Saturday, January 23, 2010

Who is Ellie Light?

Drudge has a link to a pretty funny story:

Ellie Light sure gets around.

In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area.

“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,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the Jan. 19 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.

A letter from Light in the Jan. 20 edition of the San Francisco Examiner concluded with an identical sentence, but with an address for Light all the way across the country in Daly City, California.

Variations of Light’s letter ran in Ohio’s Mansfield News Journal on Jan. 13, with Light claiming an address in Mansfield; in New Mexico’s Ruidoso News on Jan. 12, claiming an address in Three Rivers; in South Carolina’s The Sun News on Jan. 18, claiming an address in Myrtle Beach; and in the Daily News Leader of Staunton, Virginia on Jan. 15, claiming an address in Waynesboro. Her publications list includes other papers in Ohio, West Virginia, Maine, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and California, all claiming separate addresses.

Read the whole thing, and be sure to see the links to Plain Dealer reporter Sabrina Eaton's further discussions of the Ellie Light story.

Now, is it surprising that some person acting either on her own initiative or at the behest of some group or organization would submit dozens of letters to the editor praising Barack Obama? No, and it wouldn't be any more surprising if some person supporting a Republican did the same thing.

What is surprising is that in this Internet age so many papers were apparently fooled into publishing these letters without noticing that surprisingly similar ones were appearing in other towns and cities by someone who shared the writer's name, but purported to come from different locations.

And if reporter Sabrina Eaton hadn't wondered if "Ellie Light" were a former co-worker of hers and done a little Internet digging to try to find out, perhaps nobody would ever have noticed.

UPDATE: Here's some more Light sightings.


Anonymous said...
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Red Cardigan said...

Anonymous, I've deleted your latest. Mark Shea frequently refers to the Democrats' dismal record on abortion. Kindly cease and desist your false accusations.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't that be something if it was secretly a conservative? Knowing that what she wrote would be likely to get past the editors who worship Obama? And then break the story herself to show how single-minded the liberal media are?

Either way, it's pretty funny.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Darn, I'm a little jealous that Ellie got such coverage. Nobody pays that much attention to me. On the other hand, how stupid to think she could get away with writing the same letter to all those newspapers. She was too lazy to vary the content a little? There are so MANY things that could be said along the same line! Fundamentally, I agree with her perspective. But really, who pays all that much attention to letters to the editor anyway? My home town paper does require both address and telephone number. I don't write to out of town papers.

LarryD said...

Erin - it gets better. Patterico has a post on even more Astroturfed letters here, from various other "writers".

And Gateway Pundit found Ellie Light's Facebook page. Very funny stuff!

Siarlys Jenkins said...

The Facebook page strongly suggests that Anonymous is correct -- it is a set-up by someone who WANTED to discredit the sentiments expressed in the letter. Or maybe the Facebook page is a fraud by someone with that intent, even though the real Ellie is a well intentioned Obama fan who was too stupid to know how this would all play out. Anyway, its getting pretty trite and boring, a real tempest in a teapot.