We were fortunate enough today to find a great presentation by Sharyl Attkisson who explains the subject of “Astroturf to Manipulate Opinion.
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.
We strongly encourage everyone to watch this video as it sets the stage for a larger issue we have first hand experience with.
While Sharyl limits her discussion to a few pointed examples, we can factually share that an entire industry of social media manipulation exists whose entire purpose is to influence our opinion of any specific issue being highlighted.
There are large numbers of paid entities who work the social media pages to create, manipulate and mold opinion.
In addition, our prior research stories have found mainstream media personalities who are willing participants, often paid for their assistance, pushing a very specific narrative. More on that will follow…