The declining (or is it dying?) newspaper industry has suffered another blow to its image as punctilious skeptic with the motto "If your mother says she loves you, check it out." It turns out, a pile of American newspapers can't manage to check out the most basic information about people who are flat-out using their pages to push political agendas.
A person with the name of "Ellie Light" has been successfully published with the same letter in at least 68 newspapers defending President Obama -- defrauding the editors by using local addresses. Reports have "her" published in two papers overseas.
Who is "Ellie Light"? We know this much: "She" is a fraud.
Is this an official White House or Organizing for America campaign? Is it simply a dirty trick? Is this brass-knuckles (and dishonest) politics from the DNC? Or an unauthorized Obama groupie? Some investigating conservative bloggers have found several candidates for the mysterious "Light" writer that could be connected to Obama.
But the liberal, pro-Obama media won't address this. This story hurts Obama, so they'll spike it. Count on that.
The media should care. Remember how upset they were at "video news releases" being offered as real news by the Bush administration? And how they fulminated against PR. firms being paid by the Pentagon to report the good news to the people of Iraq? If this Astroturf can be connected to Team Obama, then newspapers should do the connecting.
The "Light" chain letter was loaded with excuses for Obama. "Today, the president is being attacked as if he were a salesman who promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning," said a version of Light's letter in the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette, claiming a Chillicothe residence. "He never made such a promise. It's time for Americans to realize governing is hard work and that a president can't just wave a magic wand and fix everything."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer blew the whistle on the Ellie Light scandal. "She" lied about "her" location more than discredited reporter Jayson Blair of the New York Times, and may have lied more about "her" identity than "Anonymous" Joe Klein, the author of "Primary Colors." The story was an Internet sensation: in fact, it was the hottest article ever launched on the Plain Dealer website at Cleveland.com.