On my way to work Wednesday morning, I looked up and saw a giant billboard with a picture of George W. Bush and the words “OUR LEADER” under it. The first thing I thought was, when was the last time I have seen a president on a billboard? What is going on? Didn’t Saddam Hussein have his picture up everywhere? What next, a statue?
Overzealous ad exec? Clear channel sucking up for concessions? Stage one of the Limbergh Rebellion?
It is unfortunate that in the midst of Orwellian terror, the photographer neglected to snap a close up of the end of the sentence: “… brought to you by Clear Ch …”. Is it still HITLER/HUSSEIN when HITLER/HUSSEIN himself didn’t put up the photo?
I’m going to have to disagree with you in regards to Enron. Now, I’m mostly clueless when it comes to the full-range of in-depth business news, but Enron’s crimes seem to revolve mostly around the lengths they went to in order to cover up their true financial situation.
Shredding evidence and lying to investors are bad, bad things, don’t get me wrong. So was the impact on employees who lost huge chunks of their retirement funds because of the mismanagement.
Yet for some dumb reason I feel more threatened by Clear Channel than Enron because the latter collapsed in upon itself, whereas CC is like a growing cancer that’s infecting and swallowing all the healthy media outlets in our country one concert arena (currently: 200), radio station (currently: 1,200) or television station (currently: 37) at a time.
Although they didn’t invent the “bland music” trend in radio, they’ve done the most to push it’s boundries. Their 1,200 radio stations have a very strict list of what is “recommended” for play, which doesn’t help the lack of variety of music out there. They’ve also taken to firing many the local on-air personalities around the country, replacing them with a few employees who record a few extra bits here and there with “local flavor” and news references to make the packages pushed to all those stations appear local, rather than national.
Others have different views of the importance of preventing such homogenization in our media, and I can respect that, but for me personally, Clear Channel is a bigger threat than Enron ever was.
I’m going to have to disagree with you in regards to Enron. Now, I’m mostly clueless when it comes to the full-range of in-depth business news, but Enron’s crimes seem to revolve mostly around the lengths they went to in order to cover up their true financial situation.[/quote]
That and “burn baby, burn”, when brush fires were tearing up power lines in California just as Enron was manipulating the energy market and re-selling energy California had in the first place for a premium.
Oh, and they knew they’d be protected by “Ken Lay’s buddy Bush in the White House” (I think it’s the exact quote).