Friday, August 26, 2005

Who is calling the shots for Cindy?

Who is calling the shots for Cindy???

In an earlier post (the media are like cattle) I asked the question as to whether Cindy Sheehan was the instigator of Camp Casey or whether someone like was behind the media machine.

Comes news out of San Francisco exploring the PR machine behind Cindy Sheehan and SURPRISE! The people running the show are familiar. According to coverage by the ABC 7 affiliate in San Francisco:
“Organizers are set up in a house trailer. Their meetings are closed to reporters.
Leading the group is Fenton Communications employee Michele Mulkey, based in San Francisco. Fenton specializes in public relations for liberal non-profits.
Their bills are being paid by True Majority, a non-profit set up by Ben Cohen, of Ben and Jerry's ice cream fame.
Cohen's liberal group has teamed up with Berkeley-based, an anti-Bush group co-founded by Joan Blades.
Earlier this month, helped organize anti-war vigils in support of Cindy Sheehan. Current Democratic National Party chair Howard Dean's organization, Democracy for America, is also involved. As is the more radical anti-war group Code Pink, organized by San Francisco's Medea Benjamin.
Money donated through these groups and others is helping to pay for Gold Star families whose children have been killed in Iraq to attend anti-Bush protests. “

I’m still convinced that Cindy’s trek to Crawford was planned and organized by these groups, hence made for television coverage news, not the spontaneous event that it has been portrayed.
Probably more significant about these connections than who is paying is the question of who is profiting? 527 political organizations are self-fulfilling spin machines, who use their own publicity to raise more money. Who pays them? Clearly Billionaires like Soros, but also individuals across the nation who have no Idea they are dumping their own hard earned cash into organizations controlled by PR companies, advertising agencies, and political hacks. McCain-Feingold created these disconnected unaccountable organizations to reform politics, but what we got was 24/7/365 political spin organizations without any accountability.