Official McCain effort to reward astroturfing

Official McCain effort to reward astroturfing

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Looks like the Bush people pulling McCain's strings are officially asking people to post false info on discussion boards in return for points.

The request is on the McCain campaign site here.

For details on false info, check factcheck.org, which even Dick Cheney has confessed is accurate.

Not a surprise, but it explains why I just had to deal with that in my day job, customer service. The people who do this also have a tendency to harass others, frequently getting scatalogical, sexual, or racist. Sometimes they do this just to get negative attention, that is, "trolling". (Do I sound really tired of it?)

Here's an expose today regarding the matter:

Spread John McCain's official talking points around the Web — and you
could win valuable prizes!

People who sign up for McCain's program receive reward points each time they place a favorable comment on one of the listed Web sites (subject to verification by McCain's webmasters). The points can be traded for prizes, such as books autographed by McCain, preferred seating at campaign events, even a ride with the candidate on his bus, known as the Straight Talk Express, according to campaign spokesman Brian Rogers.

"Anytime you're getting supporters activated into online communities or taking other actions to spread the word, that's a win," Rogers says.

Did I mention I'm really tired of cleaning up the mess?

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