20 Dec '11, 8pm

Leaked Audio Files Reveal Oil Lobby's Effort to Fake Grassroots Support in Bad TV Ads (Video)

Leaked Audio Files Reveal Oil Lobby's Effort to Fake Grassroots Support in Bad TV Ads (Video)

Ever wonder what the behind-the-scenes action is like on the set of those cheesy 'grassroots' political ads? You know, the ones where 'average Americans'--soccer moms, plaid-shirted guys loading stuff into trucks, etc--tell you why they support this or that initiative or are angry at a sitting politician for x or y? Of course, you say, but I usually just try to tune them out. We all do. So perhaps it won't exactly blow your mind to discover--they're just actors! Reading from a script! Who'da thunk it? And I trusted you, guy-loading-stuff-into-truck! Greenpeace USA has obtained some audio files that document conversations between an American Petroleum Institute rep (the oil industry's chief lobbying group) and a CNN ad buyer. And API's deed here is a little more despicable than the usual phony talking head stuff. From Greenpeace's report : Audio recorded during an American ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/leaked...

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