Lazy AstroTurfing: Same Kavanaugh Letter Sent to 21 Different Newspapers

Each identical anti-Kavanaugh letter was “signed” by a different person! Media collusion?

How did 21 different newspapers in 12 different states happen to pick the same anti-Kavanaugh letter to publish? If many other newspapers received the fake letter lobbying against Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee then there’s a chance that no one at these 21 newspapers was in on the fraud. Or, if the Left will admit that virtually no one is writing to newspapers to oppose Kavanaugh, then that might explain it–because that would mean that the fake letter was the only anti-Kavanaugh one they received.

Otherwise, not only was that fraudulent anti-Kavanaugh letter produced, but they had pull with the newspapers to get them to run it.

The Daily Mail reports, “Mystery as IDENTICAL letters appear in 21 newspapers across 12 states slamming Trump’s Supreme Court pick – and they’re all signed by different people.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going into the Supreme Court confirmation process with a hail of rhetorical arrows zinging by him, including a phony letter-writing campaign aimed at unsuspecting American newspaper editors

At least 21 papers were duped last week, including big-market brands like the Dallas Morning News and The Washington Times. They ran identical letters over a four-day period, each signed by a different person.

The effort is an example of public-relations ‘astroturfing,’ a technique meant to simulate genuine grassroots support for an idea or cause.

The form letter is one small piece of the message minefield erupting around Kavanaugh as he prepares for a brutal confirmation process that will end with scant support from Democrats.

It begins by declaring that ‘Brett Kavanaugh is the wrong choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed to the Supreme Court, everything that we hold dear as a nation will be at stake.’

It warns that he could be a swing-vote on the high court ‘that takes away our rights’ and awards new levels of political influence to ‘mega-donors with extreme agendas.’

Three of the newspapers contacted Friday by DailyMail.com later removed the letters from their websites. Two, the Morning News and the Union Democrat of Sonora, California, publicly explained why.

In an email Saturday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah shrugged off the practice as inconsequential and amateurish.

‘I suppose that’s a clever way to ensure message discipline,’ he said, ‘but we think most Americans will see through these tactics and be impressed with Judge Kavanaugh’s sterling record and qualifications.’

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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