Ugly PR, ugly journalism

I like to watch a well-executed astroturf campaign just as much as the average flack (okay – even more than the average flack) but this is grotesque. American politicians who are working to reduce the effect of climate change are out to hurt the poor? What?

It’s no coincidence that Stop the War on the Poor is getting active just as the American Presidential contest is heating up (pardon the pun). It’s no coincidence either that the group is managed by a Republican PR firm that received a huge contract to push for oil drilling in Alaska.

Judging from this front-page text, the National Post desk decided that since there’s a war on, journalism must be set aside in the name of the defence of national interests. Which of course, means oil sands development.

It’s ugly PR, ugly journalism.

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