Back in June of 2017, during a daily press briefing, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi called-out Republicans for conducting what she referred to as "Wrap-Up Smear Campaign".
Her comment was made in reference to what she described as GOP tactics (which is clearly not the exclusive domain of the Republican party). Bottom line--politics is a dirty game.
Here's what she said...
"And it’s a diversionary tactic. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. You demonize, and then you — we call it the wrap-up smear. You want to talk about politics? It’s called the wrap-up smear. You smear somebody with falsehoods and all the rest, and then you merchandise it, and then you write it, and they’ll say “See, it’s reported in the press that this, this, and this,” so they have that validation that the press reported the smear, and then it’s called a wrap-up smear. “Now I’m going to merchandise the press’s report on the smear that we made.” It’s a tactic, and it’s self-evident."