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Deception Watch: AstroTurf, Lobbying, and Dirty Politics

Posted in Deception at 8:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Media Bias

  • BBC accused of political bias – on the right, not the left

    The BBC has been accused of yielding to political pressure since the last election and allowing a right-wing bias to emerge in its journalism.

    The serious criticism by a distinguished media professor suggests that the BBC has compromised its impartiality by depending too heavily on sources from business, the media, law and order and politics.

Covert Marketing


  • NY congressman threatens reporter at Capitol

    Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is defending his actions after he physically threatened a reporter at the Capitol after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

    The confrontation began Tuesday when Michael Scotto, a reporter for New York cable news station NY1, asked Grimm about a Justice Department investigation into his campaign finances.

    After cutting the interview short, Grimm told Scotto, “You ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this (expletive) balcony.” He also threatened to “break (Scotto) in half.”

    NY1 posted video of the incident on its website.

  • Why Are the Franklin Center’s “Wisconsin Reporter” and “Watchdog.org” Attacking the John Doe?

    The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity (through its Wisconsin Reporter and Watchdog.org websites) has aggressively attacked the “John Doe” probe into possible campaign finance violations during Wisconsin’s 2011 and 2012 recall elections. Its outlets have also published new information about the apparent targets of the investigation, but they have omitted an important detail: Franklin Center has close ties to individuals and groups that may be caught up in the John Doe.

  • Fox News Editor Declares War on Pope Francis, Calls Him the Catholic Church’s Obama
  • Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups

    Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers.

    Organizations that received “substantial” funding from Google for the first time over the past year include Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union (best known for its CPAC conference) and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation that led the charge to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act: Heritage Action.

South Korea


Consumerism and Distraction

  • Daddy’s Money

    This ad strongly promotes the values of consumerism, and implies that consumerism leads directly to happiness. In the ad, the girls bought these shoes, are wearing them, and are now fashionable, popular, and happy. This message encourages the belief that spending money and obtaining material goods is the only path to happiness for girls. This big lie will lower girls’ self-esteem and perhaps cause them to purchase unnecessary goods in their quest to appear cool and likeable.

  • Swartz, Fracking, Manning, GMO: 13 most underreported news stories of 2013
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