Sharyl Attkisson has never been shy about sharing her thoughts and is well-known as a tenacious, hard-nosed investigative journalist. Most recently, Attkisson has vocalized her concerns with the Obama administration and its tendency to attack the free press in an unprecedented manner. Last year, she released a book detailing her personal struggles with the administration as she attempted to investigate several of the Obama administration's "scandals."
Attkisson recently gave a Ted talk at the University of Nevada, Reno "on the increasingly artificial paid-for reality we get…and how to recognize the truth." Attkisson believes that the media is colluding with political, special interest, and corporate groups on an unprecedented level so, consequently, a dangerous reality ensues.
"Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion by making it seem as if you're an outlier–when you're not."
"Hallmarks of astroturf and propaganda include use of inflammatory language such as quack, crank, nutty, pseudo, paranoid and conspiracy."
"Beware when an interest addresses an issue by controversializing or attacking the people, personalities and organizations surrounding the issue rather than the facts. That could be astroturf."