Bill Clinton gave advice to UAE officials on ports

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  1. poncho

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    BY GLENN THRUSH
    NEWSDAY WASHINGTON BUREAU

    March 3, 2006

    WASHINGTON -- Bill Clinton coached United Arab Emirates officials on how to handle the Dubai ports controversy two weeks ago -- but didn't tell his wife about that conversation, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton disclosed yesterday.

    The telephone chat, which took place while the former president was traveling in Pakistan last month, ended with him advising state-owned Dubai Ports World to voluntarily submit to a 45-day probe, said people familiar with the exchange.

    That puts Bill Clinton publicly in line with his wife's position that the ports deal could compromise national security, even though his tight relationship with Dubai officials is proving something of a political embarrassment to New York's junior senator.

    Yesterday, conservative columnist Bob Novak reported that the ex-president urged the Dubai official to hire former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart to handle damage control on the ports, despite the fact that Lockhart's consulting firm, the Glover Park Group, is a central part of Sen. Clinton's political operation.

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    Related artilce by Robert Novak

    So Bill Clinton is a paid advertizer for the UAE and the adopted brother of George W. Bush while Hillary is claiming plausable deniablity.

    They're gellin, are you gellin?

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    It's the old good cop, bad cop routine. They're really all on the same side, which means they are not for America's best interests.
     
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    They never were. But it sure does feel alot better to ignore that reality and take refuge in the Matrix. I reckon it's more comfortable in there believing the lies and deceptions than to be outside seeking the truth and uncovering them. I got another headache from it all. TTYL LE. ;)

    And for anybody that believes Bill didn't tell Hillary I got just two words for ya. Get real! :rolleyes:
     
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    Glover Park Group
    From SourceWatch
    The Glover Park Group (GPG) is a public relations/ communications firm that claims to bridge the divide between "high-level strategy consultants who leave tactical implementation to clients and large public relations conglomerates that offer many services, but often lack the hands-on strategic experience that clients need."

    Table of contents [showhide]
    1 History

    1.1 Anti-People Meter People


    2 Clients

    3 Senior Staff

    4 Contact Info

    5 SourceWatch Resources

    6 External Links

    [edit]History
    Their areas of expertise include advocacy and image advertising, corporate communications, issues and crisis management ("from a Presidential impeachment to a crippling antitrust action facing the nation's largest company, we've been there to offer critical communications counsel" [1] (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/solutions/issues.html)), media relations, public affairs and research - including polling, focus groups and online research [2] (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/solutions/research.html). [3] (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/solutions/)

    The New York Times reported, "The Glover Park Group has been at the center of some of the biggest policy debates in New York City in recent years. Partners from the firm have been involved in helping organize campaigns against two projects favored by Michael R. Bloomberg, the city's Republican mayor: revamping the city charter and building a stadium for the New York Jets on the West Side of Manhattan." [4] (http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040614/ZNYT01/406140661)

    [edit]Anti-People Meter People
    In 2004, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation launched a "campaign to block Nielsen Research from changing the TV ratings system," according to the National Journal (Sept 13, 2004). GPG worked with the PR firms Dewey Square Group and Grassroots Enterprise, Inc. on the "lobbying, advertising and grassroots campaign designed to persuade black and Hispanic lawmakers to pressure Nielsen to scrap the new ratings system."

    The argument given was that "African-American and Latino viewers in New York would be undercounted by electronic People Meters," according to New York Daily News (Apr. 8, 2004). But Roll Call (Apr. 7, 2004) reported that News Corp. "fear[ed] the loss of millions of dollars in advertising revenue under the new ratings system." ("Nielsen," noted Roll Call, "counters that the new system increases ratings for black and Hispanic households.")

    PR Week reported, "A coalition of political and community leaders has hired a Washington, DC-based public affairs agency to help in its campaign against the rollout of new data-collection technology by Nielsen Media Research. The coalition, called Don't Count Us Out, has hired Glover Park Group, a PA shop with close Democratic ties. The firm subcontracted media outreach for a series of events last week to New York-based Brand Sphere Partners (BSP), a management consultancy, according to BSP" (Anita Chabria, "Glover Park Aids in Effort Against New TV Data Research," PR Week, April 5, 2004).

    According to Roll Call, "News Corp.'s campaign [against the new Nielsen People Meters] drafted another former Clinton press secretary, Joe Lockhart. Political consultants at Lockhart's Glover Park Group contacted the offices of minority lawmakers to ask them to write letters to Nielsen complaining about the People Meters. The Glover Park Group also provided the lawmakers with samples to help Congressional aides draft letters that hit all of the key points" (Brody Mullins, "Minority Members Help Nix Nielsen Change," Roll Call, April 7, 2004).

    The New York Times added, "Glover Park, in turn, hired former Clinton operatives on the West Coast to handle the anti-Nielsen campaign there, chiefly Mark D. Fabiani, a former Clinton White House special counsel who worked on the Whitewater inquiry; and Christopher S. Lehane, who was also a counsel in the Clinton White House. Both men also went on to work for Mr. Gore's presidential campaign in 2000" (Raymond Hernandez and Stuart Elliott, "The Odd Couple vs. Nielsen," New York Times, June 14, 2004).

