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A Tree Without Roots: Astroturf and Corporate Education Reform

Yohuru Williams | Posted 12.21.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

There is no question of the cancerous effects of groups like PennCAN and the Commonwealth Foundation. It may be years before we know the full range of the damage they have inflicted on our children and schools or how long it will take to repair that damage. One thing, however, is clear: Philadelphia teachers and students deserve our interest and support.

Fake It Til You Make It? Not in Small Business

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 12.06.2013 | Small Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

"Grassroots" has become the go-to buzz word for everyone from political pundits to pre-school teachers.

We've Been Duped: The Fake Reviews that Caused You to Dine Here and Buy That

Alison Winter | Posted 11.26.2013 | Technology
Alison Winter

As the fakers become increasingly sophisticated in their deceptive tactics, regulators and review sites will need to continue to monitor reviews to help ensure their veracity.

Gerry Smith

Think Writing A Fake Yelp Review Is Easy? Think Again | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.25.2013 | Technology

It's not easy writing fake reviews. One company that posted bogus praise online for its clients told its writers to make their reviews seem authent...

'Fiscal Cliff' Fearmongers Mimic Mitt Romney

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Although the election is behind us, the Republicans and Corporate America have rolled out a front group that's promoting the proposals of failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a way to resolve the fiscal showdown.

Conservatives Astroturfing a Brave New World (VIDEO)

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

The Internet propaganda war is raging and far-ranging. It focuses on creating a revisionist alternative to history and established science, arguing that mainstream history and science is liberally biased.

Fake Followers and Twitter Astroturf: It's Sorta Social, Demented and Sad, But Social

Celia Alario | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Celia Alario

I couldn't help but think of that great line from The Breakfast Club when I read that Big Oil has resorted to creating fake Twitter accounts in order to fabricate an illusion of 'grassroots' support for the controversial Keystone pipeline project.

Tea Party Diversity Effort Is a Public Relations Scam

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Real diversity means inclusion and tolerance of different viewpoints, backgrounds, orientations and lifestyles, not tokenism. So, if you are a diverse applicant for admission to the Tea Party gang, know what you're dealing with.

Republican Operative Transforms Into Tea Party Strategist

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Tea Party Express is one of the most visible factions of the national movement that has taken on the appearance of a g...

The Tea Party Is All About Race, Part 2

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Republicans will readily admit that trying to win over black voters has been a lost cause since LBJ, so why not exploit that loss by playing to white racial bias and thus locking down larger chunks of the white vote?

Jeff Muskus

The Big Money That Waters The Grassroots | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hidden back against the far wall of the vast exhibit hall here at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Frank Enten is selling buttons for $5 ...

Green News Report -- February 11, 2010 (Audio)

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

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: ExxonMobil - still funding climate deniers; Haiti - still devastated; Valentine's Day - make it ...

Arthur Delaney

Members Of Congress Lobbying Each Other Astroturf-Style | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic members of Congress are lobbying each other Astroturf-style, at least according to an internal House Ethics Committee memo obtained by Wiki...

Bomb Appalachia (and Face the Music)

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Theirs is a coast-to-coast campaign to save Appalachia's mountains and streams -- and Appalachians' homes, jobs, and culture -- from the devastating coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal.

Haiti and the Roots of America's Crazy Fake Populism: Astroturf is Nothing New

Marcella Mroczkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcella Mroczkowski

The political and social development of the American South were radically changed by the Haitian Slave Rebellion -- the only successful slave rebellion in history, and one inspired by the American Revolution.

In Defense of Michael Pollan and a Civil, More Nuanced Food Debate

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

As a political observer following the shift occurring in our understanding about agriculture, I can't help but be reminded that change does not come p...

New York Times' Insurance Industry Tearjerker Tries To Change The Subject From Industry Practices

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

The New York Times published a very nice press release from the desk of Humana, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies.

Majority Of "Energy Citizens" Rallies Organized By Lobbyists

Grist | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Here's more evidence that the "Energy Citizens" rallies against climate legislation are anything but grassroots uprisings. We already knew that the A...

Texas and New Mexico 'Energy Citizens' Events Are Really "Energy Employees" Rallies

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

The oil industry is paying its employees to go to "Energy Citizen" events, claiming they are grassroots when nothing could be further from the truth. If you live in one of the cities below, show up.

Dear GOP: Watch Your AstroTurf, We're On to You

Kase Wickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kase Wickman

Dissent is essential to democracy, and freedom of speech and the right to assemble are vital and not reserved for one party or the other. The problem is this Republicans: you're doing it wrong.

The Browning Of Grassroots: Astroturf Taking Over Local Activism

Newsweek | Daniel Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A few weeks ago, seemingly out of the blue, people suddenly began referring to President Obama's proposal to include end-of-life-care assistance into ...

Congress Should Expose or Outlaw Astroturfers

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

If Bonner's clients are that desperate to have a voice on Capitol Hill, Congress should call a hearing, inquiring into just how much influence is being peddled through phony organizations.

Comedy Central Saves America with Intelligent Satire

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael B. Laskoff

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert pass themselves off as comedians, but they are really the most influential satirists of the day: they inform and illuminate through ridicule.

Oil Lobby's 'Energy Citizens' Astroturf Campaign Exposed

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kevin Grandia

An internal memo obtained recently by Greenpeace USA details polluting interests' plans to launch a nationwide astroturf campaign attacking climate legislation at public events.

Four Creative Ways to Deal with Right-Wing Rent-a-Mobs

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

It's a sorry situation when major TV news operations can't bother to differentiate between citizens with honest questions and mobs of loose cannons coached by various right-wing and corporate outfits.