Posted by Amanda Chapel
Fresh on the heals of the Harpers Magazine sting operation where PR firm APCO Worldwide was seduced into courting Turkmenistan, one of central Asia's most repressive countries... now we've got one for real! A leading expert in international relations says that the Taliban is getting PR counsel. Can you guess who's their firm? Yikes!
First, by way of a little background, according to a CBC News interview with Doug McArthur, a political scientist at Simon Fraser University:
And their new communications strategy is working! "It's happening quite quickly and they are getting a big payoff for their efforts," McAuthur said.
PR'S INCREASING MORAL FLEXIBILITY
Add to that, big international conglomerates are not moored necessarily to any national affiliation. Money is money. And if one firm won't take it, another firm will.
TAKE THE POLL
Directly below is a poll. Who do you think might be the Taliban's new PR Firm? Guess. (Note: Poll closed 6/30/07.)
The firms we offer here are the most likely suspects. They either have an international capability or can quickly fashion a network of firms. Also, it is in our opinion that the firms here would not necessarily be dissuaded by a suspension of human rights, the occasional beheading or the total annihilation of Israel. If you think another firm should be considered, please add it in the comments.
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Having worked for The Rendon Group back in the early 90's, I can't say that I'm shocked by the content of this post. Our client was the Iraqi National Congress and we supported their efforts to maintain sanctions on the government of Saddam Hussein and as a byproduct foment dissention and a popular uprising. We did manage to maintain sanctions during the time I worked on the project; however, it took the current administration to actually change regimes.
Regardless of how unusual the client or project may be, I find it difficult to fathom any firm which is incorporated in a country allied with the U.S. would consider taking this contract. I'm not one to subscribe to the "you're either with us or agains us" mantra, but in this case I think even PR professionals must consider the moral implications involved in taking on this client.
I see how the CEOs of many conglomerates have no patriotism, ethics, or business acumen. See how they are pushing for shamnesty and a commie smelling North American Union with Open Borders, replacing the USA with enforced borders.
An Amerikkkan PR firm could easily rationalize promoting the Taliban under "freedom of speech", forgetting how there is also Treason as a factor to consider.
We get poison food and baby-killing products from Red Commie China.
We get clay pigeon totalitarian secret bill passing in the Senate.
I see a troubled time ahead for USA. A bloody revolution is coming and it is so very sad. The only thing some politicians and CEOs understand is a bullet in the brain. Sad to say, but it looks ugly, the future.
Isn't this a bit too much spin? McArthur is just saying that they are getting expert advice from Al Qaeda. Implying it's a PR firm is a bit unfair and means your future "rumor" articles won't be quite as much fun to read.
Of course, if I had to guess, I would say some fundamentalist managed firm in the Middle East that is an affiliate of (insert name of global firm or network here).
I'm a little surprised that Edelman isn't included in the poll...
When we mentioned Edelman as an option, our Taliban rep shrugged his shoulders and made a face.
Slick site, Strumpette.!
Now...A leading expert in international relations says that the Taliban is getting PR counsel. Can you guess who's their firm?
As Vasper pointed out above, Al Qaeda=PR Firm?! That's a dog gone canonating scoop of a story...or the damnedest hardest pitch for soap I've read yet.
The quote on rationalization was cute - maybe even worth the initial misdirect.
PS Four seasons for cocktails??
The Tliban wouldn't want to hurt its reputation by working with Edelman. My guess is that they're going with MWW and hoping to get a free camera.
I'm not sure. I just hope the Taliban are thinking very seriously about a Web 2.0 strategy.