Patterico's Pontifications

9/14/2011

AttackWatch!

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:11 pm



Report subversive criticism of Our Leader here.

If you’re so inclined, maybe consider dropping a note to our friends at the IRS as well. After all, those who irresponsibly criticize the President may well be tax cheats too. Can’t hurt to make sure!

Thanks to S.J., who gets reported for telling me about it.

101 Responses to “AttackWatch!”

  1. The hashtag #AttackWatch has been so entertaining, I almost forgot to leave for the elementary school pick up line.

    Thanks Obama.

    Em (b73d33)

  2. I reported my french toast this morning. It didn’t brown up evenly. So one, it wouldn’t be fair, and two- racist.

    What is this world coming to, when your breakfast is subversive??

    Still tasty, tho 😉

    ppk_pixie (901c40)

  3. OK, just reported everyone at Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion and et cetera*..NEXT!

    Dustin: That YouTube..hilarious.

    JP (508ef3)

  4. I’ve been involved in a number of cults. Both as a follower and as a leader. You have more fun as a follower, but you make more money as a leader.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  5. We should report Obama for conduct that brings discredit upon Progressives.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (3f66af)

  6. Waffles of mass destruction

    EricPWJohnson (4380b4)

  7. I just reported this website and all the commenters.

    aunursa (41236f)

  8. The Democrats right now remind me of my oldest childs xmas card to the family last year

    It went:

    Dear mom and Dad,

    You know on TV how every large family has that ONE exceedingly normal person?

    We need to get one of those

    !

    EricPWJohnson (4380b4)

  9. those who irresponsibly criticize the President may well be tax cheats too

    Are you suggesting that the Secretary of the Treasry might have criticized the President?

    Uh oh. I better go report myself for even thinking of that. Crimethink is doubleplusungood.

    malclave (4f3ec1)

  10. #AttackWatch Trending on Twitter — But Not in A Good Way

    “But an early social-media backlash against the project may not have been the sort of online buzz the president’s campaign was hoping for.

    #AttackWatch is now a Trending Topic in the Washington, D.C. area — but not for the reasons its creators had hoped.

    Tea partiers, or at least people who share sympathies with them, have used #attackwatch to joke — and at times, vent — about their dissatisfaction with the Obama administration.
    A separate group has turned #AttackWatch into a punchline for mundane observations and funny non-sequiturs, using it to “report” everything from rude neighbors to NFL teams.

    Few if any have actually used #AttackWatch so far in the way the Obama campaign intended.

    Right-wing pundits took a particular glee in appropriating the hashtag, with Jonah Goldberg, Michelle Malkin, and Tim Carney firing off sarcastic tweets by the minute. “Some RWNJ [Right Wing Nut Job] said Obama set up a website to track all criticism of him. But I know you’re not that creepy,” tweeted Carney.
    Even nonpartisan novelty accounts jumped on the bandwagon: @depresseddarth, a Twitter feed imagining the Star Wars villain Darth Vader on Xanax, tweeted that “Obama launched a program to track attack threats. We had a similar program on the Death Star, but that didn’t stop Luke.”
    The Obama team has been heralded for its revolutionary use of Twitter in conducting voter and constituent outreach. But by going on offense with #AttackWatch, Obama — carrying a 33 percent approval rating according to a Bloomberg poll released today — inadvertently gave the public a campaign-approved outlet to mock him in 140 characters or less.”

    koam @wittier (9730e4)

  11. Gotta love the left getting pissed off when an inexperienced person wins the presidency as a repub.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  12. Wait…does that mean Flagging myself is out of fashion?

    Aw, crap. After the initial chafing, I was kind of starting to enjoy it.

    rtrski (192cf0)

  13. I reported myself — for commenting on this thread.

    aunursa (41236f)

  14. Can’t we all just get along together?

    ropelight (dada1c)

  15. This is not the first time that Barcky and his crew have done something like this. They like to get their McCarthy on.

    JD (6d8a47)

  16. But Mccarthy was right about communists.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  17. This doesn’t mean what some people are trying to make it mean.

    This is a political site – it’s not a government site.

