Who Is Ellie Light? Isn’t The Only Question We Should Be Asking

For those of you who don’t know who Ellie Light is, let’s get you updated.

From HotAir:

In recent days, a letter defending Obama has appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout the country — all signed by an “Ellie Light.” In the letters, which all use identical language, Ms. Light explains that Obama never promised to fix all our problems quickly or painlessly. She declares:

Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

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Editors all over the country found Light’s message strangely compelling. It was reprinted at The Politico; the Philadelphia Daily News; the San Francisco Examiner; the Washington Times; and a USA Today blog. In addition, the letter has appeared at literally dozens of small-town papers across the country, with names like the Los Banos Enterprise, the North Adams Transcript, and the Danbury News-Times.

Ms. Light always claims to be a local in these letters. Her real estate holdings are apparently prodigious, as she has claimed residences in Philadelphia, PA; Daly City, California; Mansfield, Ohio; Waynesboro, Virginia; Algoma, Wisconsin; Bangor, Maine; and dozens of other places. Who said Obama supporters were all downtrodden?

With the help of my commenters, I have been keeping a running total at my blog of the places where Light’s letter has appeared. At last count, her letter has appeared in at least 47 newspapers in at least 23 different states.

So far, that is. That number is growing all the time. It even appeared in a newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand!

Ok, so it’s clear someone is astroturfing for Obama. They are trying to get a “talking point” out there from a “regular citizen.” Sure, I would like to know who it is, but the bigger question is why the hell is every newspaper in the country publishing it? As someone who used to spend a great deal of time writing letters of the conservative bent to newspapers, I know how hard it is to get published. Because I can promise you that if “Ellie Light” had written the same sort of letter across the country defending Bush and his Iraq war decision, for example, all these newspapers wouldn’t have published it.

But they finally get what they think is a local person with a fantastic argument defending Obama against all his failures. GREAT, they think, this will make the point WE want to make, but now we don’t have to!

Liberal bias at it’s finest.

This is why newspapers are going bankrupt. There is no journalism integrity. There is no objectivity.

The best thing about this story is the egg on the face of all these so called “newspapers of note.” Give me a break. Newspapers of liberal bias more like it.

Update: The number of Newspapers and online presence of this letter is growing by the minute. Go see Patterico to see the count so far.

Update II: The left is going to try to compare this those e-mail letter writing campaigns where you take a letter written by the GOP or RNC and you sign your name to it and send it in. People do that who don’t know what or how to write what they want to say and it’s easy. But the difference is the person signs their REAL name and it is what they feel. THIS is FRAUD. Obviously this person isn’t real and she claims to be from the towns she has posted in. It’s completely different.

Update III: Oh my, this story is just getting more interesting by the minute.

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