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Gavin Schmidt has done a wonderful job at RealClimate patiently explaining the context of the stolen emails. He’s made it perfectly clear that the claims of scientific malpractice are without foundation. He must be doing a really good job, because the Competitive Enterprise Institute intends to sue him. [CEI seeks documents] relating to the content,…

Thanks to the Tobacco documents we’ve learned how tobacco companies have secretly funded astroturf organizations like junkscience.com, secretly paid for think tanks to run political campaigns for them, and even created their own astroturf scientific journal. The latest pile of astoturf to be uncovered is detailed in a new paper by Anne Landman, Daniel Cortese…

The Dezenhall proposal

Jim Giles, who broke the story of how for-profit publishers had hired Eric Dezenhall to run a PR campaign against Open Access, has a post at the New Scientist Science News blog, where he posts a copy of Dezenhall’s proposal. It always nice to see more of the inner workings of the astroturf industry: 4…

No really! That’s the argument. But I’m getting ahead of myself. In January I wrote how for-profit publishers had hired an infamous PR firm to run a campaign against open access publishing. They’ve now produced an organization called PRISM (Partnership for Research Integrity in Science & Medicine!) which is campaigning against Open Access. Coturnix has…

Astroturf case study

In 1995, several think tanks mounted vitrolic attacks on the FDA using expensive radio, television and print ads. In an article in the Los Angeles Times Myron Levin wrote: Although the attacks do not mention tobacco, the industry is a major beneficiary. By arguing that the FDA has neglected its basic mission, the critics have…

Completely Evil Institute

revere reports The for-profit publishers don’t like BMC or Public Library of Science (PLoS) or any of the other open access publishers and are determined to crush them. So they hired the PR firm of Eric Dezenhall, who also worked for convicted Enron execs and others of that ilk, to do “media messaging.” We know…

New Canadian Astroturf Group

Jim Hoggan has the details on a brand new Canadian astroturf group, the Natural Resources Stewardship Project. The chairman is none another than Tim Ball, who is still puffing up his resume. The executive director is Tom Harris, whose other job is at a PR firm, High Park Group that works for the Kyoto-opposing Canadian…

Hacky Night in Canada

Via Sarah Pullman, a handy guide to the history and practice of Canadian Astroturf.

Aussie astroturf in action

Last year I wrote: The Australian Environmental Foundation is a brand new environmental organization. Unfortunately they have chosen a very similar name to the long established Australian Conservation Foundation, so similar that the ACF has sued for trademark infringement. Probably the best way to keep them apart is to remember that the Australian Conservation Foundation…

Barista has more on the history of Spiked. It seems that they have set up another astroturf operation called “Sense about Science”, chaired by Dick Taverne.