Skip to comments.BREAKING: Dept. of Justice hired anonymous, partisan Democrat bloggers to bolster image [& troll FR]
Posted on 10/02/2009 7:02:18 AM PDT by mudblood
The Department of Justice has hired a team of partisan Democrat campaign bloggers to work at the Department.....Tracy Russo is one such blogger from the campaign of John Edwards. The unit is housed in the Office of Public Affairs....They are also tasked with posting anonymous comments, or comments under pseudonyms, at newspaper websites with stories critical of the Department of Justice, Holder and President Obama....There is clearly a designed effort to rebut stories that are exposing the Holder Justice Department as more political than the last. Weve seen a change in the pattern of anonymous emails we receive and comments posted at our papers webpage.
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I KNEW it seemed the tone of some of the postings on Free Republic had changed very recently!
They aren’t that good, we still know who they are. :)
Should we ping the trolls?
I did. :P
This doesn’t surprise me in the least. Youtube is full of them, too. This administration is corrupt to the core!!!!! Rot and stench.
Of course, that is one reason I posted that. Their hypocrisy is astounding.
ROFLOL!! A KOS kiddie/John Edwards groupie now runs the newly formed DOJ bloggers propaganda arm for Obama? Corrupt Marxist pigs all!
RE:”Yeah, I just love it when its pointed out that the Dems OWN Capitol Hill -—so why can’t the dumbos pass anything? :
Watching house republicans respond to Alan Graysonl begging for his apology looks lame. They should point out Democrats won two elections, run everything, and are still trying to pass the buck. They should make up their own signs that say “Democrats want washington to play God and pick who lives and dies. You or an illegal, who will they pick??”
Grayson is rallying the demoralized progressives and playing good politics getting donations. Republicans need to quit whining and play too.
A little proof of this story, from a non-journalist (me). Google is your friend...
She admits to the following in this interview:
“Finally, I usually troll the corporate/PR/Marketing blogosphere its always a great place to hone communications skills and pick up marketing-inspired ideas.”
I’m sure she knows what “troll” means, considering she’s a blogger, so she isn’t talking about just “looking”.
I love your screen name!
It looks good and I liked the still image too.
Thanks :) I’d rather be a mudblood than a squib...
The rumor was that Huffington Post paid people to Digg.
Wonder where the admin got the idea for this?
My girls are going as Luna and Bellatrix for Halloween.
I’m wearing my Muggle t-shirt.
They can rebut all they want. They can threaten and lie and manipulate the system. But in the end, the undeniable fact is that the truth shall win.
Still .jpg loads fast - I cut filesize on the still from 800K to 157K
It is the first frame for a possible large 2-framer .gif
Maybe not - 2nd-5th frames may not come out gret
Right because someone who just reads is a lurker.
Your original gif goes pretty fast. I couldn’t tell it was jail bars until I saw your still image.
Guilty! (as she typing away on her MAC, while stuffing her face with a BIG one. g
The Supreme Court can stop them - but someone has to make a case first. Jim can do that - he's stated repeatedly that this is a CONSERVATIVE SITE and that it's PRIVATE.
Also, I believe the people who come here don't come here to support Obama, but to make us look bad. Whenever there's a big dem paranoid freak-out - the place gets flooded with people who say "yeah, that's me" and it's pretty obvious they're trying to gin up hatred so we look like their stereotype of us.
Is it possible for Jim Thompson to trace the ISPs of posters who continuously hijack threads and attack conservatives and/or Republicans, to see if any come thru DOJ? I’ve noticed more and more posters here who seem to be on the Obama payroll in one way or another.
Thanks for the ping.
No surprise here. They have to pay people to protest.. or heck even vote for them.
From what I’ve seen of most trolls is that they’re inherently lazy.
Find an unique phrase they’ve written, copy it into a search engine, find matches and work backwards.
With minimal time, you can see a common user names and in some cases even figure out who they really are ..
Is this sourced?
Do we have evidence, quotes, etc?
Have you ever heard a "fake call" to Rush? The person always starts off with, "I've been a Republican my whole life, BUT" and then goes on to trash Republicans? Well, Rush caught on to them - but they have many other styles.
They're liars. What they want to do is damage us.
Last month a group of liberal trial lawyers in Florida sent out racist material and put a conservative sounding name on the flyer. They pretend to be us, but make "us" out to be the crazies. It made the paper here in Florida...
