In the Twitterverse, Nobody Knows You’re A Spambot!

So… after Real, Serious, I-Am-So-Not-Doing-This-Just-for-the-Grift presidential candidate Newton Leroy Gingrich complained that the press was not taking him seriously even though I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined”, real serious journalist John Cook at Gawker wrote:

[I]f Newt is winning the Twitter primary, it’s because of voter fraud. A former staffer tells us that his campaign hired a firm to boost his follower count, in part by creating fake accounts en masse:

“Newt employs a variety of agencies whose sole purpose is to procure Twitter followers for people who are shallow/insecure/unpopular enough to pay for them. As you might guess, Newt is most decidedly one of the people to which these agencies cater…”

That’s quite a different explanation for Gingrich’s Twitter popularity than the one offered by this Politico story on the subject: “[I]t’s his personal touch: He tweets and manages his Twitter feed himself, his campaign confirmed to POLITICO. All told, he has tweeted 2,611 times in the 29 months since he joined the site.”

If my math is correct, that works out to just over 81 tweets per month, which doesn’t seem all that ambitious; from outside the Twitterverse, it looks like ABL or John Cole must send that many on a average day, and they have real jobs to attend to. Perhaps the Politico reporter had ‘tongue so firmly in cheek as to protrude from the vulgar bodily orifice’?

Anyway, many people did not like the implication that Newt was buying friends followers, or possibly that some of their own Twit-fans might not love them for their highly compressed wit and insight. Sufficient noise was raised, in fact, that within a day Cook was able to post an “Update: Only 92% of Newt Gingrich’s Twitter Followers Are Fake“:
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Good enough for me and Jimmy P

If you haven’t checked out that James Pethokoukis atrocity that John linked to, here’s a taste from April, 2008:

As a movie buff, I keep looking for the right cinematic analogy for the American economy. Try this one: It’s like the Terminator. Not the Schwarzenegger one—the other one, the Terminator from the second film. You could empty a shotgun—or in this case, an imploding housing market, credit crunch, and high oil prices—into that morphing metal dude, and before you know it, the thing’s all healed and chasing you again.

Why would anyone listen to this douchebag opine about a government default? Why would anyone continue to employ this douchebag as a financial economist? He makes Megan McArdle sound like Joseph Stiglitz.

No wonder we’re in the shape we’re in.








We are all Winklevi now

I’m tired of talking about the debt ceiling.

Reader F sent me a link to an interesting profile of the Daily Caller, which says pretty much what I already thought: that the Caller sucks but not as badly as most similar right-wing outlets, and that it’s losing money but not as much as you might think. Mostly, though, I was struck by this picture of Tuck Tuck.

It put me in mind of Larry Summers’ quote about the Winklevoss brothers (the ones who are constantly suing Facebook, even after getting $67 million).

“One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole.”

No matter what he does, Tucker Carlson will always be an asshole undergraduate to me.








Adam Green and Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) Rip Off Stephen Colbert

High Plains Grifters

Adam Green is desperate for your money. So desperate that he is willing to lie, cheat, and steal to get it.

You see, a couple weeks ago, Adam Green (PCCC’s Treasurer and Grifter-in-Chief) registered the domain name “ColberSuperPAC” in an attempt to bleed donations and membership from Colbert’s Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow (which can be found at [www.ColbertSuperPac.com]):

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Treasurer Adam Green purchased the URL ColberSuperPAC.com, omitting the t in Stephen Colbert’s name, and then redirected that URL to his own PAC web site in an apparent attempt to steal critical membership and donations away from Colbert’s PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Colbert announced Friday night on his show, The Colbert Report, more than 100,000 previous ABTT members need to sign up a second time because the organization is now a super-PAC.

According to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Adam Green registered colbersuperpac.com at Godaddy.com, Inc. on July 1, 2011 for one year using the same address he used to register PCCC with the Federal Election Commission. Soon afterward, the URL began redirecting unwitting ABTT supporters to Green’s PCCC PAC website, soliciting memberships and donations intended for ABTT via a splash page similar to the graphic included here. If you attempted to become a member of ABTT via ColbertSuperPAC.com and recall having entered via a porthole resembling the one pictured with this story, you may have to try again.

It’s important to note that Green built a special splash page specifically for ColberSuperPAC.com redirects even though the page more resembles his own PAC’s web site than Colbert’s ColbertSuperPAC.com web site because Green having done so raises more questions about his actions.

Some past PCCC members believe the PAC has a history of questionable actions. As DailyKos.com blogger Willynel points out, “They stated in one email that they had received over 60,000 small donations over [an] issue. 60,000 over [a one week period] and change? That’s really not that much.” Leaving Willynel wondering, “Who funds PCCC?”

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What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

What are they saying on Fox, Rush, etc. about the debt ceiling? I would guess that Murdoch doesn’t want to see a default, for sure, and I’d guess that Rush is rich enough that he doesn’t want one either.