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How Mainstream Media Fuels Insane Anti-environmentalism

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There can be no question that this movement is backed by the oil-gas-coal industry and funded by the likes of T. Boone Pickens, Ted Turner, and the Koch brothers and their cronies.

Of course, it helps to have a powerful and, pathetically, popular TV network at your beck and call, as the Tea Partiers do, to evangelize your outrageous claims.

It's especially bizarre that these hoodwinked people actually believe "smart counters" on their electrical meters are tracking them and taking over their lives, when most of them probably use E-Z Pass or a GPS or smart phone or  Onstar  or ATMs or Facebook or Google or Yahoo or one of the many other devices and  sites  that actually DO track them. 

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We need to attend these community meetings where these frightened uninformed and misinformed people are playing into industry's plan by pushing to crush sensible public policy.

We could use a massive funding campaign for viable sustainability-promoting nonprofits that are being cut off because of communities' fear of "Tea Party" backlash -- la the way Planned Parenthood received such a massive outpouring of support after the Susan G. Komen Foundation so stupidly defunded it for political reasons.

We sure don't want to take money from big organizations; heaven knows, many if not most of the "Big Greens" are quite corrupted. But, if enough of us each gave $25 (or as much as we can afford) to our local sustainability-promoting, antifracking, anti-mountaintop blasting, anti-tar-sands-extraction, anti-nuclear, pro-renewable-energy, or climate-change-focused community grassroots groups, and another $25 (or as much as we can afford) to one of the independent media that are reporting these issues, we would tell politicians the ignoramuses aren't the only ones who can be vocal.

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Most important, thought, we need to show up. We need to talk to our neighbors, and make sure they have good information, not hysteria-inducing corporate-state propaganda. Then, once we've found a couple of allies, we need to go together to the town board and city council meetings. We must stand up and speak out, to counteract the B.S. with facts.

Once we have that small cadre of allies, the numbers will grow. Then we can divvy up duties. One of them should be to scan mainstream media reporting of environmental issues, and to take a few minutes to write a quick rebuttal when we see shoddy or deliberately misleading stories like that from the New York Times discussed above. 

Only if we continue to call them out on this and hold their feet to the fire will MSM even consider doing any real journalism. It may be too late for the Times -- probably is -- but if enough people begin seeing it and other such corporate media for what they are and stop buying them, maybe support for good indy journalism will prosper more.

Plant the wrong seeds, and choking poison weeds grow.

Plant the right seeds, and nurturing beautiful plants grow. Let's get the seeds started. 

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An independent journalist, theater artist, educator, activist, and public speaker, Maura Stephens writes and presents most regularly about media, environmental issues, and national and international politics. Her work frequently appears in (more...)

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