By Wyatt Earp | January 31, 2010
Last week, the unwashed masses were abuzz with the story of “Ellie Light,” a lunatic who sent dozens of identical letters of support for President Barack Obama to newspapers across the country. This alleged grassroots effort was eventually exposed as a fraud, and the name Ellie Light turned into a national punchline.
This broad (or man, or whatever) is the topic of this week’s Family Security Matters article. Here’s a sample:
This week, media outlets, bloggers, and bitter, gun-clinging religious fanatics have been preoccupied with the story of “Ellie Light,” a woman who spends all of her free time writing and distributing letters of support for President Barack Obama. Light has been sending the same letter to every newspaper, gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in America. While obviously a big fan of the current administration, Ms. Light is probably a victim of its economic policies, since only the unemployed and the “American Idol” contestant who sang “Pants on the Ground” have the time to spam a newspaper’s Letters to the Editor section.
From the inception of this spontaneous, “grassroots” campaign, Light has been an army of one. However, the fact that Light posted the same name on every letter reveals that this army is based out of Fort AstroTurf. Make no mistake, when it comes to hiding her secret identity, this woman is not exactly Clark Kent, even though some pundits thought they had her real name, then they didn’t, then they did again. The real irony here is that a seven-year-old investigative reporter from New York City’s PS 63 could have solved this mystery in the amount of time it takes Keith Olbermann to say something stupid. Sadly, it took the Cleveland Plain Dealer about a week:
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