How Astroturfing and Smear Campaigns Misinform You and Shape Your Beliefs
I’ve recently stopped watching news put out by the mainstream media (MSM). I do not pay any attention to all the dramatic and hyped stories on the internet any more, either. In fact, I believe very little of what I read or hear.
Why? You may ask.
Take a look at the video clip below and you will get a glimpse of why.
Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada:
If you want to know the truth, the real truth, and nothing but the truth…you owe it to yourself to read the book by Sharyl Attkisson called The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News CONTROL What You See, What You Think, and HOW YOU VOTE.
How People Around the World Have BEEN DUPED
I have to admit that this was not an easy read for me. I consider myself an excellent researcher and adept critical thinker. However, after I read this book, I felt like the joke was on me. Just like the rest of the public, I have been duped by corporate interests, people being paid the big bucks to lie and smear the opposition, and corrupt politicians like the Clintons.
The Courage of ONE PERSON CAN CHANGE the WORLD
I LOVE Sharyl Attkisson! She was a CBS reporter that the Obama administration tried to shut down because of the investigative reporting she was doing on topics they did not want to go public. They used all kinds of tactics, even commandeering her computer. Sharyl has so much strength and courage, standing up to them, and refusing to be bullied into submission, or silence. She wrote her first book detailing this whole experience, which also rocked my world: Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.
Who Can You TRUST?
Currently, Sharyl has a lawsuit against the US Department of Justice, and other organizations, involved in this abuse of power. However, the chances are slim to none that she will EVER get justice. Read an article she wrote about the Department of Justice’s inspector general (IG) shutting her down….by literally replacing the hard drive in her computer that she submitted to them as evidence: www.thehill.com/opinion/campaign/376328-could-federal-watchdog-tamper-with-trump-wiretap-evidence-it-may-not-be-a.
How Do THEY manipulate information?
From Sharyl’s book The Smear: “Astroturf is a close cousin to the smear. It’s a vehicle that allows the smear industry to conduct some of its most influential work in complete disguise. The idea is to keep the public from ever knowing exactly who is behind a particular effort to sway opinion.”
“Astroturf is when political, corporate, or other special interests disguise themselves and try to represent their causes as being genuine ground-swells of support by ordinary people. Astroturfers write blogs, use social media, publish ads and letters to the editor, pay people to form protests or demonstrate as crowds, or simply post comments online to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking. They use college professors and scientists; nonprofits; government; doctors and university researchers; public officials; news and scientific publications.”
BUST the ASTROTURFING, LIES, and MISINFORMATION
It’s time for people to wake up to the realities of what has been going on for years. INFORMATION IS POWER. Educate yourself, and do the work that it takes to unravel the REAL truth. Spread the word about this book. When you learn a truth, let others know. Start busting all the lies, and help to expose the manipulators out there. Shut this outrageously profitable smear business down!
WE THE PEOPLE Can Do This!
I believe that WE THE PEOPLE can do this!!
I strongly recommend starting with this book The Smear, if you haven’t read it yet. In fact, I think this book should be a requirement for all high schools and colleges. If you want to educate young people to become TRUE critical thinkers, then make sure that you provide them with the tools to do just that. This book is definitely one of those tools!
Thank you, Sharyl Attkisson, for your extraordinary investigative work, your diligence to expose the lies and manipulation of information, and your courage to stand up to all those who try to silence your voice!! Learn more about Sharyl: www.sharylattkisson.com.
Will You Join Me In REVEALING the TRUTH?
I, for one, am not going to be silent on this topic. What about you? Will you join me in this effort?!
Please share this blog post with as many people as you can! Or share the video, or the book, whatever it takes….write your own blog post. Tell your friends, tell your family. It’s time to REVEAL the TRUTH and take back our lives!
Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to start looking at information with a critical mind.
Sharyl Attkisson writes: “For now, one thing that you can count on is that most every image that crosses your path has been put there for a reason. Nothing happens by accident. What you need to ask yourself isn’t so much Is it true, but Who wants me to believe it—and why?