Thursday, December 15, 2011

Big Media Rupert Murdoch Gets Recruited by Big Spending Big Tobacco, 1984

Big Media Rupert Murdoch Gets Recruited by Big Spending Big Tobacco, 1984

Murdoch's Ties to Big Tobacco

Murdoch's connection to Philip Morris Co. revealed through secret industry documents on Legacy Tobacco Documents Library and

"Rupert Murdoch's phone-hacking problems have been all over the news in recent days, but it wasn't too long ago his media properties were providing a supportive environment for Big Tobacco that went largely unreported."

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1.  [Letter from P Sheehy to Rupert Murdoch appreciating the lunch arrangements]

Date 19840216 (February 16, 1984)
Type letter
Bates Previous Bates 202206199 Next Bates
Collection British American Tobacco
Pages 1

a/) 16th February, 1984 .Mr. Rupert Murdoch, The Times, P. 0. Box 7, London WC 1. Dear Mr. Murdoch, Thank you very much for inviting me to lunch yesterday. I found It very interesting exchanging views with you on matters of mutual interest. We touched a little bit on the ever mounting restrictions on advertising of tobacco products. These operate to our mutual disadvantage and I was pleased to hear you express your concern. I was glad that the Editor of The Sunday Times was there as that paper has not
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Date 19890830 (August 30, 1989)
Bates Previous Bates 2070151044 Next Bates
Collection Philip Morris
Pages 1
Added Ind. 20030606 (June 6, 2003)

PHILIP MORRIS COMPANIES INC. ! TO: FROM: iNTER-OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE 120 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, N.Y 10017 ALL DEPARTMENT I~EADS\/ aATE: August 30, 1989 GUY L. SMITH CIIRI~i. LLLl.11Vr1 vr /n~~r.icl nuicvU~n lv rnii.,lr r1Vtt[C1J nUeucu Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of The News Corporation Limited, has been elected to the Philip Morris Companies Inc. board of directors. Mr. Murdoch, 58, has been the driving force behind the success of his corporation, which he took over in 1954. The News
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Rupert holds 10% to 15% of voting stock at Philip Morris by 1996...


Date 19960308 (March 8, 1996)
Bates Previous Bates 2048874245 Next Bates
Collection Philip Morris
Pages 1
Added Ind. 20021024 (October 24, 2002)

PHILIP MORRIS COMPANIES INC. INTER-OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE • 120 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK 10017 TO: Distribution DATE: March 8, 1996 FROM: G. Penn Holsenbeck CC7P{'l SUBJECT: Proxy Statement - Rupert Murdoc lh 0 Our proxy solicitors, D.F. King & Co., tell us that Institutional Shareholder Services now automatically recommends that votes be withheld from directors who fail to attend at least 75% of Board and Committee meetings. As a result, they predict that ten to fifteen percent of the shares to
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Interlocking Directorates: 
  • Rupert Murdoch director of News Corp, Philip Morris, Cato Institute. 
  • Geoff Bible, Chairman of Philip Morris is director of News Corp, Philip Morris.
  • David Koch on Cato board with Murdoch and PM VP, also on board or chairman of CSE, Reason Institute and other tobacco co-conspirators.
  • Koch's Reason Foundation included RJ Reynolds tobacco heir Burton C. Gray as director until his death, and Koch's Citizens for a Sound Economy featured C. Boyden Gray as Chairman of the board. The Gray-tobacco fortune was used as leverage for upstart webhost AOL to takeover Time-Warner-CNN. CNN is now Fox-LIGHT, and AOL took over Huffington Post recently.

Geoffrey C. Bible


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Geoffrey C. Bible has been a director since December 2007. Since 2002, Mr. Bible has served on the board of SABMiller plc and on the Advisory Board of Metalmark Capital LLC, a private equity firm. Prior to his retirement in 2002, Mr. Bible served as Chief Executive Officer of Altria Group, Inc. (formerly Philip Morris Companies Inc.) from 1994 until 2002 and as Chairman of the Altria board from 1995 until 2002. Between 2001 and 2002, he also served as Chairman of the Board of Kraft Foods Inc. Mr. Bible also served as a director of News Corp. from 1998 until 2004, the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 until 2001 and B-Sky-B plc from 1994 until 1997. He is a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom.

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Cato and the tobacco industry - on Philip Morris, RJR "friends" lists

The Cato Institute appears on several Philip Morris lists of "national allies," including a 1999 "Federal Government Affairs Tobacco Allies Notebook," and in a less-specific list of "National Allies" dated 2000. [44][45]
R.J. Reynolds (RJR) in a September 2000 document also names Cato Institute as an organization the company could rely upon to help the tobacco industry "shift the debate and framework under which cigarette-related issues are evaluated in the future." In the document, titled "Reframing the Debate Communications Plan," RJR states, "Work with CATO Institute ... to empanel a group to debate legality and future management of cigarette industry. Open forum to media (pitch C- SPAN coverage); issue press release and transcript of remarks to media not in attendance." A subsequent part of the plan says RJR could help sustain public interest in their points of view by encouraging Cato Institute to send [pro-tobacco] columns to the national media.[46]

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