Last Week a letter to editor of over a dozens of Newspapers causes a firestorm of controversy. Not for what the letter said but who is the letter from and is the writer real and why is it sent to a variety of small to large size markets across the country.
Who is Ellie Light is a mystery. Since the beginning of January she has sent letters of support for President Obama to a dozen of newspapers in the country.
In the letter Light, takes on the Presidents critics:
A year ago, if we had read in the paper that employers were hiring again, that health care legislation was proceeding without a bump, that Afghanistan suddenly became a nice place to take your kids, we would’ve known we were being lied to. Back then, we recognized that the problems Obama inherited as president wouldn’t go away overnight.
During his campaign, Obama clearly said that an economy that took eight years to break couldn’t be fixed in a year, that Afghanistan was a graveyard of empires and would not be an easy venture for us. Candidate Obama didn’t feed us happy talk, which is why we elected him. He never said America could solve our health care, economic and security problems without raising the deficit. Instead, he talked of hard choices, of government taking painful and contentious first steps towards fixing problems that can’t be left for another day.
Right after Obama’s election, we seemed to grasp this. We understood that companies would be happy to squeeze more work out of frightened employees, and would be slow to hire more. We understood that the banks that had extorted us out of billions of dollars, were lying when they said they would share their recovery. We understood that a national consensus on health care would not come easily. Candidate Obama never claimed that his proposed solutions would work flawlessly right out of the box, and we respected him for that.
But today, the president is being attacked as if he were a salesman who promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never made such a promise. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.
The letters initially seem like a coincidence except if the letter has an address; example A few letters sent national news organizations Like The Politico, USA Today, Yahoo News Buzz, and Washington Times as well of local paper Daily Breeze based in Torrance,CA signed Ellie Light in Long Beach,CA
Most letters sent papers with a local address: Huntsville Times Huntsville,AL Huntsville,Al is address. Or a letter with a nearby address Stamford Advocate local address Greenwich,CT.
A blogger/ columnist for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Sabrina Eaton discovered that Ellie Light seems to live all over the place not only her paper, she found the letters was sent from different addresses She the letter from the Philadelphia Daily News and the letter found later in the San Francisco Examiner for Eaton bells went off. She continued searching Mansfield OH News Journal, Ruidoso,NM News with an address of Three Rivers. Next was the Myrtle Beach,SC Sun News with Myrtle Beach Address (this letter was reprinted in have a half-dozen newspapers across the country.
Soon after Los Angeles Attorney and blogger Patterico’s Pontifications discovered more letter from Ellie Light “and syndicated Columnist and blogger Michelle Malkin also did some digging.
Eaton wrote to Light about the alleged letters with a different addresses (or hometown listed)Light would not answer questions about letters with different addresses or a former co-worker similar name as Light.
“I do not write as a representative of any organization,” she said in an e-mail. “The letter I wrote was motivated by surprise and wonderment at the absence of any media support for our President, who won a record-breaking election by a landslide less than 18 months ago, and now, seems to be abandoned by all, supposedly for the infantile reason that he couldn’t make all of Bush’s errors disappear in one day.”
Patterico asked his readers about the letters and send him a link. He also points out that Democrat blogger Glenn Greenwald notices the Obama staffer Cass Sunstein head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs suggested government infiltration in chat rooms and social network to get point across supporting Obama’s plans.
Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government).
You have to wonder is this what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi meant about astroturf(ing) in here criticisms about tea party members.
Reprint from Ben Smith/The Politico