Audience Plants, Shills, and Astroturf

The word astroturf, when used as a verb, means the use of paid activists, audience plants, shills, and suspiciously enthusiastic crowds for the purpose of creating the illusion in the news media that the general ("grass roots") public is in favor of some political candidate, proposed law, or new government program.  The TV cameras always seem to be in exactly the right place to capture the enthusiasm, and the crowds go home as soon as the cameras are gone.  Soon after the election of President Trump, violent protests in the streets were fairly common, and it turned out that many of the externally agitated rock-throwers were being paid to riot.  Much more on that topic can be found here.  It is important to note that noisy shills and well-placed "random" audience members are used exclusively by the political left.  Republicans and Tea Party people occasionally have "photo op" events, but I'm unaware of any occasions where the crowds were expanded with hired extras.

Before I get in any trouble, I should point out that AstroTurf, with a capital T, is a registered trademark.  It is an artificial grass product that was popularized in the 1960's at the Houston Astrodome.  At the time, the construction of a domed football stadium was a major engineering feat; but with the football field indoors, it was impossible to grow adequately fluffy grass — even in Houston, where the whole city feels like a greenhouse.  Thus the artificial turf was another modern miracle, years ahead of moon landings and ubiquitous little computers.

Astroturf overview:

Top 10 Astroturfers.  The whole point of astroturf is to try to convince you there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not.  The language of astroturfers and propagandists includes trademark inflammatory terms such as:  anti, nutty, quack, crank, pseudo-science, debunking, conspiracy theory, deniers and junk science.  Sometimes astroturfers claim to "debunk myths" that aren't myths at all.  They declare debates over that aren't over.  They claim that "everybody agrees" when everyone doesn't agree.  They aim to make you think you're an outlier when you're not.  Astroturfers and propagandists tend to attack and controversialize the news organizations, personalities and people surrounding an issue rather than sticking to the facts.  They try to censor and silence topics and speakers rather than engage them.

Astroturfing: what is it and why does it matter?  Astroturfing is the attempt to create an impression of widespread grassroots support for a policy, individual, or product, where little such support exists.  Multiple online identities and fake pressure groups are used to mislead the public into believing that the position of the astroturfer is the commonly held view.  Although usually associated with the internet, the practice has been widespread ever since newspaper editors first invented the letters page.  Pick up any local paper around the time of an election and you will find multiple letters from "concerned residents of X" objecting to the disastrous policies of Y.

Astroturf: How Fake Grassroots Movements Manipulate the Media.  Former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson recently led a TED Talk at the University of Nevada — Reno about how astroturf, or fake grassroots, movements are actually funded by political and corporate special interest groups and are manipulating and distorting media messages.  "Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion by making it seem as if you're an outlier — when you're not," said Attkisson.  "Hallmarks of astroturf and propaganda include use of inflammatory language such as quack, crank, nutty, pseudo, paranoid and conspiracy."

Astroturf.  refers to apparently grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or public relations firms.  Campaigns & Elections magazine defines astroturf as a "grassroots program that involves the instant manufacturing of public support for a point of view in which either uninformed activists are recruited or means of deception are used to recruit them."  Journalist William Greider has coined his own term to describe corporate grassroots organizing.  He calls it "democracy for hire."

Gun control astroturf:

Parkland Kids:  The Return of the Grieving Activist.  According to many gun-control advocates, 18-year-olds are too immature to handle guns — but are mature enough to advise us on gun policy.  Thus we're told we must "listen to the voices" of the young Parkland shooting survivors.  Not only that, we're not to question or oppose them because they're young, they're survivors and, by golly, because it's absolutely devastating to the anti-gun agenda!  There's something truly reprehensible about this situation, and it's not conservatives criticizing the positions of activist Parkland students such as David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.  It's that liberals are using the students as human props and human shields, letting them throw the punches and then condemning the assailed if they dare defend themselves.

On Today's Despicable Misuse of Children.  Today [3/14/2018] students were excused from classrooms all across America to participate in demonstrations in favor of firearms bans of one sort or another.  These were anything but spontaneous actions organized by children.  Rather, the anti-gun demonstrations were condoned, if not sponsored, by school administrations that are almost universally liberal.  And the teachers' unions played a part too.

The Right Needs To Learn From The Left's Astroturfing Of The Parkland Survivors.  In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, something amazing happened.  Unlike other mass shootings, which cause a flurry of calls for gun control that usually fizzle out in a week or so, this one resulted in a sustained conversation and some sort-of tangible damage to the NRA.  The change came because many of the Stoneman Douglas High School students who survived the shooting became organized — attending rallies, tweeting, and appearing on major networks — to call for gun control.  Or so we thought.  About two weeks after what was reported as a movement by the students, forensic science specialist David Hines discovered that the whole "movement" was actually a coordinated plan from the Left.  Within two days of the shooting, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., was helping the kids; teacher's unions, groups associated with Michael Bloomberg, and people connected to the Women's March were all assisting in securing funding and promotion.  Planned Parenthood, George Clooney, and Oprah Winfrey all donated money to the effort.

Here's What Your Children Are Learning Today.  After that terrible massacre in Florida, we were subjected to that awful CNN Townhall meeting castigating Senator Marco Rubio and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.  We learned later, thanks to the great reporting by real journalists who exist only online, that CNN had provided the questions that the students asked of conservatives; The students were bused to the event by teachers' unions that also organized the national school walkout which the mainstream media reported was the work of a surviving student.  The entire so-called student reaction to the massacre was professionalized and sponsored by liberals groups such as and Soros funded foundations.

Farrakhan-Linked Group to Lead National School Walkout March 14 Against Guns.  An anti-Trump organization linked to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is leading the "National School Walkout" on March 14, in which millions of children will be instructed to demonstrate against guns.  The "Women's March" organization, which conducted nationwide "pink [...] hat" protests the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration last year, is leading the National School Walkout in coordination with the national Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

An Open Letter to David Hogg.  Who is David Hogg and why should we care?  He seems to think he is now a policy expert and can arrange for his thoughts and opinions to be taken seriously.  How many times have you heard him on CNN or MSNBC slandering those who disagree with him or heard him say "I am not going to allow".  My first thought is who [...] does he think he is.  The son of a supposed FBI agent father and a VIP mother who works for CNN (his own words) what makes him any more expert just because he was in the building next to where the shooting occurred?  His condescending attitude and his inability to see past the myopic preening group that are his handlers is self serving.  His present course will allow him to move forward in his future plans as either a journalist of politician, another progressive leftists that can lie easily and do nothing more than push the Alinsky principles forward.  He is the perfect "victim" he can say and demean anyone he likes and lie about facts and can do it with impunity because he can always fall back on being a "victim".  Any who call out his lies or his demeaning of others will be set upon by the socialists who are cheering him on.

Why Did It Take Two Weeks To Discover Parkland Students' Astroturfing?  It's been a recurring theme of the coverage of the Parkland school shooting: the remarkable effectiveness of the high school students who created a gun control organization in the wake of the massacre.  In seemingly no time, the magical kids had organized events ranging from a national march to a mass school walkout, and they'd brought in a million dollars in donations from Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney.  The Miami Herald credited their success to the school's stellar debate program.  The Wall Street Journal said it was because they were born online, and organizing was instinctive.  On February 28, BuzzFeed came out with the actual story:  Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee, a teacher's union organizing the buses that got the kids there, Michael Bloomberg's groups and the Women's March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded Planned Parenthood.

How did kids from Parkland 'magically' form a gun control movement in just 2 weeks?  They had lots of help.  Democrats famously never let a good crisis go to waste.  The pro-gun control movement seemingly organized by students in the wake of last month's school shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school has grown at rapid pace with the push from a wide network of activist organizations, millionaire donors, Democratic politicians, and public relations firms.

Hogging the Gun Control Limelight.  I am so sick of David Hogg, the pompadorable Parkland school shooting "survivor" and media-darling gun control activist. [...] Seriously, I haven't seen such a wall of protection around a teenager since that bubble boy from the '70s.  My problem with Hogg isn't even about guns per se.  I'm totally a Second Amendment advocate, but it's never been my go-to issue.  During my days as a GOP organizer, I'd meet guys who were so into their guns, they'd carry photos of their arsenal in their wallet, like pictures of children.  And I gotta confess, those dudes creeped me out.  Mind you, I support their right to be creepy, but it's just not my scene.  My beef with David Hogg, aside from the fact that he's become the American Muhammad in terms of "ridicule is verboten," is that he exemplifies everything I despise about the "postmillennial" generation.  Having grown up in a culture that worships victimhood, Hogg is playing the survivor role with such gusto that, were Elie Wiesel still alive, he'd be green with envy.

As if anyone cares...
David Hogg Vows Not to Return to School Until Lawmakers Pass Gun Control.  Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg says he will not return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School until more gun control is passed.  Hogg made the comments Sunday during a gun control rally held at Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston, New Jersey.  The New York Daily News reports that Hogg said, "I'm not going back to school on Wednesday until one bill is passed."  He did not specify which law he wants most, only that he is not going back until at least one law garners the support of lawmakers.

The Editor says...
So what?  If he drops out of school, he'll be perfectly suited for a career in broadcasting, politics, or "community organizing."

Activist David Hogg Praises Fellow Teen's Extreme Gun Control Proposals.  In case you didn't know, the teen members of Future Social Justice Warriors of America want your boomsticks, and they want them now.  At the forefront of their movement is David Hogg, a survivor of the Stoneman school shooting.  Little Dave has been all over the airwaves as of late, bashing NRA "child murderers" and excoriating gun owners for not supporting "common sense" gun control. [...] Bad news, my fellow reloaders.  You can say bye-bye to that $1500 Dillon press you just bought if these kiddos get their way.  Though, I have yet to see a single mass shooter pictured at a reloading bench, trimming and priming 5.56 cases for his upcoming trip to the schoolhouse.  I guess these kids have something against recycling.

Teen Parkland survivor David Hogg calls for Spring Break boycott of Florida until gun laws change.  One of the teen survivors of the Florida school shooting suggested Saturday [2/24/2018] that tourists stay away from the state until gun control measures are enacted.

The Editor says...
Whaaaat?  There are no gun-control laws in Florida?

The Truth About David Hogg & His Family & US Govt Sacrifice Of Its Own In School Shooting For Agenda.  We're supposed to believe Kevin Hogg, a former FBI agent and part-time school teacher, and Rebecca Boldrick a school teacher have the money to have multiple million dollar homes in Florida, the money to organize anti-gun rallies across the country, and jet set David Hogg around the nation to organize anti-gun protests.  Sorry, but it just is not believable, the funds have to be coming from an outside entity.

Wow The David Hogg kid is calling on people to boycott companies because they are Republican.  Activist David Hogg, who blames President Trump for the Florida school shooting is still not blaming the FBI for their failure to stop the massacre.

Stephanopoulos Tees Up Hogg to Smear Dana Loesch and NRA.  In what seemed like an effort for them to have their own NRA smear-fest similar to CNN's, ABC's This Week hosted both NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and anti-gun Parkland student David Hogg.  And as would be expected, Loesch owned host George Stephanopoulos because of his profound ignorance on guns and his leftist politics.  When the schooling was over, he turned to Hogg and let him smear gun rights advocates.  Hogg was brought on after the interview with Loesch and from the get-go, Stephanopoulos was enthralled with his baseless smear campaign.

IDIOCY. Sheer. Unvarnished. Idiocy.  Just when you thought the gun-grabbing Left couldn't debase themselves further, the Democrat-aligned "Moms Demand Action" — an astroturf-laden front group aligned with Michael Bloomberg — fell chin-deep into the swamp today [11/14/2015].  With a couple of ill-timed tweets (e.g., "This is how AK-47s get to Paris"), this mentally disturbed group appears to believe that Islamist terrorists, who destroyed the World Trade Center with airplanes and bombed London and Madrid, would obey gun control laws.  No word on what they want to do with suicide belts.

Know Your Enemy: The Shape of Antigun Astroturf, May 2015.  We continue to add to the map of Freedom's enemies.  There are over 350 nodes on the new map, and every one of them a proven, if not sworn, enemy of firearms freedom.

Hillary Clinton's use of astroturf:

IG report: State Department spent $630,000 to increase Facebook 'likes'.  The State Department spent over $630,000 to increase Facebook "likes" for four of its pages on the social-networking site, according to an inspector general's report.  The efforts, which involved advertising initiatives between 2011 and March 2013, increased the fan numbers for each page from about 100,000 to more than 2 million, the report said.  But employees complained that the agency was "buying fans," according to the inspector general.

The high price of Astroturf:
Hillary Clinton's State Department Spent $630,000 on Facebook.  Only two percent of the people who "liked" the Facebook pages shared or commented on the items.  The program faced problems when Facebook changed its approach to news feeds, making the campaign less viable.  Instead, the bureau now pays for sponsored ads to keep content visible.

State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook 'likes'.  State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook "likes," prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was "buying fans" in social media, the agency's inspector general says.  The department's Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its "likes" count between 2011 and March 2013.  "Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as 'buying fans' who may have once clicked on an ad or 'liked' a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further," the inspector general reported.

Hillary caught staging pathetic rally in Ohio.  Hillary's campaign passed out signs and instructed audience members on how to cheer.  [Video clip]

How left-wing groups and the DNC arrange astroturf agitation at Trump events for Hillary's benefit.  One of the open questions here, and key to any legal issue, is whether the campaign itself is coordinating with the Super PACs who are allegedly involved in these activities.  Campaigns are strictly barred by law from contact with PACs; maybe there's more to come about that in the next videos, but for now it's clear at least that there's some chain of command to all of this and that the DNC is involved in some astroturfing.

'Republican' promising to cross party lines in Hillary ad actually long-time Dem donor.  It must have made Hillary feel so warm and fuzzy inside to hear that her compatriots were producing an ad utilizing a Republican who couldn't stand Trump. [...] Of course, just like every other thing she's ever done, she's wrong about this.  Because it turned out her golden boy is actually nothing more than a RINO who has been giving thousands away to Democrats for the last 12 years.

Remember that 'Republican Woman for Clinton'? She's a healthcare lobbyist married to a Clinton operative.  Sometimes our media can be so incurious.  After Jennifer Pierotti Lim spoke at the Democratic convention last month, the New York Times interviewed her, describing her only as "the founder of the volunteer group Republican Women for Hillary."  Cosmo and the Huffington Post, to their credit, mentioned Lim's employer:  the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  None of these publications, in their positive profiles of the Clinton backer, mentioned her occupation:  Lobbyist.  A lobbyist for the largest lobbying entity in the country gets on stage to praise a presidential candidate, and her job is basically omitted from descriptions of her.  That seems odd.

