Hillary Unleashes Astroturf Army of Professional Trolls

Some progressive demagogues (e.g., Sanders, Trump) are able to inspire armies of obedient trolls who are eager to wage information warfare from their mommies’ basements. Others lack the appeal to inspire this kind of loyalty, and have to buy it. The super PAC Correct the Record creeps out from under a rock and scuttles to Shrillary’s rescue:

Hillary Clinton’s well-heeled backers have opened a new frontier in digital campaigning, one that seems to have been inspired by some of the Internet’s worst instincts. Correct the Record, a super PAC coordinating with Clinton’s campaign, is spending some $1 million to find and confront social media users who post unflattering messages about the Democratic front-runner.

In effect, the effort aims to spend a large sum of money to increase the amount of trolling that already exists online.

Trolls generally work for free. They may not be able to spell or even turn off their caps lock key, but at least they are sincere. Are Shrillary’s professional trolls likely to be effective?

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Some experts on digital campaigns think the idea of launching a paid army of “former reporters, bloggers, public affairs specialists, designers” and others to produce online counterattacks is unlikely to prove successful. Others, however, say Clinton has little choice but to try, given the ubiquity of online assaults and the difficulty of squelching even provably untrue narratives once they have taken hold.

At the same time, however, using a super PAC to create a counterweight to movements that have sprung up organically is another reflection of the campaign’s awkwardness with engaging online, digital pros said.

Awkwardness with engaging period. Shrillary Rotten exudes the charismatic warmth of a rattlesnake. Her personal appeal even to fellow moonbats is negligible. If it wasn’t for Astroturf, she would be standing on nothing but dirt.

Brian Donahue, chief executive of the consulting firm Craft Media/Digital, observes that the Shrillary campaign

“runs the risk of being exactly what their opponents accuse them of being: a campaign that appears to be populist but is a smokescreen that is paid and brought to you by lifetime political operatives and high-level consultants.”

As with all things Clinton, it stretches the rules:

Super PACs are typically prohibited from working in tandem with candidates, but Correct the Record is doing just that by exploiting a loophole in campaign finance law that it says permits such coordination with digital campaigns.

Shrillary meanwhile advocates even stricter restrictions on the First Amendment in the name of campaign finance reform.

david brock
The mastermind behind Correct the Record: dirty trickster David Brock.

On a tip from Torcer. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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