Here in this NYtimes article we have a fair and balanced (cough, cough) look at the political freelancers working the internet this season.
Let’s see we have example 1:
The video blasted across the Internet, drawing political blood from Senator John McCain within a matter of days……………..it juxtaposed harsh statements about Islam made by the Rev. Rod Parsley with statements from Mr. McCain praising Mr. Parsley, a conservative evangelical leader.
Hits on Youtube, 5million. Results, Mr. McCain rejected Mr. Parsley’s support.
Moving on, example 2:
…..Paul Villarreal, who from his apartment in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has produced a harsh series of spots that attack Mr. Obama and make some claims that have been widely debunked.
Hits on Youtube, 50,000. No results
example 3 produced by an Evil Evangelical Christian (maybe it doesn’t say evil):
The segment’s announcer notes that Mr. Obama’s father was Muslim, asserts that the candidate attended a Muslim grammar school in Indonesia for two years, and asks, “When we are at war with Islamic terrorism, can Americans elect a man with not one, not two, but three Islamic names?” One onscreen image shows Mr. Obama’s face morphed with that of Osama bin Laden.
Mr. Mitchell says he sticks close to the factual record, but the video has been widely criticized as over the line. Mr. Obama is a Christian. The school he attended in Indonesia was secular.
Hits “millions”. Results, a “Fight the Smears” website for Obama.
Yes folks, there are freelancers out there taking what Mr. McCain says “out of context” and “smearing” Obama.
It’s a good thing someone at the times can do the limbo based on their smear of McCain in Feb.