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Inside the System

June 24, 2005 | Page 4

Parachute of black gold

DON'T CRY for Philip Cooney. The former chief of staff of the White House Council on Environmental Quality resigned earlier this month, after revelations that he had edited government reports to downplay the link between pollution and global warming.

Cooney's editing is part of the Bush administration's attempts to discount the threat of climate change--in order to put off curbs on the oil industry's emission of greenhouse gases.

According to the White House, Cooney's rapid departure in early June had nothing to do with the breaking scandal."Mr. Cooney has long been considering his options following four years of service to the administration," a White House spokesperson told reporters. "He'd accumulated many weeks of leave and decided to resign and take the summer off to spend time with his family."

Before going to the White House, Cooney was a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute. Now he's returning to the hearth.

According to reports last week, the oil-industry "yes man" landed on his feet. Just days after his resignation, Cooney was hired by ExxonMobil Corp.--the world's largest oil company. Exxon executives, not surprisingly, have been among the most critical of the scientific fact that climate change is being caused by pollution.
-- Associated Press, June 15, 2005

Radio Not-So-Free Ohio

LISTENERS TUNING into Radio Free Ohio in May might have thought that they had stumbled on a "pirate" anti-corporate radio station.

For weeks, the amateur-sounding signal went out over the broadcasts of stations in Akron, Ohio, owned by radio conglomerate Clear Channel. On their Web site, www.radiofreeohio.com, the "pirates" posted a manifesto condemning local Clear Channel stations and complaining about "corporate-controlled music playlists."

But as it turns out. Radio Free Ohio wasn't a prank played by indie pirates. It was Clear Channel's prank on an unsuspecting public.

The broadcasts were part of a new publicity campaign to drum up business for an Akron Clear Channel station that was switching from sports to a progressive talk radio format. "Once we determined we were going to change the format, we tried to get into the mindset of people who would listen to this new station," said Dan Lankford, vice president and market manager for Clear Channel in Akron. "Clear Channel, as I see it, is dedicated to entertaining radio and to getting results for our advertisers. There's a hole in the market here and we're going to fill it."
-- New York Times, May 30, 2005

Heard it through the grapevine

"MY PARTY abandoned me. There's no other way to say it: they put their tails between their legs, and they ran...Until people can stand up for what's right in the face of whatever is flying at you, nothing is going to change."
-- Whoopi Goldberg, on the Democratic Party's failure to stand up for her after Republicans attacked her during last year's election campaign

"IT SEEMED like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of--and the allegations--by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble--that means not tell the truth."
-- George W. Bush, on an Amnesty International report on prisoner abuse at Guantánamo Bay

"I THINK younger workers--first of all, younger workers have been promised benefits the government--promises that have been promised, benefits that we can't keep."
-- Bush

"IT'S IN our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way."
-- Bush

"THE WAY the situation is, we won't be ready to take responsibility for a thousand years."
-- Iraqi Army Private Amar Mana, when asked when the army will be ready to take over internal security

"IT COULD be somebody else. We have policemen doing it. You know that...I didn't sell it. I didn't sell it...I didn't sell it. Don't ever accuse me of selling heroin."
-- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, after revelations that employees in the city's Water Department were operating a drug ring

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