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.
Ace has a little more on the story, here.
And here’s the story.
(It’d better be good, boys).
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.
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”!
And now Michelle Malkin is on the story, with more screencaps.
Cool. Lucianne has opened up a thread just for comments on this story.
Thanks, Mesablue for this outstanding linkfest:
Other blogs covering this:
Ace of Spades HQ
Little Miss Attila
Russ. Just Russ.
Astroturffing from the Obama Campaign? | …gettingpaidtowatch
*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
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
Oaw: Welcome to the Obama Action Wire Response Team
Astroturfing Palin & Race-baiting, & more | The Anchoress
Obama Campaign, Anti-Palin Video: Internet Savvy Means Dirty Tricks | DBKP – The Worldwide Leader in Weird
Cassy Fiano » Mandatory reading assignment for the day: the smearing of Sarah Palin.
Looks like this story is making it’s way across the rightwing blogoshere in a big way. Is the MSM paying attention?….Rush? Hannity?
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.
Pat Dollard has given this scandel a name: Palingate.
40 lashes with a wet noodle, Pat Dollard!
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!
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.
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.
The story is picked up by the St. Louis Examiner