We know that Washington lobbyist and PR operative Rick Berman has shilled for seal clubbers, puppy millers, elephant abusers in the traveling circus industry, and all sorts of factory farming interests. His career portfolio also includes folks who peddle tobacco to teens, enable drunk drivers, promote . . .
Lobbyist and PR man Rick Berman has made a career of setting up phony front groups and flacking for the most disreputable of corporate causes. He has worked with consistent ineffectiveness against efforts to combat smoking, drunk driving, consumption of mercury-laced fish by pregnant moms . . .
The New York Times, in a front page story, peeled back a layer or two of Rick Berman’s attempts to deceive the American public about his for-profit ventures on behalf of corporations working against the public interest. The story, from reporter Eric Lipton, exposed Berman’s . . .
In an era of sweeping change in communications, the long-standing principles of American journalism are being tested and challenged. Some journalistic principles are enduring, however, and for good reason. The enterprise depends on a commitment to establishing and reporting facts, and to communicating them with . . .
Yesterday, in Maine, the trophy hunting and trapping lobby trotted out endorsements from politicians opposing our effort to ban the unsporting and reckless practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. The positions of those politicians, generally speaking, have nothing to do with the merits of the . . .
As our society makes continuing progress on animal welfare, exposing cruelty and creating social, corporate and public policy standards, there’s an inevitable backlash from the industries that want to continue to do things just the same as always. I’ve written about the funded brand attack . . .
When we took on the major problems threatening millions or even billions of animals – cracking down on puppy mills, fighting intensive confinement on factory farms, confronting the government of Canada and its ghastly seal slaughter, working to eradicate dogfighting and cockfighting, and curbing the . . .
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of a proposed “ag-gag” bill yesterday almost overshadowed progress toward a milestone in our anti-gestation crate campaign: the New Jersey legislature gave final approval to Senate Bill 1921 to bring the Garden State that much closer to being the 10th . . .
When Rick Berman of the front group Center for Consumer Freedom isn’t shilling for liquor interests, junk food peddlers, or the tanning bed industry, he’s cuddling up to a wide variety of sectors causing harm to animals. He’s got a big following among cockfighters, seal clubbers, . . .
It’s an old and familiar story, the confidence man with his bag of tricks, working his scams until the cold light of day shines and unmasks him for all to see. That’s where Richard Berman finds himself today – exposed as the black bag artist for . . .