The CBC veteran Ira Basen has been running a brilliant series all about the world of PR spin. As regular readers of DeSmog know, our site is all about debunking the “spin” around the issue of global warming. If you want to get a good crash course in the practice of spin, this is the series to listen to.
Think of it as spinoculation.
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Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed. In promoting climate change denial (and often denying their responsibility for doing so) industry has done more than endanger the environment. It has undermined democracy.
There is a vast difference between putting forth a point of view, honestly held, and intentionally sowing the seeds of confusion. Free speech does not include the right to deceive. Deception is not a point of view. And the right to disagree does not include a right to intentionally subvert the public awareness.