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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:30 pm    Post subject: Newspapers Slam 'Bogus' Pro-Obama Letter From Mystery Writer Reply with quote

Updated January 26, 2010
Newspapers Slam 'Bogus' Pro-Obama Letter From Mystery Writer

FOXNews.com

A mystery writer who goes under the name "Ellie Light" has had her -- or his -- letter to the editor defending President Obama published in newspapers across the country -- but is someone pulling a fast one?


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President Obama speaks at a meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington Jan. 25. (Reuters Photo)
A mystery writer who goes under the name "Ellie Light" has had her letter to the editor defending President Obama published in newspapers across the country -- but is someone pulling a fast one?

The prolific writer's piece has appeared in more than 70 newspapers in the last three weeks. However, Light has claimed to live in dozens of different cities ranging from Long Beach, Calif., to Huntsville, Ala. -- depending on which newspaper he or she was writing for -- fueling speculation that the letter was an inside job.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer was the first to report on the Ellie Light phenomenon. The newspaper claimed to have received the letter Jan. 16 -- it did not list a hometown, and the newspaper did not publish it.

But dozens of newspapers did.

The Web site Patterico's Pontifications, which has compiled a comprehensive list of Ellie Light appearances, found the letter so far has shown up in 68 newspapers across 31 states and the District of Columbia. Three national publications -- Politico, The Washington Times and USA Today -- also ran the letter, as did two foreign publications.

Newspapers are starting to catch on.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette, which ran the submission Jan. 13, issued an apology on Monday for the "bogus letter," acknowledging that it had been duped by someone.

"The editors of the (Gannett Wisconsin Media) papers exercised due diligence to one degree or another, in most cases calling the phone number provided by the writer to confirm she was the author. However, she responded with false information and a series of different hometowns," the newspaper explained. "We still believe in the inherent honesty of many letter writers, but this case will find us reviewing the incident to determine whether additional safeguards are necessary. We apologize that this letter appeared on our Web site."

The newspaper said the letter ran in three GWM newspapers, and as a result it also appeared on its Web site.

It's unclear who Light is or where he or she comes from.

A woman claiming to be Light called into Michael Smerconish's Philadelphia radio show Tuesday morning. On the show, a clip of which was posted on Politico.com, she described herself as a "traveling nurse" and admitted to fabricating hometown addresses.

"I need to own up that I did misrepresent my location in some of those places," she said.

In the original letter, "Ellie" defended Obama's record in office and wrote that the president was the victim of inflated expectations.

"A year ago, if we had read in the paper that employers were hiring again, that health care legislation was proceeding without a bump and that Afghanistan suddenly became a nice place to take your kids, we would've known we were being lied to. Back then, we recognized that the problems President Obama inherited wouldn't go away overnight," the Ellie Jeanne Light of Long Beach, Calif., wrote in the Jan. 22 edition of USA Today.

"But today, the president is being attacked as if he were a salesman who promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never made such a promise. It's time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can't just wave a magic wand and fix everything."

The rapid-fire spread of that letter in papers across the country has created a major buzz on blogs and other popular Web sites.

A "Who is Ellie Light?" page was even created on Facebook. The page, which includes a picture of Obama's face on a woman's body, suggests that "phony Astroturfing" is behind the letter.

But Light, in an e-mail to the Plain Dealer, denied she was part of any organized political campaign


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