Thursday, December 30, 2010

Democratic Underground: Teabaggers paid to troll liberal media to spew corporate propaganda

 In his film (Astro)Turf Wars, Taki Oldham secretly recorded a training session organized by a right wing libertarian group called American Majority. The trainer, Austin James, was instructing Tea Party members on how to "manipulate the medium". This is what he told them:

"Here’s what I do. I get on Amazon; I type in "Liberal Books". I go through and I say "one star, one star, one star."

The flip side is you go to a conservative/ libertarian whatever, go to their products and give them five stars. ... This is where your kids get information: Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster.

These are places where you can rate movies. So when you type in "Movies on Health care", I don’t want Michael Moore’s to come up, so I always give it bad ratings.

I spend about 30 minutes a day, just click, click, click, click. ... If there’s a place to comment, a place to rate, a place to share information, you have to do it. That’s how you control the online dialogue and give our ideas a fighting chance."

Over 75% of the funding for American Majority, which hosted this training session, comes from the Sam Adams Alliance.

In 2008, the year in which American Majority was founded, 88% of the alliance’s money came from a single donation, of $3.7m(13). A group which trains right wing libertarians to distort online democratic processes, in other words, was set up with funding from a person or company with a very large wallet.

Rightardia has reported that a right wing ring used Digg to downgrade progressive and liberal articles. Rightardia has been harassed on Usenet by conservative activists that have tried to portray us as a gay blog. We even received a threat to attack our office.

We had to block anonymous posts because we getting posts with profane content-less insults. Many of these conservatives appear to post from Dallas, TX.

We have also traced some emails and Usenet posts to certain cities in Arizona as well. One histrionic conservative even posts from the Netherlands to conceal his identity.

Joseph Goebbels would be proud of his fascist brethren. 


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