10, maybe 15 years ago this sort of thing would have been pulled off. But because so many are tied into the internet, information is shared and the pieces quickly put in place.
This series of links is about someone writing a very persuasive defense of the president, supposedly from a grass-roots local point of view… except that the letter is identical except for the claim to be from someone local to Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia… you get the point.
Because of the internet this sort of thing can be exposed for what it really is – someone pretending to be a simple local individual who thinks the president is getting a raw deal. Instead it has obviously been planned from a single source trying to disguise itself as popular opinion across the nation.
Obama made promises. Healthcare without tax increases, transparent governing, distance from special interests, shutting down Gitmo, promoting gay rights… essentially he said he’d do whatever his listeners wanted to hear.
Because of the internet these promises can be tracked and evaluated against what really has happened. Because of the internet, information can be shared that reveals charletons attempting to fool innocent people.
We’re in a new age – people can communicate with each other easily and compare notes about things that have been said by others. I guess this is a warning to all politicians… if ever the saying was true it is so now:
You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time – but not all of the people all of the time.