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    NIH-Funded Conspiracy Theory Smearing Tea Party Gets Even Wackier

    Federal cancer research money funded a “laughable conspiracy-theory report smearing” the Tea Party as being created by the tobacco companies and the Koch brothers, which we earlier debunked. Those academics have “received $7 million” from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

    But the senior author of the “study,” Professor Stanton Glantz of the University of California at San Francisco, has now doubled down on his wacky conclusions. He told Fox News that the Tea Party ”pretty much originated with that smokers’ rights stuff.”

    Glantz’s “study” is a tissue-thin, 10-page smear, produced using federal grants that reportedly exceeded a million dollars, that contains wild claims, such as the ridiculous assertion that “the Tea Party has origins in the ultra-right John Birch Society of the 1950s.”

    One of the study’s biggest promoters, ironically enough, is Al Gore, who, unlike the Tea Parties, has a history of supporting federal tobacco subsidies at taxpayer expense. The study is based on strange reasoning, such as the fact that one group funded in part by tobacco companies used the word “Tea Party” in passing in 2002, a group largely unrelated to the groups that later came into being and used it in 2009.

    Ironically, as syndicated columnist Jacob Sullum notes, under this reasoning, which Gore endorses, Gore himself could be classified as a front for the tobacco companies, since Gore, unlike the Tea Parties, received cash from the tobacco companies for many years....

    ::: AL GORE? :::
    Despite the absurdity of the study, progressives gullibly bought it hook, line, and sinker, expressing almost unanimous agreement with its conclusions at hundreds of blogs.

    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 02:24:43 PM PST

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