whispering campaign


Definition of whispering campaign

: the systematic dissemination by word of mouth of derogatory rumors or charges especially against a candidate for public office

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He was the target of a whispering campaign started by his political rivals.
Recent Examples on the Web Lingering physical effects from five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam added to concerns about his health, and his staff viewed full transparency as the best response to a whisper campaign about his mental health. Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "In a historically old presidential field, candidates refuse to release health records," 24 Feb. 2020 The eatery is doing a fun whisper campaign this year: The restaurant will post a secret word on Instagram and Facebook, and anyone who mentions the secret word to a server will get a $2 Rita de Casa. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "Where to celebrate National Margarita Day 2020 in D-FW," 14 Feb. 2020 Smear sheets and whisper campaigns targeted Brewer, a moderate on racial issues. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama Bicentennial: 200 years of political scandals and scrapes," 4 Dec. 2019 Finally, Tom called Karishma’s last-minute whisper campaign at Tribal Council a big act. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor host Jeff Probst on the show's most diverse cast in years," 10 Oct. 2019 In the company’s version of events, an unspecified person on the communications team hired Definers Public Affairs to monitor press about the company, help with product announcements, and carry out the odd whisper campaign against prominent enemies. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook’s crisis PR firm triggered a PR crisis," 17 Nov. 2018 These are the political tactics that people use, and in the past there's evidence these whisper campaigns have been successful. NBC News, "The dirty tricks of Oscar campaigns, and what to expect at the 2018 Academy Awards," 4 Mar. 2018 At the same time, a whisper campaign against him started to get louder. Philip Elliott, Time, "Republicans Brace for a Brutal House Leadership Race," 1 June 2018 Those can range from civil and criminal action to public condemnation and social-media whisper campaigns. Errin Haines Whack, chicagotribune.com, "Hero, harasser or both? Shaun White's newly complex legacy," 19 Feb. 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Whispering campaign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whispering%20campaign. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whispering campaign

: an effort to spread rumors about someone in order to hurt that person's reputation

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