The well-known liberal journalist Roger Rosenblatt spent some time at Philip Morris preparing a substantial article for the New York Times Sunday supplement on the top executives of the company. He focussed on the Americans who were running the domestic operations.
It was a moderate story profiling business executives, although the main headline mentioned "Merchants of Death", which wouldn't have gone down too well.
Rosenblatt's main contact at PM was through Barry Holt, the internal PR staffer responsible for media contacts and also for media manipulation.
• The right-wing journalist David Brock who worked for the American Spectator, commented on the "liberal Harvard professor Roger Rosenblatt who wrote for American Spectator in the early days of high-spirited skepticism of all ideologies and agendas." ( Blinded by the Right: Brock p81 )
1993 Dec 10: Exchange of e-mails about the journalist and "liberal ex-smoker" Roger Rosenblatt who wrote features for the New York Times.
1993 Dec 14: Rosenblatt was meeting with PM executives in a PM Conference Room. The Americans were: Steve Parrish, Craig Fuller, Ellen Merlo, Chuck Wall, Barry Holt.
1994 Jan: Meeting with Larry Wexler. Osdene notes that he is meeting Bring, Fuller, Wexler, Chuck Wall, Steve [Parrish], and Ellen [Merlo].
Still to decide: Campbell, Murdoch, Bible, (maybe) Dangoor (might be) Leo Burnett
1994 Feb: Ellen Merlo spent at least 3-4 weeks with Roger Rosenblatt when he was preparing the NY Times Sunday Magazine feature on Philip Morris and some of us who work here. "We have received overwhelmingly favorable comments from a wide cross section of people about the feature."
1994 March 20: See Rosenblatt's Merchants of Death article