Media Photoshops Crowd Image For Hillary Clinton St.  Petersburg, Florida Speech.  Remember the discussions of "optics" and trying to manufacture the perception of support for Hillary Clinton?  It's all a pretense; a fraud; a corporate media ruse.  Well, a great example comes today from "The Hill", an on-line media outlet promoting the speech of candidate Clinton.

Just like antimatter, there is such a thing as anti-astroturf:
Anti-Trump forces in Maine try to suppress attendance at rally.  Some liberal Maine residents are trying to ensure empty seats at a Donald Trump rally in Portland Thursday [8/4/2016] by registering for tickets online without any intention of attending the event.  Chris Schorr, a Portland resident, is urging Trump opponents to obtain tickets from the campaign's web site "to keep attendance low, and also to show Trump that his disgusting brand of bigoted and ignorant politics has no place in Portland or in Maine."

DNC Advertises For People To Hold Signs And Cheer At Convention.  [Scroll down]  The alleged empty seats are being caused by anti-Hillary factions being forcibly removed from the convention hall.  You know, the very same convention the Mainstream Media keeps repeating is so much more unified than the Republican Convention held last week.

Immigration and Astroturf.  What if all isn't as it seems?  What if the reality you found is completely false and contradictory to the reality you are told exists?  The stories that now predominate the news headlines in America are not actually news at all.  What passes for the news today is nothing more than carefully constructed narratives created by unseen special interests designed to manipulate your opinion while pushing an artificial agenda.  This is the essence of what veteran investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson defines as astroturf.  Attkisson explains that astroturf disguises itself as being legitimate while in actuality it's not as astroturf is a "perversion of grassroots by corporations, special interests and political interests of all stripes exploiting the media and the internet to try and convince you [that] there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not."

9-Year Old Asks Hillary About Gender Pay Equity at Town Hall.  It's a pity that no regular American (a descriptor which automatically excludes 95 percent of all "professional journalists") can get close enough to Granny Catlady to ask her a serious question.  Instead, she's fielding carefully lobbed softballs from the likes of 9-year old Red Diaper Baby: [...] Heaven forbid that the Godmother of ISIS field a serious question, say, like why she lobbied for an invasion of Libya, leading to the rise of ISIS and the little matter of 20,000 "lost" missile launchers.

Hillary Clinton Offers Herself As Dinner Date Prize In TOTALLY RIGGED Sweepstakes.  After raising $45 million in the last few months by hobnobbing with hedge fund managers and wealthy elites, Hillary Clinton's newest fundraising gambit is to obtain cash by offering to eat with some specially-plucked member of the hoi polloi.  The carefully-worded language of the sweepstakes ensures that not just any old rabble can win, though.

Campaign staff drove 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop — including health care 'lobbyist in training'.  Hillary Clinton's astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa.  Her Tuesday morning [5/19/2015] visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton.  Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city.  Price then drove them to the coffee house to meet Clinton after vetting them for about a half-hour.

You won't believe Hillary Clinton's spin on avoiding the press.  With Hillary Clinton rapidly approaching a month since she answered a question from a reporter, her allies are working to push back on the idea that she is ducking the press. [...] The vast majority of the people who have asked Clinton questions in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada were part of a pre-selected group who sat with her around a roundtable.  That's not exactly like hosting a town hall event in which none of the questions are pre-screened.  And if you look at the questions "regular" people are asking Clinton, they are not exactly the most probing of queries.

Mia Love Obliterates Hillary Clinton With the Stroke of a Pen.  In related Hillary news, the would-be empress held a "listening tour" on a college campus in Iowa (which means no one was allowed to ask her questions and students were actually locked in their buildings to prevent Hill from breathing the same air as the riff-raff).  Oh, and Hillary's 'unscripted' coffee shop sit-down with 'ordinary' Americans turned out to be just as phony as a jetsetter worth $200 million engaging in class warfare.

The plastic candidate with the AstroTurf campaign.  First, there was the video. The 2:19 clip hit all the touchstones:  There were blacks and whites and Hispanics and chubbies and skinnies and gays and straights and men and women (and men with men and women with women).  The quick-cut flurry sought to portray the people in the video as simply Clinton fans whom the filmmaker had skillfully tracked down and captured in off-the-cuff adoration.  But they were nothing of the kind. Instead, they were campaign volunteers for Hillary's last run, or Democratic donors.  All were approached by Team Clinton and asked to appear in the video.  And all were given scripts with exactly what to say for the seemingly "candid" video.

Clinton aide admits they screen 'everyday Americans' for Hillary's campaign events.  A Hillary Clinton campaign official explained on Monday why her presidential advisers have brought pre-screened partisans to some events promoted as an opportunity for the former secretary of state to meet with 'everyday Americans.'  Just steps away in a Keene, New Hampshire bakery, a few run-of-the-mill people decided they didn't want to be seen with her.

Campaign staff drove 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop.  Hillary Clinton's astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa.  Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton.  Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city.  Price then drove them to the coffee house to meet Clinton after vetting them for about a half-hour.

Hillary's 'everyday Americans': Democrat state campaign manager and a Martin O'Malley supporter.  Three more of Hillary Clinton's 'everyday Americans' have been revealed to have strong links to the Democrat party — including one who could be set to support a rival bid for the White House.  Julie Stauch and married couple Sean Bagniewski and Vidhya Reddy all appear in on the video announcing Clinton's 2016 bid.  They are part of a diverse group of people — from young mothers and people preparing for retirement, to Spanish-speaking brothers preparing to start a business and an Asian-American college graduate looking for her first job — chosen to show aspirational citizens as Clinton looks to speak to to wide demographic of voters.

Hillary's scripted campaign events using pre-arranged shills and audience plants:

Wikileaks: Hillary Clinton Had Gun Control Supporters Planted In Town Hall Audience.  One of the emails contained in the Wikileaks' Podesta email release shows that Hillary Clinton had gun control supporters planted in a town hall audience in Manchester, New Hampshire.  The town hall occurred on October 5, 2015; just four days after a man opened fire on Umpqua Community College campus in Oregon.

Still like protests at a presidential rally, Democrats?  Paid hecklers interrupted Donald Trump rally after rally this spring.  I counted 20 times at a rally in Kansas City in March, which was carried live on C-Span.  Now Club Clinton faces protests about President Clinton's histpory of raping women, and getting away with it just like Hillary got away with violating national security laws with her server and deleted emails.

Did the Media Just Fall Hook, Line, and Sinker for a Clinton Campaign Stunt? At a Clinton rally in Pennsylvania, a 15-year-old girl spoke from the heart about how Donald Trump's bullying made her concerned about her peers.  "At my school, body image is a really big issue for girls my age," Brennan Leach said.  "I see with my own eyes the damage Donald Trump does when he talks about women and how they look."  It was a concern that had been amplified days earlier by Trump's renewed attacks on model Alicia Machado, who Trump allegedly called "Miss Piggy" after she gained weight.  Clinton couldn't have asked for a better question, and she even said as much ("Thank you!" she shouted at Leach).  With such a perfect moment came of course a flood of media coverage.  But was it perhaps a little too perfect?  Buried deep in The New York Times story on the moment are a few tidbits that sound the faintest of alarms.

Hillary Caught Using Child Actor At Pennsylvania Town Hall.  At a Hillary Clinton town hall yesterday [10/4/2016] in Haverford, Pennsylvania, a 15 year old girl was supposedly "chosen at random" to ask a question of the former Secretary of State.  But, the well-scripted performance raised some suspicion with a YouTuber named Spanglevision who decided to dig a little deeper.  And, wouldn't you know it, the "random" participant was none other than child actor, Brennan Leach, whose father just happens to be Pennsylvania democratic State Senator Daylin Leach.  Oh, and in case it wasn't obvious, Daylin supports Hillary for president...

Gee, what a coincidence on the trail with Clinton.  At a campaign forum in the [Donnellson, Iowa] fire station, a caucus site come Jan. 3, Clinton happened to be asked about her religious faith.  Practicing Methodist, she responded, adding, "I'm often asked if I'm a praying person, and I am a praying person.  My father prayed at his bedside every night and we prayed at the table over dinner."  Then, someone pointed out that Clinton's childhood Sunday-school teacher, Rosalie Bentzinger, from her Park Ridge, Ill., days, happened to be right there in the very same Iowa fire station at that same moment.  Can you believe it?  The Sunday-school teacher stood up.  Clinton rushed over.  They hugged.

Clinton staff admits planting question on college student.  A Grinnell College student says an aide for Hillary Rodham Clinton gave her a prepared question to ask the presidential candidate during a forum this week in central Iowa.  Clinton staffers acknowledge the incident but claim Clinton did not know the question had been issued when the senator called on the student during a question and answer session with the audience.

The Editor says...
I find it hard to believe that Mrs. Clinton didn't know all about it in advance, especially since it happened more than once.  Keep reading...

New 'Hill Shill' Questions.  Hillary Rodham Clinton faced more embarrassing disclosures yesterday [11/10/2007] about her staff's aggressive efforts to script her campaign appearances, as a second person came forward to claim Clinton's staff tried to use him to plant a question at a campaign event.

Is Clinton campaign too scripted?  At a campaign stop in Newton, Iowa, last week, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton peered out at the crowd of 250 people and called on a 19-year-old college student, who posed a friendly question about global warming.  The Clinton campaign insists that the New York senator chose the student at random.  If so, it turned out to be a fortuitous pick.

Hill Shill Spills All.  An Iowa college student pulled back the curtain on Hillary Rodham Clinton's stage-managed campaign stops — claiming the candidate seemed to know to call on her for a canned question at a cooked-up event that was passed off as spontaneous.  Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, 19, said a Clinton staffer waved her off the question she first wanted to ask — then produced a binder with a series of questions she could ask.  The binder, she said, had about eight questions.

Memo to Clinton staffers:  Trust your candidate or find a new one.  Does the Clinton campaign really need to twist a college kid's arm to ask Clinton a question about climate change at a climate change event? … Why would the Clinton campaign do it, especially since getting caught is so embarrassing?  Because the culture of control in presidential campaigning has gotten way out of control.

Student describes how she became a Clinton plant.  The college student who was told what question to ask at one of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign events said "voters have the right to know what happened" and she wasn't the only one who was planted.  In an exclusive on-camera interview with CNN, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, said giving anyone specific questions to ask is "dishonest," and the whole incident has given her a negative outlook on politics.

Hillary Clinton:  I'm So Glad You Asked!  America's trust in the Clintons suffered a horrible blow last week, when it was discovered that Hillary Clinton's campaign staff had planted the "spontaneous" questions being asked by audience members at an Iowa campaign event.  "They were canned," Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff (a Grinnell College student attending the performance) said of the questions that Clinton took.  In a remarkable coincidence, Clinton's answers seemed quite polished — almost prepared, really.

Clinton Aides Prompted Queries at Events.  At two campaign events in Iowa this year, aides to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged audience members to ask her specific questions, a tactic that drew criticism from an opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination and led her yesterday [11/11/2007] to promise that it would not happen again.  Mrs. Clinton, speaking to reporters in Iowa, said she was unaware that her aides had ever planted questions.

The Editor asks...
Did she promise not to do it, or never to get caught again?  And really, how much is a promise worth when it comes from Bill or Hillary Clinton?

Interview with the shill

with the unwilling audience plant.

"Diamond v. Pearl" Student Blasts CNN.  Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred "diamonds or pearls" at last night's debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.  "Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN," Luisa writes. … "For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance."

Clinton aides plant student's question.  Under the pressures of major media coverage, with polls narrowing in Iowa, campaigns can potentially control questions and coverage by planning questions ahead of time.  While no campaigns admit to this practice, at a recent Hillary Clinton campaign event in Newton, Iowa, some of the questions posed to the New York Senator were planned in advance, planting some audience members in the crowd.

So Who Was Asking Questions At That Debate?  A couple bloggers have looked into the questioners at last week's Democratic debate, and found more than a few of them have formal, professional ties to the Democratic party.  One, in fact, was political director of the Arkansas Democratic Party. … In the aftermath of the controversy over "planted" questions at Hillary events, one might think CNN would want to keep an eye on this sort of thing.

Clinton, CNN and Fall out from the Debate.  Hillary Clinton's performance at the Las Vegas debate has been overshadowed by charges of planted questions, a planted audience, and curious behavior by CNN that seemed to favor Clinton over other candidates.

Vote for Me.  I'm a Sock Puppet.  You may have seen that some Hillary Clinton "sock puppets" were recently outed on a New Hampshire blog, to the campaign's great embarrassment.  A sock puppet, for those of who you aren't immersed in blog culture, is what they call someone who pretends to be commenting as a regular voter but who is in fact posting propaganda.

Hillary's "Iron My Shirt" Protester Was Yet Another Plant.  Today at a whistle stop in Salem, New Hampshire, an alleged protester raised a sign saying "Iron My Shirt" while hollering the same idiotic slogan.  I do not know anybody in the men's movement who would resort to this level of idiocy.  I do, however, know a few individuals hitting the whistle stops with truly intelligent questions, all of whom have been hustled away literally before they could finish the question.  The way Hillary handled the situation was too smooth and prepared to be a legitimate protest.  Having worked in the entertainment business previously, I know a plant when I see one.

Obamacare astroturf:

Affordable Care Act 'success story' at State of the Union needed extra help to sign up.  A few weeks ago, Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) invited a guest to President Obama's State of the Union address:  Lorita Katherine Waltz, a 49-year-old nurse from Prince George's County who the congresswoman considers an Affordable Care Act "success story."  But Waltz's family did not become enrolled in a new insurance plan until Tuesday — the day of the president's address — after weeks of trying and only with help from state leaders.

The Only Man in America Who Successfully Signed Up for Obamacare Just Happens to be an Obama Volunteer.  Meet Chad Henderson.  He's the only man in America to have successfully signed up for Obamacare.  He's an instant media celebrity. [...] Never believe in coincidences.  Not when we have a PR presidency at work.  It turns out Henderson's knowledge of OFA was not the result of his astuteness or political acumen.  According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a current OFA volunteer.  Maybe those many media outlets who spoke with him will make note of this seemingly relevant fact.

