Are we at The Truth About Guns so effective with our messaging that the anti-gun folks hire people to post anti-gun comments? It’s more than possible. In fact, it’s likely. Given the Democrats’ shady tactics as revealed by the Wikileaks documents, it should be considered probable in today’s world.
Earlier this year, the LA Times wrote about this new “frontier” in shaping public relations:
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.
Running that through the universal translator: “Correct the Record” (oh, the irony) is spending a million bucks to spread fake or misleading rebuttals online. They did (do?) this through comments and social media posts. Why? To rebut effective messages against Hillary and her past.
The Left in America decries “fake news”, yet they pay people to spread disinformation to mislead or confuse people, or to deny the obvious.
The LA Times continued:
…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.
“It is meant to appear to be coming organically from people and their social media networks in a groundswell of activism, when in fact it is highly paid and highly tactical,” said Brian Donahue, chief executive of the consulting firm Craft Media/Digital.
…”It 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.”
Dirty-trickster David Brock led Hillary’s online paid disinformation campaign.
Mr. Brock is perhaps one of the world’s biggest hypocrites when it comes to gun rights. The Daily Caller revealed in 2013 how Brock’s company paid for the purchase of firearms that one or more staff members carried illegally as a “bodyguard” for Brock. Why did the silver-haired Brock think he needed (unlawfully) armed protection? He thought that gun owners were violent and were plotting his assassination. The Daily Caller wrote about Brock’s mental health issues:
Brock, whose struggles with mental health have seen him hospitalized in the past…
Who knows if Mr. “Struggles With Mental Health Issues” Brock is working for Bloomberg or other well-heeled hoplophobes to run a “Correct the Record”-type effort about guns. It doesn’t matter. There are no shortage of ethically-, criminally- or intellectually-challenged gun control advocates out there who might organize or participate in this type of paid disinformation campaign.
John Lott noted how Michael Bloomberg continues spending $50M a year on his Everytown family of gun control groups. Does anyone doubt for a minute that they aren’t spending money to shape public opinion in every way possible? This would including through public comments on influential platforms and social media outlets online. While our Armed Intelligentsia might have doubts about the effectiveness of such a campaign, in the eyes of Bloomberg’s people it has to be worth a shot (pun intended). After all, their expenditure of tens of millions of dollars to elect Hillary and others of her ilk netted them mostly a boatload of fail in November.
A frustrated Bloomberg is used to getting results for his multi-million dollar donations. From Newsbusters:
Between 1999 and 2015, Bloomberg gave at least $42,558,210 in campaign donations.
…Since 2012, Bloomberg has promised to spend more than $192 million through Bloomberg Philanthropies to undermine the coal industry, push for gun control legislation, and support Planned Parenthood, and force Common Core into the public schools — all goals which fall in line with his personal political agenda.
…In April, at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York, Bloomberg (the man) boasted, “So far, we’ve helped retire or phase out more than 230 coal plants. Last year alone, more U.S. coal capacity was taken offline or slated for retirement than in all of the 1990s … and all of the 2000s… combined!” (Bloomberg New Energy Finance is an arm of the Bloomberg empire claiming to “help clients stay on top of developments across the energy spectrum.”)
So the next time you read a person spouting anti-gun talking points or making wild claims in TTAG’s comment section consider whether or not they might be paid to do what they’re doing. The same goes for social media or other influential websites and blogs. Our busy comment section influences people and generates discussion, both within The Truth About Guns and outside of it as well. Make your voice heard.