the (un)silent (un)majority
I just love Google! GOP activists have apparently spammed a bunch of newspapers with copies of a form letter praising Bush's "genuine leadership" of the economy (without mentioning, of course, that he's leading it straight down the toilet, but oh well). The ruse came to light when Google started reporting hits on certain identical key phrases in various newspapers.
No More Mister Nice Blog points to various sites tracking at least six astroturf letters, and comments: "But, of course, weren’t we all told that Bush and his party have a solid mandate from the American people to govern as they see fit? If so, why is it even necessary to use deception to nudge public opinion GOP-ward? We’ve all simply embraced the Republican agenda unquestioningly -- haven’t we? ...This campaign to manufacture consent seems sicker and sicker the more you examine it."
Failure Is Impossible suggests sending a polite, well-written letter of your own if your local newspaper gets taken in by this phony PR campaign.
(via CalPundit and Eschaton)