Jawa Report Charges Obama With Astroturfing

Last week I explained the propaganda tool called astroturfing, spreading stories through paid or coordinated sources to make it appear it is a spontaneous, volunteer effort when it is anything but.Today, the Jawa Report observes -- in a lengthy, well-documented article -- that at least one of the viral videos carrying a proven false rumor about Palin (that she belonged to an Alaskan separatist movement) was professionally prepared by a p.r. firm linked to the Obama campaign,...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...(Read Full Post)