Thursday, August 7, 2008

Comment Is (Not Necessarily) Free: McSame Pays For It

The McSame campaign is now bribing its way to creating the impression of spontaneous grassroots support:

On McCain's Web site, visitors are invited to "Spread the Word" about the presumptive Republican nominee by sending campaign-supplied comments to blogs and Web sites under the visitor's screen name. The site offers sample comments ("John McCain has a comprehensive economic plan . . .") and a list of dozens of suggested destinations, conveniently broken down into "conservative," "liberal," "moderate" and "other" categories. Just cut and paste. ... 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 ...
You don't even have come up with your own pro-McSame happy-talk! They've already come up with it for you!

Please join me in a big goodbye wave to the credibility of every pro-McSame comment encountered on the web from this moment forward.

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