Happy Monday, everyone! Time for some farm-fresh ratfuckery from the National Republican Senatorial Committee!
The NRSC has created a new website to win friends and raise the bar for respectful political debate ::snort:: sorry, couldn’t keep a straight face while typing that. The URL for the site is demsplanforamerica.com, and when you visit, you find… get this… a blank web page.
Har de har har, sure showed those Demoncraps!
It’s certainly their right to behave in as juvenile and ugly a manner as they choose.
However, their edgy social media strategy for the website launch is a ratfuck too far. In order to draw attention to their clever new site, this is how they promoted it on Twitter.
To those not Twitter-savvy, allow me to explain what you’re seeing here. The prefix RT in front of a message stands for re-tweet. It is used in Twitter etiquette to indicate that the message that follows is being forwarded by you to your followers for their edification.
So when the NRSC types “RT @BarackObama”, they are indicating that everything that follows is a tweet sent BY Barack Obama.
In other words, the NRSC is willfully misrepresenting the official communications of the President and leading Senate Democrats by creating fake RTs.
I hear you saying, but that’s unethical! Yep. And that is sleazy! Also, yep. That ought to be against the rules of Twitter! Sadly, nope. Friend of this blog Karoli, for example, is currently being bombarded with fake RTs by a deranged Twitter user, and has taken as many steps as she can to sever any ties from the nutjob in question, but said nutjob will not be stopped by Twitter. (I too have been targeted by the same nutjob because I RTed information about the nutjob’s Twitter defamation campaign against Karoli.)
Senator John Cornyn is the head of the NRSC, and so any conduct by that organization reflects directly on him as its leader. No one at his office will comment on anything related to the NRSC, not even to the hypothetical question,
“Does Senator Cornyn believe it would be acceptable for others to impersonate him on Twitter and create fake RTs that put words in his mouth without his knowledge?”
They referred me to Brian Walsh at the NRSC, and I have left a message seeking his comment. I’ll update this post when I hear back from him with his response (hope he calls back soon, because I can’t hold my breath much longer).
Meanwhile, and while waiting, I’ll kill some time by visualizing what Twitter would look like if the NRSC declares this to be a fair, ethical and completely defensible social media strategy. Follow me after the fold for the kind of free-wheeling, devil-may-care, all-in-good-fun tweets that are okey-dokey with Senator John Cornyn.
The NRSC: employing the social media strategy of deranged internet trolls since 2011.
Cornyn’s DC office number is 202-224-2934.
And the NRSC can be reached at 202-675-6000.