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August 17, 2004

One More Reason Why People Disrespect Media

The Daily Kos notes a Republican astroturf campaign in which many newspapers printed a letter, written by Bush operatives but signed by people in local communities, offering political support to the president's campaign.

I don't expect much shame from the people who would sign their names to someone else's work in this way. I do expect better of newspaper editorial pages, which should be checking for this kind of stuff.

New media, but sleazy old tricks.

Posted by Dan at August 17, 2004 05:43 PM


I'm not sure I understand the gripe with this, you think it's unethical or immoral to sign your name on something you didn't write? Didn't the people who signed their names on it do so because they agreed with it, whether or not they took the time to compose an original take on the material? Many organizations do such templating (EFF, moveon.org, etc) for letters to be sent to congress. The news sites that I looked at didn't publish it as news, but in "Letters to the editor" sections, and isn't that what they are after all?

Posted by: anonymous at August 18, 2004 12:47 PM

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