    Sammy Finkelman (d3daeb)

  18. I just got an email from Obama’s campaign (the sender is “Barack Obama”) with the subject line saying “Sometime soon, can we meet for dinner?”.

    It turns out to be some kind of raffle, but I found the tone very odd. There was really no policy in the email, just appeals to people on a personal level, like Obama is the cool popular kid inviting me to sit at the cool table.

    Today Obama also told a cheering crowd

    If You Love Me, You Gotta Help Me Pass This Bill

    He appears to be dropping the idea of results entirely. It’s a weird play for people who think Obama is especially entitled. I think that’s the idea behind a ridiculously dramatic website that acts as though criticizing the President is a terrible thing.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  19. Nothing is more desparate than the actions of a leader when he realizes that the end is near.
    Baracky is having his Muammar moment.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (3f66af)

  20. This is a political site – it’s not a government site.

    Comment by Sammy Finkelman — 9/14/2011 @ 1:55 pm

    What’s your point?

    And are you pretending flag@whitehouse.gov wasn’t a government URL too?

    This is really creepy behavior. I can’t imagine Bush establishing a website in 2003 asking people to rat out dissenting views.

    It’s also completely unnecessary. Effective messages are not hidden from the public, and Obama’s campaign already knows about them without enlisting brownshirts to get in on the action.

    This is about sending a message that the best aspects of democracy are wrong when they hurt the entitled man child.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  21. Obama blaming republicans again.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  22. Anyone notice how AttackWatch.com is all in black, red, and white? Kinda like the Nazi Party?

    I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

    Chuck Bartowski (4c6c0c)

  23. The left and lefty aligned corporations do not get to pay their taxes right President Maosama?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  24. Oh, and that email was signed with just “Barack”.

    Nothing official.

    It’s like President Bush writing me and saying ‘hey, wanna back massage? See you soon -George”

    Just really strange. I’m used to political emails having some kind of… political argument. The only thing he said about his opponents is that they won’t invite their supporters to dinner. Seriously.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  25. Hilarious AttackWatch spoof.

    Comment by Dustin — 9/14/2011 @ 12:31 pm

    Dustin, thanks for the link. Keeps getting sillier and funnier as it goes. Still can’t stop laughing.

    I have it bookmarked so the next time my mom (who was Republican before Obama convinced her she was a racist if she didn’t support him 100%) sends me a You Tube video mocking Republicans. Have been waiting for the right light-tone (no pun intended) reply, and somehow I think this’ll keep me off her distribution list in future…!
    / testimonial

    no one you know (325a59)

  26. I don’t agree with Palin and her attacks on Perry but unlike others I’m not disowning her until she pulls a Ron Paul and disowns the republican party.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  27. Should have gone after him on Illegal Immigration.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  28. Thanks, NOYK. I wish I could be that funny.

    Filmladd and Cruiser and I guess this new group ‘Misfit Politics’ have a talent and show the right really has a lot of young and creative artists/patriots these days. We always did, but non-lefty humor was effectively stunted before the internet.

    See? I even make humor sound boring.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  29. I reported my mother for saying something unkind about our President.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  30. You should all be ashamed of yourself haters.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  31. “…I can’t imagine Bush establishing a website in 2003 asking people to rat out dissenting views…”

    Why would he have to?
    There already was CBS/NBC/ABC/CNN/NYT/WaPo/LAT:
    all you had to do was read the Letters to the Editor.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (3f66af)

  32. Anyone notice how AttackWatch.com is all in black, red, and white? Kinda like the Nazi Party?

    I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

    I’ve been to the site, and frankly I am not impressed.

    Now, what it REALLY needs is some kind of graphic or mascot… Maybe a stylized eagle, in an art-deco style maybe?

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  33. I reported my mother for saying something unkind about our President.

    Comment by SPQR — 9/14/2011 @ 2:58 pm

    HEЯO OF THE ЯEVOLUTION!

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  34. Anyone notice how AttackWatch.com is all in black, red, and white? Kinda like the Nazi Party?

    Two more colors and they would match the Olympic Rings.
    Or, they could just add green and match the colors of the Palestinian flag…isn’t green a Muslim color?
    Do you think they deliberately left that out?

