Ellie Light: Obama Astroturfer?

[“…I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth…”

–Senator Barack Obama’s nomination victory speech
in St. Paul, MN, 3 June 2008]

Ellie Light: Obama Astroturfer?
by Patterico
January 23, 2010

Someone appears to be doing a little Astroturfing for Obama.

In recent days, a letter defending Obama has appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the country — all signed by an “Ellie Light.” In the letters, which all use identical language, Ms. Light explains that Obama never promised to fix all our problems quickly or painlessly. She declares:

Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

Editors all over the country found Light’s message strangely compelling. It was reprinted at The Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News; the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. In addition, the letter has appeared at literally dozens of small-town papers across the country, with names like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript, and the Danbury News-Times.

Ms. Light always claims to be a local in these letters. Her real estate holdings are apparently prodigious, as she has claimed residences in Philadelphia, PA; Daly City, California; Mansfield, Ohio; Waynesboro, Virginia; Algoma, Wisconsin; Bangor, Maine; and dozens of other places. Who said Obama supporters were all downtrodden?

The article continues at HotAir.com

And at Pajamas Media:

“Ellie Light–The New Greg Packer”
by Ed Driscoll
January 23, 2010

The legacy media has one man in the street it invariably turns to whenever it needs a quote from a “disinterested” observer — and apparently, the Lightworker has one person he turns to when he needs an “objective” opinion of how he’s doing. Meet Ellie Light. As Patterico notes, “Someone appears to be doing a little Astroturfing for Obama”…

…Insert obvious snark about layers and layers of fact checkers and editors earning their pay, here.

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