January 26, 2003

Editors and Lobbyists Wage High-Tech War Over Letters

A full nine days after it surfaced in the blogosphere, The New York Times has written about Astroturf. Apparently Planned Parenthood does it, too.
"The editors issue alerts and queries on a 600-member e-mail list run by the National Conference of Editorial Writers. Last week, for example, an editor from Nebraska posted a questionable letter about the Pledge of Allegiance and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Within minutes, editors from Wisconsin, Tennessee, Illinois and Nebraska responded, saying they had received the same letter.

"It's instant communication among us," said Lynnell Burkett, the editorial page editor of The San Antonio Express-News. "It's extremely helpful, every day, several times a day."

So, even without my million dollar idea, they're networking with each other to ferret these things out. With only partial success, it seems.


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