Thursday, September 25, 2008

Premanufactured Opinions

When you see those letters glowingly supporting John McCain in the Gazette and the Journal in the next few weeks remember this.
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."

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."

It is the day after Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican
convention. Today, she is our main subject. The others are already
enthusiastically hammering their keyboards. I am struggling with a tiny writer's
block. "Dear Editor ..."

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