Arab Nations Hire 10 New PR Agencies Since Last Year


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The U.S. Public Relations industry is one which is very high profile, but is a tiny, close knit industry, with only perhaps 75 American PR firms having more than 50 employees (i.e. enough scope/influence to represent a foreign government or foreign interests). Over lunch recently, one of my peers, who like me owns one of the 25 largest US PR agencies, explained why his firm would no longer work with Jewish organizations and pro-Israel concerns.  He explained there is simply too much money working for Arab organizations and interests, and between front groups, organizations and projects, from a business perspective, he was no longer working for pro-Israel or Jewish organizations. It’s a trend which will grow – and will see Arab interests even more positively portrayed in American media.

In the latest news, Bahrain in the last 12 months has hired at least ten public relations companies since last year.  Yes, you read it right – ten – including Qorvis, the Washington company hired by Saudi Arabia to salvage that kingdom’s reputation abroad after the 9/11 terrorist attack. The regime of Bahrain, which tortures its own citizens, has an awful human rights record and doesn’t recognize the existence of Israel, also hired Joe Trippi, former campaign manager for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential bid, and Sanitas International, whose partner Christopher Harvin is a former Bush White House aide.

In the “new” Middle East a lot has changed – except recognition of Israel, and millions are spent by Arab interests on professional public relations campaigns:

  • Harbour Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm has been hired by the new Libyan government. As the Hill recently revealed, Harbour recently signed a new $15,000 per month contract with the Libyan embassy. Patton Boggs, another large K Street lobbying group, is also now representing the new Libyan regime. They previously worked with Gadhafi, alongside the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Monitor Group and held a hefty $250,000 per month contract with Tripoli, recruiting prominent American academics to praise the Libyan government.
  • It’s nothing new in the Middle East – Arab governments spend lots of money on public relations. The Syrian regime continues to butcher thousands of their people in the streets – and its by and large missing from the mainstream media (and one of the things a good crisis PR agency is able to do is ensure negative stories never be printed). One day we will read about who is working for Syria now. A few months ago hackers released hundreds of e-mails from Syrian President Assad’s office, which revealed a document preparing Assad for his December 2011 interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters.
  • This week, the glowing profile and stunning full-page picture of Asma al-Assad, Syria’s First Lady, which appeared in Vogue in February 2011 with the titled: “Asma al-Assad: A Rose in the Desert” was quietly removed from Vogue’s website.  Vogue wouldn’t comment on why the story was removed – but the story which described her as “glamorous, young, and very chic – the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,” ran as the Syrian government was butchering anti-regime protesters. A PR firm, Brown Lloyd James, worked for Syria to arrange the story in the past.

Brown Lloyd James worked in the past to boost the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadaffi. They said, “…we assisted the Libyan government in its efforts to reach out to the international political community through the United Nations and to the U.S. political and university community.”

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  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: "Arab Nations Hire 10 New PR Agencies Since Last Year."

    Not mentioned is their sponsorship of BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      They might respect the PR firms.
      Obama? He can only give Al Qaida so many Libya's and then what is he worth?

  • MikeWood

    I wonder what the Left would say to this. They after all follow the arab line like sheep. The arabs have the biggest financial clout and buy influence on an enormous scale. The Left is on the side of these barbaric plutocrats in their demonisation of Israel. The Left is on the same side as these unscrupulous PR firms as they rake in their millions. It is to their eternal shame!

  • StephenD

    I would that as each is exposed to the air (on television or radio) such as when Joe Trippi is a guest as he often is, on talk shows, that he be asked about his support for Bahrain which is documented to torture and murder its own innocent people. If these folks are confronted openly, and it is brought to light that the almighty dollar determines their moral ground, perhaps their words will be nullified.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Bahrain is resisting the Iranian factions infiltrating it's economy.

      Why don't you check into that angle? Every time Obama moves it's to support an Iranian friendly regime or terror organization.

      • patriothere

        You are such a liar. Did Iran send tanks into Bahrain like Saudi arabia did? No. Did Iran give billions of dollars to bahrain to murder its shia majority? Why would Shia Iran give aid to a godless regime to kill more shia? You're stupid.

        You and the jews do not have the same interests.

        You don't want peace. You want persian blood. You want to drink the blood of every persian man woman and child. You are a hate filled monster that wants to see millions dead and the whole world destroyed so your stupid jesus can come back.

        I hate everything you stand for you monster and will continue to fight the good fight for reason, freedom and sanity.

        Every time Obama moves it's to support a zionist friendly regime or terrorist organization. Ask the egyptians who getting beat by security forces. Or the people of Bahrain or the people of syria or libya.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          I am not such a liar. I realize as an Iranian friendly paid troll you have to speak up.
          http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/02/02/bahr

        • Joe Honic

          Why are you so afraid to use your real name? You could be 10 people using 10 pseudonyms. Tanks are hardly the only weapons of effect. As it is the Iranian president has declared his mission not only to eradicate Israel but the hope and aim the same could happen to all Jews. Jews used to wait for the inevitable. Not anymore. As your use of the words "hate" and all the rest , you have merely exposed your own base instincts thereby erasing any sense of legitimate intent for good.

  • Ain't No Dhimmi

    That is a great photo!
    Arab men holding hands and dancing together.
    Looks like they have learned from that program called
    "The Dancing Boys of Afganistan."
    Is that Obama in the center of the photo???
    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    • joy52

      Ha! That is the real truth behind all their hatred.

  • Bert

    The influence of the Arabs comes from their oil wealth. The U.S. government and its agencies have, for decades, suppressed all inventors with technologies that could replace oil, coal, natural gas and even nuclear. See http://www.energysuppression.com and Google "alternative energy".
    Over three years ago a group of U.S. scientists sent an urgent memo to Obama and every member of Congress. It listed entire families of advanced energy technologies that can produce unlimited amounts of clean cheap energy and a specific program to develop one of the most promising. An 18 month program would cost a total of only $3.2 million. So far no response from Obama or Congress. But they all give good speeches about energy independence.

  • Schlomotion

    One can rely on Ronn Torossian to tout himself in every article. The last one had him pretending to waggle a large bundle of money in front of J-Street, and this one has him saying "me owns one of the 25 largest US PR agencies." What a brokedick impresario! Segue from self-aggrandizement to whining about the fact that money is more powerful than race, and that people are chasing Arab Hasbara dollars instead of Jewish Hasbara dollars. Your given name is unfortunate as people might attribute your bad behavior to the Armenian community instead of the Israeli community.

  • oldtimer

    This picture reminds me of a children's book. The little characters are holding hands and skipping in the flowers.

  • Choi

    Your peer is a PROSTITUTE whose GREED has CURSED HIM.
    His Arab money won't buy him a cooler rock in H$LL,and the same goes for the others.

  • Ghostwriter

    I would be surprised if Sclockbrain didn't work for one of those PR firms listed in the article. He despises Jews with every post he writes while coddling obvious monsters like the PLO. Mr. Jew Hater Supreme isn't fooling anyone. His anti-semitism is on display for all the world to see.

  • Choi

    "Your comment must be approved by the site admins before it will appear publicly."
    Now WHY is that ?

  • NuritG

    Money is the root of all evil and it trumps the truth, dignity, honesty and integrity!_Hitler succeeded to execute his evil by having a massive PR machine that "brainwashed" the masses!

  • joy52

    But it all eventually came out about the Nazis(after lots died). It will all come out.

  • GeorginaUSCitizen

    Israelis use PR firms. Why not Arabs?