Is this fake or real? Ads running in papers across the country offer full time employment with benefits for protesters against Trump. $2,500 a month plus benefits and 50 bucks an hour on the job sounds pretty good if it’s true.
Update! These ads are fake. Whoever paid for those ads is not going to pay anyone to protest. It’s another spoof.
There have been verified cases of pay-to-protest rent-a-mobs. Is this another? We have seen a whole lot about fake news on the internet. We have seen propaganda legitimized by press and government. Trust in media is rather thin at the moment.
Soros has poured millions into left wing groups that sponsor protesters. The Ford Foundation gave $100 million to Black Lives Matter. There is enough non-fake left wing money floating around out there to make such an effort as these ads purport to be, believable.
The Washington Post says there is not one itsy bitsy tiny bit of evidence that Trump protesters are anything but sincere. Well, that’s the Post and if you like your Post you can keep your Post.
We would be well advised to find a corroborating source other than the New York Times.
Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural
Demand Protest ads running seek operatives to “send a strong message” at presidential inauguration
From The Washington Times: By Valerie Richardson – – Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Donald Trump may have a point about paid protesters: Job ads running in more than 20 cities offer $2,500 per month for agitators to demonstrate at this week’s presidential inauguration events.
Demand Protest, a San Francisco company that bills itself as the “largest private grassroots support organization in the United States,” posted identical ads Jan. 12 in multiple cities on Backpage.com seeking “operatives.”
“Get paid fighting against Trump!” says the ad.
“We pay people already politically motivated to fight for the things they believe. You were going to take action anyways, why not do so with us!” the ad continues. “We are currently seeking operatives to help send a strong message at upcoming inauguration protests.”
The job offers a monthly retainer of $2,500 plus “our standard per-event pay of $50/hr, as long as you participate in at least 6 events a year,” as well as health, vision and dental insurance for full-time operatives.
Mr. Trump has complained about paid activists both before and after the 2016 presidential campaign, but if anti-Trump advocacy groups are juicing their crowds with hired help, nobody’s admitting it.
“There’s simply no credible evidence that the opposition to Trump is spurred by anything other than legitimate concern about what his presidency might entail,” said a Nov. 17 column in the Washington Post’s The Fix.
PolitiFact reported that a widely shared Nov. 11 article claiming an anti-Trump protester was paid $3,500 was fake news created by Paul Horner, who runs a number of phony news sites.
If the Demand Protest ads are ruses, however, someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to sell the scam. The classifieds are running in at least two dozen cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Houston, and the company operates a slick website that includes contact information.
A San Francisco phone number listed on the website was answered with a voice-mail message identifying the company by name. A request for comment left Monday evening was not immediately returned.
The website, which says that the company has provided 1,817 operatives for 48 campaigns, promises “deniability,” assuring clients that “we can ensure that all actions will appear genuine to media and public observers.”
“We are strategists mobilizing millennials across the globe with seeded audiences and desirable messages,” says the website. “With absolute discretion a top priority, our operatives create convincing scenes that become the building blocks of massive movements. When you need the appearance of outrage, we are able to deliver it at scale while keeping your reputation intact.”
More than 100 left-wing groups, led by organizations such as Occupy Inauguration and the DisruptJ20 coalition, are calling on Trump foes to participate in inauguration protests being organized in Washington, D.C., and all 50 states.
The demonstrations are aimed at disrupting Friday’s inaugural ceremony and parade, as well as balls and festivities pegged to the celebration.
A search by the Washington Times showed the Backpage.com ads also ran in Austin, Charlotte, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Fort Worth,
Jacksonville, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tulsa, and Washington, D.C.