Sharyl Attkisson says science-based websites are astroturfers

Once upon a time, I was told of an article published on the website of “journalist” Sharyl Attkisson where she accused a lot of people of being astroturfers, including this old snarky feathered dinosaur. Now I admit to not being up-to-date on every cultural term that flows through the internet every day (who could?), but I had to find out more.

Well, what is an astroturfer? Supposedly, it’s a pejorative term that describes a fake grassroots effort. Astroturf is fake grass, so that’s its roots (pun intended).

I’m not really sure of the logic of placing science writers and evidence-based websites into the “astroturf” category, but she does it. It’s like the Big Lie, I guess if she keeps repeating it, people will think it’s true.

Of course, let’s not forget that if we’re going to accuse any person or group of being astroturfers, we should straightaway look at anti-vaccine groups led by Del Bigtree and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. I mean they are the epitome of astroturfers. To quote Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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Poll – who is the genuine Skeptical Raptor

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There are so many rumors about the genuine Skeptical Raptor – I think I could find a full-time job amusing myself. I mean, who is the person behind the carnivorous dinosaur?

I’ve been accused of being Orac. I mean, I could be. I really try to hit the high level of snark. But I’m really just an amateur compared to the masterful Orac. I am not worthy.

I’ve been accuse of being David Gorski. Except I just couldn’t live in Michigan. And he’s a surgeon. Surgery is icky. I had to do human anatomy, and I know that zombies will be chasing me down.

I’ve been told I’m a Canadian. Canada should probably be insulted.

I’ve been accused of being a minion of Dorit Rubinstein Reiss. Maybe I’m one of those cute yellow ones.

Apparently, the real Skeptical Raptor is a minion.
Apparently, the real Skeptical Raptor is a minion.

 

The Age of Lying about Autism rails on about who the genuine Skeptical Raptor is. Yawn.

And of course, the genuine Skeptical Raptor is an astroturfer.

And who can forget the anti-Semitic anti-vaccination fool who claims that Allison Hagood writes attack pieces against her on the here.

Genuine Skeptical Raptor

I’m sure if I actually did a Google search, I’d find out that I’m really President Obama pushing vaccines that contain nanobots which will convert everyone to “the Islam” so that I can implement Sharia Law, and put all the gun owners in FEMA camps. I might have a few details confused.

So this time for a poll. I haven’t done one in a while, but we need a break. Choose your top three choices. And Vote Early Vote Often on who is the genuine Skeptical Raptor.