The latest in our entry to the field guide to bloggers from CPAC is Jackie Wellfounder’s Raging against the Rhetoric
The full field guide is here.
The latest in our entry to the field guide to bloggers from CPAC is Monobloge
The full field guide is here.
DaWeekly paycheck continues to lag this week.
That $300 weekly paycheck to keep things going seems far away. It’s not odd to have a slow week after a strong one but I’d hoped people would think the site was worth more than $22 this week.
If you think so consider hitting DaTipjar below.
You know I’ve been hearing all this talk about the GOP brand and image problems but I must have been hearing poorly.
The GOP’s future is so bright we don’t need the tea party activists. Sure they gave the GOP control of the house in 2010 but the GOP did so well in 2012 that they can afford to drive the away
“Caucuses and conventions clearly give a better idea of what the base of the party wants, and the folks who show up for conventions and primaries are the very same people that the party will call upon to do the work each election cycle,” he added. “This is clearly an attempt to get rid of what the base of the party wants.”
It’s comforting they party is doing so well they don’t need the tea party volunteers and all that constitution stuff to do the busy work of campaigns that such people do.
And apparently they don’t need the bloggers either:
For the RNC to produce a 100-page report and not have a single mention of the need to interact with and support the conservative blogosphere tells me that the RNC simply has rearranged the deck chairs on the HMS Consultant.
Yeah sure the White House made it a point to have the president meet directly with bloggers like Jonathan Singer, Duncan Black, Oliver Wills and John Aravosis who helped carry him over the finish line but the GOP is doing so well it simply doesn’t need bloggers to push their candidates and bypass the mainstream media.
Who knew the media monopoly of the left was no big deal to the GOP?
And even better the GOP has reached a state where people like Joe Scarborough and the establishment can support Mark Sanford as a good choice for the GOP in South Carolina as opposed to someone like, oh I don’t know maybe Curtis Bostic:
His campaign page is StopSpending.com — a basic Tea Party theme — and it seems entirely possible that the grassroots, tired of the corrupt GOP establishment’s old-boy style of politics, could rally behind Bostic.
Reading his biography page, he’s a Marine veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the father of five home-schooled children. So there’s your pro-military and pro-family “street cred.”
Yeah I know he has a great background and backstory and I know the temptation is go to Mr. Bostic’s facebook page to sign on or to his site and help Curtis Bostic with a few dollars under normal circumstances I would strongly advise this as Ann Coulter says:
You would think Akin would stand in history to teach Republicans to stop giving away winnable seats by running ridiculous candidates. Alas, no.
What’s next? A Republican candidate whose campaign consists exclusively of demanding vaginal probes and discussing different types of rape?
If, in some horrible twist of fate that’s been stalking Republicans, Sanford wins the runoff, he will lose the general election. Worse, he might win, making Republicans look like utter hypocrites on family values.
But apparently the GOP is doing so well that nominating a guy who is the GOP’s version of Anthony Weiner against the sister of a fellow who has a platform on Comedy Central reaching young voters around the nation amplified by other networks will not in the least hurt the GOP nor fuel the “war on women” theme that the left played in the last election.
And here I was worried about the left fundamentally changing the direction of the country, silly me. It’s so nice to know the GOP in general and conservatives in particular have so little to worry about. Reince Priebus must be so pleased.
Yes I think it would be a great idea to drop a few dollars in Curtis Bostic campaign here but additionally I suggest the following.
If you disagree with the premise that Mark Sanford is the right choice for the seat once held by Tim Scott
If you think abandoning the Tea Party is a bad idea
If you think abandoning conservative bloggers a bad idea as well.
Then you should consider hitting DaTipJar below so this conservative blogger can draw that $300 paycheck to keep it alive and continue to fight the fight that some in the party apparently think is already won.
