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Google seeks spinmeisters

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Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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Internet giant Google is seeking communications personnel to get its story out to the world and counter what it calls negative press.

According to an advertisement posted on PRWeek’s Website, part of a communications manager’s role is to "counter misinformation and mitigate negative media coverage that might lead to unnecessary regulation or interfere with our business and ability to serve our users in other ways."

I don’t know what the job pays, but I bet it’s a lot. These folks are going to have to drink the Kool-Aid and then bridge the gap between Google’s high-sounding "Don’t be evil" mantra and actual corporate behavior.

Of course the best way to avoid "unnecessary regulation" is not to abuse customers privacy, to provide adequate security and not to indulge in anti-competitive practices.

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This post was written by:

John M. Simpson

- who has written 362 posts on Inside Google.

John M. Simpson is a leading voice on technological privacy and stem cell research issues. His investigations this year of Google’s online privacy practices and book publishing agreements triggered intense media scrutiny and federal interest in the online giant’s business practices. His critique of patents on human embryonic stem cells has been key to expanding the ability of American scientists to conduct stem cell research. He has ensured that California’s taxpayer-funded stem cell research will lead to broadly accessible and affordable medicine and not just government-subsidized profiteering. Prior to joining Consumer Watchdog in 2005, he was executive editor of Tribune Media Services International, a syndication company. Before that, he was deputy editor of USA Today and editor of its international edition. Simpson taught journalism a Dublin City University in Ireland, and consulted for The Irish Times and The Gleaner in Jamaica. He served as president of the World Editors Forum. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Harpur College of SUNY Binghamton and was a Gannett Fellow at the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. He has an M.A. in Communication Management from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

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