August 17, 2004

Astroturf Redux

According to the Daily Kos, the GOP is at it again: urging its partisans to send heartfelt letters to the editor and actually composing the letters for them. I've discussed this here before and I thought the editors were onto this by now. Astroturfing, the creation of the appearance of a grass roots movement, diminishes the credibility of those letters pages and in the long run damages the democratic process. There ought to be a requirement to disclose the origins of these things whenever more than 50% of the letter was prefabricated.

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