Sunday, February 22, 2015

David Codrea:Attkisson’s ‘Astroturfers’ column highlights anti-gunner deception

fronts, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson notes in the "Top 10 Astroturfers," a special report published Tuesday on her website. “These groups include Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Everytown, Everytown for Gun Safety, Gun Sense, It’s Time for Gun Sense in America, Gun Sense Voter, I’m a Gun Sense Voter, Moms Take the Hill and Stroller Jam.”

 Attkisson is the award-winning former CBS News reporter whose interview with ATF whistleblower John Dodson put a face on the government’s Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” scheme. That's one of the stories explored in detail in her New York Times bestseller “Stonewalled: My Fight For the Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.” Since leaving CBS, she has focused on subjects establishment media outlets are many times unwilling to acknowledge, let alone cover in depth, and has soldiered on independently, providing “fearless reporting” on what she understandably terms “untouchable subjects.”

The “Astroturf” phenomenon may not surprise activist gun owners weary of media-amplified attacks on the right to keep and bear arms, particularly of late in responding to state ballot initiatives bankrolled by the Bloomberg Everytown machine. But Attkisson has a wider appeal that reaches a larger cross-section of Americans, to help alert them to the agenda-serving manipulation they’re being subjected to.

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