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The mysterious Ellie Light
Media Bistro ^ | January 25, 2010 | Betsy Rothstein

Posted on 01/25/2010 10:17:18 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

A "woman" named Ellie Light is suddenly appearing in publications nationwide, but who "she" is no one knows. "Her" message? President Obama never promised you a rose garden (or something to that effect).

"Light's" message (as reported on Hotair.com) this weekend: "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."

Reports Newsbusters.com: "Politico's Ben Smith was first to take the bait publishing the letter on January 7 and explaining that it was just so well-written he couldn't resist."

Why are publications so drawn to Light's words? "Editors all over the country found Light's message strangely compelling," states a Hotair.com post. "It was reprinted at 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."

Smith didn't notice anything that gave him pause. "It was a well-written, lucid email of the kind I occasionally print, and I Googled the name and a stretch of text to make sure it wasn't pulled from elsewhere on the web, and didn't appear elsewhere, because I guess I was the first to print it," he told FishbowlDC this morning. "The whole thing is intriguing, though I wouldn't overestimate the amount of deviousness involved in this. You could pull off this whole elaborate plot in 15 minutes. Still, I'd love to know who was doing it."

The scribe isn't giving up. "My favorite clue ... is that one Ellie Light posted a comment on a Times review of a Greek diner in the Green neighborhood of Astoria, Queens (NYC) in 2008, complaining that the arugula hadn't been properly washed."

Read more on Light here. And here. And here.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Local News; Politics
KEYWORDS: astroturf; conspiracy; ellielight; fakebutaccurate; goebbelswouldbeproud; mediabias; newspapers; obama; pravdamedia; propaganda; zogbyism

1 posted on 01/25/2010 10:17:19 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The explanation is easy. Ellie Light wrote what these editors believe. They found it attractive because it appealed to their views.


2 posted on 01/25/2010 10:20:46 AM PST by Nosterrex
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like the standard Obama whine. Hey, he still has his Blackberry, doesn’t he?


3 posted on 01/25/2010 10:25:13 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"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."

It is also time that Resident (Pres_ent) Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., or Barry Soetoro, or Mr Michelle Robinson, or Sock-Puppet, should realize it as well.

The Current Occupant of the Oval Office has never experienced a day of hard work in his life. And to say he is "governing" is a laugh.

Or it would be, if the situation were not so serious.

4 posted on 01/25/2010 10:27:40 AM PST by alloysteel (....the Kennedys can be regarded as dysfunctional. Even in death.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/23/ellie-light-obama-astroturfer/
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.

LEFTIST Talking Points from the Whitehouse bump.


5 posted on 01/25/2010 10:32:37 AM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: Nosterrex

I think the beauty of it is that it allows gvt control of the media message w/out any smoking gun.

No one had to call the editors to get these printed. The authors simply knew that the right verbage and message would be “appreciated” by the media and passed on.


6 posted on 01/25/2010 10:33:09 AM PST by Pessimist (u)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work

"Presidenting is HARD!"

7 posted on 01/25/2010 10:34:06 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Keep on truckin', Senator Brown.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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."

He won a Grammy and a Nobel Peace Prize on name recognition alone. It sure COMES AS A SURPRISE that it takes more to be president (recall that his "experience" to be president is that he ran a successful primary campaign).

8 posted on 01/25/2010 10:35:30 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Keep on truckin', Senator Brown.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; ...
Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans

The scribe isn't giving up. "My favorite clue ... is that one Ellie Light posted a comment on a Times review of a Greek diner in the Green neighborhood of Astoria, Queens (NYC) in 2008, complaining that the arugula hadn't been properly washed


9 posted on 01/25/2010 10:38:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Keep on truckin', Senator Brown.)
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To: Pessimist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent_Party

"50 Cent Party (五毛党, pinyin: wǔmáodǎng), also called 50 Cent Army, is the name for paid[1] astroturfing bloggers operating since 2005 from People's Republic of China, whose role is posting comments favorable towards the government policies to skew the public opinion on various Internet message boards. They are named by the 50 Chinese cents, or 5 mao, they are paid per such post, though many operatives are volunteers; other names are red vests, red vanguard and the Five Mao Party."
10 posted on 01/25/2010 10:39:56 AM PST by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: Chad_the_Impaler
"50 Cent Party (五毛党, pinyin: wǔmáodǎng), also called 50 Cent Army,

Fo Shizzle.

11 posted on 01/25/2010 10:45:09 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: 9YearLurker

I’m thinking they come from Michelle.


12 posted on 01/25/2010 10:47:20 AM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m a little surprised that news outlets don’t subscribe to their competitor’s papers or at least read their online editions. Seems to me that one of them would have noticed that identical editorials were being printed. Or maybe they just don’t care.


13 posted on 01/25/2010 10:52:17 AM PST by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama never promised you a rose garden

instead he promised everything outside the western wall of the Versailles Palace.

14 posted on 01/25/2010 10:54:48 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Dockery for Gov. - JD Hayworth - US Senate)
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To: a fool in paradise
"Presidenting is HARD!"

It's even harder if you're STUPID.

15 posted on 01/25/2010 11:14:40 AM PST by Snardius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The scribe isn't giving up. "My favorite clue ... is that one Ellie Light posted a comment on a Times review of a Greek diner in the Green neighborhood of Astoria, Queens (NYC) in 2008, complaining that the arugula hadn't been properly washed."

Please tell me the idjit isn't writing his own letters to the editor!!!

(Barack is Hebrew for lightning, light-lightning. Ellie is a female name of Greek origin meaning light. Compare to Lucifer - bringer of light. See also Luke 10:18)...

16 posted on 01/25/2010 11:44:29 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 369 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Snardius

Or unqualified for the job.


17 posted on 01/25/2010 11:47:29 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

El-Lie....THE LIE.


18 posted on 01/25/2010 11:55:17 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

Ellie Light = Elite


19 posted on 01/25/2010 12:34:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin: What will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ellie = Letter to the Editor (LE)


20 posted on 01/25/2010 12:38:57 PM PST by Gideon7
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most of the papers listed above are owned by Gannett. Coincidence?


21 posted on 01/25/2010 12:41:27 PM PST by Gideon7
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To: a fool in paradise

Thanks for the ping.


22 posted on 01/25/2010 7:36:00 PM PST by GOPJ (Happy Anniversary Barack! - - - Love, Massachusetts - - - FreeperGOPsterinMA)
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