The genius of Max Coyle bites the Greens

David Farrar has a post about the busting of Greens astro-turfing.

In the thread at Reddit they talk  about emails and awarding of stars to particpants in their astro-turfing activities.

This is of course the work of Green ex-candidate Max Coyle who I busted last month.

Here is one of his latest emails:

From: Max Coyle <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM
Subject: [YourDailyGreenmachineMission]: Today’s Daily Mission: Take a fun web survey!

New announcement in the Max’s Daily Green Machine Mission group:

Help us improve the Green Party website by taking a short survey (5-10 minutes).

This is a short-term mission which closes this Friday 7th October so be quick!

Collect a huge nine stars for this mission.

Do this mission – start the survey

Nine stars!!! Wow the internet warriors of the Greens do things for stars, the Whale Army does things for fun.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.