Revealing skeptics as sock puppets in a few quick clicks
Want to play a fun Friday game? It’s called Six Degrees of ExxonMobil. The object: To see how quickly you can get from a denier to ExxonMobil’s coffers.
All you need to start is an opinion piece by a global warming denier. Let’s take this column by Deroy Murdock for Scripps Howard News Service (he’s also a contributing editor for the National Review Online).
OK, let’s start. Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. The Hoover Institution has received at least $295,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.
Wow, wasn’t that easy and fun? OK, so it’s not quite "Bruce Campbell was in The Majestic with Susan Willis, who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon," but the connection is just as reliable.