969. Lee Canaan
Wall Street Journal Online, published by Dow Jones,
is moving its editorial staffers to 100 6th ave. in New
York. Staffers were forced to evacuate its former World
Financial Center offices after the terrorist attacks last
September, moving into temporary offices in South Brunswick,
N.J. Neil Budde is editor-in-chief of Online Journal, and
Bill Grueskin is managing editor. 212/965-4150.
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TETZELI TO ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Rick Tetzeli, deputy managing editor of Fortune,
was named managing editor of Entertainment Weekly.
He succeeds Jim Seymore, who becomes editor-at-large at
Peter Bonventre, executive editor at EW, was promoted to
editorial director of the magazine.
Tetzeli, 41, joined Fortune in 1990. He became an
associate editor in 1993. In 1996, he became primarily responsible
for Fortune's technology coverage during the Internet
boom and bust.
He was promoted to deputy mng. editor in 2001.
ROSIE MAGAZINE MAY SHUT DOWN
Rosie magazine's last issue, as it stands now, will
be published in December.
The magazine, which was started last April as a remake
of McCall's, is a joint venture between Rosie O'Donnell,
a former TV talk show host, and Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing.
O'Donnell has been fighting with G+J over who has editorial
control of the magazine. The feud began this summer with
the appointment of a new editor and the ending of O'Donnell's
McDONALD'S PAYS FOR GAME PLACEMENT
McDonald's Corp. and Intel Corp. are paying Electronic
Arts to use their products in its new online computer game,
"The Sims Online."
The multimillion-dollar deal is a milestone for the game
industry, which traditionally has paid to use other companies'
logos in their games, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Sony Corp., for example, paid car manufacturers to use
real-world race cars in its driving games, and EA paid millions
of dollars to the National Football League for its series
of "Madden Football" games.
"The turnaround demonstrates the burgeoning role of
video games in shaping mainstream entertainment," said
Alex Paham, a reporter for The Times.
The new online version of EA's popular series "The
Sims" is due out this fall.
The game lets players choose occupations, buy houses, furnish
them, date, marry and have kids.
In the game, players can buy Intel PCs, and also can run
a McDonald's kiosk to make money.
The New York Press
Club is looking for companies and/or organizations
to donate items for a "goody bag" to be distributed
at its 10th annual conference on journalism to be held Oct.
19 at Columbia University.
The conference will be attended by reporters, editors, producers
and other members of the media.
Debra Caruso is handling donations. She can be reached
at 212/849-1285 or [email protected].
Actress Linda Dano
returns to Lifetime TV as the host of the weekly
talk magazine show "Lifetime Now," premiering
on Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) on the cable network.
Dano will discuss the latest trends and issues for women
today, and she will interview celebrities.
Juju Chang, a former health reporter for ABC News, and physician
Dr. Winnie King, are hosting "Lifetime's Speaking of
Women's Health," a weekly talk show that also premiers
Oct. 5 at 11:30 a.m.
The show will offer the latest health news, tips and inspirational
stories for women.
Viewers will also have a chance to learn about the guests'
causes, emotional struggles and health experiences through
their own stories.
Both shows are produced by Ellman Productions, in Los Angeles.
Linda Ellman is executive producer and Denise Contis is
the 104-year-old "Magazine of Western Living,"
is being changed by its new editor to attract a younger
readership, without losing any of its 1.4 million subscribers.
The average Sunset reader is 48 and has a household income
of about $80,000. Katie Tamony, who replaced Rosalie Wright
as editor last year, wants to appeal more to homeowners
in their early 40s.
Tamony will try to "humanize" the magazine, and
will not stray from its usual offering of advice on cooking,
travel, gardening, and do-it-yourself home care.
Tamony is based in Sunset's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.
has added two new columnists to the magazine, Will
Shortz and Mary Roach.
Shortz, the crossword editor of The New York Times,
will create an original puzzle each month for the magazine.
Roach is joining RD as the monthly "My Planet"
columnist, in which she'll address universal topics about
approaching middle-age, from deteriorating eyesight to the
complicated nature of satellite TV. She has written columns
for Health magazine, Salon.com,
and Inc. magazine.
Marcia Rockwood is executive editor of RD, which is based
in Pleasantville, N.Y.
Surfing Girl magazine
has been relaunched as sg: Surf Snow Skate Girl.
Kai Stearns, who is editor, said the new title reflects
expanded editorial content that includes girls snowboarding
and skating as well as the magazine's mainstay-surfing.
"We're all about capturing a lifestyle for the girl
that's athletic, adventurous and independent," said
Stearns, who is based in San Clemente, Calif.
