I’m a fan of Storage Wars, but I don’t know about Troll Wars. WorldNetDaily has put up an article, using a graphic featuring stylized Guy Fawkes masks, that talks about “pro-Obama ‘Trolls’ who post misinformation.” Yesterday’s article by Jerome Corsi takes on the Orwellian task of turning Internet censorship into freedom of thought.
Trolls are a problem and I have no doubt that WorldNetDaily gets their share of them. I commend the article for its general discussion of troll behavior and you might want to read that. What I do not commend is their conspiratorial approach to the topic, concluding that the trolls are paid.
They give one example of an anonymous post at a web site from someone claiming to be a paid troll. So was this a paid troll, or a troll whose gambit is pretending to be paid?
The WND article is somewhat muddled in its description of its troll detection process. It talks about names, email addressees and IP addresses, which it has available to it, but it also includes aggregate message counts from individuals at WND, CNN, Fox News and other sites. I find it hard to believe that CNN is sharing IP addresses with WorldNetDaily. The methodology is not disclosed.
Meanwhile, Orly Taitz has jumped on the anti-troll bandwagon. Reading her site lately, I found fawning praise of Orly in comments that are so over the top that I think the comments are actually making fun of Orly. She is always saying that someone is messing with her web site and this WND article is like gasoline on a fire for her [Link to Taitz web site]:
Obama’s operatives admit to being paid to defame and harass patriots on various sites. They are a part and parcel of a RICO conspiracy to aid and abet a criminal with forged IDs to usurp the U.S. Presidency by fraud
She’s citing the anonymous poster from the WND article, only that person claimed to be working for Republicans.