At the Washington Tea Party ACORN had posters printed up that Democrats associate with militias. Then ACORN handed them out to try to make us look extreme.
That one backfired on the lying liberals, but that's another story.
They are NOT coming here to defend Obama they are coming here to "burn down the church" then point the finger at us..
Director of Public Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for ensuring that the public and press are informed about the Department's activities and about the priorities and policies of the Attorney General and the President with regard to law enforcement and legal affairs. Mission Statement
The Office of Public Affairs is the principal point of contact for the Department of Justice with the news media.
The Office is responsible for ensuring that the public is informed about the Department's activities and about the priorities and policies of the Attorney General and the President with regard to law enforcement and legal affairs.
The Office advises the Attorney General and other Department officials on all aspects of media relations and communications issues. The Office also coordinates the public affairs units of all Department component organizations.
The Office of Public Affairs prepares and issues Department news releases and frequently reviews and approves those issued by component agencies. It serves reporters assigned to the Department by responding to queries, issuing news releases and statements, arranging interviews and conducting news conferences. The Office of Public Affairs issues approximately 700 news releases each year involving the activities of the Department.
The Office ensures that information provided to the news media by the Department is current, complete and accurate. It also ensures that all applicable laws, regulations and policies involving the release of information to the public are followed so that maximum disclosure is made without jeopardizing investigations and prosecutions, violating rights of individuals, or compromising national security interests.
New Media Specialist
Matthew Miller, Holder's spokesman, said Holder does not believe his probe will affect CIA employees' commitment to their work.
"The attorney general's decision to order a preliminary review into this matter was made in line with his duty to examine the facts and to follow the law. As he has made clear, the Department of Justice will not prosecute anyone who acted in good faith and within the scope of the legal guidance given by the Office of Legal Counsel regarding the interrogation of detainees," Miller said in a written statement.
Position: Director, Office of Public Affairs
Childhood State: Texas
Previous State: Texas
Miller, 35, is the front man for repairing DOJ's damaged public image after the scandals of the Bush years. "We took office with enormous challenges," he says. "People at the department were demoralized." Miller, who landed his job as a result of his work on Eric Holder's confirmation team, praises the new AG for his efforts to increase professionalism and transparency, specifically citing the release of the interrogation and executive power memos earlier this year.
During the last election cycle, Miller ran communications for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Previously, he was communications director for Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., a position he also held in Florida with the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004. A true Texas son, the Amarillo native and University of Texas graduate lives in the District with his chocolate Lab, General Sam Houston.
Politicization Alert:Matthew Miller to Justice?
posted at 3:50 pm on January 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Remember when Democrats screeched about the politicization at the Department of Justice when George Bush replaced nine at-will political appointees? Ive written that AG nominee Eric Holders work at Justice in the Clinton administration demonstrated a lot more political hackery than anything seen under Bush, and apparently that wont be the end of politicization at Justice under Barack Obama, either. Chris Cillizza notes that Matthew Miller has taken the job of spokesperson for the DoJ despite his past history of politicizing an actual investigation:
Matthew Miller, who spearheaded the communications operation at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2008 election, is moving inside the walls of the Obama administration as chief spokesman for the Justice Department. With Eric H. Holder Jr. expected to be confirmed as attorney general this week, Miller will be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Hes had good practice. Before working under Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) at the DSCC, Miller was communications director for the successful 2006 Senate campaign of Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).
If you dont remember Matthew Miller, its a shame because he played a central role in a scandal that helped put Republicans in the minority in 2006. Miller got the e-mails between disgraced Congressman Mark Foley and underaged interns, but instead of giving them to investigators, Miller instead tried giving them to reporters in Florida, Foleys home state. When that apparently didnt work, Miller turned the material over to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The Washington Post reported after the election:
"Democratic Caucus communications director Matt Miller saw the e-mails as inappropriate, but rather than taking them to authorities, he shopped them to the press, first to the Miami Herald and the St. Petersburg Times that November, then to the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. He also gave the e-mails to the communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a point apparently validating Republican charges that senior Democrats were behind the revelation of Foleys conduct."
