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A card-check Twitter scam: a follow-up

My post earlier today describing the misleading tactics of a pro-EFCA Twitter account mentioned in passing (in a P.S.) that "One Twitter user associated with the SEIU does not seem terribly outraged by the tactic."

Now the SEIU-associated Twitter user in question, Michael Whitney, writes to term the above account "misleading. I clearly stated my disdain twice: [first link, second]".

Readers interested in the question should be sure to check out the links in question which, to me at least, tell quite a different story: 1) On Monday morning, Whitney did mildly rebuke (as "not helpful") the anonymous account over a separate, shabby habit it has of "seeding" posts with oft-searched terms unrelated to immediate content, such as "WSJ" and "SEIU". (By doing the latter, it is in effect spamming users who would prefer getting relatively clean Twitter search results on "SEIU".) 2) Later that afternoon, Whitney called the anonymous account "annoying", without more explanation; I see no reason to assume that his sense of annoyance would not be adequately explained by 1). 3) Still later in the day, after Philadelphia lawyer Eric B. Meyer expressed outrage over the account's ripely fraudulent invitation to "join [Newt Gingrich and Saul Anuzis]" in supporting the ARAW (American Rights at Work) petition, Whitney's response was as follows: "@Eric_B_Meyer it directs people to @araw petition page, not a fake petition - once you click, it's up to the person to read correctly." The inference I draw is that -- suckers! -- it's their own fault for not putting on their reading glasses and noticing that the petition was the opposite of what they thought they were signing.

Under the circumstances, I think my description of Whitney as not seeming terribly outraged by the tactic was pretty mild.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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