VIDEO: Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada

Here is something very interesting. Very interesing.

When we research anything, anywhere, we must crosscheck our resources. We must develop trusted resources. We may also wish to consider some of Sharyl Attkisson’s fine advice.

How does this apply to this year’s elections. Just as drug companies that Attkisson mentioned try to spin us, so do politicians. Consider =>http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/4/unfavorable-ratings-force-presidential-candidates-/. Because the stakes are so high, politics can be especially ugly. Information warfare is often the best way to describe it. Sometimes it degenerates into outright combat, like the American Civil War.

Ideally, the Internet and the mass media provide a wonderful resource to find out the Truth. Realistically, however, we are doing what we have always done. We are hearing the Truth filtered through our fellow human beings. Since we can lie or be mistaken, when it is important for us to know the truth, we have to double-check and triple our sources.

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Published on Feb 6, 2015 by TEDx Talks

In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

Funny Sharyl Attkisson mentioned Wikipedia (actually it’s not), I had a disagreement several years back with Wikipedia after finding an error on something posted there circa the Civil Rights era.  Wikipedia considered my recount of events not credible in spite of my being at the specific location at the time.

While not all but much of the information on Wikipedia is revisionist history.

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