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Tue, 2012-10-16 22:46Steve Horn
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New Gas Industry Astroturf: Landowner Advocates of NY Buses Activists to Albany Pro-Fracking Rally

A pro-fracking rally held on Oct. 15 in Albany, NY was described by about a dozen local media outlets as a gathering of roughly 1,000 grassroots activists from all walks of life.

All came out to add their voice to the conversation regarding the extraction of unconventional gas from the Marcellus Shale basin in New York state. But the marchers weren't concerned landowners worried about losing their water supplies or property values. Their demand: to lift the current moratorium on fracking, which was prolonged by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sept. 30.

One rally attendee, Doug Lee, described the ongoing fracking moratorium as a “communist act” to the Albany Times-Union. Another described anti-fracking activists as “well-funded and organized activists masquerading as environmentalists, who often do not need to make a living in our communities.” Republican Sen. Tom Libous, observed that Hollywood stars Mark Ruffalo and Debra Winger weren't on the scene, telling them to “Stay in Hollywood. We don't want you here.”

Unmentioned by any of the news outlets that covered the event was a crucial fact: these weren't actual “grassroots” activists, but rather astroturf out-of-towners bused in from counties all across the state. Their journey was paid for by the legitimately “well-funded” oil and gas industry, which raked in profits of $1 trillion in the past decade

According to the Associated Press, the pro-fracking rally and march were organized by a brand new front group called the Landowner Advocates of New York formed in the immediate aftermath of the recent Cuomo decision to stall on opening the fracking floodgates.

Wed, 2006-10-11 16:31Sarah Pullman
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Stauber's New Book

We have met the enemy—and it's our own PR machine.
You may remember that we recently posted an interview with John Stauber, founder of the Center for Media and  Democracy and author of Toxic Sludge is Good for You. Well, fans of his work – and of SourceWatch and PRWatch – will be interested to know that he recently published a new book. The Best War Ever is a look at the US involvement in Iraq, and what the Bush administration's reliance on spin has to do with it.
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!
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