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Meanwhile, at Band Camp..., I mean Mudville - we find this interesting bit of prose:
"Firm endorsements of the letter's description of the situation in Kirkuk have since been re-registered by most of the soldiers who were supposed to have written letters," explained the editors of the New York Times, "but that matters little to anyone who ever marched in the military command system." I shudder at the thought of what we owe those courageous reporters, of how close we came to the end of freedom as we know it, and the complete destruction of all that we hold dear.

And I'm sure that soon enough we're going to see a similar response to this latest outrage. With over 60 "Ellie Light" letters identified, multiple "Mark Spiveys," and who knows how many additional discoveries over the past week I'm certain the dam is ready to break - the identical letter from 11 GIs in their hometown papers seems to pale in comparison. For now the only further "mainstream media" coverage is in a blog on the website of the LA Times. But hell hath no fury as a news reporter who discovers he - and his entire profession - has been duped - used even, by the evil machinations of the powers that be. And I'm certain that the explosion is coming.

Any minute now.

Note: Greyhawk forgets nothing, and can find the milblog angle to anything.  Click that link.  The MSM isn't going to connect these dots for you.


Ellie Light is in Iraq?

Who'd a thunk it?
Fox now has the story but I noticed that Mudville is not cited anywhere for credit heh

I don't understand this or the mudville article.  I can't see what the issue is or why it matters.

People send fake letters to newspapers often, right?
Bloodspite - Fox is carrying what amounts to the Patterico/Politico story - not with the added milblog angle Greyhawk introduced.

Argent - You are correct, people send in fake letters.  What is at issue is that "Ellie Light" is sending in essentially the same letter to dozens of papers, all while claiming to be from the local area - needful in order to get published in regional papers.   This is part of a tactic called "astroturfing" meaning an artificial "grass roots" campaign or movement, that is in actuality a centrally-directed movement.

The point being made is that the press and the Obama camp have been all over the Tea Party types for putatively being astrofurfers, while ignoring "Ellie Light" and some similar efforts. 

Yes, it's probably been done a lot before - but the "net and search engines make it easier to detect. 

The point being when it appears (or does) come from the Right, the press has a keen nose for it and can get into high dudgeon.

When it comes from the Left, they are curiously (or perhaps more accurately, incuriously) blind to it.

Greyhawk's value-added is pointing out an example of the press being all over it when it came from a unit in Iraq.

It's more or less a tit-for-tat response so that the field is not surrendered to the Left.
Thanks for explaining that.  This to me is only scratching the surface. This 'astroturfing' is quite a bit more rife than that.  I guess i just don't see the left or right side examples as news.  It's so damn old in practice.

Ultimately a lot of these sorts of things grow initially with such tricks but it's only sustainable if real people are behind it.
Ditto that Thanks for me as well.

Althought I still think the MilBlog angle is a more interesting one, even if is not more mainstream.

Argent - aside from the uneven coverage, the "news" angle is that it is so much more detectable now... which means you can get an idea of the scope.

Yes, it has always existed, but was harder to detect, so it went mostly un-noticed. 

That's the change that makes it newsy - and the fact that the professional newsies don't cover it evenly.
humpff I find it hard to grant most of them the title 'professional'
"Professional" only in the sense of "being on the payroll."