Obama Campaign Sleeze Story About To Break; Media Likely To Ignore

This is the story Ace has been hinting at for the past couple of days.

The basics? Axelrod’s astroturfing. An attempt to get a blatantly dishonest anti-Palin ad to go “viral” on YouTube. Gross deception in pumping out fake “amateur grassroots” ads which are really cooked up by a big PR firm strongly connected to David Axelrod and Obama’s officially-acknowledged ads.

Rusty Shackleford at The Jawa Report will break the story late tonight.

Just one more piece of slime coming out of an already slime-ridden campaign for easily the slimiest candidate this country has ever seen.

Don’t know if it will have any impact after everything else that’s come out about Obama. As someone at Ace’s mentioned…he could be caught in flagrante with a dead girl or a live boy, and close to half the electorate would  vote for him, anyway.

UPDATE:

Ace has a little more on the story, here.

UPDATE II:

And here’s the story.

(It’d better be good, boys).

UPDATE III:

A lot of good research by the Jawa crew with assists by Ace, Dan Riehl, Jane Novak, and Patterco We need to whittle the story down to just a few paragraphs, though.

Here’s Ace Of Spades with the Flaming Skull.

The Youtube videos of the Sarah Palin AIP Smear were removed (like clockwork), but Rusty made a copy, which can be seen at  The Jawa Report.

There are sinister forces at work, here. Do what you can to pass this story on.

UPDATE: IV:

Gee, why the quick, late, late night response from  “eswinner”, of Winner & Associates? I mean, those videos were removed lightening fast, and a whole youtube account was closed? Gosh, these PR guys don’t get paid to stay up late at night and watch the blogs. They work during the day…and not on weekends. Who could possibly have tipped him off?

If he was just some ordinary schnook who wanted people to check out his rad smear-videos about Sarah Palin, shouldn’t he be happy he was getting so many hits all of a sudden? Isn’t that the dream of every basement-dwelling wannabe Murrow of the Internet? Attention? Fame? Hits?

Why is he suddenly so shy to have his work seen? Why does he feel compelled now to delete his account entirely? To erase any and all evidence of his YouTube presence?

Why, just a week ago, he was so psyched that “FINALLY THE TRUTH COMES OUT!” Doesn’t he want the truth to come out any longer?

PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH “ESWINNER”!

UPDATE V:

And now Michelle Malkin is on the story, with more screencaps.

Cool. Lucianne has opened up a thread just for comments on this story.

UPDATE VI:

Thanks, Mesablue for this outstanding linkfest:

Other blogs covering this:

Curmudgeon’s Corner

Jeremiah Films

Ace of Spades HQ
Little Miss Attila
Russ. Just Russ.
Hyscience
Astroturffing from the Obama Campaign? | …gettingpaidtowatch
ProLifeBlogs
*Breaking* Sophisticated Anti-Palin Smear Campaign Tied To Axelrod? « td blog
Who do you think is behind the Palin Smears? « Count Us Out
Riehl World View
miamipress.net | miamipress.net
Anti Palin Smear Campaign Exposed! Possible Obama-Biden Involvement | Stuck On Stupid
Busted: bloggers catch Obama’s PR firm in smear ads « Crush Liberalism
Mark My Words
“Viral video” lies about Palin? Nope, Democrat lies about Palin « Buckeye RINO
Swamp Hermit’s *QUICK* Bits « The Swamp Hermit’s Report
NixGuy.com » Palin Smears Traced Back to Obama PR Firm
WeatherOutpost12
Has Obama’s chief media strategist been a naughty boy? « ClobberBlog
Lies, smears, and underhanded skullduggery, thy name is Obama | Cold Fury
Years From Now, Students of Counterpropaganda Will Be Studying This « Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group
The Strata-Sphere » Jawa Report Traces Palin Smears To Obama Camp – Updated
Palin Smear Campaign Traced to Barry Obama
Christians Concerned over McCain/Palin or Astroturfing for Obama? | blogs4God
FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog
She’s baaaack! « Scatterin’ O’ the Thoughts
Patterico’s Pontifications » The Cover-Up Begins
VIDEO: ESWINNER’S DEMOCRATIC SMEAR AGAINST PALIN « The Dude’s Blog
The Other McCain: Obama astroturfing expose
Jules Crittenden » Sleazy Lies
Webloggin » Anti-Palin Astroturfing Video Tied Directly to Obama PR Firm
Astroturfing and Cover-ups. Compelling Evidence. – A Grym View
Obama Campaign Sleeze Story About To Break; Media Likely To Ignore « Nice Deb
Kick the Anthill » Blogger Learns Something New Today
WHO’S BEHIND THE PALIN SMEARS? « Texas Hold ‘Em Blogger
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Looks like this story is making it’s way across the rightwing blogoshere in a big way. Is the MSM paying attention?….Rush? Hannity?

