(Hoggan and Cray 2011) 40th anniversary of the Lewis Powell memo

Hoggan, Jim; Cray, Charlie. 40th anniversary of the Lewis Powell memo launching corporate propaganda infrastructure. DeSmogBlog. 2011 Aug 23. Available from: http://www.desmogblog.com/40th-anniversary-lewis-powell-memo-launching-corporate-propaganda-infrastructure. Accessed 2011 Nov 25. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/63T15QWqf.

On the 40th anniversary of the confidential submission of the infamous Powell Memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Cray’s capsule history of the Memo is republished with a new introduction by Hoggan. Written by “well-known tobacco industry defender” and soon-to-be U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr., the Memo urged joint action by the business world as a whole, through umbrella organizations such as the Chamber, to influence the opinions both of powerful elites and of the general public in a pro-corporate direction. The Memo is credited for the establishment of a number of conservative foundations and think tanks. It was only leaked to the public (via reporter Jack Anderson) after Powell had been confirmed to the Supreme Court; Anderson “cited it as reason to doubt Powell’s legal objectivity.”


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