From Wired

By Sarah Lai Stirland EmailSeptember 09, 2008 | 9:14:26 PMCategories: Election ’08

John McCain’s campaign on Tuesday unveiled a new squadron of politicians whose duty will be to battle perceptions that are quickly forming about the Republican party’s vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska.

The Republicans seem to have been fighting the battle since the moment that McCain announced his pick. Like Barack Obama, whose personal background and history were relatively unknown at the beginning of the presidential campaign, Palin has become the victim of multiple online whispering campaigns, and of partisan bloggers who have been ginning up stories about her record.

There’s been so much flying around the internet within the past week and a half that the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center published a long list of rebuttals Monday against many of the e-mails and blog postings about Palin.