Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Grassroots Astroturf is with us

Today's Daily Kos reports that canned letters praising GWB are being spammed to your daily newspapers as pretend 'Letters to the Editor'. It's pretty ingenious; you pick from several paragraphs, offered in their spin cafeteria, and they are inserted into the letter. They even mail it to your local paper based on your ZIP code.

While 'talking points' are nothing new, most papers still insist, like schools, that people submit original material.

I have already contacted several of the major KY newspapers about this, plus a few in other states. Readers may want to contact their own papers to prevent a flood of prewritten advertising from filling the editorial page.

Sarah G


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