And how, exactly, would you "use SEO" to accomplish that? How would a cigarette company "push" sites?
What makes anyone think that any SEO "expert" can manipulate Google or any other SE? Some of the opinions I have read here just don't make any sense.
And what is to prevent "the other side" from doing exactly the same thing, thus canceling anything out?
It was not SEO's or Google that started the whole cartoon thing - it was 2 muslim clerics that went back to the Middle East and made a big issue of it - and that made the news.
However, their ploy backfired - badly - in their misguided efforts to get Denmark condemned by muslims for the cartoons, they succeeded it making it an international issue, and now you can find those cartoons on millions of websites.
None of this had a THING to do with SEO's or search engine manipulation.