We've been having an interesting conversation around the university lately regarding the sophistication of economic and politics motivated distortions on issues like climate change and creationism.
One of the best bits of industry anti-green in the last few years ("these aren't the droids you're looking for.... don't pay any attention to environmental deterioration") was a piece George Will even swallowed: the claim that a Hummer is greener than a Toyota Prius.
It turns out there was nothing remotely fuzzy about the math here since the advertisers who put out the "report" didn't actually do any math.
The Pacific Institute did however.
And so on.