Obamacare Poster Boy Chad Henderson and His Dad Haven't Signed Up for Obamacare, Says His Father.  Chad Henderson is the media's poster boy for Obamacare.  Reporters struggled this week to find individuals who said they had been able to enroll in one of the law's 36 federally run health-insurance exchanges.  That changed yesterday, when they found Henderson, a 21-year-old student and part-time child-care worker who lives in Georgia and says that he successfully enrolled himself and his father Bill in insurance plans via the online exchange administered at  But in an exclusive phone interview this morning [10/4/2013] with Reason, Chad's father Bill contradicted virtually every major detail of the story the media can't get enough of.

Poster boy for Obamacare website launch is a ringer.  What's a leftist to do when a cherished program fails embarrassingly?  Of course, create a phantom success, and publicize it relentlessly.  And that is exactly what has happened with the disastrous launch of and the assorted state websites intended to enroll people in Obamacare.  Obamacare found its poster boy for "success" in one Chad Henderson, who claims to have successfully enrolled where others have encountered nothing but frustration. [...] In fact, as it turns out, Chad has a long history as an Obama activist.

Media's Favorite Obamacare Enrollee Did Not Actually Sign Up for Plan.  Eager to find someone — anyone — who had successfully managed to enroll in a plan through the website, both local and national media outlets flocked to the story of 21-year-old Chad Henderson who claimed to have enrolled in the federal exchange.  He just so happens to be a volunteer for Organizing for Action, the nonprofit outgrowth of the president's campaign apparatus.  And now, his father, Bill Henderson, just so happens to be contradicting his claims.

FEC Records Confirm Obamacare Signup Poster Boy Donated $1,000 to Obama.  21 year old Chad Henderson has rocketed to fame over the past few days as the only known person to have successfully signed up for Obamacare.  The mainstream media has trumpeted his story at every opportunity.  As it turns out, much of his story may not be true.  At the very least, it is incomplete.

Confirmation of Paid Democrat Trolls?  On Thursday, Democrat tool Chad Henderson claimed to have enrolled in ObamaCare while most others' attempts failed.  News organizations eagerly lapped up his story.  Apparently, though, the story was "too good to check," because when someone finally did, it fell apart, discrediting Big Media, the Democrats, and ObamaCare.  Conservative and libertarian websites now are reporting the corrected story, and even some Big Media outlets reluctantly are reporting it.  But almost as devastating to the left is Mr. Henderson's confession that he is being paid to post pro-Democrat propaganda on the internet. [...] He claims to be employed as a "Volunteer at Organizing for America."

What a coincidence: Single ObamaCare success story is [an] OFA volunteer.  Allahpundit told the story yesterday about how our intrepid national media searched high and low in this nation of 330 million people to find someone, anyone who could figure out how to actually buy coverage through the ObamaCare exchanges.  After putting out an SOS, the Washington Post finally found Chad Henderson, and so did the Wall Street Journal, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, the Huffington Post, and even "POLITICO!", as Henderson himself announced later yesterday [10/3/2013].

Astroturf: Media's Obamacare Poster Boy is OFA Volunteer.  "Surprise:  Media's Obamacare health insurance exchange poster boy is OFA volunteer" — that's Organizing for Action, spun-off from the Obama presidential campaign, as spotted by Twitchy: [...]

Earlier astroturf:

Immigration and Astroturf.  What if all isn't as it seems?  What if the reality you found is completely false and contradictory to the reality you are told exists?  The stories that now predominate the news headlines in America are not actually news at all.  What passes for the news today is nothing more than carefully constructed narratives created by unseen special interests designed to manipulate your opinion while pushing an artificial agenda.  This is the essence of what veteran investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson defines as astroturf.  Attkisson explains that astroturf disguises itself as being legitimate while in actuality it's not as astroturf is a "perversion of grassroots by corporations, special interests and political interests of all stripes exploiting the media and the internet to try and convince you [that] there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not."

The Artificial Outrage of Paid Protestors and Rent-A-Mobs.  Every day on the news there are stories of well-organized protests.  I report from the California State Capitol which almost daily is ground zero for some group protesting a grievance.  As a political journalist, I am skeptical of most protests.  It does not matter if the protestors are wearing hard hats and orange vests and stand all day in front of an office building under construction, or a prominent restaurant feigning outrage showcasing a giant inflatable rat to passersby. [...] While every citizen is entitled to his or her own voice for a cause, the professional paid protesters who appear at protests all across the state and even across national borders are mercenaries.

GOP Debate's Islamic-Advocate Questioner Also Is A Bernie Sanders Supporter.  The Islamic advocate and fashion-blogger invited by Google and Fox to question the GOP's 2016 candidates at the Jan. 28 debate is also a supporter of far-left 2016 candidate, Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  Nabela Noor tweeted a picture of herself wearing a red Sanders sweatshirt on Jan. 16.

Audience Member at Dem Town Hall Appears to Admit CNN Wrote His Question.  One audience member named Brett Rosenberg began to ask a question to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton but initially misspoke.  "Secretary Sanders ... Clinton ... Sorry," Rosenberg began.  "That's okay," Clinton responded.  The audience laughed at the mistake while Rosenberg said with an embarrassed smile, "I can see why they gave you this question.  I just wanted to know which of our previous presidents has inspired you most and why."  Rosenberg's comment appeared to suggest that his question was prepared by someone else and fed to him to ask rather than his own original question.  CNN and the Democratic Iowa Party were the two organizations directly involved with holding and organizing the event.

Inside the Garden of Political Town Hall Plants.  On Thursday, CNN will host a town hall with President Obama as part of his "final-year push to make gun control part of his legacy."  In addition to sitting down with liberal anchor Anderson Cooper, the network says Obama will "take questions from the audience."  Uh-oh.  Get out your best pruning shears and trowels.  In an age of micromanaged partisan stagecraft and left-wing media enablers, there is no such thing as a spontaneous question.  CNN has a long history of allowing political plants to flourish in its public forums.

DC Media and Black Lives Matter Collaborate to Disrupt Trump Events.  The entire DC Media Complex is sending out a loud and clear message:  If you disrupt these campaign events, we promise to make Trump rallies look like Nazi gatherings.  Think about how perfectly what happened Monday night in Las Vegas fits with the Narrative Trap the media is currently attempting to set for Trump.  Just one day after the New York Times compared Trump supporters to Nazis, at last night's rally, a so-called "Trump supporter" yelled "Sieg Heil!" as a Black Lives Matter protester was hauled away by security.

Breitbart: Nazi-Saluting Trump Rallygoer 'Was Probably A Left-Wing Plant'.  Breitbart editor-at-large John Nolte opined Tuesday [12/15/2015] that the Trump rally attendee who shouted "Sieg Heil" at a #BlackLiveMatter protester was probably not an actual Donald Trump supporter, but a leftist infiltrator.

New Hillary Ad: '44 Boys Is Too Many' in White House.  Hillary Clinton released an ad this morning featuring girls saying there have been too many boys in the White House.  "It has been ridiculous that there has never been a female president before," one of the girls says, reading from a letter that she wrote to Clinton.  "Forty-four boys is too many," writes another.  The Clinton camp used this as the title of the ad.  "It will be hard work to be a grandma and president," another girl says.  "I know you can do it."

The Editor says...
Anyone who thinks these girls wrote letters to Hillary Clinton is obviously unaware of the meaning of astroturf, in a political context.  Are we to believe that every one of these little girls wrote spontaneously to Mrs. Clinton, because they're all so interested in the outcome of the next election, and even though some of the letters are apparently written with crayons, there's not one misspelled word in any of them?  Hillary Clinton thinks you're stupid, and Hillary Clinton hopes the emotional appeal of a group of precocious little girls will pull just one more undecided (and gullible) female voter over to her side.

Top 10 Astroturfers.  The whole point of astroturf is to try to convince you there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not.  The language of astroturfers and propagandists includes trademark inflammatory terms such as:  anti, nutty, quack, crank, pseudo-science, debunking, conspiracy theory, deniers and junk science.  Sometimes astroturfers claim to "debunk myths" that aren't myths at all.  They declare debates over that aren't over.  They claim that "everybody agrees" when everyone doesn't agree.  They aim to make you think you're an outlier when you're not.  Astroturfers and propagandists tend to attack and controversialize the news organizations, personalities and people surrounding an issue rather than sticking to the facts.  They try to censor and silence topics and speakers rather than engage them.

The Hit Job on Fox News.  Sixty veterans signing a much publicized "Open Letter to Fox News" — yet the signers were mysteriously never identified beyond the military branch in which they served.  No wonder.  I have been through the list of sixty, and it is filled with Obama campaign workers, one ex-Obama White House aide, liberal activists, Democratic Party congressional candidates, Democratic Party state legislators, and more.

White House Writes NFL Players' Pro-Obamacare Tweets.  Obamacare got a boost from current and former National Football League players on Super Bowl Sunday after the White House sent suggested language for laudatory tweets to a representative of the league's players union. [...] The Ravens received a $130,000 contract from Maryland Health Connection, the state's Obamacare exchange, last year to promote Obamacare.  The NFL decided to forego an agreement with officials in charge of the Obamacare rollout.

Obama Allegedly Wrote 'Tea Baggers' in Handwritten Letter.  According to a report in The New York Post, President Barack Obama allegedly responded to a letter he received from a Texas school teacher who was concerned about the negative impact the Affordable Care Act may have on the president's political position by referring to conservative Americans as "tea baggers."  "This bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment," wrote Thomas Ritter, a fifth-grade teacher at Sally B. Elliott Elementary in Irving, Texas.  "The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed."

The Editor says...
Once again, here is an astonishingly articulate 5th grader with a remarkably good vocabulary writing a "spontaneous" letter of support to the President.  How charming — except the letter is probably a fabrication, and a mechanism to get Obama's handwritten opinion into the newspapers.

EPA 'Public Listening Session' Turns Into Sierra Club Talking Session.  Usually the speakers [at a public hearing] are an eclectic mix of industry representatives, activists, academics, students, and even religious leaders.  Although the EPA hearing yielded the same mix of speakers, this time I noticed they were all wearing green Sierra Club "Climate Action Now" shirts.  The reason for this, I would later learn, was that the Sierra Club had mobilized hundreds of activists, transported them via bus (I presume of the fossil-fuel powered kind), prepped their testimonies the night before, and completely dominated the morning speaker slots.

In political messaging wars, White House deploys a Twitter army.  Besieged by unflattering stories about the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare program, the White House saw a news report that it wanted to swiftly knock down. [...] White House officials quickly began firing off a barrage of tweets on Twitter, which has become one of the administration's most potent and relied-upon weapons in trying to shape public opinion and media reports.

Obamacare "Success Story" Is Democratic Progressive Politician, Pictured With Obama In 2008.  Michael Cadigan has a lovely story, trumpeted after the initial Obamacare roll out and beamed around the country, including on the site of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi where she is pushing "success stories".  He allegedly signed up himself and his employees in his law firm in 15 minutes on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange and supposedly saved a [sic] $1000 on their prior plans.

55 percent of Obama's Twitter followers are fake.  An incredibly high percentage of President Obama's Twitter followers are fake, while the opposite is true for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.  According to the Twitter analytics application, Status People, 55 percent of President Obama's 36,802,378 Twitter followers — or approximately 20,240,107 followers — are fake.  A 'fake follower,' according to Status People, is a spam account following the user.

IG report: State Department spent $630,000 to increase Facebook 'likes'.  The State Department spent over $630,000 to increase Facebook "likes" for four of its pages on the social-networking site, according to an inspector general's report.  The efforts, which involved advertising initiatives between 2011 and March 2013, increased the fan numbers for each page from about 100,000 to more than 2 million, the report said.  But employees complained that the agency was "buying fans," according to the inspector general.

The high price of Astroturf:
Hillary Clinton's State Department Spent $630,000 on Facebook.  Only two percent of the people who "liked" the Facebook pages shared or commented on the items.  The program faced problems when Facebook changed its approach to news feeds, making the campaign less viable.  Instead, the bureau now pays for sponsored ads to keep content visible.

State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook 'likes'.  State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook "likes," prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was "buying fans" in social media, the agency's inspector general says.  The department's Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its "likes" count between 2011 and March 2013.  "Many in the bureau criticize the advertising campaigns as 'buying fans' who may have once clicked on an ad or 'liked' a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further," the inspector general reported.

Did Union Democrats Stage a Fake Fight at Ohio Romney Rally?  [Scroll down]  First off, Al Neal claimed he was from Canton, but a search of voter records shows that there is no one by that name in Canton or anywhere else in Stark County.  In fact, he is a union organizer from Arizona. [...] And finally, what about [Richard] Brysacz himself?  He told the reporter that he was from Parma.  He is registered to vote where he claims he is, and he appears to be as very active voter indeed.  As a Democrat.

Allen West Attacked by AstroTurf Leftist Organization.  The continued assault on Congressman Allen West by the progressive/Democrat establishment has taken a new twist as a mysterious group is now soliciting prospective protesters online and paying them for their "protesting" services.

Organizer admits to paying 'Occupy DC' protesters.  A liberal organizer told the Daily Caller on Thursday afternoon that he paid some Hispanics to attend "Occupy DC" protests happening in the nation's capital.  TheDC attended the protest event, an expansion of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement that began in New York City.  Some aspects of the protest, it turned out, are more Astroturf than grassroots.

NYT redefines Astroturf.  Comparing the Tea Party movement with the Occupy Wall Street protests is like comparing patriotism with communism.  Arrests at a Tea Party rally?  Heaven forfend.  On Saturday alone, New York police had to arrest 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters.  One movement came from the people.  The other is a union/socialist worker front that even has a New York City firm working its public relations.  Naturally, the opinion writers at the New York Times got it morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positely, absolutely, undeniably and reliably wrong.

Union Astroturf Pretends Like Tea Partiers to Attack GOP.  These protests have been organized by Obama's supporters in government unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the AFL-CIO as well as far left NGOs such as, Campaign for America's Future and others. ... There is no parallel at all between these fake, astroturfed protests funded by Democrat operatives and union thugs and the spontaneous protests peopled by real voters that occurred in 2009, gatherings that eventually became the full-blown Tea Party movement.

2 ex-Dem leaders charged in fake tea party scheme.  Two former high-ranking members of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing various election corruption charges in a bogus tea party scheme, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and County Sheriff Michael Bouchard announced Wednesday [3/16/2011]. ... They face charges related to Independent Tea Party filings, false affidavits and forged documents that occurred between July 23 and July 26 last year.

Democrats Rally Their Own Activists.  Supporters of President Obama formerly signed up as members of "Obama for America" received an email today [8/9/2009] from Mitch Stewart, the director of the group's current incarnation, Organizing for America, to show up at town halls and congressional offices as a counter to the protestors against the president's health care reform push.

Democrats' Fear Is Showing on Health Care.  The Democratic Party is panicking, lashing out like a cornered animal, all because its effort to take over the health care industry is coming apart like so much wet toilet paper.  Nancy Pelosi, who will get her own bound volume in the annals of asininity, has outdone herself.  When asked by a reporter whether the protests at various town hall meetings represented legitimate grassroots opposition or were manufactured "Astroturf" stunts, she replied, "I think they're Astroturf.  You be the judge.  They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on health care."

Left begins smear campaign against Town Hall protests.  The first thing you have to understand is that it is impossible, according to the left, for conservatives to have a legitimate protest.  Only liberals have "authentic" grass roots so the idea of the right demonstrating against anything — in their lights — is a political trick.  We are a "Brooks Brothers Brigade" or, "radicals" or "mobs."  The demonstrations at Town Hall meetings on health care reform are "astroturfing" — planned and paid for by insurance industry lobbyists.

'Grassroots' vs. 'Astroturf': A Pitched Battle Over Health Care.  Is the Astroturf always greener on the other side?  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has characterized outspoken protests at town hall meetings on health care as "astroturf" — or disingenuous grassroots organization by conservative opponents of the legislation.  But President Obama is now calling on his online network of supporters, Organizing for America (OFA), to get involved in the debate.

Grassroots vs. Astroturf.  Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the White House have called opposition to Democratic health care plans "Astroturf," while organizing their own "authentic" pro-Obamacare rallies at the same time.  But there's one important question I have, checking out these protest photos from Denver... If opponents of Obamacare are Astroturf, then how come all of their signs are homemade, with all sorts of different shapes and sizes and colors and stuff...

Astroturfers offered $10-15 an hour to demonstrate for Dems.  After I recovered from my outrage over the false accusations of town hall astroturfing by Obama opponents,  I became a bit optimistic.  Now that the Dems have introduced the term themselves, it opens the door to serious examination of their own deep background in astroturfing.

The high price of Astroturf...
Wanted: Obama healthcare reform volunteers willing to be paid $15 an hour.  It seems that, despite all the media attention lavished on e-mail appeals to his political supporters, not everyone pushing for President Obama's embattled healthcare reforms these warm August days is an idealistic volunteer in it for the sake of helping move the country forward and gaining medical attention for millions of uncovered Americans.

Coral Gables healthcare rally turns rowdy.  A rally called to support a public healthcare option outside Sen. Bill Nelson's Coral Gables office quickly turned into a cross-street chanting and shouting match Thursday afternoon [8/13/2009] between about 250 backers and opponents.  The rally, organized by the liberal, generated the latest in a string of heated and emotional public exchanges about healthcare reform, after opponents of the measures working their way through Congress also showed up.
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CBS Describes Democrats as 'Orchestrating' Pro-Obama Town Hall in Montana.  On Friday's [8/14/2009] broadcast network evening newscasts, the CBS Evening News uniquely noted that Democrats in Montana had "orchestrated" a friendly environment for President Obama at a Montana town hall event as many Democrats arrived early to secure tickets.  After CBS correspondent Chip Reid filed a report in which he relayed that "this crowd was on [Obama's] side," and that "the questions were mostly softballs," Reid brought up "orchestration" as one of the reasons for a friendly crowd:  "So why wasn't there more anger in here?  For one thing, after accusing Republicans of orchestrating their protests, Democrats did some orchestrating of their own, getting in line early in large numbers and snatching up most of the tickets."

Introducing the Tenth Amendment.  In the era of Obama's imperial presidency, with ever accumulating and unaccountable Czars, explosive debt, bank bailouts, corporate takeovers, Congressional redistricting, tax increases, a lack of any perceptible restraint on the judiciary, the sad reality is dawning on many if not finally on most that we live in a post-constitutional nation  The volume and emotion of the protests comes both from a sincere anger and panic but also from the frustration of an inarticulate and uninformed citizenry that feels what it doesn't know.  People may cry "liberty!" and "hands off" but don't have the education and intellectual ammunition to make a solid case.

Obama and the Upchuck Factor.  [Scroll down]  This is the first time that the American middle class has taken to the streets in living memory. ... All of a sudden average middle-class Americans are organizing Tea Parties and street protests.  The old politics of the liberal "teach-in" has been replaced by the new politics of the town-hall "shout-in."  Liberals are beside themselves with rage.  They are recounting how their parents lost their jobs during the McCarthy period, and telling each other that opposition to the president's program is all about racism.

Another Even Vaster Right Wing Conspiracy.  The vast right wing conspiracy of 2009 has exactly the same purpose it had in 1993 and 1994:  to destroy the Democrat's plan to socialize America's health care system.

Slipping into quicksand:  [Scroll down]  But something funny happened on the way to far-left governance:  The American people began to reject what was about to be inflicted on them.  The Democrats did not anticipate that their constituents might like a say in how they were being governed.  (That whole "government for, by, and of the people" is so 18th-century.)  Mr. Obama has been particularly perplexed by the revolt against his ideas, for two main reasons:  First, he (like the rest of his party) misread November's election results as a mandate to impose a far-left agenda without debate.

Marine Corps Vet Blasts Dem Congressman.  On August 5, Congressman Brian Baird (D-Wash.) likened recent town hall meeting protesters to Nazis:  "What we're seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics.  I mean that very seriously."  On Tuesday [8/23/2009], at such a political gathering in Vancouver, a Marine Corps veteran named David William Hedrick blasted the Congressman for this disgraceful depiction.

Astroturf Liberals vs. Grassroots Conservatives.  Watch this video and notice the difference between the professionally printed "official" pro-ObamaCare signs and the homemade unofficial anti-ObamaCare signs.

Vocal minority greet Howard Dean at town hall.  Groups backing President Obama's healthcare overhaul filled the 2,700-seat gymnasium where Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) held his healthcare town hall with more than enough supporters to drown out a small but vocal minority of opponents.  Organizing for America and Change that Works turned out supporters, handed out signs, gathered signatures and turned the town hall meeting into something that resembled a campaign rally.

The Editor says...
Unions are, I suspect, a major source of "astroturf".  All these people have to do is show up — the signs (and sometimes T-shirts) are provided, and no doubt they will be told when to applaud.  It is unfortunate that public opinion — and eventually the fate of this country — might be determined by which side shouts the loudest.

Astroturf Video:  MoveOn Activists At An ObamaCare Rally.

Liberal Group Caught Teaching People to Silence Health Care Protesters.  An organizer from the left-wing group Health Care for America Now was recently caught on tape training town hall attendees on how to silence anybody speaking out against reform.

I Saw Astroturf Grow.  [Scroll down]  True to her word, Representative Sue Myrick stayed for four and a half hours (until 11:00 p.m.) all three nights to hear everyone out.  That was too late for the people with the professionally made signs (the actual "Astroturf").  Most of them went home much earlier, while the conservatives kept the heat on to the very end.  That's the kind of passion you must sustain to prevent the government from killing the golden goose of healthcare.

Skeptics Surprise in Skokie.  If Rep. Jan Schakowsky hoped to use Monday night's [8/31/2009] town hall meeting as a pep rally for the "public option," she failed.  It wasn't for lack of trying.  Her staff arrived more than three hours before the event, with boxes of literature and a marked-up version of H.R. 3200 for their boss to use as a prop during the meeting.  The HCAN crowd arrived soon afterwards with their manufactured signs and rolls of stickers.  As the line grew outside the high school, HCAN organizers began handing out signs to sneak into the auditorium, and instructing supporters to block opposing views from being heard in the meeting or seen by the cameras.

The revolt against the elite.  The revolt keeps growing, from tea parties to angry town hall meetings across the country, an uprising against the attempts of an elite to force on us an all-powerful State, about as welcome as grandma's cod-liver oil.

Obama vs. The People.  While the official Republican leadership sat in the corner, information flew back and forth between bloggers, activists and talk show hosts and the result was an authentic grass roots movement.  "The Mobs" that panicked Democratic politicians and their media press corps decry represent the one thing that a phony grass roots movement like the Obama campaign fear the most... being confronted with an authentic grass roots movement.

Boren says Congress should push for removal of unconfirmed "czars".  U.S. Rep. Dan Boren said Congress should use the power of the purse to push the Obama administration to remove so-called czars that do not go through a confirmation process.  Responding to questions during a telephonic town hall, the Oklahoma Democrat said he was glad Van Jones, who resigned over the weekend as controversy continued to build over past statements, has left his post.

Much more has been said about Van Jones, if you're interested.

Was Democrats' Health Care Strategy Written In Federal Prison?  [Scroll down slowly]  A friend and I took turns filming protesters on both sides of the issue.  We caught an organizer from the group Health Care for America Now (HCAN) instructing followers to block dissenting views:  "So if they stand up and start asking questions, and you're in that area, simply stand up, and start chanting... 'Health care now!  Health care now!'"


This is What Astroturf Looks Like.  Note the identical, professionally printed, color-coordinated yellow and black signs.  This is what Astroturf — fake grass roots — looks like.  The signs use the same colors as the International ANSWER signs that are ubiquitous at far-left rallies here in the U.S., but carry no identifier.

Proof That Some People are Being Paid to Show up at Town Halls.  Caleb Howe, from, has uncovered evidence of people being paid to get involved in the health care debate.  At last, we have evidence that some of the protesters are truly astroturf.  Unfortunately for Obama and the Democrats, the evidence shows that people are being paid to support ObamaCare, not protest against it.

Astroturfing:  Obama plans to flood conservative talk radio with liberal talking points.  Organizing for America, the powerful activist organization with some 13 million email addresses that grew out of the Obama campaign, has launched a new website ... The purpose of the website is supply the President's supporters with liberal talking points on health care reform.

Dem Astroturfing Campaign Targets Conservative Talk Radio.  Organizing for America — the campaign arm of the Obama administration — is rolling out the astroturf in an effort to get liberal voices heard on the nation's most popular (i.e. conservative) talk radio shows.  The campaign is called "On the Air."

Obama Calling In The Stoopids.  Liberals always insist that Republicans just recite conservative talking points.  Organizing For America are actually issuing them, and the stoopids will be reciting (as best they can...).

Meet Another One of Harry Reid's 'Rent-a-Thugs': Edward 'Eddie' Gering.  When thousands of peaceful, Tea Party protestors came to Harry Reid's hometown of Searchlight, Nev. last Saturday [3/27/2010], you would have thought that the favorite son of this hardscrabble, mining town would garner tons of local support.  Not so.  Members of IBEW Local 357 were called to action to agitate the crowd and, as we've previously shown, to hurl eggs at the busses carrying them.

Video — The Egg Man Of Seachlight, Nevada.  When we first reported that Harry Reid Supporters threw eggs at the Tea Party Express bus, some on the left tried to blame Andrew Breitbart, claiming that it never happened, or that if it did, Breitbart probably threw the eggs himself to make the Reid supporters look bad.  Too bad for them there is video.  In this clip, a Reid supporting union man is busted egg handed!

Tea Party Bus Driver Positively IDs Egg Throwing Culprit.  Yesterday [4/5/2010] on Big Government, Levi Russel, the communications director of the Tea Party Express posted an update about the status of the police investigation into who threw eggs at the Tea Party Express bus in Searchlight, Nevada.

Is President Obama Using Executive Powers To Organize Protests?  Earlier, we posted about the links between Andy Stern's SEIU and a group called National People's Action (NPA).  NPA, together with SEIU and the AFL-CIO, is organizing a series of angry marches against Wall Street and capitalism.  NPA is a very dangerous and radical group that isn't shy about its radical philosophy. ... President Obama is very close with NPA board member, John McKnight.  Mr. McKnight also sits on the board of the Gamaliel foundation where President Obama worked as a community organizer.

The Media's Untold Story of Astroturf:  Corporate Sponsored Environmentalism.  It's the American way, right?  It is patriotic to exercise the 1st Amendment by petitioning the government for a redress of grievances — unless of course your effort has a tie to some corporation or lobbying interest.  Then regardless of its size, it's phony baloney Astroturf activism.

DNC, Obama Now Astroturfing Talk Radio.  The shameless media manipulators at the DNC have a new campaign designed to promote Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.  As with previous campaigns, the "Kagan for Justice Action Center" is run via a special website set up by Organizing for America.  It encourages people to write letters to the editors of newspapers nationwide (And we can presume that, as before, local newspapers will publish DNC talking points without realizing it).

Liberals plan astroturf version of Tea Party town-halls.  Democrats and unions are planning to stock town hall meetings with their people, to attack Republicans who voted for spending cuts.  I believe Democrats are operating under the assumption that American political life is roughly symmetrical — which it isn't.  The basic idea is to replicate the Tea Party summer of 2009, but the article shows that there are a few differences right from the outset.

Democrats Fear Differing Views, Call For Ugly, Un-American Astroturf Campaign.  Fox News reports that "Democratic lawmakers and their liberal supporters are trying to ignite a storm of protest at town hall meetings being held by Republicans during the current congressional recess that they hope will give them momentum going into the 2012 presidential election season."

Alinsky Rules Return For Obama.  The hippie horde attempting to mob and "occupy" Wall Street this week has a method to its madness.  It's all about getting President Obama re-elected by employing classic Alinskyite tactics. ... To some, it may be a stretch to see the hand of the Obama political machine in what is claimed to be a grass-roots effort.  But the facts on the ground point to it.  For one thing, the organizers of these protests are the same ones who got Obama elected in 2008.

Organized labor expected to join Wall Street protest.  Organized labor will serve notice today on the bankers and the politicians that the young protesters of Occupy Wall Street speak for millions.  Tens of thousands of transit and city workers, teachers, and maintenance and hospital workers are expected to march to Zuccotti Park late today [10/5/2011] in a show of solidarity.

Florida Dems Can't Find Voters to Protest Allen West, so They Hire Some.  Repeatedly and across the country we see unions, Democrats, and other far left groups planning rallies and protest marches but finding that they simply can't put bodies in the streets to make all the effort worthwhile.  They just don't really have the support of the common man, the folks in the streets, to carry off these protest marches and rallies.  But these out of the mainstream groups do have a solution to this problem:  the rent-a-protester.

New Obama Jobs Program: Pay Anti-Romney Protesters.  President Obama's latest job-creation gimmick is a self-serving one:  Obama allies are reportedly paying protesters to stake out Mitt Romney's rallies.  Two Michigan protesters said that they were getting paid to do that arduous work.  They're clearly not unionized — one protester claimed she was getting paid $7.25 per hour, while another man said he was being paid $17 per hour.

Dems bring in crowds by the busload to fill stadium for Obama speech.  College students from across North Carolina will arrive in Charlotte by the busload.  Same with members of predominantly black churches in neighboring South Carolina.  Their goal: help fill a 74,000-seat outdoor stadium to capacity when President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination Thursday night.

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Allow me to translate media-speak to English:  "Predominantly black church" means "100% black church."

Be sure to wear your brown shirt.
Obama to Bus In People for NRA Protest in Albany — Is This Even Legal?  The Obama campaign is going to bus people in for a protest in Albany.  The campaign put a post up on its website advertising the event.

Being a pro-choice "grassroots" activist pays a decent wage.  The special session got announced by Gov. Rick Perry on the 26th; this ad went up three days later, and just two days before a swarm of "volunteers" arrived at the capitol building today. [...] The employment comes from the ironically-named Grassroots Campaigns, which stages these demonstrations on behalf of client organizations like Planned Parenthood Federation of America, MoveOn, and the Democratic National Committee, among others.  There's nothing much that's "grassroots" about this; GCI's clients comprise most of the professional progressive non-profit community, as the list at Wikipedia demonstrates.

The Real Story Behind Those Austin Craigslist Ads.  Several people on Twitter have noted Craigslist ads which seem designed to hire people in connection with the protests taking place in Austin, TX[,] this week.  It turns out these ads are part of an ongoing Planned Parenthood campaign, not a response to last week's filibuster.

Trayvon Attorney Crump Denies Connection To Astroturf 'Dream Defenders'.  Trayvon Martin's family's attorneys, Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks appear to have connections to an Astroturf activist group that led protests, marches and other civil disobedience that forced the removal of Sanford, Florida's police chief, the arrest of George Zimmerman and even led chants calling for nationwide protests after the "not guilty" verdict was announced in criminal case.

Video Proof: Media Fall For Hoax Racism At Pro-Zimmerman Rally.  Sunday's "Justice-For-Trayvon" march held by the New Black Panther Party was attended by a woman holding a sign reading:  "Racist and Proud."  Several media outlets incorrectly identified the woman as a "George Zimmerman supporter," and the story took off, providing the left with supposed evidence of racism among those who believe Zimmerman was not guilty.  However, an interview with Breitbart News at the Houston rally itself proved that she was an anti-Zimmerman demonstrator attempting to use sarcasm to prove her point.

Democrats Pay Union Members To Protest World War II Vets.  Yesterday [10/1/2013] the administration looked awful when it "closed" and barricaded the World War II memorial on the Mall.  The memorial is, by its nature, open.  There is nothing to close.  And the administration knows that every day, tour groups consisting of WWII vets, now mostly in their late 80s or early 90s, come to Washington to visit the memorial.  So the administration couldn't resist closing the WWII memorial by putting up barricades, as part of their effort to dramatize how terrible the government "shutdown" is.

McDonald's Employee Admits Being Paid $15 to Protest WW2 Veterans.  [Scroll down]  After about an hour, about 20 protesters arrived on the scene chanting "Boehner, get us back to work" and claiming they were federal employees furloughed because of the shutdown.  In the video below these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers.  No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim.

SF Protesters to Obama: Please Be a Dictator!.  When Obama's motorcade rocketed around San Francisco on Monday, very few locals even noticed his presence, and fewer still cared. [...] Yet even with the small turnout, there was a theme amongst Obama's protesters/supporters:  They didn't want him to change his political agenda — instead, they demanded that he assume dictatorial powers so that he could finally implement the radical plans with which they already agree.  The message of the day was:  Stop dilly-dallying around, Mr. President:  Ignore the Constitution and just make The Revolution happen, as you promised!  That message would be disturbing enough all on its own, but it becomes much more disturbing when you suspect (as I do) that many of these pro-totalitarian protesters were astroturfed.

Union Member Admits Being Paid To Protest Against Walmart On Video.  On Black Friday [11/29/2013], leftists organized a nationwide protests at several Walmart locations in order to try to extort union dues from the supermarket chain's vast employee pool.  Ostensibly, they were advocating for higher wages, but among the long list of the demands was their true intent — to unionize the nation's largest employe, second only to the federal government.  Wal-mart haters have a long history of pushing lengthy demands onto the retail chain.

Who was standing behind Obama today? White House won't say.  Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. [...] But [with one exception] Obama never said who those people were, and, unlike other events, the White House did not release their names or biographies.  A spokesman later said the White House would not provide the information.  A pool report called the group "19 individuals whom the White House said benefited from health care reform."  Beyond that, their connection to Obamacare remains unknown.

More than 60% of comments on Obamacare Facebook page over two years came from fewer than 100 people.  More than 60 percent of comments on Obamacare's Facebook page have come from fewer than 100 people, a report has revealed.  The site has amassed 226,838 posts since September 2012 — a significant number that has boosted the page in search engines.  But an investigation by the Washington Times has found 136,103 of those were left by a small collection of Facebook users — many of whom have at least three profiles.

Now We Know:  Those 'Spontaneous' Anti-Trump Airport Protests Weren't Spontaneous At All.  There was always something fishy about the outbreak of "spontaneous" protests at airports around the country in the immediate wake of President Trump's executive order pausing visas and refugees from terror-prone countries.  Not that you'd suspect anything from the way they were covered.  Nearly every story published over that weekend stated without equivocation that the protests were an unplanned and visceral reaction to Trump's executive order. [...] But these protests weren't spontaneous at all.  They were, in fact, the result of months of careful planning by hard-core left-wing activist groups.

These Are the Groups Behind Those 'Spontaneous' Anti-Trump-Ban Protests.  News reports and TV broadcasts about the week's protests described the events as "spontaneous protests" mounted in response to the Trump administration's travel and immigration executive order.  But to Make the Road New York, and the groups like it across the country, there was nothing "spontaneous" about it.  As some observers and activists were quick to point out, these grassroots and professional organizers had been waiting and planning for this type of mass, direct action — ready-made to go viral on social media — ever since, well, Nov. 9.  From the moment Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the general election, they've been anticipating and mapping out their battle plans for Trump's orders on deportations, bans, and detention.

Obama PACs Bus Protesters To GOP Town Halls.  Political action committees that fundraised for President Barrack Obama during the 2012 presidential election, bused protesters to Republican town hall events nationwide earlier in February, according to a Sunday [2/12/2017] report from The Washington Post.  Democrats nationwide continue to search for ways to oppose President Donald Trump after the 2016 election, and they are digging deep into funding from years ago.  An unnamed pro-Obama super PAC organized protests at several town halls, going so far as busing protesters outside the member's districts.  Since super PACS were legalized in the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, this marks the first time that money raised to elect one president was used to undermine another.

Today's Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America's Cult-Like Education System.  Rather than acting as individuals who exercise rational thought, participants in these mobs act more like atomized parts of manufactured hives.  They have been deployed at the drop of a hat — at airports, town halls, campuses — no doubt to create the illusion of mass resistance to a duly elected president and his administration.  Such mobs are also aggressively pre-packing and swarming town halls of GOP members of Congress in solidly GOP districts.  To what purpose?  The professed hope, as stated by founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party of the USA Carl Dix as well as Princeton University professor Cornel West, who are founders of the Soros-funded group, is to mobilize "tens of millions" of resisters into the streets to bring down the Trump administration.

Who is behind the "Coffee Party"?

The transparently biased national news media act as if the "Coffee Party" is the brainchild of an ordinary housewife.  As it turns out, there is a lot of money and political clout behind this astroturf movement.

Don't drink the liberal Coffee Party Kool-aid.  Of course, the Coffee Party itself denies any connection with George Soros or his Open Society Institute.  Yet, many other progressive and liberal footprints can be seen leading to and from the java drinkers.  One has to be suspicious when the liberal main line media suddenly falls in love and promotes a new organization like the Coffee Party.  That was certainly not the case with the Tea Party.

NY Times, Washington Post Hide Phony 'Coffee Party' Astroturf Roots.  What product works best for hiding artificial roots?  Printer's ink, of course!  For more information, check recent copies of The Washington Post and The New York Times, both of which portrayed 41-year-old Annabel Park as a concerned citizen from Virginia who became the accidental founder of a new grass-roots liberal political group, Coffee Party USA.

The Coffee Party Con:  The new and much-publicized Coffee Party movement sports a fairy-tale narrative about a spontaneous uprising of concerned Americans appalled at the Tea Parties and determined to restore civility. ... No thanks to the liberal media, we know that its founder, Annabel Park, is an Obama-supporter, filmmaker (she made one for the Obama campaign), and former New York Times strategy analyst.  In other words, she's a progressive activist.

Coffee Party 'founder' in Astroturf hole, keeps digging.  Annabel Park, the purported creator of the Coffee Party movement does damage control with the help of CNN, claiming that her movement, aided by Soros-funded organizations and planned at RootsCamp, a left wing organizing workshop held at the teachers union NEA Headquarters, is actually a spontaneous, self-organizing movement.

Somewhat related...
Astroturf:  On Heels of Failed 'Coffee Party,' It's 'The Other 95%'.  [Marco] Ceglie's latest project is something called "The Other 95%," which he touts as an activist group to counter the acceleration and rise of the tea party movement. ... It is an interesting angle Ceglie is promoting, to be sure, but no more interesting than the timing of the group's sudden coming out.  The group seems to be a scrambled effort to make up for the failure of the watered-down and bitter "Coffee Party," a previous effort of another group of pro-Obama liberal activists to counter the tea parties.  The Coffee Party received unwarranted accolades and interest from the left-leaning mainstream media as it was founded, but the group quickly fizzled out.

Decaffeinated Coffee Party Convention Fizzles Out to Almost No Media Acclaim.  Remember all the media hoopla earlier this year surrounding the birth of the liberal alternative to the Tea Party called the Coffee Party which was founded by former Obama political operative, Annabel Park?  Well, despite all the promotion of the Coffee Party by the MSM, it has pretty much fizzled out.  The extent of its slide into complete insignificance can be measured by the fact that its national convention in Louisville, KY this past weekend registered almost no media coverage.

Note to national media: 'The Coffee Party' is a non-entity not worth covering.  When you consider that the 'Coffee Party' is a reactionary progressive movement founded by a former New York Times employee and Obama campaigner, it doesn't exactly ooze grassroots credibility does it? ... Despite doing their best to publicize the Coffee Party, even the more liberal organs in the national media couldn't pretend for very long that the Coffee Party was a serious force.

The Coffee Party Con Continues.  Remember the Coffee Party, the purportedly spontaneous groundswell of purportedly sensible Americans sickened by the purported extremism of the purportedly astroturfed tea parties?  That was the narrative created around the movement sparked by former Obama campaign filmmaker Annabel Park.  Liberal media, who had at first ignored the tea party phenomenon, eagerly gave flattering coverage.  Despite their best efforts, the "movement" failed to catch on.

Schism brews in Coffee Party.  The Coffee Party, which launched last year to mild public curiosity in reaction to the Tea Party wave, has receded from public view — in part because of a schism between its centrist leadership and some left-leaning grassroots.  The movement, co-founded by filmmaker named Annabel Park, was initially seen as a progressive alternative to the Tea Party.  As Newsweek reported of an early meeting, members "were angry. They hated the Tea Party, and the Republican Party.  They wanted to get even."

Our president supports this.  President Obama has endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement.  From President Obama:  "I understand the frustrations being expressed in those protests."  Perhaps he sees this as a means of shifting the blame for his own $4 trillion failure on the economic front.  But in endorsing this movement, he aligns himself once again with evil-doers and pretty dangerous people — younger versions of William Ayers.  From the Blaze:  "American Nazi Party Endorses Occupy Wall Street's 'Courage,' Tells Members to Support Protests and Fight 'Judeo-Capitalist Banksters'."... From Jim Hoft:  "The Communist Party USA also supports the Obama-endorsed Occupy Wall Street Protests."

Barack H. Obama's media manipulation:

President Obama was in the habit of manipulating the news media, and the newspeople were happy to comply.  That is a related topic, covered elsewhere.

Obama's use of audience plants was well known. [1] [2] [3]

President to spend day touting benefits of Obamacare.  The White House will spend the day highlighting individuals who have benefited from Obamacare in an attempt to build up support for his signature legislative achievement.  President Obama will meet today with 10 Americans who have written letters to him thanking him for the new law and sharing their experiences.

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Apparently there is nobody in America — certainly no so-called journalist — who is as skeptical of the Obama White House as I am.  Given the Obama administration's history of audience plants, I'd like to see the history of political activism associated with each of the ten people who spontaneously wrote to Mr. Obama to tell him how great Obamacare is.  It would also be worthwhile to do a forensic analysis of the letters to see if the same person wrote them all.

Just an average, ordinary retooled homemaker... who happens to be a Democratic campaign staffer.  During President Barack Hussein Obama's (D) State of the Union class warfare clarion call Tuesday night, he justified his proposed redistribution policies by describing an average young couple.  As the cameras panned to a long haired woman seated next to Michelle Obama, Obama's voice over told of two young lovebirds who married, were working — he in construction, she waitressing — and then had a baby.  An American success story.  But the husband lost his construction job, the wife took out loans for... yes, community college to retrain for an unmentioned new career and lo and behold! everything fell into place once again.

Woman Showcased by Obama in SOTU is a Former Democratic Campaign Staffer.  The woman whose story of economic recovery was showcased by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address is a former Democratic campaign staffer and has been used by Obama for political events in the past.  Rebekah Erler has been presented by the White House as a woman who was discovered by the president after she wrote to him last March about her economic hardships.  She was showcased in the speech as proof that middle class Americans are coming forward to say that Obama's policies are working.  Unmentioned in the White House bio of Erler is that she is a former Democratic campaign operative, working as a field organizer for Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.).

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Obama Puzzled by Pro-Amnesty Hecklers: 'I Just Took an Action to Change the Law!'.  Obama said he understood why protestors yelled at him in the past, but appeared puzzled that he was still puzzled that he was getting interrupted by protestors.  "Although I disagree with some of your characterizations, it does not make much sense to yell at me right now, when we are making changes," he said as supporters cheered and applauded.

