Minister of Science and Chief Protector of the Faith

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Ministry of Peace is Now Working With the Ministry of Truth

Blog Wars!

The Department of DefenceThe Pentagon has an entire department filled with Bush Administration installed hacks whose job it is to bypass the traditional media and work directly with talk radio and bloggers. They also provide talking points and briefings to retired military officials who now support the administration in appearances as media pundits.

The project was originally called the "Surrogates Operation" and is now called "Communications Outreach," and was founded by former ABC executive and assistant secretary of defense for public affairs Dorrance Smith. Dorrance Smith also used to work for former president Bush as an advisor. (You can read more about him here and here.)

I learned about this at Crooks and Liars. If you have any doubt left that bloggers are under attack, Crooks and Liars has posted an ad that they got as spam which is for the organization Advantage Consultants. Our Orwellian cup hath runneth over.

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At Wed Jul 18, 12:22:00 PM, Blogger Splotchy said...

If I could just be the first to say:

"I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords."

At Wed Jul 18, 12:34:00 PM, Blogger Station Agent said...

Those talking points blow. The right is holding back it's blogosphere by making it sound just like Tony Snow. If it had a creative edge they would be way more effective. Of course, they would probably sound like old school conservatives, and the neocons don't want that either.

At Wed Jul 18, 03:01:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Some of their greatest hits include:

"The truth is a lie."

"Republicans love black people."

At Wed Jul 18, 04:42:00 PM, Blogger spocko said...

Am so glad the good Dr. spotted this and posted about it. You are indeed an advanced life form. These humans are really vexing.

This really pissed me off. Why? Because they will junk up the blogosphere not unlike spammers junked up your email account and the comments section of the blogs.

I wonder how we can fight them?
Undercover op? What with your hair and my ears we can't go, that also rules out evil spock. Blue Gal?
Can't send Dr. Monkerstein either, they will spot him in an instant.

At Wed Jul 18, 04:57:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

How do you list that job on your resume? "Bush Administration Partisan Blog Hack?"

To spot them posting on blogs, look for key phrases like:

War Is Peace
Freedom Is Slavery
Ignorance Is Strength.

At Wed Jul 18, 06:02:00 PM, Blogger Phydeaux Speaks said...

Thoroughly despicable. (must remember Godwin's Law... must remember Godwin's Law... must remember Godwin's Law...)

At Wed Jul 18, 07:06:00 PM, Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said...

Well, assuming they're no better at propagandizing than they are at running governments, we probably don't have much to worry about.

Thanks for the warning though. They may have accidentally picked up a few people with the ability to speak.

At Wed Jul 18, 07:38:00 PM, Blogger DCup said...

Oh, no! I've been exposed!

At Thu Jul 19, 07:29:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Splotchy: They are not insects, they are Lektroids from Planet 10!

Station Agent: Don't give them any ideas! And I think that perhaps you underestimate their of persuasion. They talked us intothis freakin' war, didn't they?

Dr. Monkerstein: Yes! And "the floodwaters in New Orleans are not rising" and "things are just swell in Iraq!"

Spocko: I am curious as to how legal this is. The Pentagon spreading propaganda on American soil?

As to fighting them, first I think we need to create a database of all of their IP addresses.

Johnny Yen: Ha! I think you can just call them "Bush Blog Hack" or "BBH", for short. I hate excess verbiage. I think you have indeed found the key phrases.

Phydeaux Speaks: I wrote about Godwin's Law before! I am all about the lowest common denominator.

"The unwritten rule is that any time you have a conversation on any subject and the opposing side is compared to Nazis, then you know that you have probably hit the lowest possible point in human interaction, you are at a low tide in rational dialog, you have reached a point of foolishness and buffoonery that is far beneath your dignity. And I am all about the lowest common denominator. 'Far Beneath Your Dignity' is my middle name!" Zaius Nation

Omnipotent Poobah: I fear that the GOP is actually very good at propoganda. That's what bothers me.

DCup: Really!?!? Let me get you a towel! You can wear my old bathrobe...

At Thu Jul 19, 11:37:00 AM, Blogger angry ballerina said...

Too late, we already saw her tits.

At Thu Jul 19, 03:17:00 PM, Anonymous mwb said...

Deception, hypocrisy and bigoted hubris from this administration?

That's umpossible!

At Thu Jul 19, 03:40:00 PM, Anonymous fairlane said...

Shit, what do you even say anymore?

I'm telling you Z, Bush is not leaving office voluntarily.

I know the humor is fun, and I'm a big fan myself, but then I look at my daughter, who's 3, and I honestly become frightened.

Many Americans don't seem to understand how dangerous these people truly are.

At Thu Jul 19, 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

angry ballerina: I'm not complaining.

MWB: *sigh* Yes. Sarcasm is the last refuge of the disenfranchised soul.

Fairlane: If Bush doesn not leave office voluntarily, then there is nothing we can do about it right now anyway. I just hope congress is ready for this possibility. If he were to pull a stunt like that, who would he go to for support? The military? They hate him!

I can understand your being frightened for your daughter, though. I think we are all frightened by what is going on.

You said, "Many Americans don't seem to understand how dangerous these people truly are."

They are finding out pretty quickly, though.

At Sat Nov 08, 03:21:00 PM, Blogger H3dicho said...

The Original Blogwars are on:

The logo that this blogwar image shows was taken from my blog..
in the blogwars post..

Some credits wont hurt me , =)


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