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The Flacks Want In

A local PR firm is claiming credit for Rathergate push from blogs.

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.
Read Charles Johnson's note concerning these guys. For the record I've never heard of them or been contacted by them either.

Update: On the bring down Dan front, check Jim Geraghty's suggestions.

Update 2: CRC has apologized quickly and sincerely (full text in the extended entry). If you want to know why so many of the blogs covering this story were upset read the last paragraph of this post from Allah.

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 force the PR industry and news media need to pay greater attention 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."


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The Flacks Want In:

» Allah Is In The House linked with http://www.allahpundit.com/archives/000979.html

» dislogue linked with Creative Research Concepts

» INDC Journal linked with PR Firm Claims Influence Over Blogs

» In Search of Utopia linked with Dropping Some Linkage

Comments (9)

- The last wheel just fell ... (Below threshold)

- The last wheel just fell off the wagon -


- The original piece -... (Below threshold)
Col. Staudt, former command... (Below threshold)

Col. Staudt, former commanding officer of the Texas Air National Guard, tells ABC News that no one gave Bush preferential treatment and that Bush was well respected. He also says that he did not pressure subordinates to do anything on behalf of Bush.

As to the subject of the po... (Below threshold)

As to the subject of the post, "Master Manipulators" crap like these guys are trying to pull needs to be nipped.in.the.bud.

I agree with Jumbo (^^).</p... (Below threshold)

I agree with Jumbo (^^).

Trying to give this P.R. group the benefit of the doubt, however, perhaps what they've released to the public is just a Press Release explaining what their actions were. Do they actually SAY in print or video that they were responsible for "breaking the story"?

I do get from that article, on the other hand, that there's a definite allusion to that line of credit, content speaking.

Bloggers need to now straighten out THIS area of the Rathergate/Fraudgate issue because I see an Oliver Stone film in the pipeline, wherein the SwiftVets own the Kinko's in Abilene, have hired Burkett to get Karl Rove because Castro wants another viewing of Micheal Moore's "documentary..."

Aargh. The flow of reality and how it unfolded really needs to be clearly charted now and not later. I'm not informed enough about the series of events, otherwise I'd work on a flow chart visual tonight/tomorrow.

BUT, I'll certainly be happy to compose that sort of imagery if someone else composes the information with certainty...who did what, wrote what and when.

I bet LGF could come up with some sort of flow chart and/or graph about this, however, and pretty thoroughly, reliably.

I would still like to know ... (Below threshold)

I would still like to know this:

Has there ever been any evidence that Bush didn't complete his requirements? or is it just another talking point/conspirecy that made it all the way to 60 minutes?

How about this, restore SOM... (Below threshold)

How about this, restore SOME of CBS's cred by saying that it was a PR firm and not just some random people who brought up the story, i.e. busted by the professionals, not the amateurs, and therefore not as derelict in their duty to the truth.....

There is a retraction up al... (Below threshold)
Chris W.:

There is a retraction up already. LFG, Allah and Reynolds have it up.

On CNN, they have their que... (Below threshold)

On CNN, they have their question of the day. It says: Do you believe CBS or President Bush. Guess who's ahead? So no, the mainstream media is not putting this down at all.






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