Warning, Conservative Bloggers! Beware of Trolls!
The Internet has breathed new life into the Free Marketplace of Ideas, creating a new battleground for both the left and the right, but beware brave conservative! Trolls are living under the bridge and are trying to ambush you!
I have enjoyed the discussions I’ve been seeing on all my favorite conservative, libertarian websites that I’ve been visiting. Writing for the Conservative Daily News, reading the other postings and listening to my favorite hosts, Mitchell and Ray, Married to the Game and Kira Davis’s The Dark Side, has given me new enthusiasm. But with every bright light in life there is a shadow and I feel it is my duty to point it out for the good of the rest of the readership.
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend that I feel I need to bring to your attention. I’ve noticed it on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze as well as Conservative Daily News and in the chat room at The Dark Side. Anonymous Trolls are popping up and posting off color comments, many of them racist and anti-Semitic. They post the most vile comments imaginable and try to stir up controversy. For many it’s a distraction for the listener/reader who is trying to follow a story either in print or live blog talk on the Internet. They are insulting and should be ignored.
Now I like to make off color comments in the chat rooms too, as anyone can tell. I have a droll sense of humor and I’ve been shushed by fellow readers and hosts, (playfully I’m sure, CreoleRightGirl told me to go lay down by my dish last week!) But these trolls aren’t playing games, they’re in earnest and they are more dangerous than one might realize.
For a long time the Progressive Left has been far outpacing the Conservative Right in their use of the technology. With the BlogCons and RightOnline and other right wing blogging conferences, we’ve become better at this game. But beware, the enemy is smart and adaptive. Cowardly, but smart.
I can’t prove anything, but I think I know what they are doing. By appearing in the chat rooms and posting comments to conservative websites they are attempting to discredit those sites as being racist or out of the mainstream. After they post their rude comments, anonymously of course, they can use their page photo capture tools to record their comments to their own websites. Then they can tout to their friends and mindless minions how ‘racist’ and ‘out of touch’ we are.
It doesn’t matter that it isn’t true, they just do it to create their ‘narrative’. Andrew Breitbart, rest his soul, was onto this game and we should be too. Remember when Tea Party members confronted members of congress at the Capitol and it was said that they said racist things, when it was proven they did not. If it wasn’t for all the video evidence, and Andrew Breitbart, the left would have lied all day long and damaged the Tea Party beyond repair. We’ve seen how they attack conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman. We’ve seen how conservative gatherings attract the wackos carrying racist signs and wearing swastikas. They’re plants of the left whose sole aim is to get their picture in the paper or on TV as an attempt to smear us. They aren’t with us, but they pretend to be. They need to be called out and confronted.
We should do with them what we did last night on The Dark Side, confront their lies with the truth. We keep a civil tongue but we confront them and tell them where they are wrong, just like Andrew always did. Kira was talking to a guy called Molotov Mitchell and having a great discussion Sunday night on his new prolife political thriller movie The Gates of Hell. I was really enjoying the back and forth when low and behold, a troll showed up in the chat room. It doesn’t really matter what his “Handle” was, it was anonymous and untraceable, but we knew almost immediately what he was doing. The fact that Kira has trolls popping up on her blogs and her Radio Internet show is proof that she is being successful in her attack on the Lefty lunacy out there.
As soon as this troll started spouting froth about “the evil Jews” the chat room went crazy and just about everyone had a few choice words for this person. He was eventually overwhelmed or got bored and the chat room was ours again. Kira carried on like the champion she is, taking no heed of the battle waging on her chat room. I’m sure she was aware of it, but was too classy to address the moron outloud and she let us take care of it. At one point she threatened to block the offensive person. I was happy to see the response from my fellow listeners. It was classy.
Rich Mitchell, Michelle Ray and everyone of Conservative Daily News have created a platform here for all of us to enjoy, vent, stay informed and be connected to one another, at great expense of time and effort. (They even allow my silly columns to be published once in a while, which just serves to inflate my ego!) As popularity grows, more attacks will no doubt come. The attacks in the chat room of The Dark Side are the equivalent of a glitter bombing in my view and we need to rally around these leaders of ours and give them our support. Then we need to go out and preach our conservative message in the face of their vile hatred, and we need to push back against the mainstream media’s endless attack of lies and half truths.
As a Conservative African-American (Canadian?) woman, Kira herself is bound to be a target of the left, now and in the future. She’s smart and effective and popular with her fans. The enemy will try to take her down a peg, as they attempted last week with Rush Limbaugh.They will try to trap us and trick us into saying or writing something stupid. We can’t let them take or hold one inch of ground. We need to be as brave as Kira is and defend her against the trolls. They’re mean, ugly and they smell funny, so they should be easy to identify.
Go, do battle.