The magazine will continue to appeal to its main target
audience-girls between 15 and 22-through surfing, skating
and snowboarding features, how-to stories, contest coverage
and travel stories.
Primedia publishes SG six times per year.
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OMC, IPG RELEASE
Interpublic, following their practice of many years, filed
their balance sheets with the Securities & Exchange
Commission last weekend within a day or two of the deadline.
traditionally release their sales and earnings reports about
a month ahead of the balance sheets which show near and
long term debt, goodwill, receivables, payables and other
release their earnings statements and balance sheets at
the same time since both parts are needed for an understanding
of a company's finances.
OMC reported assets of $11.5B including $4.2B in goodwill
and $9.3B in liabilities, giving it tangible net equity
(assets) of -$2.08B (assets minus goodwill and liabilities).
of $6.32B exceed current assets of $5.68B by $640M.
$409M vs. $501M as of March 31.
Short term and current long term debt of June 30 was $165M.
Long term debt was $2.55B. Deferred long term liability
charges were $301M. Long term investments totaled $179M.
of $6.16B exceeded receivables of $4.5B by $1.6B.
TNE of -$1.03B
assets of $11.7B including $3.3B in goodwill and liabilities
of $9.48B, giving it tangible net equity of -$1.03B.
of $6.43B were slightly ahead of current assets of $6.40B.
$537M vs. $575M as of March 31.
Short term and current long term debt was $598M and long
term debt, $2.37B. Deferred long term liability charges
of $5.8B slightly exceeded receivables of $5.47B.
PEPSI GETS STUCK IN WEB OF
PepsiCo is using its website to deny that it deleted the
words 'under God' from a line of "patriotic" soda
cans that were produced to honor the spirit of Sept. 11.
The soft drink company, in fact, had nothing to do with
the edited cans. Dr. Pepper/Seven UP Inc. is the "culprit,"
Pepsi posted the following "false rumor alert"
on its site. It reads:
"We wanted to clarify an erroneous report that has
been circulating around cyberspace for the past several
months. Pepsi has not created any packaging containing a
version of America's Pledge of Allegiance. A patriotic package
used last year by Dr. Pepper was inappropriately linked
to this rumor."
The Pepsi site provides a link to the Dr Pepper/Seven Up
site, which explains the situation. The 41 million Dr. Pepper
cans featured an image of the Statue of Liberty, and three
words from the pledge. They were "One Nation... Indivisible."
The company said those words were used "in concert
with the patriotic mood of the nation." They were chosen
to "reflect our pride in this country's determination
to stand together as one." The "offending"
cans were retired in February, and are not to appear again,
according to the company.
L.A. PR PRO PROFILED FOR MEDIA
U.K.-born Bumble Ward, a press-oriented PR pro whose firm
handles directors rather than stars, is profiled in the
Sept. 23 New Yorker.
Ward and her staff "read every entertainment publication
from cover to cover; they are the first to call a journalist
with compliments, and they often have a keener understanding
of a writer's tastes than the writer's editor does,"
writes Tad Friend.
The approach of Ward and her staff of 12 is in contrast
to that of PMK/HBH, headed by Patricia Kingsley and Leslee
Dart, which takes a hard-nosed stance towards reporters
and press coverage.
PMK/HBH often sees its role as limiting access to stars
such as Tom Cruise so that they don't "wear out"
with the public.
Kingsley rebuffs media requests so often that she is known
as "Dr. No," says Friend.
"The paradox of publicity is that its greatest achievements
are thwartings," he adds.
So heated is the relationship between PR and media that
some magazines now employ a specialist known as a "celebrity
This person haggles with publicists about who the writers
and photographers will be, how much time they will get,
and numerous other conditions.
Cruise, it is said, once rejected 14 writers proposed by
Rolling Stone before accepting one.
The Ward firm has become the leading firm specializing
in directors, says the article. The firm has a standard
retainer of $5,000 a month and also handles writers, actors
and films. About 25 clients at any one time are on retainer.
John Calley, head of Sony Pictures, told Friend that publicists
fill a "huge vacuum of insecurity" in Hollywood.
They help deal with "the evil press person who's trying
to trap you, to humiliate you. Your kid needs babysitting?
I'll do it. Dry cleaning? I love picking up dry cleaning.
I'm here 24 hours a day..."
The story is not available on the New Yorker website. It
only uplinks one story per issue.
'SOPRANOS' MISREPRESENTS US
"The Sopranos" misrepresent the values held by
Americans of Italian heritage, according to The Order of
Sons of Italy in America. "This is a family that teaches
its children nothing about good manners, ethics, or morality,"
said OSIA national president Robert Messa.
He said a far more authentic portrait of the average Italian-
American family is found on the 1970s TV series "The
Waltons," which had key characters based on Italian-Americans,
according to OSIA research.
