More Pro-Obama Astro turfing Exposed

Previously we’ve discussed the “Ellie Light” articles, in which someone writing under the same name is writing almost identical articles in cities across the country. The only difference between the editorials, which staunchly defend Barack Obama, is the claimed location of their author. “Ellie Light” is located in whichever circulation area the newspaper covers.

But now more evidence of pro-Obama astroturfing has been exposed.

This article, published under the name “Jan Chen”, appeared in a small Asian community newspaper in Seattle:

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that drop you after you make a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”

At the same time, a nearly-identical article is published under the name “Gloria Elle” in Baltimore paper:

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that cancel you for making a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town-hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”

The author is clearly the same, yet the article is published in two different cities under two different names. Much like the “Ellie Light” articles. (By the way, “Ellie” is Greek for “Light”.)

There are at least three other examples of same words, different author editorials over at Patterico. This is pretty clearly the result of astroturfing. The question is, who is funding this operation? Or at least organizing it? Keeping in mind that top Obama political adviser David Axelrod admits to specializing in the astroturfing trade.

Can we get the mainstream media to look into this? Or are they too busy fretting over Brangelina’s supposed visit to a divorce attorney?