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US East Coast: meet author: Sheldon Rampton, co-author of PR book
08 Mar 2002
Friday, MARCH 15, 2002 in BOSTON: thought people might want to know. One of the author's of the public relations watchdog group, Center for Media and Democracy, will be speaking about his book Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future"

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

PR Watch Editor Escapes from Wisconsin

PR Watch editor Sheldon Rampton will be speaking next week in several cities in the eastern U.S. as part of an authors' tour in connection with the paperback release of our book, Trust Us, We're Experts. Upcoming book appearances include:

Tuesday, March 12, 4:00 PM: The Yale Bookstore, 77 Broadway at York Square, New Haven, CT 06511

Thursday, March 14, 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Friday, March 15, 12:30 PM: Borders, 10-24 School Street, Boston, MA 02108

Sunday, March 17, 1:00-3:00 PM: Dartmouth Bookstore, 33 South Main Street, Hanover, NH 03755

Monday, March 18, 7:30 PM: Barnes & Noble, 102 Dorset Street, S. Burlington, VT 05403

book description at:

About CMD

The Center for Media & Democracy is a nonprofit, public interest organization funded by individuals and nonprofit foundations and dedicated to investigative reporting on the public relations industry. The Center serves citizens, journalists and researchers seeking to recognize and combat manipulative and misleading PR practices.

Whether the issue is health, consumer safety, environmental preservation or democracy and world peace, citizens today find themselves confronted by a bewildering array of hired propagandists paid to convince the public that junk food is nutritious, pollution is harmless, and that what's good for big business and big government is good for the rest of us.

Unlike advertising, public relations is often hard to recognize. "The best PR is invisible," say industry insiders. To spin the news in favor of their clients, PR firms specialize in setting up phony citizens' groups and scientific "experts" who spin out contrived research.

Our publications include a quarterly newsletter, PR Watch, and three acclaimed books:

Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
Mad Cow USA: Could the Nightmare Happen Here?, which documents the PR coverup of human and animal health risks from mad cow disease
Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With Your Future, published by Tarcher/Putnam and available in bookstores on January 2, 2001.
We specialize in blowing the lid off today's multi-billion dollar propaganda-for-hire industry, naming names and revealing how public relations wizards concoct and spin the news, organize phony 'grassroots' front groups, spy on citizens, and conspire with lobbyists and politicians to thwart democracy. We expose the hidden activities of secretive, little-known mega-firms such as Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum PR--the "invisible men" who control our political debates and public opinion, twisting reality and protecting the powerful from scrutiny.

Do you have a story to tell about the PR industry? We welcome whistleblowers and promise confidentiality!
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