Yesterday I noticed that a post by Dan about Sarah Palin had been visited by what appears to be an “astroturfer”. For those who do not know what “astroturfing” is, Ace of Spades posted about this curious ‘phenomenon’ which has recently been found on conservative blogs and elsewhere on the Net:
Astroturfing is the dishonest PR technique of inserting PR messages straight from the PR shop out into the public, but in the guise of “concerns” of “real citizens” who are “independent” and have “no relationship” whatsoever to the PR campaign. It tries to disguise itself as a “grassroots” phenomenon — but it’s artificial and inorganic. Hence, “Astroturf.”
The particular “astroturfer” who commented on Dan’s post calls themself “Rebecca Burt” and claims to be someone who “was not completely decided on my vote until I really started to look into what [Palin] has done and what she stands for”. For an a self-proclaimed “Christian and pastor’s wife” I must say that “Burt” is certainly lacking in the fundamental virtue of charity, something Vince P also noticed. What did “Burt” use as the basis for her objections to Palin? Why, every scurrilous lie and rumor floated about by Obama supporters since John McCain announced his Veep pick a couple of weeks ago. I took the time yesterday to rebut most of the inane charges “Burt” raised to slander Palin, but alas thus far ‘she’ has chosen to remain silent in response. Perhaps this post will elicit further comment from this
troll visitor. Somehow I doubt it though, given that she apparently doesn’t stray far from the exact same script of talking points, as can be seen on quite a number of blogs.
I would like to make one more point to “Burt” and other astroturfers: we welcome an open and honest debate at Gay Patriot so there is no need to lie about who you are and why you oppose McCain-Palin or the GOP in general. True “concerned conservative Christians” (especially “pastor’s wives”) have no need for such deception. The use of such tactics betrays an inherent weakness in character and that the user lacks the courage of their convictions. As Jim Malone via Sean Connery warned, “the Lord hates a coward”.
— John (Average Gay Joe)