Fun Fact to Know and Tell
From 2000 through 2008, sales of “Atlas Shrugged,” which was published in 1957, averaged a remarkable 166,000 a year. Since Barack Obama took office, more than 600,000 copies have been sold.
Now that’s the muscular marketplace at its best.
Ad No The Day
From Wednesday’s New York Times:
BP’s Ties to Agency Are Long and Complex
Three years ago, the national laboratory then headed by Steven Chu received the bulk of a $500 million grant from the British oil giant BP to develop alternative energy sources through a new Energy Biosciences Institute.
Dr. Chu received the grant from BP’s chief scientist at the time, Steven E. Koonin, a fellow theoretical physicist whom Dr. Chu jocularly described as “my twin brother.” Dr. Koonin had selected the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at theUniversity of California, Berkeley, over other universities in the United States and Britain in part because of Dr. Chu’s pioneering work in alternative fuels.
Today, Dr. Chu is President Obama’s energy secretary, and he spent Tuesday in Houston working with BP officials to try to find a way to stop the unabated flow of oil from a ruptured well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico.
Dr. Koonin, who followed Dr. Chu to the Energy Department and now serves as under secretary of energy for science, is recused from all matters relating to the disaster because of his past ties to BP, said Stephanie Mueller, an Energy Department spokeswoman.
Dr. Chu, she said, “has never had a financial interest in BP.”
What – $500 million isn’t real money anymore?
Beyond that, consider this Campaign Outsider headline:
New York Times Ties to BP Are Lucrative and Complex
For the past three or four days, the Times has been running this full-page BP damage-control ad (via ThinkProgress):
In an amazing coincidence, BP did not run the ad in Wednesday’s Times.
But BP has run at least half-a-million-dollars worth of advertising in the Good Grey Lady during the past week.
What’s the relationship? We’ll never know.
Fat Chances for Journalists
Apparently, fat is the new news.