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06.21.10

Gates Foundation Hires More Advertising Agencies to Spin its Work in the Press; Gates Grantees Are Complaining, Finds Survey

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Marketing, Microsoft at 5:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The Gates Foundation adds more PR muscle to its operations; new survey (conducted by/for the stakeholder) shows internal problems

THE BILL GATES™ brand is being embellished further. The more it’s worth, the more lobbying power it has. According to this new report from PR Week, it’s not enough for Gates to just have numerous external PR agencies working on his image full time. He wants more, he wants everything. This latest report suggests that another PR firm will use its “global reach” to indoctrinate the world and tell each citizen of Earth that the world’s richest person is also most lovable (never mind his crimes that gave him money in the first place).

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation expanded its work with Weber Shandwick, awarding the firm its global communications business after a competitive bid.

The firm began work on the account June 1. Melissa Milburn, deputy director of media relations for the foundation, said by e-mail that Weber Shandwick was selected because of the firm’s “global reach.”

Edelman and others are already involved in this PR campaign too. There are billions of dollars at stake. It’s about brand power and it also helps Microsoft, based on a recent survey of public opinion.

“It’s about brand power and it also helps Microsoft, based on a recent survey of public opinion.”Journalists need to be given only the opportunity to tell one side of this story, based on Gates’ vision. He sincerely believes he’s doing the right thing. Our previous post showed similar practices being used to sell Office 2010; in this case, the product is Bill Gates and the investment portfolio he is boasting.

Further to last week's example from Nigeria we have this PR piece which neglects to mentioned Gates’ investments that increase polio too. That’s what we call one-sided coverage. They repeat what Gates’ PR agencies tell them and never reach out for all the facts. Charm pieces are being spread in many languages, which breeds consent among the population with limited access to information.

It is not news that the Gates Foundation insists on secrecy (except the PR facet). A survey has just found that the Gates Foundation has “overwhelmingly negative” feedback from the respondents.

A survey of more than 1,500 organizations receiving grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shows numerous frustrations and challenges in working with the world’s largest philanthropy.

Last year, the Gates Foundation hired the Center for Effective Philanthropy to survey 1,544 of its grantees. Although respondents indicated strong ratings for the foundation’s positive impact on knowledge, policy and practices, responses were overwhelmingly negative.

Organizations complained about inconsistent communications, a lack of responsiveness, unclear goals, strategies and decision-making processes.

The Seattle Times (which has always been biased) says that the “Gates Foundation gets low marks in relations with non-profits”:

The Gates Foundation received lower than average ratings in many aspects of its relations with grantees, CEO Jeff Raikes disclosed in a letter today.

The results were disclosed following a survey of more than 1,500 non-profits who received grants from the Gates Foundation over the last year. Raikes said the foundation worked with the Center for Effective Philanthropy to measure the perceptions of its grantees.

“They say we are inconsistent in our communications, and often unresponsive,” he wrote.

Here is the report from the Gates Foundation and its apologists [1, 2]. Will transparency increase as a result of this survey? Or will the foundation continue to snub critics by ignoring them altogether (there is a long track record when it comes to that).

Last week we shed some light on the foundation's role in Haiti, but more of the same PR continues to appear, never with a mention of Monsanto (whose Vice President is inside the Gates Foundation). For background, see posts such as:

  1. With Microsoft Monopoly in Check, Bill Gates Proceeds to Creating More Monopolies
  2. Gates-Backed Company Accused of Monopoly Abuse and Investigated
  3. How the Gates Foundation Privatises Africa
  4. Reader’s Article: The Gates Foundation and Genetically-Modified Foods
  5. Monsanto: The Microsoft of Food
  6. Seeds of Doubt in Bill Gates Investments
  7. Gates Foundation Accused of Faking/Fabricating Data to Advance Political Goals
  8. More Dubious Practices from the Gates Foundation
  9. Video Transcript of Vandana Shiva on Insane Patents
  10. Explanation of What Bill Gates’ Patent Investments Do to Developing World
  11. Black Friday Film: What the Bill Gates-Backed Monsanto Does to Animals, Farmers, Food, and Patent Systems
  12. Gates Foundation Looking to Destroy Kenya with Intellectual Monopolies
  13. Young Napoleon Comes to Africa and Told Off
  14. Bill Gates Takes His GMO Patent Investments/Experiments to India
  15. Gates/Microsoft Tax Dodge and Agriculture Monopoly Revisited
  16. Beyond the ‘Public Relations’
  17. UK Intellectual Monopoly Office (UK-IPO) May be Breaking the Law
  18. “Boycott Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in China”
  19. The Gates Foundation Extends Control Over Communication with Oxfam Relationship
  20. Week of Monsanto

Here is a new report about more lobbying from Gates. We don’t know if GMO is part of it.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) argues that this is indeed the case. The project financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is lobbying for the enrichment of foods destined for the dinner tables of children and adults across Africa.

There are some causes that are good, but the way they are marketed to the public (for self glorification) sometimes deserve scrutiny. For instance, many news sites [1, 2, 3, 4] including the MSBBC are still promoting the same PR about women, children, and babies (story mentioned and dissected last week) and few mention the controversies and ulterior motives.

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4 Comments

  1. twitter said,

    June 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

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    Given Mr. Gates’ previous criminal record, it is best to assume that his foundation is little more than tax free business under a different name. Techrights has documented many complaints of the foundation people perverting science and pushing political goals to promote “IP” politics that enslave the recipient and profit Gate’s investments in Microsoft, Walmart, tobacco, big oil, big phama and big agra which includes GMOs. The business of these big companies is as evil as their owners are callous and the more noble the cause they try to usurp to fool the public, the more odious their crimes are. A man with Mr. Gate’s record should not be using his money to purchase newspapers and PR advice, instead he should throw open the doors beyond and above the usual scrutiny demanded of charity. The US IRS should demand more as well.

    No further investigation is required for real charity to avoid the B&M Gates Foundation. Mr. Gates’ continued attacks on the sharing of knowledge is enough to disgrace anyone associated with him. Gates has argued that copyright law is adequate justification for censorship in Communist China. It should come as no surprise that his foundation is as unresponsive, corrupt and bullying as the People’s Republic. Mr. Gates has done more than his fair share of damage to the free flow of information in the world and should be shunned. Paywalls, intellectual monopolies and all the other stuff promoted by Gates result in ignorance, poverty and death.

  2. Needs Sunlight said,

    June 22, 2010 at 3:06 am

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    More Evil than Satan Himself

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    Perhaps not, but just as evil as someone who profits from tobacco, oil pollution, is at war with your right to share and thinks Communist China is AOK. It is difficult to imagine how Mr Gates could be more evil than my conception of evil personified but that is only because I’m too busy trying to do good things for people and earn a living.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    The blog posts mostly deal with software (there’s more in the daily links, including other monopolies that Gates and Allen invest in) and taken within context, throughout their lifetimes the ‘Microsoft people’ (Gates, Myhrvold, Silverberg…) did a lot of damage to society compared to other software companies. IBM also has its pool of unethical people, e.g. Marshall Phelps, Bill Hilf, Jeff Jaffe, Ron Hovsepian…

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