Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Canadian media firm seeking professional right-wing trolls

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Conservative troll

We hear all the time about how Canada is a model for actual fairness and balance in our media and political discourse, and for the most part, that is certainly true (especially when compared to our Fox News-adoring southern neighbor). But, the truth is that we also have our share of dishonest right-wing agitators who’d like nothing more than to drag everyone down into the festering intellectual swamplands they inhabit for the sake of furthering their self-serving agenda (all typos [sic]):

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 affiliated with Harper campaign

You 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 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.

I guess rank dishonesty and the ability to apply halfway-decent grammar are inversely proportional for the typical conservative, regardless of geo-political affiliation.

(via @todayspolitics)