UPDATE VII:

Ace:

Daily Kos Diary Asking Readers to Send Video to Ten Friends Each Now Disappeared As Well

But, let not your hearts be troubled…Clobbergirl found the Google cache of the deleted Kos diary, and made screenshots.

UPDATE VIII:

Pat Dollard has given this scandel a name: Palingate.

40 lashes with a wet noodle, Pat Dollard!

Also:

The Weekly Standard gave Winner and Associates a little phone call:

just spoke with Liu-Klein on the phone and asked him about the matter, but he said that he would have to get back to me later. I gave him my email address and asked if he could give me a simple yes or no answer if he had ever posted a video on the Internet about Sarah Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party. Liu-Klein replied: “I’ll have to get back to you as soon as I can.” Then he hung up the phone. I’ll post Liu-Klein’s response if and when I get it.

IT WAS A YES OR NO QUESTION!

UPDATE IX:

The weasel finally responds.

I produced and posted on the Internet the video entitled “Sarah Palin: A Heartbeat Away.”

The idea for the video was mine. No one paid me to produce it. The only out-of-pocket cost will be the fee for the voice-over narrator, which I will pay personally when I receive an invoice. Contrary to the allegation in the Jawa Report, the voice-over artist has never done any work for the Obama campaign. I retained her through a talent agency based solely on the quality of her voice…..Continue reading.

Uh huh.

Anyone buying?

UPDATE X:

Jim Geraghty at NRO’s Campaign Spot weighs in:

Sure seems like somebody’s got something to hide.

And now Hugh Hewitt at Townhall, has spoken to Steve Schmidt, Senior Strategist for the McCain Campaign:

In response to my question about this morning’s story about the possible source of attacks on Sarah Palin and the past attacks on Stanley Kurtz and David Freddoso, Schmidt noted the “fierce campaign of intimidation waged against any critic of Obama,” and promised to look into the new story closely though he challenged the MSM to investigate the ties between David Axelrod and the Winner firm and whether the internet smear campaign was being run de facto by the Obama campaign.  Schmidt also used the question to demand increased scrutiny of the Obama-Ayers relationship.

FINALLY:

The story is picked up by the St. Louis Examiner

The White House Warned Congress About Fannie Mae Freddie Mac 17 Times In 2008, Alone

The White House attempts to set the record straight:

(I’m copying this post from the White House webpage in it’s entirety because I want people to read the whole thing).

For many years the President and his Administration have not only warned of the systemic consequences of financial turmoil at a housing government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) but also put forward thoughtful plans to reduce the risk that either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would encounter such difficulties. President Bush publicly called for GSE reform 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted.  Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, as the President’s repeated attempts to reform the supervision of these entities were thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those who emphatically denied there were problems.

2001

April: The Administration’s FY02 budget declares that the size of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is “a potential problem,” because “financial trouble of a large GSE could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting Federally insured entities and economic activity.”

2002

May: The President calls for the disclosure and corporate governance principles contained in his 10-point plan for corporate responsibility to apply to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  (OMB Prompt Letter to OFHEO, 5/29/02)

2003

January: Freddie Mac announces it has to restate financial results for the previous three years.

