Greg Gutfeld, a Fox News host, has joined the ranks of crazed conservatives claiming — without any proof — that MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow is paying for mentions on Twitter to boost her visibility. Yesterday, Gutfeld tweeted:
Confession: I use faux tweets to boost interest in my faux outrage #maddow
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) March 2, 2013
On March 1, a poster on the radically rabid right wing social “news” forum Free Republic (full disclosure: Free Republic owner Jim Robinson has been banned all articles from The New Civil Rights Movement from his site after we filed a complaint of copyright infringement) posted this wholly-unsubstantiated claim:
“Rachel Maddow Busted Using Multiple Fake Twitter Accounts To Boost Mentions Of Her Show”
The posting included copies of tweets from different accounts all tweeting the same message:
“Confession: I yell at my TV while watching Rachel #Maddow talk about filibuster reform in the same way most people do during football.”
Apparently, in “conservative” minds, Twitter spam is proof of a diabolical plan by whomever is included in the spam tweet of payment and fraud. Double-bonus points if the Twitter spam is designed to make the supposed payer of the spam tweets look bad, because who would pay for tweets to boost their image?
The Free Republic posting quipped, “With so many supposedly unique accounts mentioning her name, the term #Maddow has quickly risen to the top of trending topics on twitter-something @LeftyBollocks found odd since her show has so few viewers.”
But apparently this was all the journalistic investigation Fox News host Greg Gutfeld — author of The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage – needed to do to go with the story — and the masses.
Last year, Gutfeld claimed that President Obama is “officially gay for class warfare.”
For their part, MSNBC has responded:
Spam on #maddow hashtag is not coming from the show or any producers. Have reached out to Twitter to investigate
— msnbcPR (@msnbcPR) March 2, 2013
Perhaps Gutfeld will use his journalistic bona fides to investigate the claim, by turning to MySpace for answers?
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