In a well-documented blockbuster report, Dr. Rusty Shackleford follows some of the most vicious smears against Alaska Governor Sarah Palin back to their roots. Dr. Shackleford finds information that could wind up tying the Palin smears directly to the Obama campaign through famed purveyor of fake grassroots movements (astroturf) David Axelrod by way of left-leaning public relations firms, their principals, and their employees.
Shackleford’s web tome reads like a digital-era All the President’s Men. He carefully connects the dots between the Palin smears and the companies and people known as experts in the viral spreading of these kinds of rumors and lies through the digital landscape.
Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.
It is also likely that the PR firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:
- Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.
- The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.
- Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.
- Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.
- The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.
- This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod’s firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as “astroturfing.”
- David Axelrod is Barack Obama’s chief media strategist.
- The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.
This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe.
The report is required reading for anyone interested in the real way the Obama campaign of “Hope” is attempting to dupe the electorate into electing their candidate. The real villain in this story is a media who are so willing to blindly believe the worst about Governor Palin – largely because she is religious – that they will print any lie or smear without investigation. It is only through their culture of bias that these sorts of tactics are allowed to thrive.
UPDATE: Patterico reports that, within an hour of the Jawa Report exposé being published, the smear video against Governor Palin has been removed from YouTube. Admission of guilt? Track covering? Sure to be more in the coming days.
Jawa Report has details on the removal, and promises backups.
[UPDATE: Within 1 hour of posting, “eswinner” has removed all videos from YouTube and began removing any traces of his activities. But we have the video and all relevant websites backed up. Will update as soon as possible]
I love when stories break wide open during the overnight hours.
Ace gloats over the tacit admission in the cover-up.