Manufactured Outrage of the Day: Mitt Romney is Buying Twitter Followers or Something

Posted by on Jul 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

The shootings in Colorado have caused the presidential campaigns to hold off bashing each other for a couple of days, but that isn’t preventing Obama supporters of making up a new line of attack on Mitt Romney.

Really, it doesn’t get any dumber than this.

Mitt Romney has gotten extremely popular on Twitter in the last 24 hours. In fact, he is receiving 25 new followers per second as I write this.

What’s happening? It seems to have started Friday, when Romney’s typical average of 3,ooo-4,000 per day increased some twenty fold to over 62,000 in a single day, according to But the new followers are highly suspect. From “empty” accounts to pornbots, spambots, Justin Beiber-related accounts, Obama supporters and foreign accounts, the followers tell a puzzling tale, suggesting spam automation, purchased traffic or perhaps even sabotage.

Who knows. And really, who cares? Well the sob sisters of perpetual outrage do, that’s who.

For what it’s worth, the Romney campaign denies they’re buying followers.

In the meantime, Romney’s Twitter feed also follows 247 others. Nobody seems to ask why the president has so much free time on his hands that he follows 675,412 others.


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2 Responses to “Manufactured Outrage of the Day: Mitt Romney is Buying Twitter Followers or Something”

  1. Lightwave on 22/22/12 at 4:04 pm

    And I’m sure every single one of Obamee’s seventeen million plus followers are all legitimate, too.

    They don’t want to have this debate. But let’s have Breitbart’s outfit pore over all of his Twitter list and see how many are real.

    I’m betting less than 10%.

  2. Dumb or sloppy or evil? on 23/23/12 at 10:48 pm

    The story you quoted did not say Romney bought the followers, they argued Romney couldn’t have, in fact.

    You took the headline from ThinkProgress and conflated it with the article at NYaltnews. Did you do this on purpose? Are you trying to confuse your own readers?