Let's Talk Astroturf

So I received an email/comment this morning about a craigslist ad soliciting health care activism for money. “Activism for money,” I thought!! Was this it at last? The missing link Democrats have been searching for? Obamacare opponents turning up at town halls really are a mob?

We really are nothing but a slew of paid hacks drummed up by the promise of easy cash by cynical Obamacare opponents to create an artificial appearance of opposition?!?

Ummmm, no. (click for full size)

But wait, there’s more!

So I started searching around, and posting links on Twitter, and reading links I received by reply. Turns out there are hundreds, if not thousands, of advertisements seeking “activists” who will be paid to support Obamacare. That’s right CNN. That’s right Olbermann. You want astroturf? It’s out there by the dozens. In support of, not in opposition to.

I’m going to post a few screenshots from that horde below, but remember its only a sampling:

(click for full size).

The first is from Josh Treviño, who notes you should pay special attention to the dates here:

Look at his search terms, pick your city, and see how many results you get.

Here are a few more. Remember to click for uncropped full size:

Here’s one from a job search site*:

And back to Craigslist:

That last one might be my favorite. “Women and People of Color and Members of the GLBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.” Paying for diversity. Can’t you feel them ooozing progressive-osity? I feel tolerant all over!!

There are literally hundreds more. Go to Craigslist. Have fun. And ask yourself who the astroturfers are. Michelle Malkin may have an answer for you. Also find more at Looking At The Left. Or RedState diarist Charlie. Ed Morrissey has a great report here. And of course, RedState’s Jeff Emanuel.

Oh. One more thing. Don’t let’s forget the biggest astroturfer of them all.

Yeah. #iamthemob.

*yeah. Working America. That’s the AFL-CIO.

UPDATE: So Who Is Paying? Guess.

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