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Michael van der Galien

Astroturfing for Obama

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Posted on January 24 2010 6:30 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.

It seems that there are some astroturfers out there to defend President Obama. Whenever something happens that reflects badly on the president, one Ellie Light pops up defending the good man against his detractors. Some conservative bloggers tried to figure out who Light is and traced his IP address back to... Saudi Arabia.

The smart blogger Patterico comments: “I assume this is some sort of masking or spoofing device and not the actual location of “Ellie Light.” Which makes you wonder: why does a grandma writing letters on behalf of Obama use an IP spoofer?” It’s a good question.

As if that’s not bad enough, Light isn’t the only Obama astroturfer out there. She gets help from a chap going by the name of Mark Spivey. Like Ellie, Spivey has written dozens of articles for as many newspapers promoting the president’s far left agenda.

It’s the modern Left in a nutshell: deceptive, lying, spinning and incompetent.

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