Interview with Vendela Vida, who wrote the script for Away we go with her husband, Dave Eggers. Basically, she just took all the funny and surreal things that happen to you while you're pregnant -- people relaying their terrible labor & delivery stories, unasked for advice in the grocery store, wierd things that happen to your body -- and making it into a movie. Brilliant. I wish I had thought of it.
Now here's an example of some really good damage control PR (I'm a bit late on this one...):
On 2/3/09, The Denver Post ran an article: "Boulder firm tells investors to expect heavy losses," saying that "Agile Group, a Boulder wealth-management
firm, has frozen client accounts since last fall and warned investors,
including former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and KOA talk-show host Mike
Rosen, to expect heavy losses... Clients were told the firm had placed money
with Bernard Madoff, accused of swindling investors out of $50 billion
in the world's largest Ponzi scheme, and Tom Petters, a Minneapolis
businessman indicted on 20 counts of fraud that could cost investors up
to $3.5 billion. "
The next day, 2/4/09, the Post ran this article: Clients don't blame Agile. "Some clients of Boulder money manager Neal Greenberg said they don't blame him for the large losses they've suffered...Greenberg has also told investors that his own money and that of his parents was invested with Agile." The story includes forgiving quotes from KOA's Mike Rosen and Tom Tancredo, two of Agile's high profile clients.
Of course, Agile spent lots of money advertising on KOA for years, with the implicit personal recommendation of the radio hosts...
60 Minutes last night aired a report on what has really been going on in the West Bank for the last fifteen or so years: Israeli settlements being built on the hilltops with the express purpose of making a two-state solution impossible. Finally, the mainstream media runs a story that hasn't been packaged up by the Israeli government or lobby!
But don't take the Palestinians' word for it -- all you have to do is listen to what the mayor of an Israeli settlement has to say: "Daniella Weiss moved from Israel to the West Bank 33 years ago. She has been the mayor of a large settlement.
"I think that settlements prevent the establishment of a
Palestinian state in the land of Israel. This is the goal. And this is
the reality," Weiss told 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon.
It's amazing how quickly the change from the Bush regime can result in change -- can you imagine this report being aired a year ago?