Members of the radical left plotted to pose as conservatives and write racist comments on the Ventura County Star's website in an attempt to further county Democratic Party Vice Chairman David Atkins' efforts to paint local Republicans as racists in white hoods.
Atkins has not apologized for his accusations; to the contrary, he told the Star he's proud for identifying the "racism" he saw at the public Redistricting Commission hearing in Oxnard on June 23rd, in which some residents opposed the plan to lump eastern Ventura County with Los Angeles county.
He also posted a vigorous defense on his Daily Kos diary Saturday, which is popular among the radical left. Atkins told his followers that he's not going anywhere despite calls for him to resign his seat on the Ventura County Democratic Central Committee, and renewed personal attacks on local Republicans, particularly those in Simi Valley, and especially me, since I broke the story that led to a front-page Star article about Atkins' controversial comments.
His Daily Kos followers then conspired a "psyops" campaign to trick Ventura County Star moderators into approving comments after that article that would make conservatives look racist.
"No registration is required to post stuff on that newspaper's site," one of Atkin's commenters wrote. "Use a fake name and fake email address, and come out as someone who 'just wants to live with their own kind...'"
Atkins' follower also advised, "Avoid using racial stereotypes of others to make your point. Just stick to the point that "we want to live with who we want to live with, not with someone else," and let readers fill in the blanks themselves. This will make Ingemunson's smear backfire, and will also bring out some of the local racists-for-real, who will soil themselves in public and make our job easier. "
Several people tried to leave such fake comments on my blog, and I have no idea how many appear after the Star's article.
Other Atkins' followers cautioned not to discuss the matter where I could read it, and Atkins himself wrote that there is "no need for psyops on these folks. Just peruse the comments section--the racism there really sort of speaks for itself."
How does he know he's not fooled by a liberal psyops campaign? Talk about a vicious cycle--the radical left writes anonymous racist comments on a website and then Atkins decries the racist comments. It's like a perpetual racism machine.
I won't do what Atkins did and take some anonymous commenters and use them to broadly smear a larger group, like he did with his conservatives "want to use minorities for target practice" piece. But I will say that it's nice to know that some on the other side are willing to lie to make their points because they can't win a stand up argument.