J. Stauber/S. Rampton

stauber_ramptonRevealing Threats to our Free Speech, Food and Environment

Ideal Use: Environmental, Earth Day, journalism, media, and consumer toxics right-to-know programs; also issues of propaganda, public relations and pseudo science

Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber are investigative journalists and editors of PR Watch, a publication of the Center for Media & Democracy, a non-profit dedicated to public interest reporting on government and industry PR. They have been featured, interviewed and quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, and on PRI’s Marketplace Stauber has been on CNN’s Burden of Proof and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Their newest book is trustusbookTRUST US, WE’RE EXPERTS: HOW INDUSTRY MANIPULATES SCIENCE AND GAMBLES WITH YOUR FUTURE about which TV commentator Bill Moyers says, “Rampton and Stauber have issued a wake-up call we can’t ignore.

These first-rate investigative journalists reveal a world of brilliant scientists, callous industry, courageous victims and cowardly bureaucrats. The emergence of mad cow disease should be a loud warning shot across the bow of the food industry, demonstrating how previously unknown risks can become catastrophic because of factory farming techniques. But a combination of government cover-up in Britain, industry and bureaucratic collusion in the U.S., and poor reporting by the media have kept this threat hidden from American view.

Until now, when Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber answer the question of MAD COW U.S.A.: COULD THE NIGHTMARE HAPPEN HERE? The authors have gained national media attention for examining the fatal dementia disease and its PR cover-up in the U.S.


In their first book together, TOXIC SLUDGE IS GOOD FOR YOU: LIES, DAMN LIES AND THE PUBLIC RELATIONS INDUSTRY. Stauber and Rampton expose how propaganda wizards concoct and spin the news, and conspire with lobbyists and politicians to thwart citizens working to protect the environment. The award-winning book is sometimes as humorous as the title, which reflects the extremes to which PR is used to twist reality and protect the self-interests of the powerful.


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