Perspective: Lights, Camera, Activism
(February 1st, 1999)
"Celebrity is terrific to throw light on something… because the fact is that the media is the fourth branch of the government." So spoke Rob "Meathead" Reiner, architect of California's recent 50-cent cigarette tax increase.And he's right. Celebrity endorsement unleashes tremendous public reaction. If Oprah can cripple the...
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Heaven Help Us
(February 1st, 1999)
Looks like all the do-gooding is going to some heads. Here are actual quotes by some modern-day messiahs.
"I do have this messianic feeling that I can save the world."
- Meryl Streep"My agenda is a national agenda… I feel like the cavalry coming to the rescue." read more here »

Cause Celébre
(February 1st, 1999)
The Christian Science Monitor calls celebrity activism "the entertainment industry's unofficial pastime." But where are all these actor-vists coming from, anyway?Just like any big Hollywood production, they're created by groups like "Celebrity Source," the "Show Coalition," and "Cause Celebre." These outfits actually match up stars and causes for...
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Rosie Outlook Spun by CSPI
(February 1st, 1999)
WOW! The Center for Science in the Public Interest is showing some spunk. CSPI chief Michael Jacobson claimed that talk-show star Rosie O'Donnell refused to endorse the fat substitute Olestra. Truth is, Ms. Rosie had a scheduling conflict. "Don't care!" says Mike. He's leaving his version of the "truth"...
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Internet Misinformation
(February 1st, 1999)
Ever notice how all the anti-alcohol zealots seem to be pitching the same sensational messages to the media, even getting the same facts wrong? They're using a direct information service that feeds text and graphics to Web sites around the globe - a type of anti-alcohol news service. For...
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