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More about Fenton the lefty PR firm doing a new anti Israel campaign

Posted by avideditor on July 1, 2010

My previous post was this

The lefty jihadi alliance is revealed Fenton the PR firm of the Left is now hired by Qatar to smear Israel so it could be destroyed by the jihadis

But here is more info about Fenton

“Reading about MoveOn.org’s huge discount on their New York Times ad makes me wonder if Shellenberger had access to that kind of discount…

According to Abbe Serphos, director of public relations for the Times, “the open rate for an ad of that size and type is $181,692.”

A spokesman for MoveOn.org confirmed to The Post that the liberal activist group had paid only $65,000 for the ad – a reduction of more than $116,000 from the stated rate.”

From watch paul

  • Foremost public relations firm of the political left
  • Past clients have included Marxist dictatorships in Central America
  • Represents environmentalist groups, pro-Democratic political action committees, labor unions, and the anti-war movement
  • Launched misleading media campaigns against Alar and silicone breast implants

Founded in 1982 by activist and public relations veteran David Fenton, Fenton Communications (FC) is the leading advertising and public relations firm for advocacy groups on the political left, with locations in Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco.

FC serves as an “umbrella” for “three independent nonprofit organizations” which it co-founded. These include: Environmental Media Services, which manages publicity efforts for environmental groups; New Economy Communications, a social justice group; and the Death Penalty Information Center, an anti-death penalty lobby.

FC expressly refuses to represent “clients and projects that we don’t believe in ourselves.” Among the clients and projects that FC has worked for are Marxist-Leninist regimes in Central America and Africa, environmental groups, labor unions, and anti-war organizations. In addition, FC has offered its services to pro-Democrat political action committees and law firms, as well as to political campaigns against the death penalty and gun-ownership rights.

Throughout the 1980s, FC represented a number of Marxist governments and their supporters. Most prominent among these was the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, which the firm defended against foreign criticism while casting its internal opponents — the Contra guerrillas — as “death squads.” David Fenton acknowledged earning $100,000 annually for three years from contracts with Sandinista authorities.

FC also conducted publicity campaigns on behalf of Grenada’s Marxist dictator Maurice Bishop and El Salvador’s Marxist-Leninist guerrilla organization, the FMLN.

Another FC client was Jennifer Harbury, a far-left attorney and activist who charged that her husband, a Marxist guerrilla in Guatemala, had been killed with the complicity of the CIA.

In Africa, FC signed on to represent Angola’s MPLA regime, a Soviet puppet state. When anti-MPLA rebel leader Jonas Savimibi visited the United States in mid-1980s, FC, working for the Angolan government, placed ads in theNew York Times and other leading newspapers denouncing him as “South Africa’s secret agent.”

Equally noteworthy has been FC’s business partnership with environmental groups. In 1988 and 1989, FC helped one such organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), promote misleading claims about the dangers of Alar, a pesticide then in use by the apple industry. On the basis of NRDC’s study of Alar, itself based on exaggerated probabilities rather than concrete empirical data, FC launched a media campaign that stoked consumers’ fears and captured the interest of television news programs, daily newspapers and daytime talk shows, fueling a backlash against apple growers. By some estimates, the apple industry suffered $200 million in lost revenue as a result of the FC campaign.

By contrast, FC and its client prospered. David Fenton subsequently boasted that his firm had “designed” the media campaign “so that revenue would flow back to NRDC from the public,” noting that FC had gained “$700,000 in net revenues from it.” Fenton Communications today cites the Alar campaign as a significant contribution to the “national debate” on pesticides.

Such fear-mongering has also worked for ice cream producers Ben & Jerry’s, another client of FC. Starting with a series of press conferences in the late 1990s, the FC-founded Environmental Media Services promoted claims that a hormone given to dairy cows to produce milk could cause cancer, though the FDA had found the hormone to be safe. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream manufacturers stood to gain from the bad press aimed at the dairy industry because their ice cream was made with hormone-free milk.

Joining forces with the Environmental Working Group, FC has also engineered media campaigns exaggerating the dangers posed by pesticides in tap water and baby food.

In 2003 FC created an ad campaign targeting the automotive industry for the Evangelical Environmental Network. The controversial ads alleged that consumers who bought sport utility vehicles were, in effect, supporting terrorism by using large amounts of fuel imported from the Middle East.

FC partnered with the Command Trust Network, a support group of activists and personal injury lawyers that opposes silicone breast implants. In a 2003 press release, FC misrepresented the findings of a scientific study by suggesting that such implants posed proven health risks. The campaign was damaging to implant manufacturers; the following year a federal court concluded that scientific evidence did not support Fenton’s claims.

In 2004 Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist, retained Fenton’s services during a speaking tour of the U.S.

During the 2004 U.S. presidential election season, FC helped the pro-Democrat activist group MoveOn.org stage its “Vote for Change” tour. This initiative combined musical acts (such as Bruce SpringsteenR.E.M., Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, and the Dixie Chicks) with leftist advocacy groups like MoveOn and America Coming Together, and opposed the reelection of George W. Bush.

(Trevor S. Fitzgibbon, FC’s Director of Media Relations, assists in public relations strategy for MoveOn.org, the MoveOn.org Voter Fund, and Win Without War. According to FC, “Fitzgibbon’s messaging and PR efforts on behalf of MoveOn.org have helped position the online advocacy group as a national political force in American life.”)

In 2004 FC coordinated the efforts of its then-newest client, the anti-war group September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, to oppose President Bush’s bid for re-election.

That same year, FC became a leading public-relations conduit for Cindy Sheehan, who founded the anti-war group Gold Star Families for Peace.

In 2005 FC did some work for Win Without War. And in an effort to influence the 2006 midterm elections in favor of Democrats, the firm teamed up with the anti-war entity Appeal for Redress, whose members include active-duty and reserve soldiers. Emphasizing the group’s military background, the resulting campaign urged “political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq.”

Other clients of Fenton Communications have included the AFL-CIO, America Coming TogetherAmnesty InternationalAir America Radio, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (renamed the American Association for Justice in 2006), the NAACP, the Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra ClubGlobal Exchange, the Open Society Institute, and Pew Charitable Trusts, the Institute for Policy StudiesRalph Nader’s Public CitizenPeople for the American Way,Service Employees International UnionWorking Assets, the TransAfrica, the magazine In These Times, the National Urban League, the World Wildlife Fund, the American Friends Service Committee, Rock the Vote, School of the Americas Watch, the Nature ConservancyGreenpeace, the Ford Foundation, the Heinz Family Foundation , the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Turner FoundationBen and Jerry’s Foundation, the Tides Foundation, the Energy Foundation, the Columbia Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Iraq Policy Information Project, among many others.

FC also counts among its clients a number of pro-Democrat law firms such as Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach.

Arlie Schardt, a senior consultant at Fenton Communications and Chairman ofEnvironmental Media Services, served as Al Gore’s national press secretary during his first presidential campaign.

Fenton Communications has received financial support from the Ford Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. ” From Discover the Networks

Fenton is really bad news. Have anymore dirt or info on them please leave it as a comment. They need to be stopped in there attempt to destroy Israel.

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