The secret of the Huffington Post?
So it seems the Chinese government has a professional staff of disinformation specialists who distort, deflect, and otherwise redirect comments for unflattering on-line articles. Not that it’s a big surprise, but getting an insider to open up about it is revealing.
The article might also explain the lock-step comments, regurgitated talking points, and non sequiturs one often observes at the Huffington Post (the New York Times, New Republic, Salon, et al).
Is it possible paid (and unpaid) pro-Obama propagandists are working on-line comments for the benefit of Dear Reader? Youbetcha. (Of course, other, more traditional propagandists and their handlers are always creating a plethora of pro-Dear Reader content as well.)
It’s an attempt at the people’s microphone (or the poor man’s veto), as one might say.
And when you’re out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas (and you can’t quite run away from your own record), go ad hominem.