Thursday, January 8, 2009

Astroturfing Infiltrators Caught Red Handed

Gotcha! It has taken some time and effort to raise awareness of the danger of infiltration by fake 'grassrooters' (so-called astroturfers), who infiltrate the enemy camp to engage in a bout of flooding, swarming, the dissemination of disinformation, the dropping of compromising material and using psyops meant to demoralize the opposition (Hillary's Eeyores).

Ever since very early on in the US Presidential campaign I was accosted at the staunchly conservative forum Townhall for writing a comment that was somewhat critical of then Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, I have been suspecting this to be going on for some time.

It's one of those typical Postmodernist approaches to politics as all out war under the banner of "our end is so ethical that it justifies the use of immoral means".

With hindsight it makes the post "Confessions of an Astroturfing Troll" look entirely credible and genuine (at the time the story broke it still had a sense of the paranoia, or of a clever double bluff).

It is well known that if the lie is big enough it is easily accepted by the masses. But 90 separate, uncoordinated incidences is a stretch even by the standards of those who have us believe, there's no such thing as a left wing press. They have been manipulating reality for so long and to such an appalling extent, that they can no longer distinguish their own manufactured truths from the real one.

Vigilance is from hereon the word in all corners of the conservasphere. Here's the full press release issued by Team Sarah activist, Susan B. Anthony List.


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Liberal Activists Plot to Defame and Destroy Leading Online Community for Conservative Activists,

Teams Sarah Uncovers Evidence of Dirty Tricks, Criticizes Huffington Post Story that Relied Upon False Information

Washington, D.C.Today leaders of the Susan B. Anthony List responded to the recent discovery of a plot by liberal internet activists to attack, a community dedicated to advancing the values that Sarah Palin represents in the political process:

“Team Sarah recently uncovered a plot by liberal activists to frame our community for harboring hate speech and bigotry,” said Emily Buchanan, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony List and Team Sarah Site Administrator. “Liberal extremists at concocted a plot to join Team Sarah under false pretenses and intentionally provoke our members by posting incendiary and bigoted remarks that violated our terms of use.”

Susan B. Anthony List President and Team Sarah Co-Founder Marjorie Dannenfelser offered the following statement:

“Two weeks ago, the Huffington Post published a story criticizing Team Sarah for the supposed racist behavior of its membership – yet had they exercised even the most basic of fact-checking, we could have informed them of the recent escalation in bigoted postings from liberal impostors, not from our bona fide membership.”

“Clearly Governor Sarah Palin’s influence has irked the Left. Here we are months after the election, and liberal extremists are still doing all they can to tear her down. Fortunately the truth will prevail. Team Sarah will continue to grow and its membership will continue to advance the values represented by the trailblazing governor.”

The coordinated attack by liberal bloggers was discovered on Friday, January 2, 2009. The Weekly Standard covered the incident on January 7, 2009. Over ninety impostors were banned from last weekend after bona fide Team Sarah members reported violations to community moderators. Interlopers continue to be banned daily.

One of the attackers explained their goal: "What I hope is that the fake posters eventually number the actual posters so it would be impossible to tell who is real and who is fake."

After a cease and desist letter was sent by Team Sarah to the site administrator of on Friday January 2, 2009, the offending forum was removed from the website, but new forums have since been posted. Attacks have continued, most recently including today’s planned 2:00A.M. mass posting of pornography photos in Team Sarah forums.

Team Sarah is a coalition of women dedicated to advancing the values that Sarah Palin represents in the political process. Its political networking website,, has grown to over 60,000 activists in the last four months. Co-Founders of Team Sarah include Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, and Jane Abraham, the organization’s General Chairman.

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