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (3f66af)

  35. Two more colors and they would match the Olympic Rings

    No, they’d have to drop white and add yellow, blue, and green.

    Chuck Bartowski (4c6c0c)

  36. Ah, but the background to the Olympic Rings is white.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (3f66af)

  37. I turned myself in, after denouncing myself.

    JD (318f81)

  38. …anyway, whats a blue or yellow among friends.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (3f66af)

  39. I am keeping my eyes on you guys. No more attacking the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayres.

    JD (318f81)

  40. Fresh Prince of Bill Ayres.

    Ohhhhhhh snap.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  41. I total stole that, Dustin, but I love it.

    JD (318f81)

  42. Speaking of stealing, Mark Steyn calls is http://www.ThinSkinWatch.com

    SPQR (26be8b)

  43. This was clearly a ‘Winning the Future’ ploy

    ian cormac (ed5f69)

  44. From Twitter:

    “Our beloved leader does not get explosive diarrhea. He experiences kinetic fecal action.”

    Oh, gawd. I think I herniated myself and I still can’t stop laughing. Has this made the Obama presidency almost worth it?

    Oh, ok. Now I can stop laughing. (/wipes tear)

    rtrski (f5e621)

  45. I intend to report the major media every time they say anything remotely negative about their former idol. Running a story about the NY-9 fiasco for example. And as we speak NBC news is running a story about Solyndra.

    f1guyus (2a84e9)

  46. Someone ought to report Maxine Waters!

    Kevin M (563f77)

  47. Well they still love him in Europe. Do you think if we offered him, they’d take him, or do they just like how he is bringing us down? » http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.e16db70adb3c742a3386ea10319a7112.1f1&show_article=1

    Barbara (Xerraire) (638c94)

  48. Man, if your’re going to report me every time I insult Obambi (aka The Great Black Dope), you won’t have time for any other activities.

    Dave Surls (7dd434)

  49. This is creepily bringing to mind the excellent look at The Lives of Others. Who can you trust? Trust no one. So it goes. Creepy.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  50. Here is what I just tweeted to @attackwatch:

    Do I get a Hero of the Motherland Medal if I turn in my parents?

    I doubt if they are going to reply.

    JVW (4d72aa)

  51. Hey, nobody turned me in, right? I mean seriously guys, you didn’t turn me in did

    Ag80 (9a213d)

  52. I think it’s time for O to roll out a sister site: Flog the Mockers. Yes, the unions will be involved, but less on the target identification side than the target elimination re-education persuasion side.

    East Bay Jay (19f566)

  53. Take the mockers out.-Jimmy Hoffa

    DohBiden (d54602)

  54. I did my duty yesterday as a tattletale citizen and warned them of possible racism. I also followed up today:

    I wanted to let you know that the Jewish man who I thought was being racist against Obama was still around Borough Park today. You obviously did not catch him. He was wearing the same outfit—black pants, black shoes and a white shirt and black hat. And he still has that long beard.

    Today he said something that proves he is racist. He kept yelling:” The chickens have come home to roost.” As if…

    Yesterday I wasn’t 100% certain that the Jewish man was racist but now after this…come on. We all know he is mocking President Obama’s minister, the Reverend Wright. And he’s an African American so that’s that.

    Please try to round him up as I suspect this will not end. Today he was at the corner of 14th Avenue and 46th street. Yesterday he was a block away at 45th street.

    Tomorrow or Friday will be good days to catch this Jewish man as he WILL NOT be around on Saturday…for obvious reasons.

    Yesterday I thought what he was doing might fall under the pull down menu category of robocalling but I am not so sure. I am going to select Public Statement as he sure was making it public today.

    Good luck. BTW, there is a reward for this, right?

    PC14 (4a4ed3)

  55. Really?

    While the volume of conservative critiques speaks to the intensity of the opposition’s feelings towards the Obama administration, at the very least this digital effort did it’s job bit perhaps instilling a little fear in the GOP campaign efforts. It’s not difficult to imagine social media staffers at the RNC scratching their heads and saying “why didn’t we think of that?”

