Published on Wednesday, 26 October 2016
No, Daily Pickings is not moving into sports arena infrastructure; “astroturf” is the term to describe the creation of an artificial grass roots movement to support a particular viewpoint and shift public opinion, often for commercial gain. Sharyl Attkisson explains.
Sharyl’s talk is primarily focused on the practices and techniques used by big pharma to create or expand the market for their drugs but the practice of “astroturfing” extends into social policy and geopolitics. One of the most egregious examples is the manipulation of Wikipedia to expunge all evidence which undermines the man-made global warming myth.
All told, Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn’t like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions. Acolytes whose writing conformed to Connolley’s global warming views, in contrast, were rewarded with Wikipedia’s blessings. In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement.
Unsurprisingly, the intelligence services use astroturfing (aka. PSYOPS) to destabilise and build support for regime change in countries which resist Rothschilds’ hegemonic banking cabal. This is too big a subject to explore in this post – for another day. In this context, well referenced analysis on this use of “astroturfing” is welcome.