Two years ago the Sacramento Bee did a five-part series that smacked the hell out of environmental organizations, especially the Sierra Club. (The series is still available online here.) Now the Washington Post has taken up the attack, with a devastating three-part series this week attacking the Nature Conservancy. "Big Green: Inside the Nature Conservancy" makes out the group to be the environmental equivalent of Enron, including self-dealing and potential tax fraud.
Now, I never mind seeing an environmental group get smacked around in the media, and while I think the Nature Conservancy richly deserves this hit, it is also the case that TNC has always been regarded as the "right wing" of the environmental movement, has been friendly to business, and believes in buying land for preservation rather than having it regulated away from people. This story, therefore, is going to strengthen the hand of the more radical environmental groups, which is of course most everyone else.