The Guardian recently reported a billionaire-funded vast right-wing conspiracy to sabotage President Obama's energy agenda and defeat him in the upcoming elections. Environmental correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg pointed to a February meeting held in Washington, D.C., of what she called "a network of ultra-conservative groups" backed by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers. Adding fuel to the fire, she also revealed a "confidential strategy memo" discussed at the meeting which advised "using 'subversion' to build a national movement of wind farm protesters."
The problem with the story "is that it is about 90 percent false and the reporter knew it." So says physicist and environmental advocate John Droz, Jr., (photo) who spearheaded the February meeting. "This writer knowingly perverted the situation to promote her own political agenda," Droz stated in an interview with The New American. Goldenberg had interviewed him about the event which he describes as a "cross-section of U.S. citizens — both Democrats and Republicans — who met to discuss ideas concerning how to bring about a less-expensive, more-effective science-based energy policy."
Droz maintains that, though the meeting did take place, most of Goldenberg's retelling is a work of fiction. He said a number of other publications, including the Huffington Post and Think Progress picked up, and in some cases expanded on, the fabrication. Droz is amazed these reporters printed the scoop without ever contacting him to confirm it. "This is an interesting case of how misinformation spreads like wildfire," he noted. He believes it calls into question the journalistic integrity of mainstream environmental reporting.
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