Update on ‘Grassroots Smear’ Campaign

The Original Astroturfing: Change we can Fake

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Thanks to Brian.

UPDATE ON GRASSROOTS SMEAR CAMPAIGN:

I wanted to follow this story and where do you go to follow something that could be sizzling with slander lies and corruption other than to the one that did the tough work of true journalism, investigating. So I offer you Dr. Rusty Shackleford from JawaReport. Thank you so much for digging for the truth!

Of course, the naysayers are out..Obama’s campaign denies it..Michelle Malkin was on FoxNews this morning and of course, all the reporters do today is call a campaign and ask if they had anything to do with it..no real investigation. Too much work, I suppose. Then we have as you will see, when you follow the links below..there are now 2 video’s. HARDEEHARR! Thank you Rusty for keeping the original that was emailed and blogged all over the web. Now of course, Fox had the one that said ‘member’ but go on, read the rest of the story. If you need to catch up from the beginning..The links are here.

Circle the Wagons!

Too bad that lunatic Olberman is muzzled. I’d love to hear some ranting from him. In the meantime, this is pretty funny: JayTea at Wizbang fisks a Media Matters report called “The Jawa Report Shoots and Misses” (“Just another day at the office for the can’t-shoot-straight gang on the far side of the blogosphere.”). bwahahaha. JayTea makes oh, a few good points, take a look.

A few more good points can be found at The Examiner. Its a complete analysis, and this is from the conclusion:

If like me, you suspect that this video was an Axelrod production, it leaves you with two reasonable theories. First, the ad was possibly produced by Axelrod before The New York Times retracted the claim carried in the video. Then Axelrod shelved it. At that point, Winner probably had the ad from Axelrod and was either told to sit on it and he disobeyed or told to release it as a viral video.Take note of the Obama spokespeson’s denial. He said we had nothing to do with this “YouTube video”. Let’s parse that statement. By characterzing the video as a “YouTube video” he can disassociate the general act of making the video from the act of uploading it to YouTube. In fact, this does not expliciately deny that Axelrod’s company or another contractor produced the video for the Obama campaign. Too fine a point? Does what the meaning of “is” is ring any bells? (emphasis added-j)

Or, perhaps, as Ethan Winner claims, he was completely responsible from top to bottom for the ad. Of course, a sleazy ad like this would harm any professional PR firm’s reputation. What would his motivation be to damage his own reputation?

That’s a good question, especially when there is no disputing the claim that the lovely Sarah was not a member of AIP. Ethan admitted he knew the smear was already de-bunked in the comments at the Youtube vid he posted spreading the smear. And we could see that if he didn’t yank the vid and close his account within minutes of Jawa’s post.

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Since we just got a mention on Fox News, I guess I’ll come out of my hole and direct new readers to the report we did on how employees of a mega-PR firm are behind the smear and how there may be a connection to the Obama campaign.

Click here for the original report —> Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated “Grassroots” Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them

Related:
Ethan Winner Responds: Claims He Produced Video
Obama Denies Behind Anti-Palin Video; Bloggers Solely Behind Accusations
Winner Worked with Axelrod in Past
How Much Money did Axelrod’s PR Firm Get from Obama
How they Astroturfed Hillary Remembered
Second Winner Produced Palin Smear Video Appears

Let’s keep the heat on the Media. It is time for them to step up.

Time for me to perhaps get on with the State of the Union..ain’t looking too good folks, but then I am an optimist..truly. I believe in the American people to get through it and come out fine. It just ticks me off that I did not buy a house I could not afford..On second thought, I should have bought a cool Yacht! Want to buy some swampland in Florida?

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Orchestrated “Grassroots”Smear Campaign by Pro’s?

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?

For the best coverage of this story and constant updates please go to the JawaReport

MORE EXCERPT:

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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