Rusty Shackleford has posted the results of his and his Jawa team’s investigation to determine the source of smears directed toward Sarah Palin. The smears include false allegations that she belonged to a secessionist political party and that she has radical anti-American views. Shackleford’s research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated the rumors, that the rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure and that the firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, Shakleford’s evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign.
Shackleford’s report is “Hope, change & lies: Orchestrated ‘grass roots’ smear campaigns and the people who run them.” Glenn Reynolds notes Shackleford’s report here, Dan Riehl notes it here.
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