The latest entry to the field guide has specific ideas concerning the GOP & Minority outreach
Ironic thought, on day 1 of CPAC I overheard a conversation between a group of black conservatives, one was frustrated she had been approached by media over and over again asking about “diversity” and not interested in her ideas.
The full field guide is here
The 4th Doctor : “You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”
Doctor Who: The Face of Evil Episode Four
I remember a great post at the old Eject-Eject-Eject when he talked to a guy who was big into conspiracy theories. He shot down every piece of “evidence” that was brought forward but the guy kept coming:
Every time I would identify one of these great mysteries, Joe had the same response: okay, but what about this! No fight, no defense — nothing. And then we’d be on to some new blur or smudge that proved, incontrovertibly, that this “reality” we live in is a giant lie, and that we are all victims of Dark Forces moving beyond our control or even our awareness… and that while the sleepwalking sheeple go on with their corporate-controlled lives, the mysterious wheels of the Shadow Government turn inexorably onward, crushing those brave few individuals who are on to the whole horrid plot like so many ants. There is a word for this diseased mental state.
The key part was the “no defense” business. It didn’t matter what the evidence was, it didn’t matter that he was able to shoot down each bit of nonsense. There was always a different piece of nonsense that proved we lived in some sort of parallel world that only the very few mystery men knew existed.
That’s what I though of when I saw this:
Because somebody, in my opinion, is paying Lee Stranahan to file these charges against me, in the hopes that I will either break or die.
Seriously Bill Seriously?
Lee Stranahan explained the situation rather clearly:
I have one and only one relationship with Bill Schmalfeldt ; I am a person that he decided to target. I am a victim of his harassment, as are my wife and children.
That’s it. He is the harasser and I am the harassed.
I have said nothing about Bill Schmalfeldt in the past few days except as it relates to his baseless and relentless attacks on me and my family.
If that is even the slightest bit true it would not require anyone to pay Mr. Stranahan to take legal action against you. In fact it would be his duty as a husband and father.
Let’s point out something: As I’m typing this I have a bunch of things to do, I have to upload my radio show, write this week’s under the fedora column, finish my series on George Washington, call customers and take care of some family stuff.
Instead I’m writing a post about a man I’ve never met, who, sans beard, could be used as the model for Sontarians without any makeup. (If he is 5′ 3″ or less the BBC would hire him on the spot and save on makeup) because he’s making trouble for a friend of mine, thus inviting the same kind of grief that Sicilians like myself generally are spared (for whatever reason).
But as I’m writing this, it begs the question, why is Mr. Schmalfeldt’s assertion nonsense squared? There are two simple answers and I’ll take them in order;:
First the idea of ego :
When I say “Bill Schmalfeldt” my readers will first reaction is likely: “Who?” What the hell has he ever done? Who actually knows who what he is doing? Who actually cares? Well one easy measure of his popularity is twitter followers.
Really, you have a guy on twitter with under 150 followers who has his tweets “protected” and people are trying to silence him? Who is actually going to pay money to silence somebody that nobody hears? He doesn’t even qualify as a tree falling in the forest. As Stacy McCain put it:
There’s also Schmalfeldt’s megalomanic persecution complex, as evidenced by his claim that the harassment charges were filed “in the hopes that I will either break or die.”
No, Bill: You were charged with harassment because — wait for it – you were engaged in harassment.
The obsession, the fixation, the inability to step back from the situation and view it with anything like objectivity — these are symptomatic of a deranged mind, and why Schmalfeldt focused his madness on Lee Stranahan is somewhat mysterious. Schmalfeldt started cyberstalking Aaron Walker in June, and peripatetically hopscotched around to attack various other enemies of Brett Kimberlin over the course of ensuing months. In November, Schmalfeldt’s stalking of me escalated to the point that he threatened to contact my wife and sent me more than 200 harassing Twitter messages in the span of 48 hours. And through it all, Schmalfeldt has insisted that his targets deserve his malicious attention, that they are guilty of some heinous wrongdoing that Schmalfeldt is obligated to “investigate” and “expose.”
It seems nothing can dissuade Schmalfeldt from his persistent delusions of grandeur adequacy.
Now by his very existence Mr. Schmalfeldt is loved by God. On a personal level he might be a good father/grandfather and a fine husband and a good neighbor to the people on his street. But that while important on a personal level means little in the arena of ideas. The truth is nobody would bother to pay money to silence him. In fact the only reason why anyone (including me) is currently writing about him or caring about him is the treats to our friend and colleague.
Of course this doesn’t preclude him someday becoming a force for the left. Good writing and hard work can make it happen, but, and perhaps it’s just me but, if you have such a goal in mind, phrases like this might just be counterproductive:
I got some f–king news for you, Stranny — Walker, Hoge, Frey — beware the Ides of March.”
Because nothing says: I’m not harassing anyone nor a threat to people, then quoting a phrase associated with assassination since before the nation formed.
Because we all know Bill Schmalfeldt is a fanatical fan of William Shakespeare.
Second the Red Herring.
Consider Robert Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan who have spent a fair amount of time writing about Kimberlin, Rauhauser, are nationally known as reporters, they have built up connection networks far and wide and have spent time doing first hand reporting bringing to light subject that the left would rather see left alone.
For a reason totally independent of this post I needed to go to Stranahan’s site today. I was rather amazed that 18 of his last 20 posts concerned Bill Schmalfeldt’s actions vis a vis Lee’s family and the suit. The latest:
Bill Schmalfeldt shows no signs whatsoever of stopping public discussion of his sexual obsession with me and my family. He’s been writing about my wife Lauren for months, in insulting and prurient terms that have including fantasizing about having her perform sexuals acts on him and then do menial labor before discussing the death of our daughter Collette
No, Bill, that is what you thought you were doing to Stranahan: You believed Lee was particularly vulnerable to your persistent harassment, and so you kept piling up the attacks, the threats, the smears in expectation of destroying him. And now that Stranahan feels compelled to file criminal charges to end your harasssment, you are projecting your own sadistic motives onto Lee.
Projection is the right word here along with a tad bit of Latin “Cui bono“?
Who benefits from taking two nationally known reporters who have been known to drive stories the MSM has ignored off of whatever they are covering to write about a virtual unknown or better yet, given Lee Stranahan’s readership on twitter:
Someone might not pay to have a guy with 150 followers with protected tweets silenced, but I suspect someone might kick in a buck or two to get two guys with a combined twitter followers off of national stories for a bit. Ignoring the multiplicity effect of tweets that would amplify the value of distraction basic math would suggest it is 300 times more likely that someone would pay for someone to keep people like Stacy & Lee busy.
Does that mean someone is paying Mr. Schmalfeldt to make trouble for Lee and/or Stacy? No, there is no evidence I’m aware of and even if someone IS paying Mr. Schmalfeldt, he has as much right to shake his tip jar as anyone else. If someone thinks keeping Stacy & Lee busy is worth paying Mr. Schmalfeldt a few dollars that’s capitalism.
However assuming such a payment is taking place, presumption of innocence not withstanding, given the preliminary hearing on criminal charges against Mr. Schmalfeldt (and others) the question becomes: “Is this a wise investment?”
As any Sicilian can tell you, as long as Mr. Schmalfeldt keeps his mouth shut under oath on the subject, the answer may be yes.
Now I don’t claim to be unbiased here. I’m a friend of both Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan so feel free to judge my piece accordingly but in terms of the lawsuits being filed in Maryland whether you distrust what I’ve written or accept it as Gospel one thing is for sure. It won’t be boring.
Raj: Howard, wait. Why don’t you use this instead of the PVC to keep the transverse filter assembly in place?
Howard: Because this is not a spare part from the space station. This is the thing from the pizza box that keeps the lid from touching the cheese.
