Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No One Ever Went Broke Underestimating the Stupidity of Newspaper Publishers

Dear Boston Globe,

Salon is reporting today, via a story reported by a Dutch Journalist, that the McCain campaign assigned "volunteers" to ghost write astro-turf letters in support of McCain and Palin after the Republican convention. They assured the volunteer, who was actually a reporter, that they would ask their supporters in battleground states to sign these letters and send them to local newspapers to create a false groundswell of "popular" support by "average" people. I've been wondering about the flood of pro-Palin propaganda when I have yet to meet an actual New Englander who can stand the woman. Can the Boston Globe be certain that the many letters they have published from angry, authentic, local supporters of McCain/Palin weren't actually from an outsourced McCain astroturf program?

Here's the first paragraph of the article: and a link (

"Sept. 24, 2008 | "You can be whoever you want to be," says an inviting Phil Tuchman. "You can be a beggar or a millionaire. A mom or a husband. Whatever. You decide!"

I volunteer in political campaigns now and then. After a series of outings for Obama and a first mission as a phone banker for John McCain, I returned to McCain's headquarters in Arlington, Va. The offer was too alluring to delay -- they wanted to put me into action as a ghostwriter. Next to commercials and phone banking, writing letters to the editor is the most important method of the McCain campaign to attract voters. At least that is what's written in the guidelines that McCain campaign worker Phil Tuchman presents to me.

Today he is training six ghostwriters. (bolded text from the article)"