Sharyl Attkisson: Astroturf And Manipulation Of Media Messages

In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.

Six years ago, Sharyl Attkisson gave an excellent TED talk entitled “Astroturf and manipulation of media messages.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

DictionaryDefinitions from Oxford Languages · Learn moreastroturfingLearn to pronouncenoun

  1. the deceptive practice of presenting an orchestrated marketing or public relations campaign in the guise of unsolicited comments from members of the public.