IT’S NOT A “SMEAR” — it’s better understood as “battlespace preparation.” And the target is the traditional media; the intent is to limit the ability of people like Limbaugh or O’Reilly to drive stories in the mainstream news as we get closer to the election. Expect more of this, with more targets.

Of course, it’s also generated some blowback.

UPDATE: More here.

MORE: Desperately seeking “Betray-us.”