Did a social media hit squad derail the Buddy Roemer presidential campaign?
This week I was disappointed thatwasn't able to get the support he needed on Americans Elect to become an official candidate for President of the United States in all 50 states. I think his message that our political system has been corrupted by money is spot on, but even with TV coverage by Morning Joe and Dylan Ratigan, and with an Atlantic Monthly article by , he couldn't get the necessary support. I've been puzzling for months why he can't garner more support — he's a former governor, a 4-term Congressman, a successful traditional banker, and he was trained in economics at Harvard. He's got great qualifications.
But tonight I think I uncovered a bit of evidence that perhaps his online campaign was derailed by a social media hit squad operating somewhere, backed by someone. I have no idea where or who.
But I really don't think a single disgruntled supporter could post the same anti-Roemer message on 22,000 web pages by himself or herself.
It appears to me that someone has financed an effort to shut Roemer down.
I first saw this anti-Roemer rant as a comment on my own personal blog. I read it, followed all the links, and came away as strong a Roemer supporter as before. I didn't trust the credibility of the anti-Roemer content that his person pointed me to. I found a lot of pro-Roemer support elsewhere, from people who knew him while he was Governor and while he served in Congress.
So I emailed the commenter, and what do you know, the email bounced. The person was using a fake email address. This was months ago.
Tonight, randomly, I saw the same anti-Roemer content on another site from a person whose nickname was SayAmen. Out of curiousity, I googled a phrase from the quote followed by another word in it.
11,500 hits showed up. When I told Google to show me duplicates too, it showed 22,000 web pages that contained this exact same lengthy anti-Roemer rant.
Here is the link to the Google query: http://bit.ly/Lgf41u
That leads me to believe there has been a well-financed and coordinated effort from someone to destroy Roemer's reputation online.
And then I read this article about social media mercenaries who run fake campaigns to sell merchandise. Perhaps the same technique is used to undermine political opponents.
What do you think?
I welcome your thoughts about how this may have happened and how much damage 22,000 horrible comments about him may have done to his already underfunded and underexposed campaign.
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