I was wracking my brain trying to remember an acronym that is a basic tactic of negative public relations.

I knew I had written about it but could not think of how ro find it. Finally I googled my name and “propaganda,” and this article popped up.

The acronym is FUD. It has been used in the public relations field to discredit a competitor. It is a central tactic in the game plan to undermine public education.

It is in the dictionary.

What you need to know about FUD: