Earlier this year I wrote a bit on how the GOP was creating fake campaign sites for their opponents, but that money donated via these sites would go to the GOP candidates. It was nothing short of lying, but the GOP didn’t seem to care.
That trend now continues. The Republicans are making fake news sites to trash their political rivals:
The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.
The NRCC has created about two dozen of these new faux news sites targeting Democrats, both challengers and incumbents, and is promoting them across the country with localized Google search ads.
The NRCC’s single-page sites are designed to appear to be a local news portal, with logos like “North County Update” or “Central Valley Update.” The articles begin in the impartial voice of a political fact-checking site, hoping to lure in readers. “We’ll take a look at her record and let you decide,” starts one. Then they gradually morph into more biting language. At the very bottom, in a box, is the disclaimer that the NRCC paid for the site.
What do you do if you’re the communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee? You need to find some way to reference these tactics without calling them blatant attempts at deception. How about “new and effective ways to disseminate information?” Yeah, that’s the ticket.
“This is a new and effective way to disseminate information to voters who are interested in learning the truth about these Democratic candidates,” said Andrea Bozek, communications director for the NRCC.
The URL that appears in the ad is www.electionupdate2014.com and the text says “Find Out More About John Barrow. We’ll Provide The Facts: You Decide.” Once a person lands on the page, the banner at the top reads “Augusta Update” (a city in Barrow’s district) and the article begins, “Today, we’re reviewing Barrow’s record to see if his campaign rhetoric matches his record.”
The rest of the site is less charitable: “That kind of record doesn’t sound like someone who puts Georgia first. It sounds like someone who has put President Obama ahead of his constituents.”
Pretty sure the commandment read “Don’t bear false witness, unless it gets you what you want.” If not, that’s clearly what god meant.
Josh Schwerin, a spokesman for the DCCC, still criticized the approach. “House Republicans’ campaign strategy to overcome their own historic unpopularity is to resort to deception—again,” he said.
Bozek’s response? “They’re just jealous,” she said, “that they didn’t think of this strategy first.”
Yeah, they’re jealous, not morally disgusted and aggravated at the difficulty of beating cheaters while continuing to play fair. Any thinking person can see that if a group will do everything in their power to deceive you in order to get elected, they’re probably not going to be too keen on telling the truth once they’re in power. The GOP knows who makes up their voting base though.