Report: How Your Mind is Manipulated with Astroturfing

Ninety percent of news media (television, radio, print and online) is controlled by 6 organizations.

They do this to trick people into believing carefully orchestrated corporate campaigns are grassroots phenomenon originating from the people.

Award-winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson is exposing what she calls a “Truman-esque fictitious reality”.

Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award-winning anchor, producer and reporter whose television career spans more than three decades. In 2009, she blew the lid off the swine flu media hype, showing the hysteria was manufactured and completely unfounded. At the time, I interviewed her about these findings. I've included that fascinating interview below.

Three years ago, she left CBS to pursue more independent venues of investigative journalism, and wrote “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington” — an exposé on what really goes on behind the media curtain.

This is how she explains astroturfing – the term used to describe this “Truman-esque fictitious reality”.

“It's a perversion of grassroots, as in fake grassroots. Astroturf is when political, corporate or other special interests disguise themselves and publish blogs, start Facebook and Twitter accounts, publish ads and letters to the editor, or simply post comments online, to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking.

The whole point of astroturf is to try to [give] the impression there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not. Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion by making you feel as if you're an outlier when you're not …

Astroturfers seek to controversialize those who disagree with them. They attack news organizations that publish stories they don't like, whistleblowers who tell the truth, politicians who dare to ask the tough questions and journalists who have the audacity to report on all of it.”

Astroturfing is now more powerful to political parties and special interest groups or corporations than traditional government lobbying!

What is even more terrifying is that this also includes pharmaceutical companies and the medical industry!

Head on over to the next page to learn how unscrupulous corporations distort the media to trick people into consuming dangerous medications and medical information.




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