In the hallmark book by Sharon Beder, “Global Spin”, the following facts are truly revealing about the 5 key operatives namely the Front Groups, Think Tanks, Public Relations Firms, Lobbyists and Media representing business interests using strategies and operations in orchestrating our public polices for their own interests.
Corporations have used their financial resources and power to counter gains made by environmentalists, to reshape public opinion and to persuade politicians against increased environmental regulation. Corporate activism since the 1970’s has enabled a corporate agenda to dominate most debates about the state of the environment and what should be done about it.
When a corporation wants to oppose environmental regulations, or support an environmentally damaging development, it may do so openly and in its own name. However, it is far more effective to have a group of citizens or experts which can publicly promote the outcomes desired by the corporation whilst claiming to represent the public interest. When such groups do not already exist, the corporation can pay a public relations firm to create them.
5 TROJAN HORSES : FRONT GROUP - THINK TANKS - PR FIRMS - LOBBYISTS & MEDIA