Center for Media and Democracy CDM – PR

PRWatch is a blog, filed under the same URL you find: Homepage, Projects, Publications, CDM reports.

You find links to:
Latest News; annual report; what journalists say;
SourceWatch: … and hidden behind the link ‘projects’: Congresspedia, Climate Change, Coal Issues, Front groups, Global Corporations, Nuclear Issues, Tobacco;
Address: Center for Media & Democracy CDM, 520 University Avenue, Suite 227, Madison, Wisconsin 53703, USA;

About: The Center for Media and Democracy was founded in 1993 as an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, public interest organization. CMD’s mission is to promote transparency and an informed debate by exposing corporate spin and government propaganda and by engaging the public in collaborative, fair and accurate reporting …

… The Center for Media and Democracy is run by a Board of Directors whose current members are Ellen Braune, Anna Lappe, Joseph Mendelson, David Merritt, Jan Miyasaki, Inger Stole, and executive director John Stauber (in a non-voting capacity). The Center serves journalists, researchers, policymakers and citizens at large in the following ways:

  • Countering propaganda by investigating and reporting on behind-the-scenes public relations campaigns by corporations, industries, governments and other powerful institutions.
  • Informing and assisting grassroots citizen activism that promotes public health, economic justice, ecological sustainability and human rights.
  • Promoting media literacy to help the public recognize the forces shaping the information they receive about issues that affect their lives.
  • Sponsoring “open content” media that enable citizens from all walks of life to “be the media” and to participate in creating media content.

Toward these ends, the Center sponsors the following projects:

  • SourceWatch, an Internet-based “open content” encyclopedia of people, groups and issues shaping the public agenda. SourceWatch is the home for a growing number of collaborative partnerships currently including portals on Global Corporations; Front Groups; Climate Change and COP15 and interlocked issues of Coal and Nuclear power; Election Protection in the U.S.; and, the Tobacco Industry.
  • Original Investigations including CMD’s historic 2006 exposure of widespread FakeTV News.
  • PR Watch quarterly, which investigates and exposes how the public relations industry and other professional propagandists manipulate public information, perceptions and opinion on behalf of governments and special interests.
  • Spin of the Day, which offers web-based daily reporting on public relations, propaganda and media spin.
  • The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies and the Mess in Iraq.
  • Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry.
  • Mad Cow USA, 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.
  • Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush’s War on Iraq.
  • Banana Republicans: How the Right Wing is Turning America Into a One-Party State.
  • Public education campaigns, including public speaking and organizing activities such as CMD’s successful 2007 Defend The Press campaign with the National Press Club and other partners.

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