I’m still trying to figure out what’s more laughable: The idea that someone would pay me to make comments on Facebook? Or the fact that I’m doing it for free?
Truth be told, I do engage in political discussions on social media. Like a chocolate covered caramel peanut cluster dipped in fudge and topped with whipped cream, I know it’s bad for me, but sometimes I can’t help myself. I like the debate. I like hearing another person’s point of view, and then ripping it to shreds until they have no way to respond.
It’s a petty personal trait that I’m comfortable with. Nobody’s changing anybody’s mind on social media anyway. If they were, Bernie Sanders would be winning by a landslide.
A little background.
As you may or may not know, Hillary Clinton is the devil, and she has SuperPacs that support her candidacy. Correct the Record is one of two Pacs run by a man named David Brock. Brock is a former Republican turned Democrat who has dedicated his life to being a political attack dog. For whatever reason, he’s a huge Clinton supporter and founder of the left-leaning media website Media Matters. I honestly don’t know that much about him.
I’ve heard his name mentioned a handful of times. In early January, Correct the Record decided that it might be a good idea to run television ads questioning the health of Bernie Sanders relative to his age. To which Clinton campaign chair John Podesta replied via Tweet, “Chill out. We’re fighting on who would make a better president, not on who has a better physical fitness test.”
Because of this nifty little exchange, I am currently following John Podesta on Twitter, not David Brock.
I pretty much forgot about Correct the Record after that, but over the course of the past month, a number of people have charged me with being on the company payroll. So I Googled it and go figure, David Brock and his SuperPac launched a social media campaign designed to bolster the image of Hillary Clinton.
There’s nothing in the SuperPac’s description of this Internet project that suggests they’ll be paying anyone to make Facebook comments. According to the Correct the Record, this is all about defending Clinton supporters and being amicable to persecuted superdelegates:
“In response to these attacks on supporters and superdelegates, Correct The Record is launching the Barrier Breakers 2016 digital task force. While Hillary Clinton fights to break down barriers and bring America together, the Barrier Breakers 2016 digital task force will serve as a resource for supporters looking for positive content and push-back to share with their online progressive communities, as well as thanking prominent supporters and committed superdelegates on social media.”
So far, the “positive content” that Correct the Record is referring to is a couple of JPEGs and link to thank superdelegates. Given the poorly designed website and impossible navigation, I’m just going to assume Brock is secretly a 75 year old lady that purchased a domain name using her AOL account from 1997.
Simply put, it’s weird. Not the work of an evil genius.
There goes my paycheck.
Of course, that doesn’t stop the conspiracy theories.
Conspiracies have been everywhere this election cycle. I swear to god, it’s like living in a political X-File: Polling conspiracies, debate conspiracies, media conspiracies that are carefully coordinated with the Democratic National Committee, Facebook and Twitter conspiracies, coin tosses that lead to voter suppression, Bill Clinton at the polls, the purging of voter registrations, rigged primaries and ugh, superdelegates.
Seriously people, we’re running out of tinfoil hats.
On April 25th the mysterious disappearance of multiple Facebook groups prompted an uproar when Sanders supporters lost access to such gems as the Bernie Believers and Bernie Sanders is My Hero. The groups immediately made a connection between Correct the Record’s social media campaign and the destruction of their right to assemble in Facebook groups with crappy names.
Tim Robbins even got in on the action with a strongly worded Tweet.
Honestly, watching The Shawshank Redemption will never be the same.
Making matters worse, a Facebook user and member of Bros4Hillary (No, seriously. There’s actually a group named Bros4Hillary), was caught bragging on social media that he managed to accomplish this task all on his own.
This of course, made the Bernie people lose their minds, set their hair on fire, and run around the Internet shrieking. This is how the conspiracy played out according to The Bern Report:
“This flag attack was particularly nasty because of the method used. Here’s the likeliest scenario. A Clinton supporter asks to become a member of a group, in fact several of them, days or weeks before the attack is scheduled. They lurk and wait in the wings until given the green light to proceed. Last night’s attack was brought on by these lurkers who posted inappropriate content in the groups, then before an admin had a chance to remove the post they rallied the #MillionDollarTrolls to visit each post and ‘flag’ it.”
Just imagine the power of an army of Facebook users posting inappropriate content. Oh what power they would yield. They could start a political revolution.
Snopes debunked all of this nonsense a day later. As it turns out, a Facebook glitch caused a number of groups to be blocked, not just groups backing Bernie Sanders. And it definitely wasn’t triggered by a 23 year old living in his mom’s basement colluding with David Brock and screaming, “UNLEASH THE PORN!!!!”
It’s actually not hard to believe. Last week, Facebook awarded a 10 year old $10,000 for finding a bug on Instagram.
Unpaid internships are for suckers.
J Lee the Corporate Shill
You can’t make this stuff up. I’ve been at my wits end this election cycle, and I’m honestly at the point where nothing surprises me anymore. No matter what happens in November, we can’t come back from the nonsense that permeates every facet of our current political atmosphere. We’re forever stained, like a Motel 6 comforter under a black light.
But I digress.
I am not a paid troll for Correct the Record.
In the interest of full disclosure, I did vote for Hillary Clinton in the New York. If she wins the nomination, I’ll vote for her again. If that makes me a supporter, then I’m guilty as charged. I even volunteered for her campaign as a glorified telemarketer. However, I did not and will not contribute to her campaign financially. There’s something about giving money to politicians that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Kind of like the taste you get from being homeless and starving on the street. So rather than paying for your County Court Judge’s lawn sign, any extra money I happen to have goes to charities that participate in helping people that have less than I do.
As far as this blog is concerned, let me clear the air. First of all, this is a blog. It’s my personal blog, and I can do whatever I want. Neener, neener, neener. I am under no obligation to be ethical or “fair and balanced,” or any of that other garbage you hear from other “legitimate” news organizations. 95% of what I write is opinion. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.
Everything is biased.
If you want to read something unbiased, I heard Frigidaire makes a killer microwave manual.
Second, I will continue to write articles that are favorable to Hillary Clinton. To do otherwise would just add me to the list of countless people attacking her every day. In my opinion, a large part of what will make her a good president is that fact that she’s still able to wake up in the morning and spend 17 hours a day listening to people tell her what a horrible person she is.
I’m pretty sure that covers at least 50% of the job.
Finally, if anyone ever offers to pay me to write about politics, I will sell out quicker than flammable crosses at a Donald Trump rally. Just leave your email address in the comment section below.
But for now, sadly no. No one is paying me to make comments on Facebook, and I am not a Correct the Record Clinton Operative.