▶ Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada - YouTube

Published on 6 Feb 2015
this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl
Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by
political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively
manipulate and distort media messages.

Sharyl Attkisson is an
investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. She is currently
writing a book entitled Stonewalled (Harper Collins), which addresses
the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the
information and images the public receives every day in the news and
elsewhere. For twenty years (through March 2014), Attkisson was a
correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for
Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business
of Congress,” which included an undercover investigation into
fundraising by Republican freshmen. She also received Emmy nominations
in 2013 for Benghazi: Dying for Security and Green Energy Going Red.
Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of
the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for
her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.” In
September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Oustanding
Investigative Journalism for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story.
She received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in
Investigative Reporting for the same story. Attkisson received an
Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into
TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in
2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red

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