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John Oliver Confronts Fake Grassroots Movements on Last Week Tonight, Taking the Fight to ‘Astroturfers'

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Astroturfing is not the latest teen craze, John Oliver explained on Sunday night's episode of Last Week Tonight. While it sounds like something teens would do once they moved on from eating Tide Pods , astroturfing is when corporations or organization try to make it seem as though whatever they are selling is part of a grassroots movement. For example when a seeming small group calling themselves Americans Against Food Taxes run a national ad campaign against a potential beverage tax. It's not paid for by a small grassroots movement of concerned citizens, but a large beverage conglomerate...
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