Raj: That what that’s for? In India, the lid just touches the cheese. Of course, we also have rampant poverty and periodic outbreaks of cholera, so a little cardboard in our cheese is no biggie.
The Big Bang Theory, The Classified Materials Turbulence 2009
Yesterday I talked about how the left had left opening for the right over the decades that have allowed people like Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox news drive right through, I also spoke about the irony of Charles Johnson’s attack on Robert Stacy McCain starting me on the path to the following plan
60 donors x Giving $20 x 12 Months = My Paycheck
Granted this has only worked for two weeks so far but after looking at a twitter debate I’ve seen online yesterday and thinking about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.
Certain products like (shameless plug alert) the Jerkstopper that anchors your laptop cable to an unused port so it doesn’t get “jerked” out of your laptop and break the power pin work because it fills a need hitherto untouched. The same works with media. The unwillingness of the MSM to cover important stories as Powerline noted yesterday gives bloggers the ability to be the primer pushers of stories.
Consider the Daily Caller and Senator Menendez, Matthew Boyle has been on this case as the MSM totally ignored the story in favor of Marco Rubio drinking water. Last night it actually reached the point where CNN led it’s 8PM with a laughable report trying to discredit the story concerning underage hookers while acknowledging corruption under the “everybody does it” meme.
Yet even this coverage in the MSM doesn’t happen without conservative bloggers continuing to push this story over and over again.
Now think of the internet as a whole. How many great conservative bloggers are out there getting you stories others have left behind. Robert Stacy McCain who has traveled the country bringing you stories. Dan Riehl who’s site is a plethora of information, The Conservatory & the Minority Report, aggregate sites bringing you great conservative writing from all over the net. The Lonely Conservative reporting from NY, Jimmie Bise, Jeff Dunetz the Yid with Lid, Pam Geller, Bob Belvedere, Jerry Wilson, William Hoge, Lee Stranahan, Stacy Washington, the Chicks on the Right, Sarah Marie Brenner, Zilla, Katy’s Conservative Corner, Doug Ross, Marathon Pundit, Babalu blog and so many more that I simply can’t list without making this a 10,000 word post.
If you look at my field guide of bloggers the list of conservative bloggers driving liberals nuts on a daily basis is simply boundless.
If only we could fund them. The funding device to keep bloggers up and running is the small plastic piece that keeps the cardboard out of the cheese, very obvious once you have it, but someone needs to come up with it first.
I have often quoted Jimmie Bise statement concerning a conservative funding
If conservatives with money would fund places for budding journalists to get their work in front of a decent-sized audience, there would be lots of Bob Novaks, Byron Yorks, Mark Hemingways, Matthew Vadums, and Stacy McCains showing up. Running a web site isn’t the hardest thing in the world to do, but it does take time. There are plenty of folks who could set up and run a site that does original reporting, but they have to have something approaching a credible budget not just to pay for the reporters but also to pay for their own time.
And Stacy McCain:
For the $4 million that the permatanned RINO Charlie Crist collected during that single three-month span of 2009, you could fund eight spiffy little New Media operations for a year (or four such operations for two years). And FEC contribution limits do not apply to people making “investments” in news operations, so that the rich Republicans would not be restricted in their generosity toward New Media, as they are toward political candidates.Soros has figured this out. Rich Republicans have not.
We’ve talked about this for a while and I’ve spoken to bloggers concerning several such idea but the problem has always been access to the type of donors that Karl Rove takes for granted for the seed money and of course there is the issue of being dependent on one or two big donors to keep things going.
and that brings us to my plan built upon the plan I’m using for myself only more dramatic:
My personal 60 x $20 x 12 months works out to an annual paycheck of $14,400 multiply that times 100 and suddenly you have a budget of 1.4 million dollars.
What can you fund with $1.4 Mil? Consider:
Hobby & Green Bloggers/Activists:
There are plenty of people who blog after work, maybe one post a day or the brand new bloggers just getting started. Their only costs are hosting and maybe the occasional trip. Under the formula above you could fund 400 such people at $1000 annually to cover their hosting, and perhaps a trip to an event.
