Skip to comments.Shadow Party: Daily Kos Wants to Googlebomb Republicans into Electoral Oblivion
Posted on 10/09/2010 6:35:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
Markos Moulitsas, aka Daily Kos, denies being part of the Shadow Party, but his blog's latest game gives him away.
They’re not calling it Googlebombing, of course. Chris Bowers at Daily Kos has given their new effort a happier name: “Grassroots SEO.” The SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” It’s actually search engine manipulation:
The goal of Grassroots SEO is to get as many undecided voters as possible to read the most damaging news article about the Republican candidate for Congress in their district. It is based on two simple premises:
- One of the most common political activities people take online is to use search engines, mainly Google, to find information on candidates. (For more information, see the Pew Internet and American Life Projects report on 2008 online political engagement.)
- These results of these searches are always in flux based upon hyperlinks anyone posts anywhere on the Internet, including message board comments and social networking sites (but not email).
As a result of this, not only is it possible for us to use our hyperlinks to impact what people find when they search for information on candidates, but we would be foolish not to do so in a way that benefited our preferred candidates. We are already impacting search engine rankings whenever we post any hyperlink anywhere, so we need to make sure the way we use hyperlinks helps result in our preferred political outcomes.
The comments that DKossacks have attached to the post are revealing. Several complain that it’s ethically questionable. Others complain that once the other side learns about it, we’ll either mock it or emulate it, or both.
I’m here to expose it and point out that it’s another manifestation of the Shadow Party.
The Shadow Party exists, remember, to destroy Republicans by generating complaints against them which generate negative press for them. To that end, the Shadow Party sets up front groups to pose as non-partisan watchdogs or as non-partisan media outlets, and deploys those groups and outlets to build up an echo chamber that generates so much noise that the so-called mainstream press reports on it. The game is to ruin the Republican’s reputation, drive up their negatives, and then have the Democrat in the race win by default. In some cases that I know of in Texas, the actual Democrat being proffered is just a cutout for big money Democrats to control once they’re elected. The whole enterprise is the very “politics of personal destruction” that Democrats busily and dishonestly decry, even while they seek to benefit from it.
And here comes the Daily Kos on the back end of that. They are, by their own admission, searching out the most damaging stories on Republicans and then going to work to drive them higher in Google search rankings so that unsuspecting voters will stumble upon them when seeking out information about their local candidates. This makes DKos and its readers activists, as opposed to bloggers or blog readers. And they are engaging directly in the politics of personal destruction.
Kos will undoubtedly deny any connection to Soros or any other Shadow Party operator or funder. That’s what he did when I debated him. But Chris Bowers’ post is proof positive that he and his blog are part of the left’s Shadow Party (not that there was any doubt before). Their “Grassroots SEO” wouldn’t work as well if the Shadow Party hadn’t already laid the necessary groundwork of manipulating a willing press into hounding Republicans on these mostly bogus complaints.
Blogs and, more importantly, candidates on the right should take note of the DKos “Grassroots SEO” effort and see it for what it is: an attempt to fool unsuspecting voters into pulling the lever based not on issues, but on manipulation and lies. Of course, this isn’t new, it’s just a new version of what these folks have been doing for years.
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More proof that they lose on issues.
So we need to create an aggregator where we frame the news we want and create the appropriate headlines. Free Republic works that way a bit with Vanity posts.
Two can play that game.
See also, different headline, different link:
Google has been pro socialism since it’s inception. Recently, they’ve supported cap and trade, obama care, and net neutrality just to name a few.
Promoting groupthink through deception is something progressives specialize in.
The other side did that years ago. It was called ABCNBCCBSNYTimesWashingtonPostLATimes.
With most tech companies based on the Left Coast, you’re going to have a hard time searching for “conservative” competition. It sure isn’t Bill Gates.
You have to wade through 50 environmentalist wacko posts if you search for DDT to finally find one that tells the truth.
Here’s what’s going on ~ just a few days ago I added a post to this thread: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2603597/posts which used the words COONS and GERBILS. Right now that’s the #8 listed post with both those words. It’s # 6 listed post with COONS and GUINEA. American Spectator, though, is the winner with a very high #3 for a board that has a guy asking if it’s still true that Coons has a homosexual lover ~ I think I just beat that one though...............Did I say “still”? Hmm. This may make NUMERO UNO. ............... Hey, guys, it’s a game, and I wouldn’t be playing except it’s pretty obvious Coons has friends who’ve EXCISED all meaningful pictures from Google.com
This is how they destroyed Sarah Palin. The “MSM” all too willing to help.
There's an infamous Freeper who's been posting articles critical of Sarah Palin at FR for a long time. It never occurred to me that he's been helping to raise the ranking of those negative articles, but apparently, he has.
By the way, Sarah Palin hasn't been "destroyed". The left has tried to destroy her, but they've only succeeded in making her more popular and influential than she already was.
We FReepers have been mocking the Kos-Kiddies for years.
An of course Google would NEVER see this activity as a campaign contribution in kind because Democrats don't engage in corporate corruption...
Example #11,394 in a nearly infinite list of why politics today is no longer about the philosophy of conservative versus liberal, but rather about the philosophy of good versus evil.
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