WHOOPS: Former Obama Adviser Caught Planning to Manipulate Media for Greece’s PR Makeover
Let’s say you’re a former Obama adviser who describes yourself on your LinkedIn page as “part of the founding leadership team of Barack Obama’s successful U.S. Senate race” and you start your own political public relations firm.
And let’s say your firm decides to pitch influential Greek Americans on a public relations makeover to repair its country’s image and stature to the American public.
So you put together a presentation outlining how you’re going to plant op-eds in American newspapers, generate opposition research, mobilize grassroots organization, and provide “rapid response.”
Let’s say this presentation includes several case studies of your previous behind-the-scenes work, including work for Boeing, Comcast, and NBC. These case studies include claims that you generated “212 op-eds” to be seen throughout print and online media, in order to curry favor for a government contract for Boeing’s refueling tankers, which would generate several billion dollars in revenue from taxpayer money.
And let’s say you then store that presentation online, allowing anyone access if they have the correct URL. You probably wouldn’t want the media to stumble across this presentation, would you?
A presentation by McLeanClark, discovered on Prezi by Whispers, implies that former Obama adviser Joe McLean’s PR firm sees the American media as easy to manipulate. In McLeanClark’s world, the media appears to be a place where op-eds written with help from the firm—though not necessarily with their byline—will simply be accepted and printed.