Part Time & Retired Bloggers:
They might be a housewife or house husband, working part-time. They might cover events within driving distance and state races. Perhaps they go to a national conference or three. You could fund say 100 people $5000 a year to do this.
Full time bloggers:
They will be expected to cover national events in person, flying and traveling, and posting multiple times a day with original reporting and live reports.
Right now nationally we have ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN & FOX. lets say we double those networks 12 people doing this and pay them each $35,000 a year out of which they are expected to cover at least one trip every other month.
Add those numbers up $400,000 + $500,000 + $420,000 = $1,320,000 to fund 512 bloggers. (And that still leaves $120K for overhead)
Think of that a second: 512 bloggers posting daily amplifying the conservative message, pushing conservative candidates on the local state and federal level and best of all cross promoting each other and the causes they are pushing.
And also think of the incentive structure. How many new bloggers might work very hard for the chance to turn that $1000 a year into $5000 or that $5000 a year into a $35,000 annual job (although guys it’s harder work than you think).
And best of all, instead of counting on one or two big donors who might demand certain stories be covered and others not, we would be talking 6000 people all giving a total of $240 a year.
6000 people works out to 120 PER STATE. Surely we can find 120 people in each state who can spare 20 bucks a month to fund this, after all:
How much would the GOP pay for a minimum of 512 stories on the web promoting their cause?
How much would the various conservative think tanks be willing to pay for hundreds of potential promoters of their studies and their finding?
How much would YOU as a conservative be willing to pay to see this happen? Would you pay $20 a month?
And what is the left going to do? Are they going to paint a bunch of middle class folks kicking in $20 a month? Are they going to have a big expose on a guy with a parts store who gives up 2 trips to Wendy’s or Burger king every month?
If 60 people kicking in $20 a
week month to give me a paycheck for a single conservative blog annoys the left, how crazy would over 500 bloggers dogging their candidates and promoting our side do.
I think it’s a worthwhile idea, the problem is can I find 6000 people nationwide who agree?
Update: Stacy McCain notes why the Army of Conservative Davids/Stacy McCains is needed:
Ah, but here comes The Enforcer: Charles Pierce at Esquire attacks Vandehei and Harris from their left flank, signaling that even the mildest media dissent against Dear Leader is unacceptable. Anyone in the D.C. press corps who actually does stray from the fawning pro-Obama herd will be targeted for destruction by MSNBC, by the left blogosphere, by Media Matters and Think Progress.
It’s these enforcer types — Commissars of the People’s Information Bureau, as it were — who make media reform impossible. That’s what Journolist was all about, and you may notice that the Washington Post hasn’t exactly kicked Ezra Klein to the curb.
and at Human Events Newt talks of the innovation the GOP needs
As Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told me, “Commercial radio was a new technology in the early 1930′s and Reagan adapted to it. Talking movies were a new technology in the late 30′s and Reagan adapted to it. Network television was a new technology in the early 1950′s and Reagan adapted to it. If Reagan were alive today, he’d be tweeting.”
This plan, that is innovation.
Update 2: Typo corrected “week” to “Month” in 2nd to last paragraph.
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A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step and the journey to the $300 paycheck this week is taking baby steps as we have moved $10 closer than yesterday. Thus we are still 13 1/4 $20 hits this week away from three hundred but I’m an optimist at heart.
You can fuel that optimism with a click on the button below. After all why send the money to HBO this month when they will just use it to hit conservatives?
`I’ll give you Mr Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast.’
`The Founder of the Feast indeed.’ cried Mrs Cratchit, reddening. `I wish I had him here. I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.’