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This appears to be another audience plant.  The young lady doing the yelling is carefully positioned behind the President, carrying a sign that addresses Mr. Obama in the style of a protester.  But this situation is just a little too convenient:  The people seated behind the President are screened and carefully arranged by the President's handlers.  It's hard to imagine that someone could sneak into that area with a protest sign.

NBC Journo: White House May Have Coordinated Ebola Question With Reporter.  NBC's Luke Russert speculated after President Barack Obama's Ebola address that the only question Obama took from reporters was coordinated in advance with the help of White House staff.

Obama choreographed hug with Ebola victim.  President Obama is usually "not interested in photo ops," but apparently he made an exception for Friday's [10/24/2014] good news that Nina Pham, the first Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, is now virus-free.  But according to still photographers on the scene, his hug with Ms. Pham was staged.

Obama heckled during immigration speech.  President Obama was interrupted Thursday evening [10/2/2014] during a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala by a protester heckling him to move sooner on immigration.

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Carefully planted hecklers make Obama appear to be the victim of a personal attack.  Those in whom sympathy is thereby triggered may not even be aware they've been had.

Girl surprises Michelle Obama with unemployed dad's resume.  When 10-year-old Charlotte Bell was invited to the White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," she made sure not to let an opportunity to help her dad pass her by.  During a question-and-answer session with Michelle Obama, Charlotte wasn't interested in asking about the first lady's favorite book or favorite sport — she was there to get her daddy a job.  "My dad's been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his resume," said Charlotte, handing Mrs. Obama a copy.

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Awww... what a charming story!  But as it turns out, the kid was an audience plant.  Keep reading.

Obama Economy: Lobbyists Hardest Hit.  The adorable little girl who presented First Lady Michelle Obama with her long-term-jobless father's résumé Thursday [4/24/2014] may have been carrying on a family tradition of turning political access into opportunity, according to public records.  The girl's dad appears to be a down-on-his-luck lobbyist and Democratic Party factotum.

White House touts 'Fox News addict' who loves ObamaCare.  The White House on Friday [3/28/2014] touted the story of a "staunch Republican" who says he's getting the best coverage he's ever had under ObamaCare.  "I am a staunch Republican, a self-proclaimed Fox News addict, and I didn't vote for the President," Mark Beard, a retired psychologist from North Carolina, wrote in a letter posted on the White House website.  "And I'm here to tell you that ObamaCare works.  I'm living proof."

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This story smells a little fishy.  First of all, anybody who publicly praises the Democrat president's signature achievement isn't "a staunch Republican."  If a "staunch Republican" happened to stumble across a good deal in the Obamacare system, he would probably keep quiet about it rather than playing the role of an Obama stooge.  Someone who is an active Republican voter would have said he voted for Romney, rather that saying passively that he didn't vote for Obama.  Second, I doubt if this person wrote the letter himself:  It sounds like it was written by a White House speech writer.  From the beginning, the promotion and sale of Obamacare has been based on deceptive and misleading propaganda, of which I suspect this is merely the latest example.

Who was standing behind Obama today? White House won't say.  Nineteen people stood behind President Obama on stage in the Executive Office Building Tuesday as the president kicked off a new campaign to promote Obamacare. [...] But [with one exception] Obama never said who those people were, and, unlike other events, the White House did not release their names or biographies.  A spokesman later said the White House would not provide the information.  A pool report called the group "19 individuals whom the White House said benefited from health care reform."  Beyond that, their connection to Obamacare remains unknown.

Townhall Tactic 2013: Why do you want to deport my daddy?  [Scroll down]  The light bulb went on.  It couldn't be coincidence that in two townhalls, almost a thousand miles apart, similar questions were asked within days of each other meant to make the Republican look heartless to some young child for the possible break up of a family due to deportation of an illegal immigrant parent.  Some quick research revealed similar questions were asked at a town hall held by Paul Ryan [...] The Democrats want those 11 million new voters.  And if it means sending young children to townhalls to ask "Why do you want to deport my daddy?," then that's what will be done.  And there will be trackers at every event waiting for a Republican to flub the answer.

IRS official calls decision to use planted question on scandal 'incredibly bad idea'.  The outgoing IRS commissioner expressed regret Tuesday [5/21/2013] for a decision to use a planted question to go public with the agency's practice of targeting conservative groups, calling the move "an incredibly bad idea."

IRS Scandal: Outgoing Chief Says Planted Question His Idea.  In Tuesday's Senate hearings into the ever-widening IRS scandal, outgoing IRS chief, Steve Miller, acknowledged that the planted question that broke the story last week was his idea.  The "planted question" refers to the way in which the IRS chose to release the findings of the Inspector General's report a week ago Friday.

Big Government Loses Control.  Consider how the news broke that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting conservative groups.  The admission by IRS official Lois Lerner came in response to a question from the audience at a low-profile meeting of the tax section of the American Bar Association.  For a week, perplexed reporters quoted her supporters saying she was apolitical and must not have meant to make news this way.  Then reports online cited lawyers who had been at the ABA event saying they saw her consult prepared remarks as she answered the supposedly impromptu question.  On Friday, the acting IRS commissioner confessed to Congress that the question was planted.

Planted question gambit backfires on IRS officials.  It was an unusual way to deliver bad news, even in a town known for its selective leaks, Friday-night news dumps and wag-the-dog distractions.  The Internal Revenue Service, apparently determined to get out ahead of an inspector general report critical of its handling of tax exemptions for Tea Party groups, came up with a plan: Lois Lerner, the official responsible for the tax-exempt division, would publicly apologize in response to a question at the American Bar Association conference in Washington.  Details of the now-infamous planted question emerged Friday [...]

Evidence of Obama Campaign Planting Questions at Cincinnati Speech.  [Scroll down]  This is all explainable if you assume a simple proposition that many have suspected — that the campaign plants audience members in order to ask pre-planned questions.  In this case, someone screwed up, and wrote the speech as if the plant was to be a girl, so after Obama corrects himself awkwardly, he is unable to fix the line at the end of the speech.

Who Are Those People Standing Behind the President?  Obama, like most presidents in the age of television, often gives speeches against a human backdrop.  The people who join him onstage aren't just a collection of regular folks, even when they're billed as such:  They're carefully sourced, selected, and positioned by the White House for maximum messaging impact.

Did Union Democrats Stage a Fake Fight at Ohio Romney Rally?  [Scroll down]  First off, Al Neal claimed he was from Canton, but a search of voter records shows that there is no one by that name in Canton or anywhere else in Stark County.  In fact, he is a union organizer from Arizona. [...] And finally, what about [Richard] Brysacz himself?  He told the reporter that he was from Parma.  He is registered to vote where he claims he is, and he appears to be as very active voter indeed.  As a Democrat.

Welcome to Obamacare Theater.  The White House sure likes to put on a show.  Fresh off its joint stage production with ABC News, the Obama administration broadcast another health care propaganda play this week under the guise of a citizen "town hall."  Chicago consigliere and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett managed the floor and human props for Obama.  In a telling moment as the event kicked off, she protested a wee bit much:  "I want to emphasize that the President has not seen the questions ahead of time."  The audience responded with polite laughter.  But the denials of pre-planning and stacked decks deserve nothing but derisive mockery.

Housing For The Needy Not The Greedy.  In view of latest developments in the Homeless Henrietta Hughes matter, Canada Free Press (CFP) is suggesting "Housing For The Needy Not The Greedy" as a more realistic slogan than "Hope & Change" for President Barack Obama.  Obama's Homeless Woman of Ft. Myers, Florida Stimulus Package Promotion fame is in reality a Real Estate Investor.

White House Says Girl With Campaign Ties Chosen at 'Random' to Speak at Obama Town Hall.  Facing a barrage of questions Wednesday [8/12/2009] over the friendliness of the audience at President Obama's New Hampshire town hall meeting, the White House insisted that all questions were selected at random — including one from an 11-year-old girl whose mother worked as an Obama organizer.

The little girl who talked about mean signs at the Obama town hall.  Like many others I watched the "town hall" meeting in Portsmouth NH with the supposedly randomly selected audience.  The second person "randomly" selected to ask a question was a young girl called Julia Hall from Malden MA (asks question at 29 mins 25 secs into the video).

Obamacare Pep Rally Fact Check.  Any doubts that President Barack Obama's "townhall" in Portsmouth, New Hampshire yesterday [8/11/2009] was a complete farce were dispelled early on when the hand picked crowd broke out in a chant of:  "Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!" at the close of his opening remarks.

Potemkin town halls.  President Obama should be charged with false advertising for calling yesterday's Portsmouth, N.H., event a "town-hall meeting."  It was a staged, partisan campaign rally.  The Portsmouth rally was the first of three such events planned for this week.  If nothing else, it was well-choreographed, if not completely scripted.  The questions posed to the president were all softballs; his answers were mostly platitudes.

The Obama team has been known to use doctors as props on the White House lawn.

Another "audience plant":
Liberal group takes credit for audience member asking Obama to raise taxes.  Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, a campaign by the progressive group The Agenda Project, on Tuesday [9/27/2011] took credit for a member of the audience at a town hall meeting in Silicon Valley on Monday asking President Obama to raise his taxes.  "Will you please raise my taxes?" the man said.  "It kills me to see Congress not supporting the expiration of the tax cuts that have been benefiting so many of us for so long."

Cautionary tale of Google guy who wants Obama tax hike.  Most news reporters reported that [Doug] Edwards is bald, 53, wears glasses and became wealthy by working at Google.  They neglected to disclose another fact, that he is a Democratic campaign donor, an omission that fanned conspiracy theories that reporters are in the tank for Obama.

Was the White House Press Question About Augusta a Plant?  The Augusta National Golf Club is hosting the Masters golf tournament this week, as it has done for decades.  Augusta is a male-only club.  During Thursday's press briefing, a reporter asked Carney whether the president believes Augusta should admit women as members.  The reporter who asked the question is Matt Spetalnick, of Reuters.  His question about Augusta came very early in the briefing, and out of the blue, with no set up.  Spetalnick was the second reporter allowed to ask questions of Carney on Thursday [4/5/2012], the first being the Associate Press' White House correspondent.

CNN Allows Immigration Activist to Pose As 'Undocumented College Student'.  Meet Mayra Hidalgo.  She was introduced yesterday [6/21/2012] to the CNN viewing audience as a "student" who happened to question Gov. Mitt Romney after his speech to Latinos in Florida.  She made for great television for CNN because Ms. Hidalgo asked Romney to explain his position on illegal immigration and the DREAM Act.  When the governor would not pander to her, she bolted to the nearest camera crew she could find to explain how terrified she was for her future if Romney were elected.  CNN more than obliged.

Busted: Team O Plants 3 "Surprised" Veterans at Out-of-the-Way Diner to Speak With Obama.  What a coincidence! Obama just happened to find three friendly veterans in a booth at a Portland diner this week.  It was a "surprise stop."  At least, that's what local King5 told us. [...] But then the truth eked its way out — The three veterans were not regulars. [...] In fact, the Obama Campaign even had a copy of their bios on hand.  And, one of the veterans just happens to be an Obama for America volunteer!

Three Portland area veterans, all Obama supporters, describe their lunch with the president.  The three veterans who had lunch with President Barack Obama Tuesday in outer Northeast Portland didn't just happen to wander into the Gateway Breakfast House.  All have connections to the Obama reelection campaign and were presumably chosen for good political reasons.

An accidentally on purpose, unscheduled but pre-planned encounter with the president.  Media reports about President Obama's stop at a restaurant after a speech to the VFW generally contain some variation of "unscheduled" to describe the stop, and "surprised" to characterize the patrons he sat with...

Obama's 'Republican' Woman a Registered Democrat.  One of Barack Obama's recent ads for his re-election campaign purports to feature Republican women who have turned away from the GOP to support Obama/Biden.  But, as it turns out, one of the women in the ad is not so "Republican."

Republican Women For Obama?  It happens all the time in talk radio:  a caller will say that he is a lifelong Republican, and will recall fondly how he voted for Ronald Reagan.  Then he says that today's Republicans have gone too far, and for the first time ever he is voting for a Democrat!  These callers are nearly always lying.  If you look them up, you likely will find that they are Democratic Party precinct chairmen.  The Obama campaign is trying to perpetrate the same deception.

Democrat Women for Romney.  The Democrats have just released an ad called "Republican Women for Obama", in which a handful of women explain that they've voted Republican their entire lives until this Mitt Romney fellow came along and they decided he was just way too extreme.  Also, they're shocked to discover, after voting Republican non-stop for the last 40 years, that apparently the GOP is opposed to abortion.  Who knew?

Two in 'Republican women for Obama' ad exposed as Democrats.  Although the ad got a lot of playtime on MSNBC Friday [8/24/2012], a recent so-called "Republican women for Obama" video advertisement has turned out to be a disingenuous campaign ploy.  That ad, posted on the official Barack Obama campaign YouTube page on Friday [8/24/2012], claimed to show a group of women that had previously voted Republican but later abandoned the party because they felt it went too far to the right, leaving them no alternative but to vote for President Barack Obama this November.

Randy Johnson Lives High on DNC, Union Dime, After Bain 'Devastated His Family'.  [Scroll down]  It appears that the staffers within the DNC know that his credibility is shoddy.  [Adam] Kredo concluded his column stating "when approached by a Free Beacon reporter about his partisan affiliations, DNC staff quickly swooped in to escort Johnson away, claiming that he was incapable of answering further questions."  Randy Johnson is a de facto Democratic operative who claims to have been "destroyed" by Bain Capital, but who now travels on the DNC dime and makes a six-figure salary with the United Steelworkers union.

Pizza Owner Who Bear-Hugged Obama Reportedly Visited the White House in July.  Scott Van Duzer is a great guy.  He runs the Van Duzer Foundation and spends time and money helping people in his community.  What the media forgot to mention is that Scott Van Duzer reportedly visited the White House in June.  So the visit today to Scott's business was not so random.

What a deplorable lapse of decorum!
Pictures of President Obama Being Bear-Hugged.  If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from Scott Van Duzer.

Assault Weapons Question Came From Registered Dem.  The woman who asked President Barack Obama about gun control during the second presidential debate Tuesday night is a registered Democrat, records show.

Obama campaign positions minorities, women behind president at most rallies.  If you'd like to sit directly behind President Barack Obama during one of his big, nationally televised campaign speeches — right where people at home can see you on television — it helps if you aren't a white man.  An analysis by The Daily Caller of videos from more than a dozen recent Obama campaign rallies reveals that the president and his surrogates have an affinity for speaking exclusively where cameras can see women and minorities gathered behind them.

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That has been the case for the last four years.  I know a guy who was invited — simply because he is Hispanic — to sit directly behind Senator Obama during a televised speech Mr. Obama made during the 2008 campaign.  I had to break the news to the Hispanic guy:  "You were being used."

Not just a Fluke:  Left-wing activist posing as victim.

Don't Attack Lefty Human Shields.  Remember Sandra Fluke?  The Democrats brought her in to undermine religious freedom with a ridiculous story about being unable to afford birth control.  They brought her in because she was an earnest, young woman.  And a human shield.  Republicans should have ignored her.  Instead they attacked her.  And that made her a celebrity and a victim.  Soon she was the young woman who had been called a "slut".  Fluke rode that to a speaking gig at the DNC, where she claimed to represent all women, and several attempts to run for Congress.  Most importantly, the left got to shift the conversation from the religious freedom of nuns to whether the right hates female sexuality.  That's exactly the conversation it wanted to have.  It happened because Republicans took the bait.  Never take the bait unless you have a plan.

Alicia Machado Is 2016's Sandra Fluke, A Democratic Public Relations Scam.  Sandra Fluke became the centerpiece of the Democrats' "War on Women" messaging that they pounded throughout the year.  The media completely ate it up, hook, line, and sinker.  Within minutes, she was put on every major network and cable outlet.  The media ran with stories about how women weren't allowed to testify at the hearing, even though two female college administrators — Dr. Allison Dabbs Garrett, the senior vice-president for academic affairs at Oklahoma Christian University, and Dr. Laura Champion, medical director of Calvin College Health Services — testified.  The facts were no barrier to the headlines, which included CBS' "Dems decry all-male House panel on WH contraception rule" and CNN's "Angry lawmakers challenge lineup at hearing:  'Where are the women?'"

Democrats Must Accept That This Year's 'War On Women' Was A Disaster.  Sandra Fluke, the birth control activist, tried to turn her stint as the War on Women's poster child into an actual political career.  She campaigned for President Obama in 2012 as part of his centerpiece War on Women messaging, though never to large crowds.  And she moved to California to run for the state legislature.  Her opponent was another Democrat and he handily beat her by more than 20 points, even though she'd raised more than $1 million.

No Fluke: Sandra Loses State Senate Race in California.  Sandra Fluke, the feminist icon who rose to national prominence after [...] urging that Obamacare require religious institutions to cover abortion and birth control, has failed in her effort to win a seat in the California State Senate.

This story is worth mentioning only because the it is so typical of the arguments put forth by Democrats:  [1] The original controversy was based on false pretenses, if not outright lies:  The young woman at the center of it is a 30-year-old Democrat activist pretending to be struggling college student, [2] the people who criticized her apparent promiscuity were pounced upon by the Democrat-controlled news media, and [3] the whole episode was just a red herring to draw attention away from other news:  high gas prices, high unemployment, and the legal challenges to the Obamacare law and its components, including, but not limited to, taxpayer-funded abortions.

Sandra Fluke will have no cakewalk in her run for political office.  After rocketing to fame in the wake of her demand for free contraception before a fake congressional hearing (with an assist from Rush Limbaugh), Sandra set her heart on political office, and initially announced her intent to run for the seat in Congress from which Henry Waxman will be retiring at the end of the current term.  Evidently, this was not received with enthusiasm, so a day later she set her sights a bit lower: [...]

Sandra Fluke's biggest donor is ... Sandra Fluke.  Liberal darling and free-birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke is her own biggest donor in her state Senate race, according to official California campaign finance reports.  Fluke donated $12,000 to her campaign and $4,826.27 in non-monetary contributions.  While $16,826.27 may not sound like a lot, Fluke also loaned her campaign $100,000.  Where does a 2012 law school grad working as a social justice attorney get a loan that size?

'Run, Sandra, run!' Democratic lawmaker welcomes Sandra Fluke congressional campaign.  New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney wholeheartedly endorsed a rumored congressional campaign by birth control advocate Sandra Fluke, saying she'd make a "terrific" candidate and urging her to "run, Sandra, run!"  Maloney made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC Friday, after the anchor asked her thoughts on the announced retirement of twenty-term New York Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman.

Sandra Fluke files in California for congressional bid.  Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke appears to be moving forward with a run for Congress.  Fluke has filed with the California state Democratic Party to seek its endorsement in the race for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) seat, according to the state party Web site.

Sandra Fluke Passes on U.S. House Bid, Aims for California State Senate.  Just hours after filing paperwork with the intention of seeking the California Democratic Party's endorsement to replace retiring 20-term Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Democratic activist Sandra Fluke announced on Tuesday [2/4/2014] that she was passing on that opportunity and aiming instead to be elected to the state Senate.

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Why would someone file papers to run for Congress and then, hours later, aim lower?  It sounds like someone in the California Democratic machine has plans for that seat in the U.S. House.

The Feminist Mystique.  Miss Fluke's accomplishments are thin:  She served as president of the Georgetown chapter of a feminist law-students' organization and produced a video on how to obtain a restraining order.  The video was financed by the Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant; whatever Sandra Fluke is up to, you can be sure she's looking for somebody else to pay for it.

Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing.  A Georgetown co-ed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi's hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they're going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control. ... Apparently, four out of every ten co-eds are having so much sex that it's hard to make ends meet if they have to pay for their own contraception, Fluke's research shows.

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It's one thing to be promiscuous, but it's quite another to testify about it before Congress.

I did not have this much sex in law school.  That said, the idea that they are paying $1000 per year for birth control is a little crazy.  Condoms at CVS cost $1, so that means, if you take this cheaper option, you are actually having sex three times a day, which is kind of insane and you're going to have a lot more medical expenses than just birth control.

Pelosi, Dems Condemn 'Vicious And Inappropriate Attacks' Against Co-Ed Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats have issued a statement condemning "vicious and inappropriate" attacks against the Georgetown law student who told a Pelosi hearing that birth control is costing college women so much that they should be getting it for free.

The Bell Tolls for Breitbart.  The president of NOW, an organization that should have lost all credibility when it continued to support Bill Clinton, announced that the bishops really want the police power of the state to prevent women from taking birth control.  Still, even they must have known that this wasn't winning over a lot of the skeptics, and so Nancy Pelosi offered up space to a Georgetown University Law school student named Sandra Fluke, who whined that because that Catholic university doesn't provide contraceptive coverage in its health care insurance she had to pay $3,000 over a three year period for it.  Representative Pelosi trembled with joy to have a dog and pony show artiste like this to make her point to the low information voters.

The Fluke Gambit Pays Off For Dems.  Sandra Fluke is now the official, media-designated victim of woman-hating Republicans, with an assist from Rush Limbaugh.  Where have we seen this soap opera before?  That's an important question, because this is the Big Play of the scapegoating left.  It's pure, standard Alinsky, and they do it over and over again.  That's why it is important for normal, decent Americans to learn how it works.

Sorry, Fluke.  Ms Fluke, Americans do not care how many out-of-wedlock sexual encounters you may have.  But, when you go before Congress in an attempt to demonize us for not subsidizing your activities, you are infringing on our freedom; forcing your values down our throats. ... Am I weird or old-fashioned for thinking it a bit shameful for a woman to go before congressional committee to basically say, I sleep around a lot and demand that taxpayers pay for my birth-control?

Obama's Manufactured Media Tactic.  [Scroll down]  The real tale is that this is as manufactured a story as you can find, one created for the purpose of assisting Obama and his Democrat cohorts win the upcoming election.  It's all a scam.  The "coed" in question is one Sandra Fluke, a young woman that has been presented as some sort of expert in "reproductive rights" (another one of those faux rights we that have been foisted onto the public debate of late), but is she?  Where did Mz Fluke really come from and what is her background?

Meet law student and feminist hero Sandra Fluke.  The country knows Sandra Fluke as the beleaguered third-year Georgetown University Law Center student who has been criticized by conservatives — notably radio giant Rush Limbaugh — for her recent testimony about co-eds' contraceptive needs before Congressional Democrats.  But the 30-year-old student who stirred the debate is no novice in the political arena.  Fluke has a long history of feminist advocacy.

Sandra Fluke Is Not A "Coed": She Is A Professional Activist And Democrat Plant.  As reported at Jammie Wearing Fools (H/T Pat Dollard), Sandra Fluke is not a 23 year-old "coed" being victimized by Rush Limbaugh as the media would have you believe.  She is actually 30 years old, picked Georgetown specifically to agitate for "women's reproductive justice," and has a long history of feminist activism.

'Fluke'-ing it for Obama.  In the name calling simmering side-war of the raging, Obama-manufactured Contraception Battle dominating the presidential race, Sandra Kay Fluke got away with never being called out for what she really is:  a "prop".  Make that a bona fide Obama prop.  And that Fluke got through all the hoops without being outed as a prop is proof positive that the Obama regime continues uninterrupted to blissfully write the Big Narrative on life under coming Marxist rule.

Hypocritical Criticism Of Rush Limbaugh Is No Fluke.  When the left savages the right, it's OK.  When America's top conservative questions why taxpayers must subsidize the sex life of a coed, the sky falls in.

Furious liberals demand FCC silence Limbaugh.  Furious Democrat activists are working to silence Rush Limbaugh for good, calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to pull his radio show off the air.  An activist on is collecting signatures in support of a petition to FCC to, "remove Mr. Limbaugh from the radio as he has violated FCC rules and regulations countless times.  The most recent incident being his assault on women and his degradation of Sandra Fluke."

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Search the FCC rules and find the one that Limbaugh violated.  Then write to the FCC.  Then hold your breath as you wait for a response.  You see, Rush Limbaugh doesn't own radio stations, as far as I know.  He produces a syndicated program, and the radio stations that air the program are contractually obligated to do so.  The FCC has no leverage against Limbaugh.

Is Sandra Fluke Coordinating with the White House?  Liberal activist Sandra Fluke made her case to the mostly female audience of the ABC show "The View," where she claimed — apparently without irony — that she is being silenced by Rush Limbaugh.  She also gave a significant clue that her "stunned" sense of outrage seems to be a scripted part of a larger narrative trifecta:  supporting Obamacare, destroying religious liberty and silencing the right.

$9: Price for a Month's Supply of Birth Control Pills at Target 3 Miles from Georgetown Law.  Although Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke testified to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee last month that contraception can cost a law student $3,000 over three years and that some of her fellow students could not afford it, a Target store only 3 miles from the law school currently sells a month's supply of birth control pills for only $9 to people who do not have insurance plans covering contraceptives.  That would make the total cost for birth control pills for a student who decided to use them for all three years of law school just $324.

Rush vs. Sandra Fluke: The fight Obama wants.  This doesn't seem to be a one-week story.  It's just too sticky, culturally.  And Democrats are doing everything in their power to keep it alive this week and beyond...

Fluke is just a diversion from the legal challenges to Obamacare.
ObamaCare's Illegality Lost In Fluke, Limbaugh Flap.  President Obama is in deep trouble.  To enforce ObamaCare, he's gotten into a war on freedom of conscience and a confrontation with the Catholic Church.  So now he's trying to make it all about something a radio host said.

Carbonite CEO David Friend donated to Obama.  Carbonite CEO David Friend, currently under fire from conservatives for pulling advertising from Rush Limbaugh, is an Obama donor according to records obtained by the Federal Elections Commission.

Wag the Coed.  Sandra Fluke, a third-year law student at Georgetown law school, in testimony before a congressional committee argued that she and forty percent of her fellow students are "struggling financially" because they have to pay for their own contraceptives.  The Democrat-media complex, rather than laughing in her face, is making Ms. Fluke a hero.  She even got a phone call from President Obama urging her on.  How did we get to this point?  Birth control is not a significant budget item.  Recreational sex is not a necessity.

Limbaugh and Our Phony Contraception Debate.  Last week Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown University Law Center, went to Congress looking for a handout.  She wants free birth-control pills, and she wants the federal government to make her Catholic school give them to her.  I'm a graduate of Georgetown Law and former chief counsel of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution.  Based on her testimony, I wonder how much Ms. Fluke really knows about the university or the Constitution.

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...or the Catholic church.

"Outrage" Over Limbaugh — What About Left-Wing Misogyny?  The "firestorm" over Limbaugh's "sexism" would be convincing — were it not for its selective nature.  Where's the outrage when the misogyny comes from the left?  Ed Schultz, for example, the blowtorch left-wing MSNBC host, called conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham a [bunch of names that won't be repeated on].

Ms. Fluke's fluke .  How could she be a full-time law student and still be appearing before Congress explicating the plight of coeds with $3,000 contraceptive bills or others suffering the heartbreak of being rejected publicly at the pharmacy for insurance coverage of a birth control pill?

O'Reilly: Former Obama Advisor Anita Dunn's PR firm representing Sandra Fluke.  Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke is being represented by a former Obama adviser's PR firm, Bill O'Reilly explained on his Thursday night program "The O'Reilly Factor," suggesting that the young woman was indirectly planted at the center of the contraception controversy by the Obama administration.  It has been somewhat of a mystery as to how Sandra Fluke came to fame prior to Rush Limbaugh's ill-advised remarks and why she was chosen by congressional Democrats to give expert testimony on the issue of contraception.

Bill O'Reilly Asks 'Who Is Running Sandra Fluke?'... It All Goes Back To White House'.  "Who," Fox News host Bill O'Reilly asked on his program Thursday night [3/8/2012], "is running Sandra Fluke?"  He explained to viewers that The Factor believes that the controversy surrounding the activist and Georgetown law student has been manufactured in a calculated move to help the Obama administration.

Miss Fluke goes to Washington.  [Scroll down]  Oh, and the "young coed" turns out to be 30, which is what less-evolved cultures refer to as early middle age.  She's a couple of years younger than Mozart was at the time he croaked but, if the Dems are to be believed, the plucky little Grade 24 schoolgirl has already made an even greater contribution to humanity.

The Dems May Have Miscalculated on Ms. Fluke.  The Democrats thought they had a great distraction from the economic issues that bedevil most Americans in the form of 30-year-old activist Sandra Fluke.  Rush Limbaugh foolishly (as he later acknowledged) called her a "slut" and a "prostitute" in the course of ridiculing, entirely properly, her very silly claim that the federal government should force all employers to pay for their female employees' contraception ... Ms. Fluke's theory, really, was so stupid as to be a ripe target for ridicule.  The Democrats went crazy in the aftermath of Rush's error, posturing themselves as the upholders of civility.

