Yes, Gun Control is Still Pretty Much Astroturf

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”

Growing the Astroturf

Miguel calls the head of Mom’s Demand Action 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 as Donna Dees-Thomases, who was a closely tied to the Clintons and … Continue reading “Growing the Astroturf”

The Astroturfing of Ayotte

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”

Astroturfing HR822 Opposition

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”

Caught Astroturfing

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  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 |ˈastrōˌtÉ™rfiNG| Noun A form of advocacy in support of a 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 political and/or commercial entity as an independent public reaction to some political entity—a politician, political group, product, service or event. See example.

New Astroturfing Effort?

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?”