On Election Day this year, CBS4′s Shaun Boyd had a story detailing the true intentions of the national environmentalist groups pushing fracking bans in four northern Colorado towns.
The article contained an admission from local fractivists that national groups seeking a total ban on fracking in Colorado were driving their campaign.
But the fractivists were successful in getting their admissions and national connections stricken from the story by lobbying higher ups at CBS.
Sources say Shaun Boyd is none too pleased with the edits.
The current version of the story lacks a quote from Water Defense, a national environmental group involved in pushing the bans and founded by actor Mark Ruffalo. But the article still lists a tag for “Water Defense”, making the edit rather glaring.
But Water Defense and a host of other national environmental groups — not your neighbors in Broomfield or Fort Collins – were the driving forces behind groups like “Frack Free Colorado” and other local cutouts.
Frack Free Colorado even bragged about their national friends and sponsors two weeks prior to the election. From their press release announcing a concert and rally with B-list celebrities like Darryl Hannah and Mariel Hemingway in Civic Center Park:
Frack Free Colorado is sponsored by Patagonia, Prana, Black Diamond, New Belgium Brewing Company, Backpacker’s Pantry, Vibrant Planet, Conscious Global Leadership, The Invisible Spark, 1% for the Planet and Backbone Media. The event’s co-organizers include actor Mark Ruffalo’s Water Defense, Food & Water Watch, Clean Water Action, CREDO, Sierra Club…
To the uninitiated, that’s a list heavy on national groups with deep pockets — as in 10s of millions spent every year.
It’s not exactly a secret to most political observers that enviros are getting serious national backing and “guidance.”
But they and their willing enablers in the media sure seem to want to keep it from getting out to the wider public.