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lot of soul-searching is going on these days at the Columbia
It halted a search for a new head to rethink the role of
journalism. Michael Wolff in New York (9/23) and
Ron Rosenbaum in (9/2) leveled heavy criticism at
both journalism and the Columbia J school. How anyone could
miss a year of working in journalism in order to spend $30K+
to study it is beyond them.
Wolff and Rosenbaum say most journalists never studied the
subject in college. Wolff says Columbia grads come out "with
a certain level of literalness and inflexibility and even
stridency that is out of place in an increasingly, to say
the least, plastic and accommodating media business."
quotes a friend who works with the Columbia grads as saying:
The faculty "beats the voice out of them" (destroys
Lewis (Liar's Poker), after spending a few days in
class at the J school in 1993, wrote a piece in the New
Republic titled "J-School Ate My Brain." He
found "irrelevant blather" and "jargon"
and urged writers to study anything but journalism. He also
said journalism cannot be re-created in class.
key words above are by Wolff,
who notes media are increasingly "plastic and accommodating."
they duck and run from difficult and politics-laden topics
as readily as PR ever did.
were disappointed in 1994 when the Columbia J mag skipped
coverage of a lengthy examination of PR, advertising and
editorial practices by its 1980 graduate, Dean Rotbart.
The 14,000-word speech to the 1993 PRSA conference in Orlando
had numerous insightful and accurate descriptions of journalism
practice, many of them embarrassing to major media. For
instance, he said Wall Street Journal reporters (he
was a former staffer) knew about the dealings of Ivan Boesky
(later convicted of securities law violations) but didn't
investigate them because Boesky gave the WSJ so many tips.
We thought the speech was a rich source of material and
covered and criticized it extensively. We were sued on charges
of using too much of the speech, misreporting it, libel,
defamation and other charges. Federal Court dismissed them
all. But the lawsuit put the entire presentation on the
public record. The New York Times wrote about the
speech but ignored the suit. The Wall Street Journal
ignored both, as did Fortune and Forbes,
mentioned in the speech.
PR Journal (then phasing out) and the new PR Tactics
and PR Strategist skipped the whole thing although
the speech took place at the PRSA conference and we covered
it as a reporter credentialed by PRSA. The Society had unlimited,
perpetual rights to the speech, which it videotaped with
two cameras for later sale. Also skipping the topic was
the New York Financial Writers' Assn. The New York Law
Journal, saying it was a precedent-setting case, made
it the lead story when the verdict came in.
can think of other examples where media have decided not
to cover a story.
The New York Times, while spending dozens of pages
on Enron and other financial busts, has barely touched Omnicom's
stock decline and the nearly 20 lawsuits against it. OMC
and the three other ad giants control about 80% of U.S.
and world advertising...the
survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty (9/11 NL) complain
they can't get the NYT
or other major media to cover the alleged mistaken attack
on their ship by Israel in 1967 even though this is its
35th anniversary. A 300-page book on the subject, Assault
on the Liberty, by crew member James Ennes, tells of numerous
failures in communication that cost lives. The Liberty,
an obvious spy ship bristling with antennae of all sorts,
was stationed 13 miles off the coast of Gaza just as war
was breaking out. It presented a security threat to Israel,
which was then preparing a surprise attack on three Arab
nations. Several orders were given to the Liberty by the
U.S. military to go 100 or 200 miles out to sea but through
one snafu or another it never got them. Israeli planes buzzed
the ship at least a dozen times in the morning and early
afternoon to no effect. Israel then launched a ferocious
attack lasting nearly two hours. It strafed, rocketed, napalmed
and torpedoed it. Crew members who tried to launch life
rafts were machine-gunned. Had not one torpedo hit a steel
beam, it would have sunk the ship, Ennes says. There is
no doubt in his mind that the intention was to leave no
survivors. He says the U.S. knew of the impending attack
because the Israelis learned the broadcast channels the
ship was using and jammed five of the six. The attack was
halted after a nearby U.S. carrier sent two planes even
though they were ordered to return in mid-flight by President
story that certain media ducked was the inability of friends
of Denny Griswold,
who died last year, to contact her at a nursing home in
Fairfield County, Conn., during her last five years. The
New York Times covered it and the New York Post
did a full page on it. But seven newspapers in the county
never printed a word on it...a
new specialty is springing up in colleges called "media
an apparent move to understand what does or doesn't appear
in the media. The American Communication Assn. (www.americancomm.org),
with 6,000+ academic members, is concerned with anything
that involves "human communication." One member
is working on a book studying the "framing" of
certain issues in the media so that an issue is seen only
from a desired viewpoint.