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Friday, August 04, 2006

TPMmuckraker: WSJ: Dirty-Tricks Firm Tied to Anti-Gore Video

TPMmuckraker August 3, 2006 02:36 PM: "By Justin Rood - August 3, 2006, 2:36 PM

The Wall Street Journal article today fingering dirty-tricks firm DCI Group did not evade our notice.

The PR firm's colorful history includes a fake grassroots movement using the personae of dead people, paying $4,000 a head for seniors who would say nice things about the disastrous Medicare discount drug card, and a disingenuous attack on Eric Schlosser's burger-bashing 'Fast Food Nation.' (They also enjoy the assistance of Swift Boat Veterans' Chris LaCivitas.) Oh, and it's the former dirty-tricks HQ for James Tobin, convicted New Hampshire Phone Jammer.

Now, according to the WSJ, the firm appears to have paid for an anonymous video artist to create an attack video on YouTube that makes meanspirited fun of Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth.'

These Eddie Haskells of the right don't pull these stunts for their own amusement, of course; they're bankrolled by very large companies, interest groups, and foreign despots. In this case, the Journal implies they may have used money from big oil companies. (Exxon, however, told the paper they played no role in funding or producing the mini-flick.)

Update: Paul watched the video and declared it 'lame.'"

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