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Last Updated Feb 8, 2016 06:00AM

I wrote last week about a video posted on Facebook by the American Lands Council (ALC) that alleges the Bureau of Land Management deliberately started fires, then carelessly let them rage out of control, killing livestock and destroying ranchers’ property in Oregon. The video was misleading, since news stories and subsequent BLM reports of the 2012 blaze show it was lightning-caused, fueled by heavy dry underbrush and desperately fought by federal, state and area firefighters. Here’s the rest of the story: It was a rip-off of a heavily edited propaganda …

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  • Rolly: Video’s claim that BLM sparked devastating Oregon fires goes up in smoke
    Rep. Ken Ivory’s American Lands Council seems to be taking a page out of The Center for Medical Progress’ playbook, releasing a misleading video to de...
    Updated Feb 01 2016 07:46 am   |     |   Share


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