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> It was funded, however, by companies like Philip Morris, Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola, and it’s goal was to “confuse the public narrative regarding waste, and distract from the corporations and manufacturers creating the litter and waste” (wikipedia).

I looked for this part on the linked wikipage and didn't find it. I looked at the edit history and it turns out that this wikipage is subject to a PR fight and the account DoBeautifulThings keeps removing parts that may be too critical and adding things that put it in a positive light. The source for the quote was this recording: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/04/757539617/the-litter-myth

Here is an edit from them that removes this part (2019-10-03): https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Keep_America_Beau...

A revert of the change (2019-10-03): https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Keep_America_Beau...

The change is back in (2019-10-04): https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Keep_America_Beau...

Another change that reverts some lobbying edits (2019-09-12): https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Keep_America_Beau...

If you want to see the wikipage version which contained the quote, here it is: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Keep_America_Beau...

Lobbying on Wikipedia is real.




Excellent point re Wikipedia lobbying.

As to the anti-littering / "crying Indian" burden shift PR campaign, see Annie Leonard's article "Moving from Individual Change to Societal Change":

http://www.pfree.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Moving-fro...


Wow, good find! I'll add this set of links to the post. Quote was def there when I was first writing the post.


These wikipedia edits kind of underscore the point in a sad/funny way.

Updated the post with some of this research y'all did: https://s3.amazonaws.com/4rk/screen-shot-2020-03-22-10.25.27... . Thanks again for sharing the edit history you found!




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