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. Our findings follow.
What follows is the kind of investigative journalism that we used to expect of our news media, but which no longer can be counted on when it comes to the truth about Democrats. Read it all to understand how cynical and manipulative the purveyors of "hope and change" really are; and how they hope that their lies and manipulations will change the minds of American voters.
As Ace notes, as soon as this was exposed, the videos in question were hastily taken down from YouTube. But you can still see them at Jawa. Ace also reports:
If, as seems to be the case, Axelrod hired Winner and Associates to do this, then there had better be a disclosure somewhere in Obama's FEC filings that he's hired this company through Axelrod. If he's deliberately hiding firms he knows to be working for him, that has got to be a violation of the law.
I know Rusty has been searching the disclosure forms and hasn't seen Winner and Associates listed yet. If Axelrod is hiring them through some cut-out to deliberately avoid disclosure....
Background: David Axelrod, "the Master of Astroturfing," according to other PR agents quoted by Business Week.
In the past he's created "grassroots" front-groups to, for example, gin up public enthusiasm for utility company rate hikes.
And you know how quickly "grassroots organizations" spring up to demand utility companies raise their electricity rates.
As many have noted, legions of CCC's (Concerned Christian Conservatives) have suddenly sprung up all over the internet to attack Palin and repeat Obama talking points.
We already know the news media is in the tank for Obama. So let's not hold our breath that this will become front page news anytime soon--like Obama's connections to Ayers, this too will remain amazingly invisible in the MSM.
UPDATE: Be sure to read this update at Ace.