smear campaign

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smear campaign

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An attempt to destroy someone's reputation:
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That is all, apparently, that the administration is willing to do - rip into international observers, accuse them of collusion with drug syndicates (the usual smear tactic against Filipino critics and dissenters) to duck and deflect the hard questions, instead of looking at how the war has claimed thousands of Filipino lives, and whether that grave cost justifies keeping the President's pet project alive.
Paulus acknowledged he was fired but said the police account was one-sided and inaccurate, though he did not give specifics, and that the village releasing the report to the Daily Herald was a smear tactic. Paulus is one of six candidates for three seats on the village board.
The police have used accusations of abortion as a smear tactic against activists in the past.
"It is clear that Alan's sons have chosen this distasteful public smear tactic to bully Tanya, by stirring up the tabloid media, filing a bogus lawsuit, and refusing family mediation.
Several politicians from the PKS and other small Islamist parties feature on the list, but party leaders were quick to dismiss it as a smear tactic.
"I've talked to several people who can't recall this kind of negative smear tactic in a Republican primary," said Cinamon Watson, a spokeswoman for the Coors campaign.
People should see Mr Hood's pathetic attempt to talk up any doubts people may have about integrity in racing for what it is: a crude smear tactic to justify the unjustifiable.
Faced with these challenges, Dennett's favourite move is here, as on earlier occasions, the smear tactic. It is not, let it quickly be said, that he proceeds by smearing the opposition.
But seasoned anti-roads campaigner Rebecca Lush Blum said, "This is a typical smear tactic by developers.
And no organization has been subjected to this smear tactic more viciously, unfairly and frequently than The John Birch Society.
The smear tactic apparently worked; Tate won the election.
Perry aides told Politico they were ready to fight off that smear tactic again.