Monday, April 27, 2015

ASTROTURFING: WHY IT HAPPENED TO DR. OZ


Contrary to what you’d expect, “Astroturfing” is not about laying sod inside a stadium. It’s what a special interest group does to sway public opinion, a stealth maneuver designed to subtly manipulate us. And it’s rampant on Facebook and Twitter. You’ve probably seen it and didn’t recognize it.

Dr. Oz is the latest victim of astroturfing. These attacks, often in the guise of splashy stories on the national news or Facebook memes, come from industry shills who want to take down anyone who promotes a more natural approach to health and/or who raises issues that might hurt the industry’s profits.
 
In Dr. Oz’s case, the attack was not led by concerned physicians or scientists but rather by a GMO front group after he reported on the scientifically established hazards of glyphosate, one of the reasons why GMO food is toxic. Why? Because big corporations don’t want to lose profits. And of course the media instantly jumped on the bandwagon without checking the facts.



If they had checked, they would have learned that the “Letter from Prominent Doctors Implies Columbia Should Fire Dr. Oz for Being a Quack.” was signed by Dr. Henry I. Miller. among nine other “distinguished physicians.” Dr. Henry Miller is actually a well-known shill for the GMO industry.

In fact, Miller was caught misrepresenting himself during the Anti-Prop.37 campaign in 2012, pretending to be a Stanford professor opposing GMO labeling. Guess what? He lied. Miller isn’t a Stanford professor at all. But look at the damage he and his fellow shills did to a man who tries to keep us healthy.

How do you recognize astroturfing?  Watch for words like conspiracy, crazy, crank, crack, nutty, pseudo, and other terms to make you dismiss an argument they don't like.

And watch for more attacks on well-known figures who dare to go against Big Pharma or question authority, like Dr. Oz.  At least now you know not to fall for everything you hear or read on social media. Because reporters now don’t and often can’t investigate or share their findings. Their companies are owned by Big Business Corporations who put them in handcuffs.

Remember, when something big and splashy hits the media, you can bet a concern for profits is behind it.  Read more about these subjects below.

Sources:

“Seasoned Investigative Journalist Exposes Inside Strategies to Censor News” www.Mercola.com at http://tinyurl.com/pupvah4

“Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington,” by Sharyl Attkisson, a five-time Emmy Award winning investigative journalist whose television career spans more than three decades. Sharyl is the reporter who blew the whistle on the swine flu media hype in 2009, showing that the hysteria was completely manufactured.