Conservatives have been creating a little mischief over on Twitter the last couple of weeks, taking over liberal talking points and turning it to their own advantage – while injecting a splash of humor along the way.
Today Former White House Press Secretary Bill Burton attempted to start a hashtag game called #RomneyYachtNames. It’s so unfunny and forced, it’s exactly the kind of thing that would trend on Twitter. And it did, but not the way Bill Burton intended.Conservatives hijacked the hashtag and soon started their own called #ObamaYachtNames. Never mind the fact that that barely makes sense. The stereotypes about Obama aren’t that he’s rich and owns yachts. That’s Romney’s thing. Obama is the elitist black liberation theology professor who eats kale with a side of dog, remember?!
What Cordova is referring to is this report from Twitchy. You’ll see one of our tweets featured there for Romney Yacht Names.
We also offered a few efforts under the #ObamaYachtNames hashtag:
- Barely Treading Water
- Ayers and Sea
- Big Stick, Little Dinghy
- The Narcissist
But that’s not the only conservative hashtag game that’s caught in this week. Just in the past few days, the ones I’ve seen: #MorePopularThanObamaBudget, #ObamaInHistory, #ObamaFirsts, #LowerUnderObama, #ObamaBedtimeStories, #HomophonesforObama.
If you feel like punishing yourself, just scroll down @MichelleMalkin Twitter feed. Re-tweeting the unfunniest garbage tweets she can find is apparently a hobby of hers.
Everyone in power deserves to be ridiculed. If that wasn’t true, we’d be wasting our time with this blog (instead of just wasting your time with this blog). I don’t have a problem with these hashtag games politically. I have a problem with these hashtag games comedically.
He then runs down a list of examples in which he supposedly demonstrates conservative’s lack of comedic chops – and fails miserably. The Twitter exhibits being offered are hilarious, while Cordova’s response to them demonstrates a person who simply has the jokes flying way over his head.
There really wouldn’t be much of a problem if Cordova simply admitted that he isn’t intelligent enough to understand the jokes. And assuredly, the conservative Twittosphere would actually welcome a counter-argument that ‘we at Comedy Central are funnier’, followed up by a fantastically funny rant. But this comes off as a comedically unsophisticated man, singing the blues about not being able to join in any reindeer games.
Big Hollywood has fired back at Comedy Central:
Douglas Ernst adds:
Not too long ago conservatives sat silently in the face of a media complex that relentlessly mocked them. From music to movies, television to nightly news, conservatives were almost always on the butt-end of political jokes. The narratives that sprang up to slime the right were tough, if not nearly impossible, to stamp out. One could only watch with frustration as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, David Letterman or any number of late-night “funnymen” ripped our worldview and our heroes to shreds. Media could circle the wagons around their ideological allies and shield them from the slings and arrows of quick-witted conservatives.
Needless to say, those days are over. Recently, conservatives have come out with guns blazing, shooting down the early efforts of the Obama campaign and the mainstream media to create narratives and frame the debate. Comedy Central has taken notice, which means that many, many other liberals have as well.
Ernst is right… While some might view the conservative hashtag games as just that – games – they are something much more serious. They are forcing the media to alter or at least cover the narrative that conservatives are dictating through Twitter. An overstatement? Not quite. Over the last couple of months, the conservative Twitter battle has been highlighted in such liberal media stalwarts as the New York Times, ABC News, and now the uber-liberal Comedy Central.
While a sense of humor is sorely lacking from the Comedy Central piece, it is all too abundant on the right side of Twitter. What better way to mock somebody pouting over conservative hashtag games, than to start a new conservative hashtag game?
#FunnierThanCordova was trending by night’s end.
Late last night, I had received an e-mail from a concerned blogger which explained an odd situation he had encountered on Twitter:
Last night about 20 minutes after I went on a conservative rant my account was suspended by Twitter for no apparent reason. Twitter‘s reason for the suspension was “abusive language” I didn’t even curse let alone make a threat, I said nothing that could be interpreted as abusive. I argued with Twitter and after several hours they unlocked my account.
But there’s more…
Shortly after his ordeal with Twitter, the blogger proceeded to investigate and discovered several suspensions of accounts belonging to what he called ‘low profile conservatives’ – meaning the groundwork, foot-soldier type bloggers who don’t quite have a huge following as of yet.
Were conservative bloggers just getting a little paranoid?
Chris Loesch is the husband of conservative blogger, Dana Loesch, and a prominent name on Twitter.
Earlier this evening my husband, Chris Loesch, had his Twitter account suspended. There have been stories going around of conservatives getting suspended from Twitter over innocuous things while accounts like @KillZimmerman (an account which threatened to kill George Zimmerman) and other such accounts were left active for weeks. After a user remarked about me being raped and murdered, Chris and others defended me.
I can only assume that either someone suspended it, or (and more likely) progressives targeted Chris’s account, reported him, and got him suspended.
