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Astroturf environmental activism

The Media’s Untold Story of Astroturf: Corporate Sponsored Environmentalism
May 12, 2010 by Jeff Poor

It’s the American way, right? It is patriotic to exercise the 1st Amendment by petitioning the government for a redress of grievances – unless of course your effort has a tie to some corporation or lobbying interest. Then regardless of its size, it’s phony baloney Astroturf activism.

While groups like the George Soros-funded MoveOn.org have managed to elude the “Astroturf” moniker, from its inception, the Tea Party movement has taken shots from its critics. One of the most popular left-wing charges was to call it “Astroturf,” meaning it was presented as a grassroots efforts, but wasn’t really grassroots. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi labeled the Tea Party movement “Astroturf” back during the original Tax Day Tea Party protest on April 15, 2009.

That attitude has been widely echoed in media coverage of the Tea Party, as if it were a corporate effort to subvert the U.S. government’s ability to collect revenue and redistribute wealth through public works and social program. Meanwhile, environmental causes, like Earth Day or global warming with their own corporate sponsorship – are rarely labeled Astroturf.

bias, environment, global warming, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, left wing, liberalism, news media, pandering, philosophy, political correctness, propaganda, relativism

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When MSM can’t find a nominee’s leftwing ideology

NPR’s Totenberg Had No Label for Kagan, But Called Roberts ‘Very, Very, Very Conservative’
May 11, 2010 by Tim Graham

Reagan-Hating Kagan
May 11, 2010 by Brent Bozell

It’s more than a little tiresome to contemplate that every current liberal Supreme Court justice was touted by the national media as a moderate or even a conservative when they were originally announced, from John Paul Stevens to Sonia Sotomayor. Dan Rather even claimed the last retiree, David Souter, was dangerously “anti-women’s rights” when he was nominated in 1990. So it was less than shocking that the latest liberal nominee, Elena Kagan, drew the same phony “moderate” baloney.

WaPo’s Eva Rodriguez Spins Kagan as ‘Hard-Right…Bushie’
May 12, 2010 by Tim Graham

Increasingly Opaque White House Insulates Kagan From Press Corps
May 12, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

Democrats, bias, government, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, judiciary, left wing, liberalism, news media, philosophy, politics, propaganda

Filed under: bias, Democrats, government, hypocrisy, ideology, indoctrination, judiciary, left wing, liberalism, news media, philosophy, politics, propaganda

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