Republican Astroturf spreads to the military

By now you might be familiar with the concept of “Republican Astroturf” in which the Republican national committee writes a letter and sends it to “captains” all over the country, who are then instructed to send it in to their local papers as though they wrote it themselves. It’s usually easy to catch these, because if you can find one, you can Google a phrase from it and see it show up in local papers websites. The reason it’s so disgusting is because it’s basically a free ad on the part of the Republican party’s agenda.
Now the White House is using soldiers to send pre-written, pro-war letters home to their hometown papers in an effort to spin people in favor of the war. Unfortunately, in many cases, they didn’t get permission from the soldiers to use their names, or even notify them that the letters were being sent. Bad form!

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