Originally posted at Eclectablog.
Over the past several years, I have written about how corporate front groups, largely funded by corporatists like the Koch brothers and their network of fake grassroots (“astroturf”) groups, manipulate the media to serve their corporate bottom lines. They use this network to amplify their corporate messages, disguised as “reporting” or “news”, jacking up their search engine hits, and ensuring that their slant on things dominates what you see on the internet and elsewhere. The terrific investigative journalist Lee Fang has written extensively on this, as well. You can read my interview with him HERE, my overview of his excellent reporting for The Nation HERE, and my review of his book The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right HERE. In his reporting, Fang reveals how widespread this practice is and how profoundly it impacts the news you read.