rumor campaign

rumor campaign

A concentrated and prolonged effort to damage or ruin someone's or some group's reputation through the perpetuation of rumors, innuendos, and/or falsities, generally as a means of persuading a large number of people against him, her, or them. Primarily heard in US. The local sheriff's slim lead heading into the election quickly evaporated after he found himself at the wrong end of a vicious rumor campaign. I think we need to start a rumor campaign to slow down the competitor's growth in the market, but no one can know that it's coming from us!
See also: campaign, rumor
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As Egypt's human rights crisis worsened under the military-backed government, the group returned to opposition, and again became the target of a media rumor campaign.
Amid the rumor campaign and the dirty war, the government announced, on April 26, that it had detected a money-laundering network for the drug mafia that is "tied to [opposition] governors of the states of Carabolo, Nueva Esparta, and Bolivar.
Tomei rightly beat out Vanessa Redgrave for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, only to be dogged by a ridiculous rumor campaign claiming that a senile Jack Palance had announced the wrong name onstage.
Most Amway distributorships are small businesses run by entrepreneurs who are ill-equipped to deal with a rumor campaign supported by a large, multinational competitor.
I think there's always the rumor campaign that's going on out there.
Tarre was referring both to the opposition's rumor campaign and to Chavez's statements.