Tag Archives: astroturf

What the News Isn’t Saying About Vaccine-Autism Studies

This story was updated Nov. 27, 2016 to add results of new survey of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children  [The following news analysis and commentary was first published Dec. 31, 2015] A new study this week found no link between vaccines and autism. It instantly made headlines on TV news and popular media everywhere. Many billed […]

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Top 10 Astroturfers

This article first posted in February of 2014   What’s most successful when it appears to be something it’s not? Astroturf. As in fake grassroots. The many ways that corporations, special interests and political interests of all stripes exploit media and the Internet to perpetuate astroturf is ever-expanding. Surreptitious astroturf methods are now more important […]

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Fact Check: Negative Reviews of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is the based-on-a-true-story film about the Sept. 11, 2012 Islamic extremist terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya. It’s not a comprehensive tale: it sticks primarily to the personal stories as told by three CIA operators who heroically helped fight off the attackers as dozens of […]

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Media Matters for the Left: David Brock’s mission to boost Hillary Clinton and smear non-leftist sources of news

Below is the link to an interesting article by Capital Research Center that dissects the seedy world of a left-wing attack blog called “Media Matters” and its attempt to portray itself as a neutral media watchdog. The question is why some in the media use Media Matters, with all its well-known false information and implications, as […]

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19 More Cases of Whooping Cough in Vaccinated Kids

New reports of 19 more cases of kids with whooping cough–all had been vaccinated. It’s time to stop falling for the propaganda and examine what’s really wrong–as well as what’s right–with some vaccines. It isn’t logical to talk about vaccines as if they are monolithic: all good or all bad. Some are more effective than […]

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Who’s pulling the media’s puppet strings?

There are widespread efforts to create what I call a false reality to engulf you when you’re exposed to most any forms of media. The idea is to give the impression there’s widespread support for or against an agenda–when there may not really be. Those behind the efforts to sway your opinion, sometimes using bullying tactics, […]

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Fact Check: Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg’s Errors

A fellow journalist forwarded me a Washington Post article by a woman named Alyssa Rosenberg, and pointed out that it serves as a textbook example of the phenomena discussed in “Stonewalled.” Indeed, it does. And it deserves a serious Fact Check. Rosenberg’s error-riddled article attempted a number of propaganda tactics I describe in the book. In doing so, […]

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Propaganda and Astroturf: Recognize it.

Here’s my TEDx talk on the increasingly artificial paid-for reality we get…and how to recognize the truth. “Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion by making it seem as if you’re an outlier–when you’re not.” “Hallmarks of astroturf and propaganda include use of inflammatory language such as quack, crank, nutty, pseudo, paranoid and […]

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