February: The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) releases a report explaining that “although investors perceive an implicit Federal guarantee of [GSE] obligations,” “the government has provided no explicit legal backing for them.”  As a consequence, unexpected problems at a GSE could immediately spread into financial sectors beyond the housing market.  (“Systemic Risk: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Role of OFHEO,” OFHEO Report, 2/4/03).

September: Fannie Mae discloses SEC investigation and acknowledges OFHEO’s review found earnings manipulations.

September: Treasury Secretary John Snow testifies before the House Financial Services Committee to recommend that Congress enact “legislation to create a new Federal agency to regulate and supervise the financial activities of our housing-related government sponsored enterprises” and set prudent and appropriate minimum capital adequacy requirements.

October: Fannie Mae discloses $1.2 billion accounting error.

November: Council of the Economic Advisers (CEA) Chairman Greg Mankiw explains that any “legislation to reform GSE regulation should empower the new regulator with sufficient strength and credibility to reduce systemic risk.”  To reduce the potential for systemic instability, the regulator would have “broad authority to set both risk-based and minimum capital standards” and “receivership powers necessary to wind down the affairs of a troubled GSE.”  (N. Gregory Mankiw, Remarks At The Conference Of State Bank Supervisors State Banking Summit And Leadership, 11/6/03).

2004

February: The President’s FY05 Budget againhighlights the risk posed by the explosive growth of the GSEs and their low levels of required capital, and called for creation of a new, world-class regulator:  “The Administration has determined that the safety and soundness regulators of the housing GSEs lack sufficient power and stature to meet their responsibilities, and therefore…should be replaced with a new strengthened regulator.”  (2005 Budget Analytic Perspectives, pg. 83)

February: CEA Chairman Mankiw cautions Congress to “not take [the financial market’s] strength for granted.”  Again, the call from the Administration was to reduce this risk by “ensuring that the housing GSEs are overseen by an effective regulator.”  (N. Gregory Mankiw, Op-Ed, “Keeping Fannie And Freddie’s House In Order,” Financial Times, 2/24/04).

June: Deputy Secretary of Treasury Samuel Bodman spotlights the risk posed by the GSEs and called for reform, saying “We do not have a world-class system of supervision of the housing government sponsored enterprises (GSEs), even though the importance of the housing financial system that the GSEs serve demands the best in supervision to ensure the long-term vitality of that system.  Therefore, the Administration has called for a new, first class, regulatory supervisor for the three housing GSEs:  Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banking System.”  (Samuel Bodman, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Testimony, 6/16/04).

2005

April: Treasury Secretary John Snow repeats his call for GSE reform, saying “Events that have transpired since I testified before this Committee in 2003 reinforce concerns over the systemic risks posed by the GSEs and further highlight the need for real GSE reform to ensure that our housing finance system remains a strong and vibrant source of funding for expanding homeownership opportunities in America… Half-measures will only exacerbate the risks to our financial system.”  (Secretary John W. Snow, “Testimony Before The U.S. House Financial Services Committee,” 4/13/05).

2007

July: Two Bear Stearns hedge funds invested in mortgage securities collapse.

August: President Bush emphatically calls on Congress to pass a reform package for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying “first things first when it comes to those two institutions.  Congress needs to get them reformed, get them streamlined, get them focused, and then I will consider other options.”  (President George W. Bush, Press Conference, The White House, 8/9/07).

September: RealtyTrac announces foreclosure filings up 243,000 in August – up 115 percent from the year before.

September: Single-family existing home sales decreases 7.5 percent from the previous month – the lowest level in nine years.  Median sale price of existing homes fell six percent from the year before.

December: President Bush again warns Congress of the need to pass legislation reforming GSEs, saying “These institutions provide liquidity in the mortgage market that benefits millions of homeowners, and it is vital they operate safely and operate soundly. So I’ve called on Congress to pass legislation that strengthens independent regulation of the GSEs – and ensures they focus on their important housing mission.  The GSE reform bill passed by the House earlier this year is a good start.  But the Senate has not acted.  And the United States Senate needs to pass this legislation soon.”  (President George W. Bush, Discusses Housing, The White House, 12/6/07).

