Teletruth News Alert: October 01, 2007
Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism Watchdog Project;
Corporate-funded research designed to influence public policy, http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=background.view&backgroundid=00208
"Whenever I receive new data or a report, the first question I ask is, does it pass the smell test? It is clear that we are in the age of "stink tanks,” in which corporate-funded think tanks and well-paid, credentialed academics are hired to make corporate arguments and give the appearance of being independent experts."
Previous Astroturf and co-opted
groups mentioned: Alliance for Public Technology, American Association
of People with Disabilities, Consumers for Cable Choice, Gray Panthers,
Internet Innovation Alliance, Latino Institute, (LULAC) League of United
Latin American Citizens, National Association of the Deaf, NAACP, National
Black Chamber of Commerce, National Consumers League, National Hispanic
Council on Aging, NBCSL, Netcompetition, Telecommunications for the Deaf,
TRAC, TV4US, and Video Access Alliance.
Reports by well-known think tanks and individuals funded by telecoms are helping quash competition, increase phone rates and set up a corporate-oriented Internet system. Is there any reason to trust these reports? Or to trust experts who testify before regulators without revealing the sources of their funding?
We believe the recent Federal Trade Commission’s report on broadband connectivity and the Department of Justice’s comments on Net Neutrality are just two instances of analysis based on the testimony of these 'experts', many funded by Verizon and AT&T.
New Millennium Research Council
and their some of their affiliates with AT&T and Verizon.
FTC Speakers with ties to
AT&T, Verizon, New Millennium or both.
• Verizon, AT&T and the
manipulation of public opinion.
• Press gives a free pass
to citizens groups allied with telecoms
More about “Skunkworks, Astroturf
and Stink Tanks"
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