Skip to comments.DC PR Firms drove the memogate scandal?
Posted on 09/17/2004 3:46:41 PM PDT by DotIssues
Two DC firms ramp up efforts over latest presidential controversies Written by Douglas Quenqua Published on September 17 2004
WASHINGTON: Two DC PR agencies eagerly fanned the flames of election-year scandal last week - one for the left and one for the right.
Creative Response Concepts (CRC), the VA-based agency promoting the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, used right-wing blogs and news sites to turn a CBS report casting doubt on President George W. Bush's National Guard service into a potential black eye for both the network and the Democrats.
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, [CNS] 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 [Matt] 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.
CBS News, which at first stood defiantly behind its reporting, succumbed to the pressure by Wednesday, releasing a statement conceding the papers might be false, but maintaining that the sentiments expressed in them were authentic.
"Enough media outlets were talking about it, and you can't deny that it's a big story, so we felt it was important to address it," said Sandy Genelius, CBS News VP of communications.
Meanwhile, Doubleday Press, which was on the defensive regarding claims in its new Kitty Kelley book that the President used cocaine at Camp David when his father was in office, used Ein Communications to ward off attacks from the White House and GOP strategists.
Jeff Ingram, VP of strategic communications, confirmed that Ein had been tapped in early August in anticipation of the controversy over The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty.
Who would have guessed.
Charles at LGF says no-one ever contacted him.
See their thread here...
Coattail riders. These guys are something else...
All right, who's got the "Not this sh-- again" graphic?
Just one great big right-wing conspiracy.
CNS was the first internet site recognized by drudge on the scandal. They picked it up from freerepublic. Plus they are an advertiser here on FR
The only possibility is that the PR firm would have worked with Instapundit or Powerline, but I don't think that's likely either. For one thing, Insta is based in Tennessee. and Powerline is in Minnesota. Secondly, they have never (as far as I know) mentioned working with PR firms (since they prefer openness, I believe them).
This self-serving lie by a PR firm plays into DUers conspiracy theories. The PR firm is hoping conspiracy-minded Dems will believe their story and lend it credibility.
PRWeek tells its PR readership that PR firms were central to the Memogate story. Talk about stroking.
The truth of it doesn't matter, though, it'll give the lefties something to grasp for if they can get away with this. They'll have an excuse to say the whole thing was driven under the scenes. At the very least it'll give undeserved credit to a firm that's as willing to embellish/fabricate the truth as Rather is.
I hope LGF and The Freepers and the other who REALLY did this make their voices heard about this.
And where was the part about how EIN (aka scumbags) help Kitty Kelley accuse Laura Bush of being a drug dealer????? Hmmmm????
Doesn't Carville belong to one of those DC PR Firms? Wasn't that the premise of the horrible, short-lived, HBO series by George Cluney?
See: CBS News denies Bush docs forged (then calls back to back off of earlier "expert" claim) Posted by muawiyah to Diogenesis On News/Activism 09/09/2004 6:21:07 PM EDT · 133 of 301
In the end most of the typographical issues raised by most folks, including the supposed experts consulted by the PR firm, were not definitive. Kerning was, and is, of course, definitive ~ you just didn't have that on typewriters in the early 1970s!
Yep, they were just ALL OVER the news shows this past week, mentioned everywhere!!!
(Pardon me while monkeys fly out my butt....)
They did, huh? Maybe we should ask (politely) the talented folks at CRC how they managed that.
Taking credit for the work of others. What a bunch of lowlifes.
What the hell!?! I registered here at Freerepublic almost two weeks ago and I havent got one single call from Carl Rove or anybody at the right wing conspiracy headquarters. I am really starting to feel left out are yall sure yall wrote my number down right???
Well someone's been cooking this "awol" story for a long time, since Oct 5, 2000. Check out the whois database for awolbush.com:
Domain Name: AWOLBUSH.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Record created on 05-Oct-2000
Tell the Truth, Inc. (AWOLBUSH-DOM)
3 Harbor, #315
Sausalito, CA 94965
Domain Name: AWOLBUSH.COM
Easton, W (30326953I) firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Harbor, #315
Salsalito, CA 94965
(415) 555-1212 fax: 999 999 9999
Hurricane Electric (HE468-ORG) hostmaster@HE.NET
760 Mission Court
Fremont, CA 94539
510 580 4100 fax: 510 580 4151
Record expires on 05-Oct-2005.
Record created on 05-Oct-2000.
Database last updated on 17-Sep-2004 18:56:57 EDT.
'whois -h whois.arin.net 184.108.40.206'
OrgName: Brinkster Communicatoins Corporation
Address: 885 Kempsville Road
Address: Suite 309
NetRange: 220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168
NetType: Direct Allocation
TechName: Thompson, Micheal A
OrgTechName: Thompson, Micheal A
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.