And the group also fit a template for propaganda marketed by a man named Cass Sunstein. Sunstein, Barack Obama's 'Regulatory Czar', has a long history of left-wing advocacy. Unfortunately for Americans, it's for the kind of Statism that would make Mussolini cringe. Sunstein, among other egregious activities, supports the establishment of government propaganda ministries.
Writing on January 15, 2010, Glenn Greenwald at Salon noted Barack Obama’s new head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Cass Sunstein, had championed creating fake websites and using outside 501(c)(3) interest groups to act as alleged independent champions of government policy and to “cognitively infiltrate” opposition websites, etc...
Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging
These tactics may explain websites like The Other 95, which itself was a thinly veiled propaganda site hawking White House talking points. Some would call it astroturf.
Why this sort of site was needed, when Democrats already have The New York Times, is a question for the DNC. Or its contributors, who appear happy to throw money into a sinkhole.
In 2010, RedState's Erick Erickson reported the website designer was affiliated with MoveOn.org and other Soros-controlled groups. You know, grassroots.
Let’s also remember that Center for American Progress, led by Obama’s transition team director John Podesta, has regular 8 a.m. phone calls to coordinate activity on the left.
It’s a play right out of Lenin’s handbook, forget Alinsky, to call the authentic “inauthentic” and then create something inauthentic demanding it be called “authentic.”
We would do well to consider the probable genesis of "The Other 99%": it's as genuine a pro-America movement as astroturf is real grass.