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 1843
When you think of conservative media there are three names that instantly come to mind. Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox News
Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox News are all at the top of their fields. The left constantly hits all three but Rush has been the #1 talk radio show for decades, Matt Drudge’s web site is in the top 100 nationwide and top 500 worldwide (think of how many porn sites outdrawn) and Fox News has been on top so long a post-election dip in ratings was news all over the web and on their rival station that conveniently neglect to mention their own pathetic ratings in their stories.
Granted all three deserve credit for their own success but it’s not possible without decades of help from the MSM.
Years of bland biased radio gave Rush Limbaugh his opening, Fox took up a mantle that nobody else on TV was willing to carry and rode it to #1 spot in cable news, and Newsweek might still be a national magazine if they didn’t forfeit their scoop on Monica Lewinsky & Bill Clinton to Matt Drudge who beats the now online only Newsweek by a factor of 10.
Put simply the media created the conditions for all of these conservative platforms to thrive.
Here on the web the left is no less prolific. With Soros money and bloggers on salary the left is able to create instant public opinion or at least its illusion. In response the independent bloggers working on a shoestring have become a force in response.
As longtime readers of this blog and listeners to the radio show know I lost my Computer Job 5 years ago. During my failed pursuit of a job in my field, I started my old blog. My breakout moment came when I hosted Robert Stacy McCain to cover the improbable Scott Brown, however even that came about because of another event even more improbable
Stacy McCain while still at his old blog was attacked by Charles Johnson of LGF during his final er “change” I had been a fan of both blogs at the time and covered the clash noting people who knew Stacy personally defended him and had a problem with Johnson’s tactics:
I saw Charles accusations concerning Robert, they were serious not only in terms of his career as a reporter and someone supporting a family of 6 but in terms of honor. The next day after reacting with righteous anger over the statements Robert answered and provided explanations as well. They more than satisfied me and I take him at his word…However there is another factor here, Robert Stacy McCain is the father of six. Those six carry his name and to some degree his reputation. He is fighting for their honor, his father honor and his great grandfather’s honor. He also as a father has to set the example for his children to stand up for themselves. If he lets this go without satisfaction he the example he will be setting will be terrible. As a father I see it and nod.
That friendship that led to the Scott Brown team-up, my first CPAC visit, a place on the Tea Party Express bus, eventually to the Mitt Romney “victory” party and to this day where the blog has been ranked 101 on the list of top 150 conservative web sites and to you dear readers over the last two weeks providing me with the first two semi regular paychecks I’ve received since George Bush was president.
But none of this happens without Johnson attacking Stacy McCain.
Now based on a 40 hour work (in reality is a 7 day a week job regularly working 80 hours) reading, writing, researching, or calling people concerning stories or covering them myself for the show or the blog the following formula…
Sixty Readers Giving $20 Dollars for Twelve Months = My Weekly $300 Paycheck
…works out to $7.50 an hour before taxes but I suspect the idea of an independent conservative blog able to support itself by reader contributions would still annoy Charles Johnson to no end.
The eventual goal is to make the radio pay enough to double that figure and get me back at least to the level I was drawing when I collected unemployment and if I work even harder someday to the weekly $800 paycheck that allowed me to build the savings our family exhausted over the Obama years. That would annoy Charles Johnson even more
But if 60 people x $20 x 12 to fund a single conservative blogger annually how much angrier can we make the entire left with just a little tweak, but that is a post for tomorrow morning.
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Yesterday was a National Holiday although not for the blog but it was a holiday for DaTipJar
Sunday’s tip jar hit still puts us $25 ahead of last week at this time but far behind the goal of the weekly paycheck.
It takes only 14 people kicking in $20 to pay the bills in a week. Consider being one of them, it will annoy the left to no end.
Because of personal issues I haven’t given the events in Egypt any coverage, that couldn’t really been helped but for all the fuss about fiscal cliffs and pregnant princesses the protests of the last few days might in fact be the most consequential events of the 21st century, for the entire world.
