27 Sep '11, 8pm

Guitar Antihero: How Gibson Guitars made illegal logging a conservative cause célèbre

Guitar Antihero: How Gibson Guitars made illegal logging a conservative cause célèbre

Juszkiewicz photo: shannonpatrick17 This is the first story in a four-part series about how foreign timber companies, Tea Party groups, and Gibson Guitar have turned illegal logging into Republicans' new cause célèbre. If you've tuned into any of the major jobs speeches recently or the conservative media's political coverage surrounding them, you've heard about newly minted Tea Party hero, Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. He was sitting in House Speaker John Boehner's box during President Obama's jobs speech. Boehner cited him in his own jobs speech a few days later. According to a count by the nonprofit Media Matters, Fox News has featured his company 24 times in the last couple of weeks. Juszkiewicz's elevation to conservative celebrity status may seem a little odd: His company is the subject of a civil case brought by the federal government for allegedly importing i...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-09-27-guitar-antihero

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