Disinformation Playbook Stories


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Counterfeiting science. Manufacturing uncertainty. Buying credibility. These are some of the tricks that unscrupulous businesses employ to evade responsibility for the harm caused by their products or practices. We call these tactics the Disinformation Playbook.

Here are stories from people who have felt the effects of the Disinformation Playbook firsthand—and are taking action to stop it.


Eboni Cochran: Chemical Plants and the Right to Know

Eboni Cochran lives in the Chickasaw Neighborhood of Louisville, KY. She is Co-Director of REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACTion), a grassroots organization of residents living near or at the fence lines of a cluster of 11 chemical plants commonly referred to as Rubbertown.

Read Eboni's story

James Holstun and Martha T. McCluskey: Industry Influence at the University of Buffalo

James Holstun, Professor of English, and Martha T. McCluskey, Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo, State Univ. of New York discuss the Shale Resources and Society Institute at University of Buffalo.

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Heather von St James: The Asbestos Industry and Mesothelioma

Heather Von St. James is a 12-year mesothelioma cancer survivor who has dedicated her life to spreading awareness of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. She vowed if she survived mesothelioma, she would do everything to educate the public and continue to fight for regulations that save Americans’ lives. She will continue to be the voice of mesothelioma victims, advocating for a cure and an asbestos ban in the United States.

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Harold Bock: DuPont and Water Contamination in West Virginia

Harold Bock has spent his entire life in Parkersburg, WV, right in the heart of the Mid-Ohio Valley, where he lives just a few miles from the infamous Washington Works plant. He’s an advisory board member of the advocacy group Keep Your Promises DuPont, which has been leading the fight to hold DuPont and Chemours accountable for toxic water contamination and the companies’ decades-long cover-up.

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Get familiar with the Disinformation Playbook

Learn more about the Disinformation Playbook and how it applies to these stories, as well as more examples of malicious tactics used to undermine science

There are many things we can do to keep the Disinformation Playbook from sidelining science and disabling democracy. It’s a team effort: scientists, science supporters, public officials, journalists, and companies themselves all have a role to play. Find out more on our Stopping the Playbook page.

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