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September 24, 2008

Second, Slightly Softened Winner Smear Video Emerges

For some reason, FoxNews ran the slightly sanitized version of the smear video when Michelle Malkin was discussing it.

But that's not the video Ethan Winner & pals actually tried to astroturf -- which is actually here.

Also, the slightly-scrubbed video is now running on a site which seeks money to run smear videos as actual television advertisements.

Note: The theory that this is an Obama produced video, which was deemed too stinking of bad-faith lies to run and so was astroturfed via Winner, just got a tiny bit stronger.

Consider the second, somewhat softened dub represents an attempt to "rescue" the ad and make it less venomously dishonest.

It doesn't seem likely that famous DIY hobbyist astroturfer Ethan Winner would try to rescue this ad. What does he care about the ad's veracity? He wasn't standing behind it or labeling it as his own.

It seems more likely that this was an alternate Axelrod cut. It was still toxic in its dishonesty even in this softened incarnation, so they wrote it off as an official ad and sent over the first, worse version to Ethan Winner.

"3rd Party Producer"? Tipped the ad was submitted to the site by an unknown "3rd Party Producer."

Not Ethan Winner.


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posted by Ace at 05:03 PM

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