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Google hunts down "President Bush is demonstrating genuine leadership"

New(s) clones of our time
Mon Jan 20 2003, 15:04
UPDATE See Republican Party blank-emailed newspaper editors -- which includes a screen shot of the template letter used.

IF YOU DO A SEARCH on the truly marvellous Google on the phrase Bush "demonstrating genuine leadership", like the Three Bears song goes, you're in for a big surprise.

The search engine reveals three pages of results which list letters to the editors of august publications including the Boston Globe, the Star Press, the Suburban Chicago Courier News, and many many more.

They all have a similar form, starting: "WHEN IT COMES to the economy, President Bush is demonstrating genuine leadership. The growth package he has proposed takes us in the right direction by accelerating the...."

Not so surprising.

You might think one letter writer has got a bee in his bonnet and has decided to post off his or her thoughts to every paper in the US.

Except for one thing. They're all written by different people...

We learn that a similar letter has crossed the pond and been published in our very own Financial Times and the Paris based International Herald Tribune. And we also learn the Republican Party can automate letter writing, with this unique spam engine, here.

Meanwhile this blog, under the title Dittoheads Write Letters, indicates the same letter was published in even more newspapers.

What would a newspaper do without an editor? [Having three editors doesn't work. Ed.] µ

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