Monday, October 24, 2005


Extrasensory Perception. The way the same local editorials suddenly crop up all over the place. This is something the wingnuts can do, it seems.

It is the astro-turf version of grassroots. Democracy from top down, not from bottom up. I blogged about something similar last summer, the large number of identical letters to the editors of small newspapers all across the country, each with a different signature. They all came from a wingnut website which provided both the letter to write and a handy list of local newspaper e-mail addresses.

Is this wrong? I'm not sure. It's not uncommon for various websites to give people hints on how to write a letter of complaint. But to do this with editorials seems a step closer to not-very-nice. What is your opinion?