The Tyee has published an extract from a book by Donald Gutstein on corporate propaganda in Canada:
In the years since the Stockholm Treaty was signed, readers of Canadian newspapers have not had an opportunity for Greenpeace’s position on DDT to be explained to them by Greenpeace itself. The only information they received about this environmental organization’s position on DDT was conveyed by the organization’s foes.
National Post readers learned, for instance, courtesy of then columnist Elizabeth Nickson, that “groups like Greenpeace… serve their own ideological agenda, and want to keep the Third World permanently mired in poverty, disease and death. So far it has succeeded,” she commented. Greenpeace, with 100,000 members in Canada, actually supports limited DDT use to combat malaria, but readers of Canadian newspapers may have missed this information. CORE and Africa Fighting Malaria, on the other hand, have no members in Canada, yet were given space in the Canadian press to speak for themselves and to be represented in a positive light by their allies. …
Roger Bate and his tobacco links gets covered, but there’s also Niger Innis:
The charges were repeated by The Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente in a column titled “Bring back DDT: Eco-imperialism is killing African children.” Wente featured Niger Innis, head of the Congress of Racial Equality, whose message was that wealthy Western countries had an “irrational aversion” to the use of DDT and successfully banned its use worldwide. As a result, African nations couldn’t use this chemical to wipe out malaria and millions of African children were dying every year. Quoting Innis, she concluded that “First World environmentalists have saddled the Third World with debt and death.” …
In her Globe column on eco-imperialism, Margaret Wente assured readers that Niger Innis was “neither a shill for industry nor a raging neo-con,” but the spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality, which, she explained, was “a leading African-American advocacy group.” In fact, Innis was a shill for industry and a raging neocon.
And the Congress of Racial Equality had not been a leading African-American advocacy group since the 1960s. At that time CORE had been at the forefront of the struggle for equal rights, as a pioneer in the use of non-violent direct action to challenge segregation. CORE collapsed in the ’70s and the remnant was taken over by Roy Innis (Niger Innis’s father), who moved the organization to the Republican right.