I read this story in the Wall Street Jounal on Friday. I’m glad the story made it to another site, because I wanted to blog about it but the WSJ online is pay site, so there was nothing to link to.
That’s pretty abyssmal but not surprising that politicians and lobbyists will resort to such dishonest tactics. Even with news, especially political news, people need to be vigilant and behave just like a consumer: caveat emptor. It’s amusing that, just like in the fast-moving tech sector, there’s even a new term for this: “astroturf,” meaning a false grass-roots movement.