Sun Journal front page story about imaginary "small business" group
On Wednesday, Lance Dutson, Summers’ campaign manager, took issue with the Maine Small Business Coalition’s political motives, saying the coalition was not a legitimate business group in Maine but a wing of the left-leaning Maine People’s Alliance.
“It’s a make-believe group,” Dutson said.
Laughable. This is such a transparent sham that you have to feel sorry for those perpetuating it.
The reporter knows it a sham as well, the name of the organization wasn't mentioned until the 5th graph, who ever heard of these guys? But before that, the important-sounding phrases "A Maine small-business coalition with about 3,400 members", (yeah, like I believe THAT) and "local small business owner", are used to support the astroturf idea that Maine business owners in general are behind this left-wing sham.
Now, there are no doubt a few extreme left-wingers are involved in this goup, but the idea that it is supported by 3,500 viable Maine business is a plain lie.
Hey, here's a reporting tip for you journo-lists: When repeating an obvious lie, a qualification such as ""A Maine small-business coalition THAT CLAIMS TO HAVE about 3,400 members" is suggested.
That is unless you, yourself, are a deliberate part of the lie.