The smear machine gears up

Senator Obama's people are running quite the smear machine on Governor Palin and Senator McCain. Charles Johnson delivers the goods:
Who's Behind Anti-Palin Smear Site?
Suddenly appearing among the Google search results for �sarah palin gay,� a web site titled: Sarah Palin Supports Gay Rights.
Charles then quotes the contents of that website and continues:
Interesting. There�s nothing else on the page. This sure looks like the work of the dastardly right-wing anti-gay attack machine, doesn�t it?

But look who�s really behind this.

In the Linux console, if you enter the following commands, you can learn the secrets of a political dirty trick. First, look up the host of �sarahpalingayrights.com� to get the site�s IP address.
host sarahpalingayrights.com
sarahpalingayrights.com has address 74.208.74.232
Then use the same command to look up the domain name pointer of that IP address.
host 74.208.74.232
232.74.208.74.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer obamadefense.com
Well, well. �Obamadefense.com,� eh?

And what happens if you enter obamadefense.com on your browser�s address line?

Why, you�re redirected to none other than FightTheSmears.com, the official Barack Obama site that�s supposed to be defending him against smears.

Looks like they may have a second purpose: to generate a few smears of their own.
Sooooo busted - heh... There are a couple updates with additional smear pages and some of the 500+ comments have uncovered more examples. There is no evidence that Obama is directly behind these but this is not a very classy way to run a campaign and reflects badly on the candidate.

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