    In April 2005, Don't Count Us Out celebrated its one-year anniversary by announcing a new "advertising campaign and a new Web site called 'Recommendation Watch'," which will "track Nielsen's progress towards improving minority TV measurement." The ads were created by GPG, according to AdWeek (Katy Bachman, "DCUO Launches Nielsen Oversight Campaign," AdWeek, April 12, 2005).

    Less than two weeks later, Nielsen Media Research countered with a statement, reading: [5] (http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/04-22-2005/0003444878&EDATE=)

    The Glover Park Group is admitting for the first time that it created, organized and directed the activities of the Don't Count Us Out organization at the behest of News Corp. Don't Count Us Out has always maintained that it was an independent group of community activists. However, this admission, which is found on Glover Park's own website as a "case study (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/content/casestudies/casestudies_count.shtml)" to attract more clients, clearly shows that it was always acting to advance the corporate interests of News Corp. and its TV stations, which experienced lower ratings after Nielsen replaced paper diaries with more accurate electronic Local People Meters in major television markets.
    Don't Count Us Out leader Gil Casellas countered that his group has "always readily discussed the fact that we receive financial and logistical support from News Corp.," accusing Nielsen of "trying to change the topic from the plain fact that right now Nielsen's monopoly ratings service is not fully accredited in any market in the United States except one. Nielsen should spend more time fixing its broken ratings system and less time slinging mud at community activists" (William Triplett, "News Corp. pulls strings on coalition," Variety, April 25, 2005).

    [edit]Clients
    From various sources:[6] (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/solutions/advocacy.html)[7] (http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040614/ZNYT01/406140661)[8] (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2004/may/0507miramax_glover.htm)[9] (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2004/july/0712gpg_clearchannel.htm)[10] (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2002/july/0710glover.htm)[11] (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2001/december/1214glover.htm)

    Pfizer pharmaceuticals
    Fannie Mae
    United States Telecom Association
    NARAL Pro-Choice America
    Smirnoff Vodka
    Microsoft
    Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation
    Miramax Film Corp, for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11
    Project Billboard, in its fight against Clear Channel Communications over an anti-war billboard on the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square during the Republican National Convention 2004
    American Family Voices, attacking the Bush administration and Securities and Exchange Commission over Harken Energy and other business scandals
    AFL-CIO
    the Pentagon
    MCI-Worldcom
    [edit]Senior Staff
    From their website (http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/leadership/) and news reports:

    Susan Brophy - partner in the legislative affairs division; previously deputy assistant to President Clinton
    Carter Eskew
    Mike Feldman
    Kristine Fitton
    Gigi Georges
    Joel Johnson
    Joe Lockhart
    Lorrie McHugh-Wytkind
    Amy Phee
    Chip Smith
    Howard Wolfson
    [edit]Contact Info
    http://www.gloverparkgroup.com/

    3299 K Street NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20007
    Phone: 202-337-9137
    Fax: 202-337-9137

    405 Lexington ave, 11th Floor
    New York, NY 10174
    Phone: 212-381-4009
    Fax: 212-381-4004

    [edit]SourceWatch Resources
    Public relations firms
    Astroturf
    Dewey Square Group
    Grassroots Enterprise, Inc.
    Don't Count Us Out
    [edit]External Links
    "Gore, Clinton Vets set up shop (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2001/june/0615eskew_lockhart_feldman.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, June 15, 2001.
    "Whitman delivers goods, 'Second Coming' of Clinton (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2001/august/0801commentary_whitman.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, August 1, 2001.
    "No brands, please (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2001/october/1017lockhart.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, October 17, 2001. (Sub req'd)
    "Smirnoff starts on 'Sat. Night Live' (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2001/december/1214glover.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, December 14, 2001.
    "Lockhart lobbies for USS (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2002/january/0121lockhart.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, January 21, 2002.
    "Glover Park Group shows Bush, Cheney, Pitt as 'Foxes' (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2002/july/0710glover.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, July 10, 2002.
    "Glover taps Clinton Aide (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2003/february/0205glover.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, February 5, 2003.
    "Miramax hires Glover Park Group (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2004/may/0507miramax_glover.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, May 7, 2004.
    Raymond Hernandez and Stuart Elliott, "The Odd Couple vs. Nielsen (http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040614/ZNYT01/406140661)," New York Times, June 13, 2004.
    "GPG vs Clear Channel (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/archived_stories_2004/july/0712gpg_clearchannel.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, July 12, 2004.
    "Lockhart Advises Kerry (http://www.odwyerpr.com/members/0824lock.htm)", O'Dwyer's PR Daily, August 24, 2004.
    Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, "Lobbyists Take Leave to Advise Kerry Campaign (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3731-2004Sep7.html)," Washington Post, September 8, 2004.
    Anita Chabria, "Glover Park Group case study causes controversy (http://prweek.com/news/news_story.cfm?ID=237658&site=3)," PR Week (sub. req'd.), April 27, 2005.
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