Heartland Institute: “Can You Spare Any Change? Every Little Bit Helps.”
How the mighty have fallen. The Heartland Institute was one of the country’s leading propaganda mills. They were probably THE top mouthpiece for the science-denying “global warming is a myth” crowd, with huge corporate donations pouring in from the usual suspects.
No more. The Heartland Institute was last seen slumped over at the corner of Sixteenth and South Main Boulevard, holding up a “Will Work For Food” sign.
The Heartland Institute’s downward spiral is mostly the result of their infamous billboard (pictured at the linked article). It shows a picture of the Unabomber — Ted Kaczynski — with the caption “I still believe in global warming. Do you?”
Even their corporate allies thought the billboard was tasteless and not an effective way to influence public opinion. What were they thinking anyway? A billboard??? It’s much more effective to sabotage high school science textbooks with “scientific” articles “proving” that global warming doesn’t exist. Or they could have orchestrated a bunch of “demonstrations” where Real Americans could express their fear and outrage against Big Brother Obama and his Fascist Clean Energy goons. (See Koch Brothers, Americans For Prosperity.)
Anyway, the Heartland Institute’s donations have taken a nosedive, and their president, Joseph Bast, is pleading for help:
“If you can afford to make a contribution please do. If you know someone, if you’ve got a rich uncle or somebody in the family or somebody that you work with, please give them a call and ask them if they would consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Heartland Institute.”
Doesn’t that just tug at the ol’ heartstrings? Please give generously.