Patrick D. Maines

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Patrick D. Maines "is president of the Media Institute. He has also written extensively on the communications policy issues and resides in Oakton, Virginia." [1]

In 2007 National Association of Broadcasters chairman Jack Sander "praised Media Institute president Patrick Maines for being a "strong ally in our fight to stave off attempts to restrict free speech."" [2]

Puff Piece (2016):

Patrick D Maines has been President of The Media Institute in Arlington, Va., since 1984. Mr. Maines has designed and directed all of the Institute’s program activities, and has formulated the Institute’s policy positions on a wide array of issues.  Prior to joining The Media Institute, Mr. Maines had careers in corporate public affairs and publishing in New York City.

“Media & Communications Policy” is a blog that strives to offer informed and thoughtful commentary on a variety of First Amendment and communications policy issues. The principal authors, Patrick D Maines and Richard T Kaplar, have been avid observers and active participants in the communications policymaking process for more than 25 years. Their observations on how the media affect and are affected by technology, commerce, politics, ideology, and social mores promise to be often provocative and always insightful – and not, we might add, beholden to the reigning ethos of political correctness. [1]</blockquote]


Documents & Timeline

1990 Mar President and on the Board of Trustees of Scaife-funded The Media Institute. [2] At this time he is active in a number of different areas.

  • He has written a Letter to the Editor New York Times attacks legislation in Congress to reduce tobacco company deducations of advertising costs. [ (Type-in Bates Number) 2044405499
  • Maines was also writing to Josh Slavitt at Philip Morris USA Corporate Affairs. He tells them that he is now also running Communications Research Corp., ("a for-profit consulting subsidiary of The Media Institute") from the same address. He is communicaing about the Ideas on Commercial Free Speech project they are running. [ (Type-in Bates Number) 2046039322
  • The Media Institute also wants money to publish book of essays written by "prominent conservatives (or an employee of a well-known conservative organisation) in opposition to content controls on TV violence, indecency, children's TV, the Fairness Doctrine, and commercial speech" [ (Type-in Bates Number) 2041159664

1995 Dec 15 Patrick Maine is now dealing with Josh Slavitt who is on the "Issues Team" at Philip Morris USA, Corporate Affairs division. Slavitt's report says:

Discussed Media Institute proposal on Commercial Free Speech (Note: tobacco's right to advertise its products) with Patrick Maines, Rick Kaplar and Sol Schildhause. Agreed to consider support of two efforts:

  • A publication on the issue
  • Development of a resource bank

They are drafting an in-depth proposal and budget for review.


1997 Dec 2 Burson-Marsteller presents a recommendation for PM's approval on the Media Fairness Initiative.

Our assignment was to take a comprehensive look at ways in which Philip Morris could contribute to the evolution of the national media into a more objective and responsible force.

Specifically, we were asked to examine and update the media watchdog group binder, analyze and prioritize third-party groups with whom to work on media fairness initiatives in 1998, detail how PM can get involved in news councils.

As we delved into these areas, we also saw some harmonization of other priority issues. For example, opportunities for Generation X outreach via Journalism school programs.

Partisan Organizations -- Conservative
The Media Institute 3017 M Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 Patrick D. Maines, President
The Media Institute is a nonprofit research foundation which seeks to foster freedom of speech, deregulation of the media and communications industry, and excellence in journalism. It receives financial support from foundations, corporations, media companies, associations and individuals.
Its Board of Trustees and Communications Policy Council consist of members of various aspects of business and communications industries such as Disney, Gillette, Viacom, and MCI.
The Media Institute recently published a report on alcohol advertising in which First Amendment scholar and University of Virginia law professor Robert M O'Neil concluded that attempts to restrict alcohol advertising would be found unconstitutional.
TMI hosts a Communications Forum luncheon series with luncheons held eight times per year. Attendance at the luncheons is by invitation only, but Philip Morris is a sponsor of the Forum and could potentially place a speaker in the future. Also, the luncheons are not planned far in advance so next steps could be rapid. The next series will be held November 20, 1997 and will feature panelists discussing copyright protection policies. No series are planned beyond that date.

TMI's website has hotlinks to the Communications Research Corporation which is a daughter organization to TMI. CRC is a private consulting practice which provides advice, strategic planning, and implementation services for a wide range of communications issues from the standpoint of policy and public affairs.
TMI also links to the Freedom of Expression Foundation and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, of which Robert O'Neil is the director. Both groups seem to have purposes similar to that of The Media Institute.[4]

1998 Feb /E Roy Marden of Philip Morris has created a "Third Party Message Development Contacts List" which has a range of think-tank operators, journalists, and academics who are willing to write pro-tobacco material without mentioning their tobacco connections [third-party = 'independent commentator']. Some of them allow their names to be used as bylines on articles written by tobacco company staff.
The list often has some comments on their usefulness, and the notes on this person says:

Patrick Maines, President, The Media Institute, (Josh Slavitt is the contact) [5]
Note: [[[Roy Marden]] was Philip Morris's chief coordinator and contact with the major think-tanks and millionairre family foundations.]

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