Thu, 2006-09-07 12:32Sarah Pullman
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Interview with John Stauber

We recently had the opportunity to do an audio interview with John Stauber, founder of the non-profit Center for Media & Democracy (the group behind both SourceWatch and PRWatch).

You may know him as the author of Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies, and the Public Relations Industry. Stauber is a man with a huge depth and breadth of knowledge about the PR industry and its trickery – and not just as it relates to climate change. As this interview reveals, these same tricks have been used (and are being used) over and over again by the tobacco lobby, the arms lobby, and other equally questionable causes.

The interview runs about 20 minutes. Give it a listen and learn more than you ever wanted to about the people paid to confuse the public about these vitally important issues. It'll make you glad that the Center for Media and Democracy is out there doing their fine work!
Thu, 2006-09-07 11:04Richard Littlemore
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Blogging Tory flogs climate skeptic vid; tries to cover up

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government prepares to abrogate Canada's Kyoto commitment, it's a concern to see his political backers also  promoting a climate change disinformation campaign on the sly. It smacks of political dirty trickery - tawdry and vaguely dishonest.

The principal disinformation vehicle this time around is a video series created by the oil-and-gas apologists at Friends of Science. Climate Catastrophe Cancelled: what your'e not being told about the science of climate change (see here, here, here, here and here) is available on the FOS website and has popped up a couple of times on Whenever it does, we at the DeSmog have appended a comment, pointing out the degree to which FOS has been exposed as a pseudo-science astroturf group fronting for the Alberta energy industry.
Thu, 2006-09-07 09:01Richard Littlemore
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Melbourne Age: Damned When Praise is Faint

IPA's Alan MoranAs if in punishment for an idle compliment that I posted only yesterday, the usually reputable Australian daily, the Melbourne Age, embarrasses itself today with a piece by Alan Moran, director of the Australian Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) deregulation unit.
We have written before on the IPA's status as a mining and energy industry front group. The Age, like so many credulous newspapers, should be ashamed of itself for publishing this kind of confusing and scientifically suspect material from industry backed lobbyists who are presenting themselves as climate change experts.
Thu, 2006-09-07 03:55Kevin Grandia
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And in other Aussie news: climate conference goes topless...

Nothing to do with PR spin or solutions, but too hard to resist. At a recent Australia New Zealand Climate Forum, held at the Australian National University, the Burlesque dinner act caused more than a little “heat” for organizers. Maybe it was simply an innocent visual display of one possible adaptive solution to climate change; wearing less clothes.
Wed, 2006-09-06 22:53Jim Hoggan
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Astroturf: The Only Grass That Withstands Toxic Friends of Science

There are few parties in the public realm that are more credible than a “grassroots organization” - a group of citizens who rise up with no agenda other than to speak frankly about a public issue. Politicians are inevitably suspect and businesses are clearly self-interested, so reporters are always searching for the “common man” - the “person on the street” - or from impartial experts. No news source wraps up those characteristics more efficiently than the true grass roots organization.


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