    The essence of AttackWatch is the Obama campaign outsourcing of opposition media research to its army of loyal supporters. Among the critiques leveled at this interactive effort is the notion that this is some vestige of “Big Brother” keeping an eye on citizens opposed to the White House politics. This would be a fairer analysis if it were made before the advent of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In the brave new world that is oppo research and political smear campaigns, leveraging the passion of one’s political base is not something that we should fear, but rather a smart and savvy political move.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  56. Comment by Ag80 — 9/14/2011 @ 7:53 pm

    Alumni, faculty, and students at TX A&M were automatically put “on report”!
    Now, we’re just running up the “gigs”.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (3f66af)

  57. Dana – Colby has been hitting the sauce with Tommy Xtopher again. Loyal supporters. Heh.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  58. That’s the only possible explanation, daley.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  59. . It’s not difficult to imagine social media staffers at the RNC scratching their heads and saying “why didn’t we think of that?”

    I’m sure that’s exactly what they’d say if Bush was begging his worshipful supporters to report dissent. That’s so presidential. Nothing creepy at all.

    Though I agree there’s nothing to be scared of, they are burning a strawman there. The right is obviously not actually intimidated by this. They are justifiably mocking the fear the left appears to have for dissent. AKA ‘smears’.

    The only link I bothered to read there was whining that Perry smeared Obama because he said Obama didn’t create any jobs because… we have fewer jobs as a country than when Obama took office. Because Obama ‘saved’ jobs.

    It’s pure defense. Who is supposedly afraid here?

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  60. I think that the idea is to make it *appear* the R’s are afraid. And why would we “appear” afraid? Because in reality, we’ve been vile racists, obstructionists, terrorists, etc, of course!

    But, if we’re just mocking and laughing at the absurdity of it, then we become resistant and no longer susceptible to such targeting and that won’t work to the Dem’s advantage, so we need to be made to *appear* fearful…

    Dana (4eca6e)

  61. This Ag80’s wife: I went out to walk the dogs and now he’s gone. He left the computer on. Has anyone seen him?

    Nevermind, some nice guys in suits are at the door. I’m sure everything is fine.

    Ag80 (9a213d)

  62. i reported the kid at the burger king drive thru
    because my freedom fries were cold

    pdbuttons (25ef24)

  63. i reported the rhinoceros at the zoo cuz he got an erection if front of the schoolchildren

    pdbuttons (25ef24)

  64. Mr. b! nice to see you

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  65. It really seems insulting to compare Obama to Bush at this point.

    Imagine Bush saying ‘If you love me, you’ll pass that AUMF’. Or this ‘tell me what Kerry’s campaign is saying about me’ or ‘how would you like to have dinner with me, yours truly, George.’

    Obama’s pathetic. There’s no better word for him. Robert Stacy Mccain is calling it the SCOAMF factor, which is also a good way to put it.

    why would we “appear” afraid? Because in reality, we’ve been vile racists, obstructionists, terrorists, etc, of course!

    Sure. They just assume the silliest things, and all they are doing is ruining their credibility. What’s left of it.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  66. Fresh prince of false choices.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  67. Hey, they could be preparing the next infestation of trolls on conservative websites.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  68. Fresh meat for the grinder!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  69. i reported the the little kid in front of me in that airport line who peed his pants to avoid a pat down

    pdbuttons (25ef24)

  70. They just assume the silliest things, and all they are doing is ruining their credibility. What’s left of it.

    At a certain point in time when POTUS was still parting the seas or walking on water or whatever miraculous thing he was purported to be doing, accusations you refer to as the silliest things, stuck. But because there is now an increasing across-the-aisle disenchantment with him, the silliest things are having less of the stick-effect and instead are more clearly seen for what they really are.

    When the left is seeing its own hypocrisy (and making it public), you know the stick effect has lost its impact.

    If I’m honest w/ myself, I probably would have gone apesh*t (fairly or unfairly) if George W Bush had launched something like #attackwatch</i>

    Dana (4eca6e)

  71. i reported my dad cuz he ate 2.7
    of the three cookies and drank 3.88 % of
    the glass of milk that i put out for santa

    pdbuttons (25ef24)

  72. I reported myself for being fat.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  73. Why do the wealthy and middle class suffer while Obama and his cronies[ooooops I did it again baby.] live the high live?

