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[News] Reminder That Secret AstroTurfing Does Exist

  • Subject: [News] Reminder That Secret AstroTurfing Does Exist
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 23:06:04 +0000
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In House, Many Spoke With One Voice: Lobbyistsâ 

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| In the official record of the historic 
| House debate on overhauling health care, 
| the speeches of many lawmakers echo with 
| similarities. Often, that was no accident.
| Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers 
| were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by 
| Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, 
| one of the worldâs largest biotechnology 
| companies. 


The Lobbyists' Ability To Control The Message

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| But what is rather stunning about the NY 
| Times story on how Genentech's talking 
| points were mentioned (with multiple 
| Congressional reps using the exact same 
| language) is how unconcerned everyone is 
| about it. The lobbyists wrote up talking 
| points for both sides of the aisle. It 
| wasn't about being in support or against 
| the current healthcare bill, but just to 
| get these Congressional Reps "on the 
| record" in supporting key concepts, so that 
| those same lobbyists can go back and point 
| to such "bipartisan" support in the future, 
| even if the Congressional reps themselves 
| don't even know what they're talking about. 


Medical Schools Quizzed on Ghostwriting 

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| Senator Charles E. Grassley wrote to 10 top 
| medical schools Tuesday to ask what they 
| are doing about professors who put their 
| names on ghostwritten articles in medical 
| journals â and why that practice was any 
| different from plagiarism by students.


Senate Exploring Med School Profs Putting Names On Ghostwritten Journal Articles In Favor Of Drugs



Retired Telco PR Exec Who Sent XYZ Corp. Letter To FCC Insists He Wrote It

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| Really? I'm really trying to give this guy 
| the benefit of the doubt, but I can't come 
| up with a single explanation for why he 
| would write "XYZ Organization" when writing 
| a letter himself from a group of people he 
| supposedly represents. If you're the one 
| writing the letter, on behalf of your 
| supposed organization, why would you include 
| "XYZ Organization"?

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