How The Entertainment Industry 'Launders' Policy Pronouncements

from the policy-laundering dept

It's no secret that a great deal of regulations and policies are really written and pushed by lobbyists, and politicians just put their own names on it. We've seen it quite blatantly at times, such as the case where a politician being quizzed about legislation he introduced deferred questions to the industry lobbyist in the room. However, Michael Geist has done an amazing job taking the recent plagiarized and deceptive report from The Conference Board of Canada, which had been totally rewritten due to complaints from lobbyists and has used it to demonstrate exactly how this "policy laundering" process works. Policy laundering is such a great and accurate term. The industry basically comes up with some totally bogus numbers and keeps pushing them over and over again, trying to get other sources to cite them. Then, once that happens, the numbers are now backed up as "fact" by some other citation, and things get even more involved. It's a neat little trick. When people actually go back and look for the specifics (like Julian Sanchez did recently) they discover a mess of smoke and mirrors and nothing whatsoever at the foundation. But because the numbers have been quoted so widely, often by "legitimate" third parties, they're suddenly taken as fact. Policy laundering indeed.
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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Jun 2009 @ 4:59am

    Sadly, when you read Michael Geist piece, he fails to show the very first connections and how they operate. He also fails to show how this is different from any other industry where the key players lobby actively.

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