Conservatives on Twitter are witnessing 2008 redux—ahead of the presidential election that year, Leftists used the flag button on Blogspot to falsely accuse anti-Obama bloggers of SPAM. That year, the flaggers hit blogs on both the Right and in the Clinton camp on the Left.
This happened to a blog I wrote then—the subject wasn’t even politics. I blogged about writing and wrote about a character assassination of a conservative writer by high profile Leftist media.
My blog was restored after several days, but that experience is one reason I pay to host this site at Squarespace. I no longer use Blogspot for any writing.
Now the same thing is happening again.
Leftists get together and decide to have some fun by falsely reporting conservatives are spamming on Twitter. The flagged users haven’t, as far as I can tell, broken any terms of service.
This is a tactic some Leftists use to squelch voices of those they disagree with.
Newsbusters, Michelle Malkin, Shane Wright and Ben Howe are on top of the Twitter campaign, but this behavior is typical of the Left. After all, that camp has tried for years to return the Fairness Doctrine.
In 2008 the founder of Daily Kos, a blog associated with almost every high profile Democrat you can name through the annual Netroots conference, declared war on the Right. Kos publicly announced an intent, “to break the conservative movement’s backs and crush their spirits.” Kos also vowed to “destroy their most beloved leaders.”
Newsbusters, via The Washington Times, reported the latest suspension:
“[T]he account of Chris Loesch, the husband of Tea Party leader and conservative writer Dana Loesch, was suspended by Twitter management due to what observers believe was foul play by liberal users of the website that don't like the couple's politics…”
Twitchy called it “an assault on conservative Twitter users” who are being sent to “Twitmo.”
Politico and other media reported the 2008 assault on blogs.
I keep telling conservatives we are sorely outdone when it comes to media infrastructure. And I keep seeing proof I’m right. This is a political war and the sooner we realize it and come up with a plan, the better off our side of the aisle will be.
Are false flaggers breaking the Twitter Terms of Service agreement? Hopefully, Twitter will respond accordingly if that’s the case.
The Twitter War evokes 2008, not a good year for the Right.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 29, 2012)
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