Salon.com has an amazing article about the ghost writers in the John McCain camp. If it sounds like a scary Halloween story to you, you’re almost right, it’s scary how low these guys are willing to stoop:
According to the story, the McCain campaign hires people to write fake letters to the editor. Then these letters are sent out en masse to local supporters to sign. They are then sent to local newspapers. Here’s what story writer and former ghost writer Margriet Oostveen said:
The assignment is simple: We are going to write letters to the editor and we are allowed to make up whatever we want — as long as it adds to the campaign. After today we are supposed to use our free moments at home to create a flow of fictional fan mail for McCain. “Your letters,” says Phil Tuchman, “will be sent to our campaign offices in battle states. Ohio. Pennsylvania. Virginia. New Hampshire. There we’ll place them in local newspapers.”
But, there’s more!
Place them? I may be wrong, but I thought that in the USA only a newspaper’s editors decided that.
“We will show your letters to our supporters in those states,” explains Phil. “If they say: ‘Yeah, he/she is right!’ then we ask them to sign your letter. And then we send that letter to the local newspaper. That’s how we send dozens of letters at once.”
No newspaper can refuse a stream of articulate expressions of support, is the thought behind it. “This way, we will always get into some letters column.”
WOW. Could McCain and his campaign be any shadier? They run ads full of lies, they refuse to allow their VP pick to speak to the press and now this. Are these the people we want running our country?