Who’s Hilary Rosen?
The woman who waged a Twitter war against stay-at-home mothers is not an adviser to President Obama, though Mitt Romney’s campaign wants you to think yes. She is a Democratic strategist and expert, but she is actually best known for her long career in lobbying. And she’s no stranger to controversy.
Rosen, a well-connected Washington connoisseur, is the kind of person who can expect Al Gore and Greta van Susteren to show up at her 50th birthday party.
Hilary Rosen, then president and ceo of the Recording Industry Association of America, appeared before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Internet of the Chamber of Commerce and Internet at Capitol Hill on Friday, July 20, 2001. (DENNIS COOK / ASSOCIATED PRESS)
According to a 2003 Matt Bai profile on Wired, Rosen was helping to pay bills while attending George Washington University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international business.
A family friend thought it was an inappropriate job for a college-educated woman and helped her get a job in the D.C. office of New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne. He stayed on the hill and found a lobbying career for music publishers.
“She can punch you in the face, and you’re still smiling after she does,” Clinton’s former chief of staff John Podesta told Wired at the time.
“I like people who play, and she’s a player,” the then representative repeated. Christopher Cannon (R-Utah) *, even when he fought it for deregulation.
But college students were less kind. Rosen, who started at the Recording Industry Association of America in 1987, was the group’s executive director during the war for digital music rights.
As the public face of the (successful) effort to override Napster and other file-sharing services, Rosen gained widespread hatred on the Internet. He even received death threats.
After leaving the RIAA, he questioned the value of lawsuits against individual downloaders and said he had tried to push the industry to evolve.
“I’m not going to be a George Tenet here, but it’s well known that I was impatient with the industry’s pace of industry adoption of online music distribution,” he said in 2007. “There is no substitute for speed when times are difficult”. Record companies had valid reasons for their caution, but that caution allowed the situation to get out of hand.”
She resigned in 2003, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family, attorney Elizabeth Birch and two foster children. (The couple separated in 2006).
After leaving the RIAA, Rosen was briefly acting director of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization.
In 2006 he teamed up with another former RIAA executive, Jay Berman, to start a new anti-piracy company, Berman Rosen Global Strategies. He did consulting work for Facebook, XM, Viacom and other companies, and began appearing as a commentator on CNN.
She started her own social networking site for lesbians, OurChart.com, inspired by Showtime’s “The L Word”. (The site is now extinct as it has been absorbed by Showtime’s website).
In 2008, Rosen became the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post in Washington and joined the Brunswick Group, another public relations firm.
An ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton in that election, she told Queerty about the sexism the candidate faced: “Millions of women who felt this can’t be wrong. We hear things based on a lifetime of snubs and therefore we hear them differently than men.”
When he began consulting British Petroleum on how to deal with the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Huffington Post, editorially highly critical of BP, cut ties.
Rosen now works for SKDKnickerbocker, a Democratic communications company that has worked on Obama’s campaign in the past. She has visited the White House several times, at one point attended a meeting about health care messages.
She has also provided “occasional counseling and media training” to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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