Monday, September 19, 2005

Cindy's PR machine

"To hear the media tell it, antiwar celebrity Cindy Sheehan has become famous because of her unique position as the grieving mother of a fallen solder ... a woman who left her home and family to camp out in Crawford, Texas, near the President's ranch, to cry her way into our hearts and so end the war in Iraq by speaking truth to power. The truth about power is that virtually anyone can become famous in America today if they have enough money ... long-time liberal activists Ben and Jerry of ice cream fame ... one of whom, Ben Cohen, has been spending a lot of money lately turning Cindy Sheehan into the Mother of All Protestors. What you don't see while Cindy is grieving for the cameras is the trailer full of PR professionals, makeup artists, hair stylists, and other apparatchiks that one would think more appropriate for a starlet on location.
Heading up the PR effort is Michelle Mulkey, an Account Director with Fenton Communications in San Francisco. Their client list reads like a Who's Who of left-leaning foundations and non-profits. A look at their web site makes it clear that whatever else they do, they do not come cheap."


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