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PR Watch monitors deceptive and manipulative public relations firms, such as the creation of "front groups" -- organizations that purport to represent a popular public agenda, when in fact their message is tailored to serve the specific interests of a client whose sponsorship of the organization is hidden.
Above text makes PR Watch seem more general than it really is. Rampton's website and newsletter actually only go after groups trying to debunk his environmentalist agenda. --Uncle Ed 20:45 Jan 15, 2003 (UTC)
Actually, PR Watch does more than expose anti-environmental front groups. --Sheldon Rampton 04:10 22 Jun 2003 (UTC)
Criticism of CMD
"Defenders of the public relations industry regard their writings as one-sided and hostile." The paragraph that begins with that sentence, shouldn't it be moved to the CMD page, or atleast taken off of this one? Grice 11:18, 21 Sep 2004 (UTC)
NPOV issue: "Rampton founded Disinfopedia (now known as SourceWatch), another CMD project, to complement his PR Watch work to expose deceptive and misleading public relations campaigns." is NOT NPOV.
- Actually it is, if that's why he founded it. It doesn't have to provide that service, but if that's the purpose, the mission statement, etc. then its fine. If you feel its not what is accomplished, provide sources and citations after the claim on why it was founded to discuss why it doesn't meet its established goals. -Visorstuff 17:53, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
No longer affiliated with CMD
I should point out that I no longer work with the Center for Media and Democracy, effective October 2009. I realize that Wikipedia generally frowns upon people editing their own biographies, but since this is merely an updating of a point of fact, I'll go ahead and make the change myself to the article. --Sheldon Rampton (talk) 05:06, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
It has been several years since my biography on Wikipedia has been updated, and I'd like to add a bit of information about my current activities and involvements. I suggest replacing the current final sentence with something such as the following.
- In 2009, Rampton became the senior web developer for the New York State Senate, joining a team created by the Senate's Chief Information Officer, Andrew Hoppin, to promote information transparency and innovation in government using open source software. The Senate deployed the first major New York State government website using the Drupal content management system, introduced live video streaming of all Senate hearings, committee meetings and other official events, and launched its own search engine enabling citizens to find and read senate bills online as they were being drafted.
- In 2011, Hoppin and Rampton co-founded New Amsterdam Ideas, a New York-based company that develops open-source software solutions for government agencies and nonprofit organizations.