On Thanksgiving day just a few hours after being praised by Obama/Clinton team for his role in the cease-fire that prevented Israel from wiping out Hamas sites where rockets had been launched against Israel from (a cease-fire the Muslim Brotherhood needed badly to safe face) President Morisi claimed far-reaching powers over the state and the courts in a rather dramatic move that caught many Egyptians by surprised and was almost totally ignored by Americans busy with Turkey, Football and Black Friday shopping.
Since then there have been loud protest reaching a point where Morsi actually fled the palace for a short period of time.
However the Muslim Brotherhood was not going to sit back and let this happen, yesterday they organized counter-protests and that means violence:
The Egyptian army has begun to clear demonstrators and media organisations from outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
It follows violent overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi that left five people dead and 644 injured.
Yesterday While picking up a pizza at a local place the protests were on the air on a satellite channel in Arabic, the owner of the place in Fitchburg talked about the violence of the Muslim Brotherhood in an attempt to suppress protests.
There isn’t much news in English from the Horse’s mouth but here is something from the Egypt Daily News.
First of all, I would like to thank you. If it wasn’t for the massive organised effort and insane amount of money that you poured into having a strong showing in Giza and Alexandria last Saturday, and the full Panic mode that you put all the secular people of Egypt (who are now the majority after five months only of your rule), we wouldn’t have seen yesterday’s massive, nay, colossal turn out in all of the governorates. Not only did we pack Tahrir, we completely covered the huge area surrounding the Presidential palace (despite security checkpoints placed there by your security forces to divide the crowds and make the numbers look small, and which were naturally removed by the protesters), not to mention the massive turnout in Alexandria, Assiut, Minya, Daqahliya, Suez, Port Said, 6th of October, Mahalla, Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, Damanhour, Damietta, Aswan and others.
Wanting to get a few from the front lines I took a look at the twitter feed of Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey to get a better idea of what is going on and discovered something interesting…
That’s a real problem for a person like me who doesn’t know arabic, but there is one thing he says in English loud and clear:
— السيد مانكي (@Sandmonkey) December 6, 2012
Who is Gehad El-Haddad? Let me introduce you or more properly I’ll let him introduce himself:
So it seems to be Mr. El-Haddad is deeply involved in both the Muslim Brotherhood and in media. As the Brotherhood man involved in TV I would expect he’d have a lot to say about what is going on, so I looked at his twitter feed, Here is what the front page of his twitter feed looks like as of 8:48 AM EST Thursday
Now doesn’t it strike you as odd that you have to go down 5 pages before you find a single tweet in Arabic, and that a retweet?
If this man is communicating to the people of Egypt, to the Arab world, to people who follow Islam, surely you would expect to see a large amount of tweets in Arabic with the odd English tweet mixed in more like our friend Sandmonkey?
مين عنده عنوان أحمد المغير؟
— السيد مانكي (@Sandmonkey) December 6, 2012
Why is this so? The answer can be found in Sandmonkey’s twitter feed
@gelhaddad You’re consciously trying to build up a narrative of crap. Wishful thinking in an age where truth us crowd-sourced.
— Mohamed Abdelfattah (@mfatta7) December 6, 2012
Here is what I think. I think this fellow Gehad El-Haddad’s twitter feed is for lazy westeners who don’t want to sort though arabic, I think it exists to build a real time narrative for the western world. As Nervana Mahmoud puts it in the Daily News of Egypt:
The Muslim Brotherhood is waging a war of perception, not just for domestic consumption but for a western audience, too. Perception is crucial for two reasons: To defeat non-Islamist opponents, who may lose faith quickly when watching the endless number of pro-Morsy protestors in comparison to their relatively lower number in Tahrir and, secondly, to convince western nations that Islamists are the only reliable, powerful force in Egypt and that they are backed by the “majority” of Egyptians.
That’s why Mr. El Haddad’s tweets are not in Arabic. If you consider how easily the west bought the Hamas narrative I can see why he would be sure to tweet “facts” in a language that the lazy western press could understand but the majority of Egyptians would not.