Republicans objected to the handling of the e-mails and accused Miller of politicizing Foleys conduct rather than ensuring that the House interns were safe from any potential predatory conduct. In fact, a familiar name headed the DCCC and knew about the e-mails long before the Ethics Committee was apprised of their existence:
"The head of the House Democrats campaign committee, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, had heard of former Rep. Mark Foleys inappropriate e-mails to a former male page a year before they became public, a campaign committee aide told CNN.
In his deposition to the ethics committee, Miller said he also sent Foleys e-mails to the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, the Miami Herald and Roll Call, according to the report."
Miller also sent the material to Harpers Magazine and possibly others, the report said.
"Miller told the ethics committee he had sent the e-mails to the media because he considered them inappropriate and predicted nothing would come from giving them to the ethics panel or the House Page Board, according to the report."
Matthew Miller had evidence of possible pederastic predatory behavior, and instead of acting to protect the interns, he tried to make political hay out of the e-mails. I guess hell fit right in at a Holder-led Department of Justice. Will that be normal procedure for investigating potential crimes at the Obama DoJ?
Now, how do we smoke 'em out and get 'em banned, permanently.
Bloggers Focus on Obamas Opposition
From public protests to race to health care, domestic issues dominated the commentary from bloggers last week. Combined, the three topics made up almost half (46%) of the links the week of September 14-18, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.
It was not a discussion of the issues themselves, however, but a debate about the motives and extent of the President’s opposition that drove the conversation online. That debate was triggered by a remark about race and politics, a large protest in Washington D.C. and a censure of a Congressman who heckled Obama. The events and ensuing commentary rolled out sequentially during the course of the week..................
Astroturf is a fake grass roots movement. The term is applied when a Public Relations firm creates a fake grassroots group on behalf of a secretive client to professionally manipulate public opinion. According to Business Week, Obama Chief Strategist David Axelrods firm ASK is known as the gold standard in Astroturf organizing.
It's worse than Pravda. At least the Russians (and other Soviet peoples) knew that it was Pravda and that there was "no pravada in Pravda".
(Pravda means "truth").
This is black propaganda, whereas pravda was mostly "white" propaganda. (The "black" part came when they placed stories in third world, and some first and second world) outlets, and then reported the stories as having come from those countries, not from them)
I was on You Tube one night, posting Health care facts on some of the videos. The bloggers were out in force with obvious talking points. People began to go after one of them and she said that she didn’t care one way or the other, she was just paid to post what they gave her.
After the election there was an article( which I saved but can’t find right now) how the Axelrod team figured they got millions of free advertising by using You Tube.
Go ahead, it might be entertaining. Likely not *all* of them work for the Justice Department.
Some probably work for Treasury, Homeland Security, and so forth.
They pack the CSPAN lines with these too, then they argue that the republicans that disappointed them should be more liberal. But we don't want to group these with those (like me ) that have legitimate complaints.
FR is not a republican site so we have to be careful and the R party still needs reform. If someone here is arguing that Obamas stimulus is working, or that his health reform will improve things, that's something that will put up red flags.
Like the ones on here that spend hours and hours on end refuting the BC. Why waste your time? If you think everything is fine with the BC, why bother? UNLESS you are on the other side. It makes no sense, unless they are just attention whores that like to copy and paste and argue, call other FReepers names(like idiot, etc.) and disrupt the thread.
Links not working, did they remove them? When they scrub, it means you are over the target.
MOST are on the birther threads and that’s how you know there is something big they need to squelch.
You know, there are a lot of FReepers. If we organized, we could do the same and beat them at their own game.
It was set at delay=9
I reset it at delay=6
I can reset the delay back to 9 or even slower
Let's keep it clean - dems can have the "criminal" ground - we don't need it.
Does DOJ maintain a public blog? LOL.
Yes we could do that, and defeat them here but it would take a longtime. They do it for pay, we do it for heart.
But your idea is sound and intriguing. The FR Warrior PING list.
So all these newspapers and internet sites should have records of IP addresses and see that some of these comments are from .gov sites.
Thanks for the ping - we have to fight this dem corruption - maybe O’Keefe can apply for a job there... or one of us. With a nice hidden camera.
Someone - like O’Keefe and Hannah - need to go to the Department of Justice and apply for a job. With an hidden camera ... or we need to sue. It’s one thing for dems to do this dirty trick - it’s quite another for it to be a government operation...
I wonder if one of them was Armstrong Williams.
Good advice, Smokin' Joe....worth repeating.