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Re: Nick Pope and PR Campaigns

From: Kentaro Mori <kentaro.mori.nul>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:35:29 -0300
Archived: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:56:25 -0400
Subject: Re: Nick Pope and PR Campaigns


>From: Nick Pope <nick.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:57:20 +0200 (CEST)
>Subject: Re: Nick Pope and PR Campaigns

>>From: Kentaro Mori <kentaro.mori.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 07:56:24 -0300
>>Subject: Re: Pope On Aliens At The Olympics

>>Nick, why didn't you simply clarify, at the time on this List,
>>that you were being paid for this PR campaign upon reading this
>>news clipping with your name on the subject?

>I'm frequently quoted in the mainstream media on a wide range of
>subjects. I don't see all the features, let alone have time to
>correct views expressed in the blogosphere from people who have
>misinterpreted or misrepresented my comments.

Thank you for your reply, but I was referring to this List. You
seem to reply to all mentions of your name on this List,
especially when they are the subject of the messages, which is
only natural. There were several messages with your name on the
subject, on this List, regarding this subject. You only
clarified their questions in the past few days. I asked why.

<snip>

>>Your contract specified you couldn't disclose your association
>>with the viral (i.e. fake news) campaign until the advertising
>>company determined so? If so, when was that date? Could you
>>detail more about the specifics of how you allowed your name
>>to be used? Did you review the text before publication?

>This information is commercially confidential - which is
>standard practice on any campaign, on any subject, given the
>fierce competition in the PR, marketing and advertising
>industry.

And I think this is the reply that answers my question. You were
paid not to disclose and clarify to the public, even if they
asked you directly for clarification on the subject, even if
your claims were discussed on a serious discussion List such as
UfoUpdates. You read them but couldn't comment on them, couldn't
clarify doubts of your own name and claims, because you were
being paid for it.

>>I think it's fair game to make money on the subject, but it's
>>also fair game to clearly disclose the terms on which you are
>>making money to (and from) the public.

>This whole affair is (or should be) a complete non-issue. It
>only arises because some people read a light-hearted 'what if'
>feature pegged on the release of a computer game, and somehow
>managed to convince themselves that the mainstream media was
>reporting an imminent alien invasion. Amusingly, all the critics
>claim that they weren't fooled themselves, but say they're
>getting upset on behalf of those people who were!

Those fooled believed _you_ were reporting an imminent alien
invasion. You were aware of them being deceived, you received
direct inquiries regarding your claims, and yet you let them be
deceived. Because you were making money.

And you blame those deceived for being naive. I disagree. You
took part in deceiving the public. You made money by deceiving
the public. All for a video game!


Kentaro



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