The Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of PRWatch.org and the Sourcewatch wiki, announced the winners of their “Falsies” awards to “shine an unflattering light on those responsible for polluting our information environment.” The medals go to:
Gold: The Pentagon’s TV Generals. We have a post about them here, with link to further information on TVNewser.
Silver: Those who disputed and attempted to discredit respected science journal The Lancet for their study on the number of Iraqi deaths by violent and non-violent causes since the war began.
Bronze: Coal industry front groups and their PR firms (MG Communications and R&R Partners) for pushing misinformation on clean coal technology. We wrote about the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity’s viral Christmas-caroling lumps yesterday.
Lifetime Achievement: Pro-smoking lobbyist Rick Berman, subject of the CBS News 60 Minutes segment “Meet Dr. Evil“
Editor’s note: The CMD seems to do a good job generating traditional publicity, there is almost no mention of the Falsies on blogs that I can find. Fifteen hundred votes while respectable, is tiny fraction–I realize it’s apples to oranges–of Consumist’s traffic for Worst Company in America. Ironically, PRWatch.org could use a bit of clever flackery and social media sizzle in their efforts. I dropped a note to CMD’s senior researcher Diane Farsetta to find out more. Btw, if you haven’t looked at PRWatch.org or Sourcewatch.org, take a look. There is deep historical information on people, organizations, issues, and agencies difficult to find anywhere else.