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Christopher di Spirito

Christopher di Spirito
New York,
March 12
Avid blogger, proud gay man, unapologetically liberal, happily married to Jim, my spouse of 16 years. I am a native Californian, temporarily living in New York.

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AUGUST 10, 2009 10:53AM

GOP Paying Trolls to "Blog Attack"

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Good morning. I came across this little gem and wanted to pass it along to all of my blog brothers and sisters. If you’ve seen a recent spike in troll activity on your site (I sure have), there may be an explanation for it.

It turns out there’s a company called Advantage Consultants that’s offering up “professional blog warriors” to “flood the zone” with comments. In short, astro-turf trolls for the blogosphere.

See their recruitment ad:


Read the text:

Are you ready for a blog attack?

Get ahead of your opponent with Professional Blog Warriors.

Be prepared to “flood the zone” with comments from professionals who are ready to put your talking points on the blogosphere 24/7.

Whether it’s defense or offense, Advantage Consultants has a dedicated team of experienced blog warriors ready to advance your candidate or campaign.

Why wait for the attack? Launch your attack with a battery of blog and forum comments aimed at all media and blog sites in your district.

Contact us today and let us show you the Advantage in professional blog warfare.

“Flood the zone?” “Blog warriors?” “Launch your attack?” “Blog warfare.” It certainly sounds to me like a well-orgainized rightwing has declared war on the reality-based community. So, you may be wondering, just who are these people? Who is Advantage Consultants? Turns out their president/leader is Doug Guetzloe, a right-wing radio host and anti-tax activist based in Florida.

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These pricks just prove the theory that you are what you eat. i hope they choke on this.
I think we need a counter insurgency to push back on their blogs.
Of course there are political consulting firms who will do just about anything for either party if you pay them.

But it's a bit distressing that our democracy has come to this - essentially, paying people to bash the other party rather than participating in any meaningful discourse.
Oh, crap. That's depressing.
Finstotheleft wrote: "Of course there are political consulting firms who will do just about anything for either party if you pay them."

I prefer the short form: Whores.