    DohBiden (d54602)

  74. redc1c4 red seewun
    @AttackWatch “False allegations and smears about the President…”do you have another plan to deal with the true allegations and smears?%-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  75. Why must one only use Twitter to denounce Enemies of the Stately Leader? This discriminates against the red diaper babies who aren’t up on the high tech stuff or the hippity-hop music.

    Estragon (ec6a4b)

  76. They need to send this back, to the ACME Warehouse.

    ian cormac (ed5f69)

  77. They need to send this back, to the ACME Warehouse.

    Comment by ian cormac — 9/15/2011 @ 5:25 am

    LOL – perfect

    no one you know (8c7f85)

  78. I think the big issue here is how disagreements on fact or policy are framed as personal attacks. Rational consideration of their opponent’s point is impossible within this emotionally charged environment.

    But I suppose that’s the whole point. Liberals love to feel persecuted. It must be very exciting for them.

    Amphipolis (b120ce)

  79. Dear Mr. Obama:

    I just wanted to alert you that some asshole is going around building crazy fascist websites and putting your name on them.

    Best regards,
    d. in c.

    d. in c. (cae88c)

  80. This is a hilarious thread, but I have to say Ian @ 77 wins.

    So I’m afraid he will not be rejoining society for the rest of his life. Reported.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  81. My favorite comment was by the guy who reported 6 ATMs beating up on a job in an alley–it was a hate crime.

    rochf (f3fbb0)

  82. Comment by ian cormac — 9/15/2011 @ 5:25 am

    Can’t!
    Axelrod has a “No Return – No Refund” policy.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (a63c7d)

  83. That was from Hot Air rochf.

    Hoffa was an organized crime thug.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  84. It wouldn’t surprise me if Hoffa’s son ordered the hit on his dad but we might never know.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  85. Do you love Dear Leader? If so, report those who do not love Dear Leader.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  86. Actually, the union boss, of the town I grew up in, he was the last to see him alive

    ian cormac (ed5f69)

  87. At Dustin’s link I saw where Uncle Omar had been reported.

    I think the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans should be reported for refusing to cooperate.

    JD, I was just thinking about them doing this before when I read your comment. I guess this may be a sign that they have no new ideas.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  88. GM Roper defends Obama, sort of.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  89. Great idea to report the world’s oceans, MD. The planet, too, for not healing fast enough?

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  90. If only the Sun would respond to Teh Won’s concern over Global Warming.

    Or, has it, saying “Take that, you Moron!”, and now it’s resting?

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks ! (a63c7d)

  91. Who knows maybe the union boss did it on the orders of the son.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  92. I hope Obama and his Bytch Moochelle get cockslapped by Helen Thomas.

    Oooooooooooops best report myself.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  93. “Liberals love to feel persecuted.”

    What a coincidence, ’cause I would love to be in a position to persecute them.

    Dave Surls (dfcbf1)

  94. Didya know that on the “Report an attack” page, that you can attach a photo or video?

    Would it be a crime to attach a pic of Weiner’s junk?

    koam @wittier (9730e4)

  95. Direct quote from AttackWatch page:

    “join the efforts to stop these attacks before they start.”

    koam @wittier (9730e4)

  96. “join the efforts to stop these attacks before they start.”

    uuuuuuuhhhhhh huh.

    "rapid response team" my ass (325a59)

  97. i’d like to report the creepy old guy down the street. on halloween he invites u inside to watch his elaborate train set/ wasting valuble ‘candy gathering’ time. then he gives u an apple!

    pdbuttons (25ef24)

  98. I wanna report that 92 year old retired used car salesman for taking a dump and saying that its smarter than obama.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  99. Hitchens on the 10th commandment-Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah it burns!!Eleventyone!!

    DohBiden (d54602)

  100. Gotta love the left complaining about fox news AKA all christian network when they have Geraldo a christian hating loon on.

    DohBiden (d54602)


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