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'AT&T Consultant' Conjures Evidence that Obama is Soft on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Claims that Net Neutrality will hurt investment and the economy are simply meant to distract attention from efforts by companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to use their market power to thwart competition.

Washington's Hidden Astroturf Economy

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Timothy Karr

Because they're bankrolling astroturf behind a fig leaf of "public relations," large corporations aren't legally required to disclose the lion's share of their funding of these fake grassroots groups.

Washington Post Needs to Come Clean on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

On Sept. 28, the paper printed a full-fledged editorial against Net Neutrality without revealing to readers that the Washington Post Co. has an economic incentive to block online speech.

Why the Opinion Industry Hates 'Most People'

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Companies like AT&T and Comcast are opposed to Net Neutrality because it prevents them from gaining more control over Internet users' clicks.

The US Chamber of Commerce Is Killing the Copenhagen Climate Treaty

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has already done everything it can to kill the chances of a legally binding agreement emerging from the Copenhagen climate change summit.

Does Astroturf Ever Die?

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

These fake grassroots groups have scored some amazing successes. Working together with lobbyists and a pack of sputtering media pundits, they've bullied Washington's timid leadership.

Top 10 Internet Moments of 2009

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

More than a decade ago, President Clinton pledged that every person in America would soon be able to go online "to order up every movie ever produced or every symphony ever created in a minute's time." Peeling Off Conservatives' AstroTurf Mask

Chris Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Harris

The 2008 elections revealed the country's appetite for change. Yet as Washington takes up the mantle of progress, powerful lobbying firms are spending millions of dollars to keep things the same.

Fighting the Zombies: Ten Ways to Debunk Telco Shills

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

What does the debate over Net Neutrality have in common with a zombie horror flick? As the phone and cable companies send out a brainless horde of shills and lobbyists, it's not hard to make the connection.

ACCCE Coal Lobby Targeting Key Democrats In Senate Climate Debate

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

America's Power Army, the sister organization to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, sent an email this week to its Astroturf "army" laying out the coal lobby's plans to barrage key Democratic targets.

HHS Investigates Medicare Providers' Massive Misinformation Campaign

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Today, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department took its first steps toward cracking down on misinformation disseminated by Medicare providers.

Glenn Beck: The Loon King

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert J. Elisberg

It is a physical hazard watching the Glenn Beck program because you risk rolling your eyes so hard that it could cause ocular injury. Whiplash cases have increased 11 percent.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

The American Seniors Association serves a radical right agenda. If I can find this out in thirty minutes, why couldn't CBS do at least that much?

Cooking up Lies with Dirty Coal

Javier Sierra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

Big Coal and Big Oil are determined to cover our ears so we can't hear about the overwhelming advantages of the climate and energy bill, especially for us Latinos.

Green News Report - September 8, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

In today's report: the rising cost of fighting wildfires, and is Jaws back?

What if They Held an "Energy Citizen" Rally and Nobody Noticed?

Chris Savage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Savage

Could it possibly be that they held an "Energy Citizens Rally" in Michigan and nobody actually noticed? Not one single media source picked it up?

Consumerist/Ctr for Media & Democracy Protect the US Against Front Groups

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

"Front groups," sometimes called "swiftboaters," are people paid by shady politicians or corporate executives to deceive citizens.

Green News Report - September 1, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Fires rage across California as Hurricane Jimena bears down on Baja; Lights out for incandescent lightbulbs; The Summer of...

WaPo Slow to Cover Real Grassroots Climate Actions

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gillian Caldwell

Local and regional media have been on point about what's going on in their backyards. Unfortunately, local media does not create a national theme

Bonner & Associates Never Contacted Rep. Perriello and Several Charities Defrauded In Forged Letter Scandal

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

This latest evidence of insincerity and misinformation adds to a growing heap of scandals plaguing the coal industry's attempts to weaken action on climate and energy security.

Astroturf Attack on Democracy Is Intentional -- and Should Be Illegal

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

Astroturfing specialists and PR firms Adfero Group and Bonner & Associates have demonstrated that they are guilty, even if what they are doing is -- at this point -- not technically a crime.

NYT: Time to Make Net Neutrality the Law

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

Allowing Internet service providers to become gatekeepers would undermine the democratic nature of the Web, which has made it such a great engine for free speech and economic growth.

Bonner & Associates Spin Machine in Full Gear To Defend Sullied Brand

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Where is the rogue temporary employee to defend himself and shed light on the way Bonner's sweat-shop pro-coal lobby operation operates?

Bonner & Associates Coached Employees To Lie To Generate Letters to Congress - Will Congress Reign In Such Astroturf?

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The clear solution: end the astroturf loophole in the Lobby Disclosure Act

WATCH: Front Goup "Energy Citizens" Locks Out Real Grassroots: Why Does Big Oil Hate America?

Andy Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Wilson

Though the Netroots has gotten the message loud and clear: these are really just company picnics, not uprisings of real grassroots support