Obama's misinformation campaign

Rusty Shackleford has put together a devastating report that makes two basic claims:

  1. that the smears against Sarah Palin are the result of a professionally-orchestrated effort to manufacture false grassroots outrage (i.e. “astroturfing”);


  1. that David Axelrod, Obama’s chief adviser, is ultimately responsible.

I think Shackleford has proved charge 1 beyond any reasonable doubt.

He admits that his argument on charge 2 is conjectural. But it does raise serious questions that journalists ought to ask Axelrod and Obama to provide answers to, including:

  • Has the Obama campaign paid Winner & Associates to do work for them?

  • Who is the voiceover artist from Axelrod’s firm, Axelrod Kupper Plouffe & Del Cecato (AKP&D)?

  • Has Axelrod’s other company, ASK Public Strategies, hired contractors to “astroturf”?

…and, finally:

  • Did the Obama campaign order the Sarah Palin smear effort?

Whatever the answers, it seems clear that despite Obama’s outrage at so-called “misinformation” campaigns about him, Palin is being targeted by a professional operation unlike anything that has ever attacked Obama.

And if the driving force turns out to be the Obama campaign itself? Perhaps he doth protest too much about “misinformation”…

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