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Team Obama Behind Palin Smears?

John on September 22, 2008 at 10:05 am

I put a link in the sidebar this morning, but after reading all this stuff I think it’s a pretty big deal. The Jawa Report has connected a particularly nasty ad aimed at Palin to a public relations firm with ties to Obama. Here’s the bullet point list version of the story:

  • 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.

I highly recommend you read the whole thing. When you’re done with that, you might want to read Ace’s follow up on the attempt at covering their tracks. Patterico (a prosecutor) calls this “conciousness of guilt.”

The real question is how many other Palin smears are the result of David Axelrod scripted astroturfing (i.e. it looks grassroots, but it’s not). Granted, this won’t be the first time in history a candidate has resorted to shady, semi-legal smear tactics. But I don’t think it’s going to sit well with the American public who’ve embraced Obama as the candidate of “hope and change” and “a new kind of politics.” Sort of puts the lie to those marketing lines.

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