An MSNBC contributor e-mailed me looking for a statement. As a policy, I don’t return e-mail from the Administration’s propagandists, but I figured a public response would do just fine: You have accused Mayor Bloomberg of being “Astorturf-in-Chief” and the gun control movement of being “astroturf” instead of a grassroots movement. Mayors Against Illegal Guns … Continue reading “Yes, Gun Control is Still Pretty Much Astroturf”
Miguel calls the head of Mom’s Demand ActionÂ the plastic gardener, noting her background as a PR professional. The question isn’t so much whether she has a PR background, but whether she’s a political hack. Shannon Watts doesn’t look like the same kind of hack asÂ Donna Dees-Thomases, who was a closely tied to the Clintons and … Continue reading “Growing the Astroturf”
Ever since New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte voted with us on the Toomey-Manchin sellout, Bloomberg and Obama have been doing their best to manufacture outrage at her town hall meetings, and the media has only been too happy play along. The New Hampshire Journal takes an honest look at these “protesters” and discovers an awful … Continue reading “The Astroturfing of Ayotte”
Twitchy has some hard evidence that the gun control crowd is engaging in astroturfing efforts. We know that the call went out in New Jersey, and that the Obama people paid for busses in order not to have an embarrassing turnout last week, and SEUI is also on the hook to help Obama screw fellow … Continue reading “Astroturfing”
I’m always skeptical any time I see a letter to the editor in the paper from someone appearing to be a concerned citizen, yet appearing to hit all the right talking points. While there are certainly anti-gun people in New Jersey, I don’t think most of them pay enough attention This is the case with … Continue reading “Astroturfing HR822 Opposition”
Thirdpower has uncovered that one “I’m a gun owner… but” article was actually written by the former Mayor of Madison, WI, who is actually a member of the anti-gun group Â Mayors Against Illegal Guns, going by the name of “Citizen Dave.” You see, when they don’t actually have grassroots, they will manufacture them. I would … Continue reading “Caught Astroturfing”
Astroturfing |ËˆastrÅËŒtÉ™rfiNG| Noun A form ofÂ advocacyÂ in support of aÂ political, organizational, or corporate agenda, designed to give the appearance of a “grassroots” movement. The goal of such campaigns is to disguise the efforts of a politicalÂ and/orÂ commercial entityÂ as an independent public reaction to some political entityâ€”a politician, political group, product, service or event. See example.
Days of Our Trailer uncovers another attempt by a Joyce funded group to look like they are the real McCoy. You can usually tell the fake ones quickly, by the fact that they don’t take comments, and never did. Most real bloggers like getting comments.
I found a media release for a not-so-new-but-new-to-me anti-gun blog. As is usually the practice, Reasoned DiscourseTM is in full effect. It’s run by the geriatric author of some anti-gun books. A quick Whois search shows it is registered to him, but what kind of hobby blogger puts out a release on PR Newswire. That’s … Continue reading “New Astroturfing Effort?”
John Richardson has uncovered some strong evidence that an Letter to the Editor touted by CSGV is an astroturfing effort. To add more evidence to show that it probably is, I looked up to see whether there was any Charles Ford who held an FFL in Oregon by looking up the list from ATF. There … Continue reading “Suspected Astroturfing”