2008

January: Bank of America announces it will buy Countrywide.

January: Citigroup announces mortgage portfolio lost $18.1 billion in value.

February: Assistant Secretary David Nason reiterates the urgency of reforms, says “A new regulatory structure for the housing GSEs is essential if these entities are to continue to perform their public mission successfully.”  (David Nason, Testimony On Reforming GSE Regulation, Senate Committee On Banking, Housing And Urban Affairs, 2/7/08).

March: Bear Stearns announces it will sell itself to JPMorgan Chase.

March: President Bush calls on Congress to take action and “move forward with reforms on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They need to continue to modernize the FHA, as well as allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to homeowners to refinance their mortgages.”  (President George W. Bush, Remarks To The Economic Club Of New York, New York, NY, 3/14/08).

April: President Bush urges Congress to pass the much needed legislation and “modernize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [There are] constructive things Congress can do that will encourage the housing market to correct quickly by … helping people stay in their homes.”  (President George W. Bush, Meeting With Cabinet, the White House, 4/14/08).

May: President Bush issues several pleas to Congress to pass legislation reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the situation deteriorates further.

  • “Americans are concerned about making their mortgage payments and keeping their homes. Yet Congress has failed to pass legislation I have repeatedly requested to modernize the Federal Housing Administration that will help more families stay in their homes, reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure they focus on their housing mission, and allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to refinance sub-prime loans.”   (President George W. Bush, Radio Address, 5/3/08).
  • “[T]he government ought to be helping creditworthy people stay in their homes. And one way we can do that – and Congress is making progress on this – is the reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That reform will come with a strong, independent regulator.”  (President George W. Bush, Meeting With The Secretary Of The Treasury, the White House, 5/19/08).
  • “Congress needs to pass legislation to modernize the Federal Housing Administration, reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure they focus on their housing mission, and allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to refinance subprime loans.”  (President George W. Bush, Radio Address, 5/31/08).

June: As foreclosure rates continued to rise in the first quarter, the President once again asks Congress to take the necessary measures to address this challenge, saying “we need to pass legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”  (President George W. Bush, Remarks At Swearing In Ceremony For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development, Washington, D.C., 6/6/08).

July: Congress heeds the President’s call for action and passes reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as it becomes clear that the institutions are failing.

Can Bill O’Reilly get off of Bush’s case now, please, and put the blame squarely where it belongs, on the Dems in congress, (with the help of a few RINOs) who blocked every effort from the Bush administration, at reform?

Maybe Mark Levin can help with that.

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One Student Speaks Out…

Fox News reports:

An English teacher at Denver’s Metropolitan State College is being investigated by the college for bias, bullying and harassment after he gave students in his class an assignment to “undermine” the Republican portrayal of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Metropolitan State College spokeswoman Cathy Lucas told FOXNews.com that the college has not received a formal complaint against Andrew Hallam, a professor who asked students to write an essay that would contradict the portrayal of Sarah Palin’s life as a “fairy tale,” but the school is asking students who know more to come forward.

“We strongly encourage the students to come forward if they felt they were bullied or harassed,” Lucas said. “We take all complaints seriously. For it to be a full investigation we really need to hear from the students.”

Janet Barber, a smart, patriotic, attractive, poised, and articulate young woman came forward:

Hallam did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for an interview with FOXNews.com.

“Our college attorney has been talking to the professor and the department chair to find out from the professor’s perspective what happened,” Lucas said.

Well, if worst comes to worst, he can always join Ward Churchill on the lecture circuit, to discuss the “Not So Friendly Fascism” of college campus administrations.

But most likely, he’ll be allowed to stay right where he is, to pollute impressionable young minds with more radical, Marxist agitprop.

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