In Defense of Slut-Shaming: One in five women have herpes.  Sandra Fluke, an abortion activist masquerading as a law student, spoke before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on a very important issue:  the right for college students to have endless amounts of sex while someone else pays for their birth control.  According to Fluke, female students shell out $3,000 for three years of contraceptives.  Of course, do the math and find that this means Fluke and her fellow law students have sex two or three times daily (since condoms only cost about a dollar).  Rush Limbaugh noticed this, and made the apparently grave error of pointing out the obvious, calling Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute on air.

Bill O'Reilly finds connections between Fluke and the Democratic Party.  On Thursday [3/8/2012], O'Reilly reported that Fluke was being represented by Anita Dunn's public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker.  Dunn, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, served as White House Communications Director in 2009.  O'Reilly found on Friday that Fluke is also dating the son of "Democratic stalwart" William Mutterperl, who has made numerous donations to the Democratic Party and liberal candidates in recent years.

Who is Behind Sandra Fluke?  Turns out she's now being represented by Anita Dunn's agency.

So When Are We Allowed to Be Intolerant?  [Scroll down]  Have you heard of Sandra Fluke?  She is the Georgetown "co-ed" who is actually a women's rights activist.  Further, she is 30 years old, not 23 as was initially reported.  She testified before Representative Nancy Pelosi's House Democrat Steering and Policy committee meeting held to promote President Barack Obama's mandate that virtually every health insurance plan should cover the full cost of contraception and abortion-inducing products.

Fluke the Welfare Queen.  Remember, back in the 1980s, the image of the welfare queen?  It was a caricature of a woman on welfare who had borne many children for men who she knew little or not at all.  The welfare queen made an industry of producing children because she knew the state would pay her to do so, and pay for her children's needs from food to clothes to medical care.  Sandra Fluke is the model Welfare Queen for the 21st Century.

Allred proves Sandra is no fluke.  [Scroll down]  And then, on Friday [3/9/2012], Ms. Allred stoked the fire by demanding that Florida prosecute Mr. Limbaugh.  "On behalf of the Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, we request that you open an investigation into whether or not Mr. Limbaugh is in violation of Section 836.04 of Florida Statutes," which, she wrote, "provides:  'Defamation — Whoever speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.'"  Just so the irony isn't lost, let's point out that the law under which Ms. Allred wants to prosecute Mr. Limbaugh was written in 1883.  1883.  And back to Merriam-Webster for a definition of chastity:  "Abstention from all sexual intercourse."  Perhaps the 30-year-old Ms. Fluke falls under that definition and is just trying to be prepared with her $1,000 worth of birth control.  Who knows?

Elderly feminists try to turn back the clock.  When this column observed last month that contemporary feminism is a totalitarian ideology, we drew a bit of mockery from certain quarters on the left.  Yet as if to illustrate our point, three prominent septuagenarian feminists — Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem, co-founders of the Women's Media Center — joined forces over the weekend to demand the suppression of speech they dislike.  Specifically, they called on the the Federal Communications Commission to silence Rush Limbaugh using its regulatory power.

Guaranteed tyranny.  [Scroll down]  The other hot new buzz phrase for tyranny is "access."  Pushing this term into the Orwellian lexicon of collectivist philosophy appears to be one of Sandra Fluke's missions in life.  Celebrating her own heroism in a CNN op-ed, Fluke used the word eight times.

Feminazis versus Rush.  "For 20 years, Limbaugh has hidden behind the First Amendment, or else claimed he's really 'doing humor' or 'entertainment,'" Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan gripe at  "He is indeed constitutionally entitled to his opinions, but he is not constitutionally entitled to the people's airways."  In other words, he can speak — just somewhere his sixteen million weekly listeners can't hear him.  Limbaugh's ungentlemanly on-air treatment of a law student's unladylike quest for free birth control prompted the un-American response.

Who is Sandra Fluke?  From Murphy Brown to the Jersey Girls, Cindy Sheehan, Joe Wilson and the New School's Jean Rohe, these fantasists inject themselves into a boiling-hot public debate and then claim victim status when anyone criticizes them.

Once in a while, mocking derision is justified.
Fluke Wants You To Pay For Her Birth Control As She Frolics in Spain & Pompeii.  What a brave woman.  How does she manage it all?

Sandra Fluke Says She Didn't Know Target Sells Birth Control Pills for $9.  Thirty-year-old Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, who told a House Steering and Policy Committee hearing convened by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last month that contraception can cost a student $3,000 during law school, told on Tuesday [3/20/2012] that she did not know that the Target store 3 miles from the Georgetown Law campus sells a month's supply of birth control pills for just $9.

Fluke-associated 'reproductive justice' group hosts 'Slut-Pride' event at Harvard.  Radio talk show giant Rush Limbaugh has been condemned by nearly every sector of the feminist and left-wing movements for using the term "slut" to refer to 30-year-old contraception activist and Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke — but at Harvard's "Sex Week" Monday the Harvard affiliate of Law Students for Reproductive Justice championed the term with its own "Slut-Pride" seminar.  Law Students for Reproductive Justice, the national body of the Georgetown affiliate for which Sandra Fluke was once president, condemned Limbaugh for such language in early March.

Sandra Fluke Exposed As Fraud, Activist, Possible White House Operative.  [She] went to the school strictly to challenge its insurance's contraceptive policy, not even as a real student ... and all magically timed to coincide with Obama's big contraceptive push.

Sandra Fluke's Appearance Is No Fluke.  For me the interesting part of the story is the ever-evolving "coed".  I put that in quotes because in the beginning she was described as a Georgetown law student.  It was then revealed that prior to attending Georgetown she was an active women's right advocate.  In one of her first interviews she is quoted as talking about how she reviewed Georgetown's insurance policy prior to committing to attend, and seeing that it didn't cover contraceptive services, she decided to attend with the express purpose of battling this policy.

The Worst Story Ever Told.  [Scroll down]  In a scripted and choreographed "hearing," an affluent Georgetown law student played the dubious role of an impoverished welfare waif.  The Democrat actress demanded that taxpayers give her and people like her $3,000 for birth control.  But critics pointed out that a month's supply of BC pills now costs less than a large cup of coffee at a Georgetown Starbucks.  Others mentioned that she's likely to get a lucrative salary of $160,000 in her first year after graduation.  As a result, Mr. Obama lost a war that was concocted by his own staff.

Sandra Fluke to campaign with Obama in Denver.  Noted contraception activist Sandra Fluke will be introducing President Barack Obama at a campaign stop in Denver, Colo. Wednesday [8/8/2012] according to the Denver Post.  Fluke is expected to introduce Obama in downtown Denver at the Auraria Campus, during a campaign stop centered on his economic plans, the outlet noted.

Romney ad: Obama has declared 'war on religion'.  The day after the Obama campaign used noted contraception activist Sandra Fluke to reignite conversation about the alleged Republican "war on women," Mitt Romney is accusing the Obama administration of declaring "war on religion."

Sandra Fluke Outed As Complete Tool of Corrupt Democrat Party Infanticide Industry.  It turns out that Sandra Fluke was in Tampa, making the political rounds, accompanied by party big-wigs like Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  Rockin' conservative Dana Loesch tried to track her down and get a commitment for a woman-to-woman debate on women's issues.  So far Dana hasn't heard back.

Sandra Fluke: Women in America Are Silenced.  Sandra Fluke, the woman who asked taxpayers to foot the bill for her birth control in February, just wrapped up her speech at the 2012 DNC [9/5/2012].  Her remarks were brief but typical, arguing a Romney presidency would set women back and leave women to die "preventable deaths in emergency rooms."

Less Than Dozen Show For Sandra Fluke's Obama 'Rally' In Reno.  The speech was part of a daylong effort by Democrats to get Northern Nevadans to the polls on the first day of early voting.

Reno Paper: 'Fluke Takes Center Stage' to Speak to 'About 10 People'.  Saturday evening, via Emerson Marcus and with the Associated Press contributing, the Reno Gazette-Journal, which I hope doesn't try to describe itself as a family newspaper, published an irony-free a 500-word story (HT to a NewBusters tipster) on an appearance by Sandra Fluke earlier in the day "in front of about 10 people at the Sak 'N Save in north Reno."

Democrat Momentum Unstoppable!  How small a crowd do you have to draw not to get covered by The Reno Gazette-Journal? Let There Be Justice for the Wicked.  "About 10 people?"  Evidently, the reporter was missing some fingers and toes if he couldn't give us an exact count. [...] In fact, one wonders why on earth a "rally" attended by 10 people became a news story at all?  Slow news day, no doubt.  Regardless, there is something immensely satisfying when evidence of people ignoring such a whining, bratty lefty troll like Fluke emerges.

Sandra Fluke: Opposing Contraception Coverage Akin to Opposing 'Leukemia Coverage'.  On MSNBC's NewsNation with Tamron Hall this afternoon [2/1/2013], Georgetown law graduate Sandra Fluke discussed the Obama administration's proposed new rule change for the contraception mandate and religious exemptions.

Sandra Fluke joins Planned Parenthood to push Obamacare birth control.  Sandra Fluke, President Obama's Democratic National Convention spokeswoman for Obamacare-supplied birth control, has joined with Planned Parenthood to urge Americans to speak out in support of no co-pay birth control.

Sandra Fluke: Military should accept transexual recruits.  Referring to what she called "the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning" community, Fluke said lawmakers didn't go far enough in ending the military's official but often unenforced ban on homosexuals.  "We still don't let trans-folk join the military," Fluke said February 13.  "That needs to change."

Childless Sandra Fluke tells mothers what they really need.  Birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke knows what mothers in America actually need — government-run childcare, the ability to frivolously sue their employer and, of course, branding more young men as rapists.  In an op-ed for MSNBC (an opportunity I'm sure all her California state senate opponents will be given), Fluke told readers not to send cards and flowers, but to fight for wide-ranging policies reacting to anecdotal evidence.

Miscellaneous examples:

Is this Kristallnacht or the Reichstag Fire?  The hysteria over the "violent" right wing is just that — hysteria.  The true danger here comes not from the grassroots right, but from the Astroturfed left, which is being orchestrated and trained by the Obama administration and its media minions to attack Americans who still believe in America's founding principles.

Mainstream Media's Trump Derangement Syndrome Epidemic.  The Left prides itself on so-called unprompted demonstrations and public disruptions while asserting that these protests are a mirror reflecting what they erroneously claim a clear majority of Americans think about an issue.  The reality is that virtually all these demonstrations are nothing more than organized spontaneity to engender sympathetic media coverage such as the near instantaneous demonstrations at airports when Trump announced his temporary suspension of refugee immigration from seven Islamic nations.

Undercover video shows Democrats admitting they hire agitators for Trump events.  Those supposedly spontaneous protesters disrupting events for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump actually may be professionals trained by operatives working with the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.  A yearlong undercover investigation by the conservative group Project Veritas Action shows Democratic strategists discussing how they hire agitators — including union members, homeless people and the mentally ill — to incite violence by provoking Trump supporters on camera at campaign stops.

Vandals throw bricks through windows at Delaware County Republican Party office.  The Delaware County Republican Party said vandals struck at their office last week.  Someone threw two landscaping bricks through a window on Oct. 8.  Signs for Donald Trump and Todd Young were hanging on the window at the time, according to the group's Facebook page.  Officials said it would cost about $1,200 to replace the broken window and said anyone interested in helping cover the cost could donate online.

How left-wing groups and the DNC arrange astroturf agitation at Trump events for Hillary's benefit.  One of the open questions here, and key to any legal issue, is whether the campaign itself is coordinating with the Super PACs who are allegedly involved in these activities.  Campaigns are strictly barred by law from contact with PACs; maybe there's more to come about that in the next videos, but for now it's clear at least that there's some chain of command to all of this and that the DNC is involved in some astroturfing.

Woman Filmed Taking Credit for Chicago Riot Was On Hillary's Payroll.  Activist Zulema Rodriguez, who was featured in James O'Keefe's latest video taking credit for the riot in Chicago and the road blocking protest near Phoenix, was paid directly by Hillary Clinton's campaign less than two weeks before Donald Trump's Chicago rally.

Activist Who Took Credit For Violent Chicago Protests Was On Hillary's Payroll.  An activist who bragged about disrupting multiple Donald Trump campaign events in a recent Project Veritas video was on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign payroll, a search of Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reveals.  In a Veritas video released Monday [10/17/2016], filmmaker and provocateur James O'Keefe recounts meeting activist Zulema Rodriguez at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  In the video, Rodriguez takes credit for violent protests in Chicago that forced Trump to cancel a March rally.

Axelrod Astroturfs an Attack Against Palin.  The media love covering grassroots attacks on major political candidates.  The attacks signal a large base of Americans disturbed by a particular candidate or issue.  When those grassroots attacks are manufactured by public relations firms, they aren't real:  they're astroturfed — fake attacks designed to look like a grassroots movement.

Orchestrated "Grassroots" Smear Campaigns and the People that Run Them.  Within an hour of this post going up, YouTube videos implicating Ethan Winner were yanked, sockpuppet accounts deleted, and more importantly, the Wikipedia entry on David Axelrod began to edit out mentions of his well know astroturfing campaigns.  Hmmm, it sounds to me like we're on to something.  We have backups of all the deleted websites, and have now included them in the post.

How green megadonors built a bogus campus anti-carbon drive.  Finally, someone is saying what should already be obvious:  The fossil-fuel-divestment "movement" sweeping college campuses is really just Big Green astroturf.  Last week, the New York-based National Association of Scholars released a damning new report on the founding, funding and motivations of the divestment movement. [...] Divestment is the brainchild of radical environmentalist Bill McKibben and hedge-fund billionaire turned climate crusader Tom Steyer.  On its face, the goal is to get college students to pressure their universities to sell off any holdings in the natural gas, oil and coal industries.  In reality, the divestment movement serves the political and financial interests of its founders.

George Soros Handicapping American Energy.  I have written numerous columns regarding the actions George Soros has taken over the years to hurt American oil and gas companies.  He has a vested interest (to the tune of at least a billion dollars) in trying to rig the system to make his "clean energy" investments pay off.  Since these investments need oil and gas to be high-priced, anything he can do to harm the companies that bring this bounty to the surface help those green schemes.  One of his favorites among the Soros-funded 527 Astroturf groups is MoveOn.Org, which recently protested against the development of shale gas, America's greatest hope to wean ourselves off of dependency on foreign sources of energy.

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