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Thursday, August 07, 2008

McCain Will Reward Supporters Who Plant Comments on Blogs

MccainwildYou can't make this stuff up. The McCain campaign is now using online tactics similar to those reportedly employed by the Chinese government. They're rewarding supporters who plant comments on designated blogs that echo Johnny's talking points:

On McCain's website, visitors are invited to "Spread the Word" about the presumptive Republican nominee by sending campaign-supplied comments to blogs and Web sites under the visitor's screen name. The site offers sample comments ("John McCain has a comprehensive economic plan . . .") and a list of dozens of suggested destinations, conveniently broken down into "conservative," "liberal," "moderate" and "other" categories. Just cut and paste.

For each positive, verified comment they post, McCain's citizen spinners earn points that count towards prizes like books autographed by McCain, preferred seating at campaign events or a ride with the MCain on his bus. The campaign suggests posting on the liberal blogs ColoradoPols, Crooks and Liars, DailyKos, MyDD and Think Progress. I guess McCain's pollsters are especially worried about Colorado.

Mario Burgos in the Mix: Believe it or not, under the category of "Other," the campaign suggests that comments be inserted at the Albuquerque right-wing blog, Mario Burgos. Okay, what I wanna know is why no suggestion to plant comments at Democracy for New Mexico? I'm feeling a little left out. Get it, LEFT out.

As the Washington Post notes:

... dissidents alleged earlier this year that the Chinese government has paid Chinese citizens token sums for each favorable comment about government policies they post in chat rooms and on blogs.

In good company, Johnny! And I'm sure all the Dems at DailyKos will be overcome with the beauty and logic of your positions and switch right over to your side. If you're gonna dream, dream big.

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August 7, 2008 at 10:12 AM in 2008 General Presidential Election, Web/Tech | Permalink


Wow. And I've been commenting for free like a sucker. :)


Posted by: | Aug 7, 2008 11:42:27 AM

I've been blogging AND commenting for free. ;-)

And nobody had to encourage me -- I just happen to passionately support our causes and candidates. How old-fashioned! But then certain r-wingers have trouble with independent action, being so addicated to lock-stepping and all.

Posted by: | Aug 7, 2008 1:04:32 PM

Hmm... what exactly is a political other?

Posted by: | Aug 7, 2008 1:17:51 PM

I thought you'd be telling us! Get any comments yet? Not easy getting comments on local blogs, even with good traffic, right? And then there are the less than rational ones that erupt periodically ....

Posted by: | Aug 7, 2008 1:31:32 PM

I don't know about any of this blogger planted comments for cash stuff, but I do happen to know that John McCain has a comprehensive economic plan that liberals can like, uh, really good.

It's a plan, people! And it's comprehensive!

Where's my check?

Posted by: | Aug 7, 2008 8:29:27 PM

Sure McSame and the Reich Wing have a comprehensive economic plan. They plan to privatize PROFIT and SOCIALIZE any failures and debt, if your really wealthy they are going to do their best to make you wealthier, working poor and middle class your SOL. Um, does that qualify me for a reward???

Posted by: VP | Aug 8, 2008 9:12:16 AM

All commenters here will be getting a vacation in sunny Crawford, Texas! Bush will be selling his faux-ranch soon and it will be turned into a rustic dude and dudette ranchette. Winners will be sleeping in the bunkhouse or on hay bales. Cash food and drink bars....

Posted by: | Aug 8, 2008 9:51:22 AM

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