This is brilliant!
"In 2008 Chris Mooney wrote at The American Prospect about companies using the tobacco industry’s model in, “The Manufacture of Uncertainty,” reviewing the book “Doubt is Their Product: How Industry’s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health” by David Michaels. Mooney wrote:
"The sabotage of science is now a routine part of American politics. The same corporate strategy of bombarding the courts and regulatory agencies with a barrage of dubious scientific information has been tried on innumerable occasions – and it has nearly always worked, at least for a time. Tobacco. Asbestos. Lead. Vinyl chloride. Chromium. Formaldehyde. Arsenic. Atrazine. Benzene. Beryllium. Mercury. Vioxx. And on and on. In battles over regulating these and many other dangerous substances, money has bought science, and then science – or, more precisely, artificially exaggerated uncertainty about scientific findings – has greatly delayed action to protect public and worker safety. And in many cases, people have died."
There is more to this disinformation campaign. Just as right wing opponents of Affirmative Action inverted the premise to say it showed prejudice against White Males (students, for instance, seeking limited college entrance positions), they now turn any question of Monsanto's anti-nature tactics (and consequent false safety claims) into accusations of such critics entertaining "anti-science" views.
These trained agents of deception can turn ANY argument around. THAT is their specialty. They are to the currency of WORDS what today's Wall St. "Derivatives" architects are to a viable basis for economic transactions.
On the plus side, this exposure added to the declining price of oil, is GREAT news!
Thank you for this important article, Mr. Johnson. And this, it's so incisive about what passes for today's political process and widely-heard narratives:
"This propaganda and the money that propelled it has polluted our entire political system. Look into almost any organization (or political party) promoting “limited government” and complaining about “burdensome government regulation” and you will find oil money. This is not ideology; this is corruption. This is giant corporations trying to keep the government from doing something about their dangerous, destructive products."