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Craigslist advert seeks jolly right-wing trolls to help conservative message during election campaign

| March 29, 2011

Trolltastic! Calling all right-wing trolls! This afternoon a job vacancy advertisement appeared on the Toronto version of Craigslist.

It is written out below, and a quick-thinking friend of rabble took a Print Screen grab of it. Thanks! 

It comes from an unnamed social media company seeking neo-con news junkies to "help balance the left-wing bias of the major media outlets" by writing attack responses to comments, forums, Facebook and more. Ability to use humour, sarcasm and personal insults are considered a definite bonus.

And like all subcontracted jobs in the Conservative era, it is part time and pays hourly with no benefits -- though controversy will get you bonuses!

Sadly for all baby Ezra Levants, this advert was pulled from Craigslist within an hour of its being posted. 

So... We have several options of what to think:

1) It's a fake to wind-up us lefties;

2) It's a fake to make the Conservative side look bad. Yeah, I know...;

3) It's real and someone involved in the social media company forgot that social media means EVERYONE CAN SEE IT! [sorry for yelling, I'm actually laughing loudly];

4) It's real and they've moved on to some closed forum or U of T Conservative Club gathering to find their willing shills.

Whatever else you may think about the Craigslist ad being real, there is no question that online comments are frequently dominated by people who are not what they seem. British columnist George Monbiot wrote eloquently about this in February. 

Any thoughts? Anyone with evidence of this or any other Conservative/conservative election malfeasance please send info to editor@rabble.ca

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Date: 2011-03-28, 1:03PM EDT
Reply to: job-f922t-2291333753@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

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Writers Needed to post Right-wing Comments to social media and news outlets

We are a social media company working for a political organization, hired to help balance the left-wing bias of the major media outlets by supplying a team of writers who will post to newspaper comments, media forums, FB pages, etc. We are NOT officially afiliated [sic] with Harper campaign

You [sic] writing must be strong, right-wing and use supplied talking points without bogging down in too much detail. You are creating an online persona with a consistent tone. Ideally you can find or make up facts and statistics to stir controversy. Where suited humour, sarcasm and personal insults are welcome.

You are a news junky who is able to log on to news forums, facebook [sic] pages several times a day. You are able to write comments tailored to new topics while always repeating key talking points.

Compensation: TBD. hourly rate and volume of online activity. Bonuses for controversial postings that heat up a topic or forum thread.

How to apply: We are more interested in your writing than your resume. To apply submit a 100 word post based on the headline "Ignatieff Promises No Coalition after Election" Show us that you can write from a right wing character voice, score points, stir outrage and use humour.

Be sure to include your name, email and cell number so we can contact you.

Sorry, only candidates who submit the best test post submissions will be contacted for an interview.

Location: National

Compensation: TBD. hourly rate and volume of online activity. Bonuses for controversial postings that heat up a topic or forum thread.

This is a part-time job.

Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.

Please, no phone calls about this job!

Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 2291333753

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