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September 22, 2008

Grassroots Palin Smear: The Work of Professionals?

Answer: From The Jawa Report:

Extensive research was conducted by the Jawa Report to determine the source of smears directed toward Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Those smears included false allegations that she belonged to a secessionist political party and that she has radical anti-American views.

Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

It is also likely that the PR firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:

-Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.

-The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.

-Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.

-Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.

-The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.

-This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod's firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as "astroturfing."

-David Axelrod is Barack Obama's chief media strategist.

-The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.

This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe. Our findings follow.

Read the whole thing. No smoking gun, but odd coincidences that deserve further investigation. However, as the MSM is in the tank for Obama, don't expect this to go much further than the blogosphere.

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Posted by Pam Meister at 09:36 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0) | Politics

I was disgusted by this. And saddened by the fact that the media probably won't even look into possible violations of federal election law.

Doesn't it make you wonder why liberals are so threatened by Sarah Palin that they resort to such blatantly dishonest attempts to discredit her?

Posted by: Reverse_Vampyr at September 22, 2008 12:13 PM

Pam, thought you and your readers would get a good laugh at this:


This guy does a great job of slinging the crap right back on Obama's scummy family history. And it's funny as hell...

Miss blogging about elections but McCain just doesn't inspire me to lift a finger for him. I do like Palin though. She's my kind of Republican!!!

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