"..when a victorious chief minister openly admits
that he himself approached the leading newspaper of his state with money for “positive stories” after learning that the newspaper had signed a “package deal” with his rivals to print negative stories
, you had better sit up and take urgent notice
posted by Gyan
on Feb 12, 2010 -
Teapot Dome 2008
-- "The report also detailed cozy relationships between energy companies and other officials in the royalty-in-kind program office. Some 19 officials — a third of the staff — took gifts from oil and gas executives, some with “prodigious frequency,” it said." [more inside]
posted by vhsiv
on Sep 10, 2008 -
Op-ed Payola, not just for the White House anymore. An outcry arose
over the Bush administrations payments to multiple columnists to push the Bush agenda without disclosing the payments. Now it turns out Jack Abramoff had op-ed columnists on his payroll too. Doug Bandow has just resigned
as a senior fellow of the Cato Institute after being discovered taking payola from Abramoff's clients. Josh Marshall claims
this practice is endemic in DC. There are even shops in DC that specialize in ginning up bogus 'man on the street' opeds which they then get placed on major oped pages. Another area where my reporting showed this to be very common was among foreign lobbyists, a number of whom had ex-foreign service officers and various other foreign policy bigwigs on retainer to write opeds advocating on behalf of their clients. Actually, 'write' overstates the matter. The lobbying firm writes the OpEd and the expert signs it.
posted by publius
on Dec 16, 2005 -
Go Eliot, Go!
The real Ralph Nader has now targeted the record companies and radio networks. Payola is back and wrecking radio. Salon
has been hammering
on this, Tom Petty wrote a song
about it, we all have been feeling its effects, and finally maybe something will be done. At the very least, a serious attack dog is on the issue.
posted by caddis
on Oct 21, 2004 -
Silly listeners. Payola in radio isn't "back", it's just back in the news
Read how more than ever radio airplay is not determined by you, creativity, inspiration, nor musical genius, but by the big green. More reasons to try xm
posted by omidius
on Mar 3, 2003 -
This evening 20/20
broadcast a report on the new payola
.Names are named. This explains a lot about the current state of music radio. Ironically, one of those complaining the loudest was good ol' Hilary Rosen of the RIAA
who are doing their damnedest to destroy internet radio
, along with college and public radio, the only alternative to the institutional corruption she decries. But in this case, she's on the side of the angels, it would seem. This report is timely though and does illustrate what's wrong with concentrating media power in too few hands.
posted by jonmc
on May 24, 2002 -
- for those not "in the know" - if you're wondering why radio sucks so much, this LA Times article is the answer. The concept of Payola
is nothing new - it's a long-talked about means of record companies getting radio stations to shove their chosen music down our throats twenty times in the course of a day. It was reported recently, however, that some incriminating documents were uncovered, finally confirming that ALL of the major record company conglomerates are involved in this scam!
posted by twiggy
on May 29, 2001 -
Plastic is dangling carrots in front of users,
but my first thought is "ewww." Many successful communities have feedback mechanisms, but is a monetary one the best choice? Is this a good way to encourage high quality posts at Plastic, or does it seem like they're trying to create an instant community for $150?
posted by mathowie
on Feb 23, 2001 -