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January 26, 2003

Spam to the Editor

Posted by Mike on January 26, 2003 5:58 PM

Last week there was a minor scandal over a rash of letters-to-the-editor of many, many papers that all said George Bush is demonstrating genuine leadership. The blogosphere caught it and much hay was made since the letters, all identical, originated from

The New York Times reports the practice is so common that editors have a hotline, of sorts, to deal with the problem of cut-n-paste, automated letter-writing campaigns.

In the great tradition of partisan political discourse, one of our cut-n-paste footsoldiers is quoted saying "I've seen the same thing from the other side."

Well there's a useful ethical yardstick.