So the other day I started a thread on FOX News and their most recent hijacking of the facts, which they typically like to spin into fanatically
FOX News Talking Out Of Their You-Know-What On Solar Energy
This thread garnered some attention, most of which was in general agreement, but also managed to draw out quite a few Faux-apologists, who claimed the
"expert" they had on just made an honest mistake (saying that Germany has a very successful solar program that the U.S. can't achieve because
"they get a lot more Sun than we do", lol).
Anyway, this brings up a bigger existential dilemma that I'd like to address in this thread:
Is FOX News just making stupid (but innocent) mistakes, or are they straight up lying to you and pushing their own personal agenda?
I know most of us here will just look at their track record, for example through these ATS threads:
FOX NEWS Caught Distorting Reaction to Ron Pauls CPAC Win
Occupy Wall Street Activist Slams Fox News Producer In Un-Aired Interview
Fox news holiday card. Our sheeple are the best!
And just say "well duh" - there is a very obvious campaign of misinformation + manipulation of public opinion going on. But for those of you who
still don't get it, or simply don't want
to get it, I'd like to show you a piece of very explicit proof I stumbled upon while doing research
for another topic:
Our story starts 20 years ago, when Tobacco companies were furiously trying to fight off all the bad publicity they were getting from scientific
research that linked smoking to lung cancer.
Public opinion was being swayed, government regulation was on the horizon - and so one of the strategies Big Tobacco adopted was to create all these
fake scientific front groups to question the consensus scientific opinion, seed doubt amongst the general public, and lobby the government towards
inaction. One of these organizations was called The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC). We know this now because we have all sorts of
(formerly secret) industry documents that were released due to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Thanks to this repository of insider information, we can access previously undisclosed correspondence between Philip Morris and a PR firm called APCO
for example, which details how they conspired to create TASSC:
Also check out some of TASSC's specific "Goals and Objectives", outlined here
Namely the part about forging alliances, working with reporters, etc, to get the public to question the validity of scientific studies.
So how does this tie into FOX News? Well before we get to that, take note of one more thing - the use of "sound science" in TASSC's title. This was
part of a "sound science" versus "junk science" rhetorical device commonly used amongst the industry. As
While the phrase "junk science" is used by corporations, governments and front groups to discredit public interest and consumer activists, the
phrase "sound science" is employed to describe the research said to back-up industry's own claims on safety and risk.
come meet Steven Milloy - the administrator of a website called junkscience.com, and a regularly featured "expert" on all things
"junk science" on FOX News:
Here he is talking about the Climategate so-called "scandal" for example:
Here are numerous articles written by him featured on FOX News' website:
foxnews.com Junk Science Archive
Notice from the titles alone how antagonistic all those pieces are towards issues of public health, the EPA, environmentalism, clean energy, etc.
This man is a shill. But you probably think I'm just implying that based on some convenient coincidences over the term "junk science" right? Or
that I'm basing some very serious accusations on flimsy semantic connections that ultimately prove absolutely nothing, yes?
Because we're only laying the foundation here, so let's start pouring some concrete:
Go back to The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition - the group we've already proven through court-released documents was a corporate PR front
group created by the Tobacco industry to question the validity of scientific studies. Take a wild guess who their Executive Director is:
So there you have it: Steven Milloy is a PROVEN corporate fraud, strictly hired and paid to undermine legitimate scientific research on issues of
public health, safety and the environment. And he is the "expert" FOX News brings on air to
chastise and denounce these
This goes way beyond just smoking too, because once TASSC was exposed as a no longer useful tobacco-shilling firm, it was renamed The Advancement of
Sound Science "Center" (what a clever disguise!) and adopted instead by the fossil fuel industry
). Steven meanwhile has a long history of lobbying for all sorts of shady
companies with poor track records on environmental and public health:
Though Milloy denies ever having been a lobbyist, Milloy shows up in federal lobbying registration data for 1997 as having expenditures on his
behalf, indicating his firm, the EOP Group, believed him to be an active lobbyist. The same federal records indicate Milloy represented the American
Petroleum Institute, FMC Corp, Fort Howard, International Food Additives Council, and Monsanto.
So there's no question about it - the man is a clear cut bonafide shill. If FOX News had any integrity whatsoever, they wouldn't let him anywhere
near a microphone - yet instead they constantly give this guy a soap box to exploit and spew his propaganda from. They aren't just guilty by
association either, they've done this so many times, so blatantly - combine this with their own leaked internal documents that reveal strategies like
and it's quite OBVIOUS what their agenda is.
At least to anyone not stuck inside the echo chamber with them that is.