Either way, conservatives didn’t react to kindly and launched a Twitter campaign the likes of which I haven’t seen since Wonkette and Trig Palin. #FreeChrisLoesch trended third worldwide.
In the ensuing battle, there were reports that Chris Loesch had his account reinstated, but then suspended again a couple of times. I tried to follow @ChrisLoesch this morning, and I am greeted by a message that reminds me his account has been suspended.
It’s not over yet. Coordinated flag-spamming is a problem that Twitter needs to address now and preemptively, not AFTER conservative accounts are targeted and taken down.
So who’s behind the Twitter assault on conservatives? The Twitter brass seems unlikely, as this would certainly hurt their traffic by suspending a major portion of their political dialogue.
The most likely scenario is a group of low-level liberals on Twitter, taking advantage of the reporting system in place to make bogus claims of spam or harassment. It is emblematic of the juvenile frat boy tactics of the left. Either way, it appears to be a coordinated attack that’s end purpose will only be to raise the ire of conservatives even further. You would think they would have been smarter and waited for an important news cycle to pull out this stunt, as it is likely to be remedied by Twitter in short order.
What part of free speech exactly do liberals continue to struggle with?
Excitement! Thrills! Hobnobbing with the crème de la crème of American society! All of these can be yours if you toss Barack Obama some cash.
That, at least, is the message of President Obama’s latest campaign to raise money: he’s emailed his supporters asking for donations, which enter them into a lottery to attend a fundraiser at George Clooney’s home. Here’s what President Obama tweeted:
Yes, it is certainly on our life lists to meet President Obama and George Clooney! Who wouldn’t want to meet these intellectual giants, these moral heavyweights? Our lives revolve around such momentous encounters.
Just imagine what’s going to happen if he’s acquitted…
George Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bail late Sunday night in what the Associated Press called a “low-key event.” Threats of death from the Twitter lynch mob were anything but low-key.
Here’s a few stellar examples (Warning, poor language) (Another warning, even worse grammar):
Succinct and to the point for @TrizzyTroof_CA:
I would kill George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman Released From Jail 150,000 Bail! WTF! Nigga You Are About To Die, Start Writing Your Will! Justices Has Not Been Served
@Stallionnett101 offered this ingenius insight:
Once u been convicted of a crime & let out on bail u can’t be charged 2x for the same thing so that means sum1 gonna have to kill Zimmerman
That’s called double jeopardy dumba**, and charges aren’t dropped when you’re released on bail.
Incidentally, the Twitter user policy reads:
Violence and Threats: You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.
I’m certain Twitter will do the right thing and pull those accounts. Right around the twelfth of never.
Olbermann’s last stint was with the epically pathetic Al Gore station, Current TV, so he has pretty much burned all of his bridges. Perhaps this means he won’t be gracing our TV sets any time soon.
From the New York Post:
Liberal bloviator Keith Olbermann spent his last days at Current TV driving colleagues nuts with rants about “smelly’’ drivers who had the audacity to talk to him, according to startling e-mails obtained by The Post.
“The problem is with him . . . the man who professes to be for the 99% doesn’t want any of the 99% talking to him or being near him,” an accounting executive complained in one of the missives.
An assistant, who had just about maxed out her corporate card in a desperate attempt to find a car service whose drivers would meet Olbermann’s exacting standards, e-mailed Accounting:“I bet you wish I was joking about this . . . but we have yet another car service we need to open an account with.
“Any chance we can get this ASAP? I keep putting the charges on my corporate card and I’m afraid it will go over the limit soon!”
But then she had an inspiration — why not try an LA company called, appropriately, “Diva.’’
“I am hoping this is the last one!!” the exasperated staffer said.
It worked, but it didn’t last long, because Olbermann was fired about a month later.He did, however, leave the studio for the last time in a Diva limo, sent by the firm’s New York operation.
Olbermann’s pre-Diva drivers had disdained him as much as he despised them.
“I don’t watch him. And I don’t like him as a person,” said one Skyline driver. “He’s wealthy and entitled. That should be your answer.”
You didn’t watch him and you don’t like him as a person? Welcome to the rest of the world.
Personally, this has always been one of my favorite Twitter messages…
What’s the past tense of tweet?
Well, apparently if you’re Bob Beckel it’s a word that Bill Maher likes to use when describing women that are more successful than he’ll ever be.
Beckel left the cast and crew of The Five in near tears when he let loose a phrase he certainly didn’t mean to, in discussing the matter of Pat Buchanan and his suspension from MSNBC.
“The black dude got suspended from CNN for saying something on Tweeter or twitter, whatever he calls it, twats, twits…. I’m sorry”.
Never mind the fact that had the man sitting directly to his left, Eric Bolling, ever started a sentence with the words ‘The Black Dude’, liberals would have immediately called for his firing. Beckel will slide on that, no doubt.
The crew tried their best to save the segment, but Beckel couldn’t quite recover.