Monday, January 25, 2010

Ellie Light?

I've been following the saga of Ellie Light for some days now...

Ellie Light: Dozens More Sightings Of Obama's Most Prolific Letter-writing Fan

It occurs to me that there is very little vetting of people who send letters to the editor in newspapers all over this country and some around the world. Pravdaesque journalism lives in America ... and they wonder why newspaper circulation is down?

Just for fun I checked into anagrams of "Ellie Light" and my favorites are "Lie Get Hill" and "He Ill Legit" .

I will keep an eye on whatever Ellie Light turns out to be.


At January 25, 2010 4:25 PM, Blogger cube said...

This reminds me of who is the anti-John Galt?

At January 25, 2010 4:30 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

cool find Cube!

At January 25, 2010 4:46 PM, Blogger cube said...

WomanHonorThyself: I'm surprised to see you here. Aren't you on vacation?

At January 25, 2010 6:27 PM, Blogger Teresa said...

Very interesting!

At January 25, 2010 7:24 PM, Blogger jan said...

My local paper insists on full name, address and phone #. Then they follow up with a phone call. I thought that was SOP for newspapers. Guess not.

At January 25, 2010 9:42 PM, Blogger Chuck said...

I find it hard to believe that a solitary woman is doing this. I think it is too organized

Actually I think this is what they have Joe Biden doing. Have you seen him speaking much lately?

At January 26, 2010 9:08 AM, Blogger DaBlade said...

I agree Chuck, this has some organization behind it.

At January 26, 2010 9:15 AM, Blogger crazy4coens said...

what is pravdaesque? my desk top dictionary doesn't have it. oh, i get it - pravda. sheesh on me. never mind.

At January 26, 2010 10:28 AM, Blogger cube said...

Teresa: Interesting and very fishy.

Jan: That's what I thought too. I guess they make exceptions when the editors really believe the letter.

At January 26, 2010 10:37 AM, Blogger cube said...

Chuck: I totally agree. As of Tuesday, this letter has been published in 65 papers in 31 states and 2 foreign papers.

Also, the IP address has been masked which suggests a level of sophistication beyond that of a sole letter writer.

DaBlade: It is calculated propaganda and whatever is behind it wants to remain in the shadows.

Crazy4coens: My dictionary doesn't have it either :-)

At January 26, 2010 11:39 AM, Blogger Debbie said...

She was using different addresses and I suppose it is difficult for newspapers etc. to coordinate with each other on letters to the editor or comments. But it is good to bring these people into the light of day.

Free speech can be abused, some get away with astroturfing, then we have people like Geert Wilders, whose trial started this past week -- I just posted an interview with Dr. Paul Williams, who has been in a long time legal battle in Canada for his writings. Scary stuff. Mark Steyn, Geert Wilders, Paul Williams, Rachael Ehrenfeld, Ezra Levant, ....

Right Truth

At January 26, 2010 4:11 PM, Blogger cube said...

Debbie: It is good for this to come under scrutiny and I'm glad that it did, but it is the job of the editorial departments to check that the folks writing in are legitimate. Clearly, this process broke down and that fact needs to be addressed.

Not that I had much to begin with, but this incident has diminished my faith in the print media even more.


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