‘Brett Kavanaugh is the wrong choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court…’
(Quin Hillyer, Liberty Headlines) Going beyond fake news, the Left is using fake letter writers in their attempts to smear Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
All over the country, newspapers are letting them get away with it.
The exact same letter to the editor – word for word – is appearing again and again, under different names in different places.
At the Inforum in North Dakota, one Edith Trygstad writes a letter that begins: “Brett Kavanaugh is the wrong choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. If he is confirmed to the Supreme Court, everything that we hold dear as a nation will be at stake. From protecting a woman’s right to choose to dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Kavanaugh could be the swing vote that takes away our rights.”
To the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, a Kathryn Lilley of Westerville writes: “Brett Kavanaugh is the wrong choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. If he is confirmed to the court, everything that we hold dear as a nation will be at stake. From protecting a woman’s right to choose to dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Kavanaugh could be the swing vote that takes away our rights.”
Both letters then continue: “His lifetime appointment also means he could also cement the Citizens United decision in for decades, giving corporate special interests and mega-donors with extreme agendas even more influence in our democracy. It’s time to take the ‘For Sale’ sign off of our democracy. The Senate should not vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”
To other publications, the exact same letter comes from Allene Woodfellow in Wilmington, Delaware; Donna Soodalter-Toman of Gloucester, Massachusetts; Kimberly Pettit of Moab, Colorado; Michael Rice of Dallas; Sheila Sylvester of Forest, Virginia; and Barrens Wren of Valerio, California.
The same thing happened in Providence, Rhode Island, in various places in Florida, in Santa Monica, California, and in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Ditto in Utah, and, via online multi-city links, numerous other places.
This is the very definition of the political tactic known as “astroturfing,” which Wikipedia accurately describes as “the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by a grassroots participant(s). It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source’s financial connection…. The implication behind the use of the term is that instead of a “true” or “natural” grassroots effort behind the activity in question, there is a “fake” or “artificial” appearance of support.”
So, this letter that complains against dark-money “special interests” appears, on closer examination, to be sponsored by dark money special interests.
Nice tactic if you can get away with it.