EPA committed ‘covert propaganda’ social media campaign on American public, auditors find

Spill of toxic wastewater from a mine in Colorado, August 10, 2015. (Reuters)SPILL OF TOXIC WASTEWATER FROM A MINE IN COLORADO, AUGUST 10, 2015. (REUTERS)

Also known as the Clean Water Rule and backed by President Obama, the law was intended to protect streams and surface waters. Clean water is a good thing. Animals, plants, and people getting sick or dying because water is polluted is a bad thing. Seems simple.

Many Republicans and their elected representatives hated the law, and considered it governmental overreach. The GAO’s finding that EPA breached our laws against the use of propaganda on Americans are a victory for them.

This story is a great example of how a well-intended campaign for public good can go terribly, horribly wrong when people do stupid things with social media. Social media rule number one: Be transparent, forthright, and honest.

From the New York Times’ coverage:

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