Astroturfing is defined as “the deceptive tactic of simulating grassroots support for a product, cause, etc., undertaken by people or organizations with an interest in shaping public.”
Adam Bienkov writes in the Guardian that “the use of so-called “astroturf” groups is widespread across all nations and walks of life, from China to Britain, from book reviews to online surveys, and from big business to local politics.”
So what does astroturfing have to do with vaccines?
It doesn’t. Except for Sharyl Attkisson. She seems to believe that many people who write about their support for vaccines aren’t being genuine about their motivations and must be shills working for vaccine companies or something.
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