Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated “Grassroots” Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them
Tell me it ain’t so Joe. A real honest to goodness ‘Smear Campaign’ by Professionals..we really thought it was average people that posted those You Tube Video’s with all those lies..Of course, we know how to use factcheck.org but we also know a lot of people just don’t search things out for themselves..SO you are responsible for the lies that were supposed to give all the white trash and let’s not forget the elite’s of Hollywerid and your cronies like Soros, Ayers, and others hope and change. Aw…so sad, too bad!
Thank you JawaReport for investigating and getting to the bottom of this. They really are to be commended for finding the real truth. Nobama just keeps reminding me of Chicago Style Politics with its reputation for corruption. We already know that NObama will say anything and use anyone to get a vote. Heck, if he could he would find a way to get McCain off the ticket (like he did with Alice Palmer) so he could run unopposed..Lot less work that way, not to mention a sure thing.
Don’t expect we will hear much from the media about this..You know they can’t help it if NObama gives them chills and hope for change. Their kind of change I can live without!
Thank you too JawaReport for making a snapshot of the video before it was deleted. Readers, you can see the video on the above link.
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.
WHO PRODUCED THE VIDEO?
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VIOLATION OF FEC RULES?
Federal election law requires that a disclaimer from those paying for campaign ads, “must appear on any “electioneering communication” and on any public communication by any person that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate or solicits funds in connection with a federal election.” Even when the ad is not paid for nor coordinated with the candidates election committee, “the disclaimer notice must identify who paid for the message, state that it was not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee and list the permanent street address, telephone number or World Wide Web address of the person who paid for the communication.”
No such disclaimer appears on the ad in question. However, “General public political advertising does not include Internet ads, except for communications placed for a fee on another person’s web site.” It is not clear to us whether a video is considered an “internet ad” or if the wording only meant to include banner ads or other more common forms of internet advertising.
All of the web only video ads that we could find produced by the Obama campaign carried the disclosure or some other clearly identifiable notice that they were responsible for its content.
It would appear that the ad, while professionally produced, was put on YouTube and then spread in such a way as to make it seem like amateurs had made it and spread it. We can’t help but wonder if the missing disclaimer on the video was an intentional exploitation of a loophole meant to distance the people behind the ad from its outright lies?
We also can’t help but wonder if maybe those who produced the ad believed that the lack of disclaimer constituted an FEC violation? Which would be an alternative explanation for why they did not wish to be connected to it.
Beyond the disclaimer, though, our reading of FEC regulations suggests that political campaign and 527 groups, such as Moveon.org, are required to report money spent on advertising opposing a candidate for public office. We can find no exception for advertising intended for web only campaigns.
We assume that if some group paid for the production of the video, that it would be reported to the FEC. Not doing so, we believe, would constitute a breach of federal campaign law.
TOP OF POST UPDATE: Nailed! Ethan Winner confesses he was behind video!
PR FIRM BEHIND THE VIDEO? Be sure you read the complete report:at JawaReport…
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