Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Faking Letters to the Editor for the McCain Campaign

One of McCain's secret advertising weapons is the fake letters to the editor.

Here is what someone who volunteers for political campaigns found when the McCain put her to work making up letters to the editor. If she makes up a letter to the editor that the campaign approves of it will be sent to state and local party headquarters to find someone local to sign their name to it. The secret to success in the McCain campaign is getting their talking point in, appealing to the heart, and lies. The assignment is simple: We are going to write letters to the editor and we are allowed to make up whatever we want -- as long as it adds to the campaign. After today we are supposed to use our free moments at home to create a flow of fictional fan mail for McCain.
"Your letters," says Phil Tuchman, "will be sent to our campaign offices in battle states. Ohio. Pennsylvania. Virginia. New Hampshire. There we'll place them in local newspapers."

Place them? I may be wrong, but I thought that in the USA only a newspaper's editors decided that.

"We will show your letters to our supporters in those states," explains Phil. "If they say: 'Yeah, he/she is right!' then we ask them to sign your letter. And then we send that letter to the local newspaper. That's how we send dozens of letters at once."

No newspaper can refuse a stream of articulate expressions of support, is the thought behind it. "This way, we will always get into some letters column."
Now playing: The Black Eyed Peas - Don't Lie
Yeah uh huh
La da da da la da
Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry

Hey, baby my nose is getting big
I noticed it be growing when I been telling them fibs
Now you say your trust's getting weaker
Probably 'coz my lies just started getting deeper

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