Did a social media hit squad derail the Buddy Roemer presidential campaign?
This week I was disappointed that
But tonight I think I uncovered a bit of evidence that perhaps his online campaign was derailed by a social media hit squad operating somewhere, backed by someone. I have no idea where or who.
But I really don’t think a single disgruntled supporter could post the same anti-Roemer message on 22,000 web pages by himself or herself.
It appears to me that someone has financed an effort to shut Roemer down.
I first saw this anti-Roemer rant as a comment on my own personal blog. I read it, followed all the links, and came away as strong a Roemer supporter as before. I didn’t trust the credibility of the anti-Roemer content that his person pointed me to. I found a lot of pro-Roemer support elsewhere, from people who knew him while he was Governor and while he served in Congress.
So I emailed the commenter, and what do you know, the email bounced. The person was using a fake email address. This was months ago.
Tonight, randomly, I saw the same anti-Roemer content on another site from a person whose nickname was SayAmen. Out of curiousity, I googled a phrase from the quote followed by another word in it.
11,500 hits showed up. When I told Google to show me duplicates too, it showed 22,000 web pages that contained this exact same lengthy anti-Roemer rant.
Here is the link to the Google query: http://bit.ly/Lgf41u
That leads me to believe there has been a well-financed and coordinated effort from someone to destroy Roemer’s reputation online.
And then I read this article about social media mercenaries who run fake campaigns to sell merchandise. Perhaps the same technique is used to undermine political opponents.
What do you think?
I welcome your thoughts about how this may have happened and how much damage 22,000 horrible comments about him may have done to his already underfunded and underexposed campaign.