Richard Berman Secretly Recorded Telling Fossil Fuel Industry To Wage “Endless War” On Critics

By: Friday October 31, 2014 9:01 am

Richard Berman, a lobbyist nicknamed “Dr. Evil”, has made a career out of trying to thwart labor, public health and environmental groups. His specialty is known as “astroturfing”, a tactic he pioneered and has been paid to do from a good slice of Corporate America. Berman sets up front organizations with benign sounding names like the “Center for Consumer Freedom” or the “Employment Policies Institute” to promote interests like the tobacco industry and union busting under pretense of providing the public with information – hiding the company’s financial contributions through a series of non-profits to keep their hands looking clean.

 

Center For American Progress Takes Direction From Obama White House

By: Monday March 10, 2014 10:05 am

Last week RT America, the Russian state media network, was in the news after two of its anchors voiced opposition – on air – to Russian action in Ukraine. Part of the reaction to these events was a discussion in the media about how RT America covers stories, a discussion which apparently peaked the interest of one former writer for Think Progress the official blog of the Center for American Progress (CAP).

What’s Next in the Battle to Protect Social Security?

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 9:00 am

Want to know the latest on the pro-austerity campaign to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits behind the public’s back?

Join our Firedoglake Membership webinar Wednesday, August 29th at 8pm Eastern on “Catfood 3.0 and the Ongoing Fight to Protect Social Security” with special guests Nancy Altman, Eric Kingson and Alex Lawson of Social Security Works.

Catfood 3.0: Astroturf Edition!

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 6:50 pm

Click here to call your member of Congress to oppose Fix the Debt.

FDL has been fighting Simpson-Bowles for over 2 years now and have no intention of stopping now. We will be following Fix the Debt closely and keep our activists at the ready to push back on any attempt to force an austerity agenda through Congress.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Vanessa Williamson, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

By: Sunday December 11, 2011 1:59 pm

I encourage readers to purchase two copies of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism – one for themselves and one as a Christmas present for their right wing uncle. That uncle might well stay with Skocpol and Williamson’s highly readable and well-crafted study to the end without throwing it down in anger – something I can’t say with much confidence about my book with DiMaggio.

Come Saturday Morning: “Reform 2.0″ = ALEC Astroturf

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 6:45 am

The very well funded puppeteers of the American Legislative Exchange Council don’t much like it when the general public notices their existence, much less ALEC’s influence over Republican state legislators. So much like a squid squirts ink to cloud up the waters whilst trying to escape from view, ALEC’s squirting some obscuring muck out its hindquarters, the Minnesota version of said muck its Republican minions like Kurt Zellers and Steve Drazkowski call “Reform 2.0″ (h/t Bluestem Prairie).

Who Are Those Guys Who Want Petraeus to Get His Fifth Star?

By: Friday January 14, 2011 9:30 am

Is Vets for Freedom preparing to support David Petraeus as a candidate for President? Shouldn’t the Wall Street Journal have mentioned that Vets for Freedom supports candidates for office who are veterans and support “victory” in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Tribalism Fuels Outrage Outrage and Backlash Backlash over TSA Gate-Gate

By: Wednesday November 24, 2010 1:45 pm

Ignoring the anger and demonizing the angry does not service liberty or security, and it doesn’t do much for the causes of progressives or the Democratic Party, either.

Empires Strike Back: Status Quo Will Fight Reformers on Many Fronts – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Five

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 3:55 pm

The people who benefit from the status quo will fight tooth and nail against movements to reform it. Any grassroots movement that tries to put the power back in the hands of regular people will inevitably be attacked by those who profit from having the power. As we have seen with the Nonpartisan League, its enemies smeared it, tried to subvert its message and stole its techniques.

Come Saturday Morning: Bad Astroturfers and a Sublime Satirist

By: Saturday May 15, 2010 6:45 am

Heard about the alleged grassroots “I Need A Freakin’ Job” billboard? The one that two brothers, Scott and Jeff Baker, put up? They’ve got a really slick website, too. Guess what — Jeff Baker works for known right-wing propaganda machine Andrew Breitbart.

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