At Psychology Today Blogs, Joe Pierre cuts the astroturf. A snippet:
In today’s political climate, seemingly good old-fashioned “grass roots” protests that are actually being staged by sponsors who are advancing their own special interests has become an increasingly common phenomenon known as “astroturfing.” Part of the astroturfing playbook is to give the false impression that a large segment of the population supports the cause. In reality, live protests against COVID-19 have been “small, sparse, and few” and some 80% of the US population supports continued social distancing restrictions, even in “red states” like Texas despite its governors claim that “there are more important things than living.”
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