Thursday, May 03, 2007

Obama's Hostile Takeover

In the "what a mean-ass thing to do" department, comes this story:

Is MySpace always mine or can it belong to someone else? At the cost of losing 160,000 friends, Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign has taken over control of the MySpace page listed under his name on the popular social networking site.

For the past two and a half years, the page has been run by an Obama supporter from Los Angeles named Joe Anthony. At first, that arrangement was fine with the Obama team, which worked with Anthony on the content and even had the password to make changes themselves.

But as the site exploded in popularity in recent months, the campaign became concerned about an outsider having control of the content and responses going out under Obama's name and told Anthony they wanted him to turn it over.

Needless to say, Obama has lost at least one vote and maybe more. 160,000 may be a drop in the bucket to Barack, but he risks losing more.

But that's not the point. Obama raised $26 million and he won't pay a guy that worked on something that he believed in, to help the cause. To top that off, he wrests it by force with the same spirit as Hugo Chavez did with the Venezuelan oil fields. Such class.

Oh well Joe. Stand pat.

Al Gore will be jumping in soon. Expect an announcement after he wins the Nobel Peace Prize.


A.C. McCloud said...

My teenager said Barama should not mess with the intertubes, too much backlash.

LASunsett said...


There's a lot of them out there and some will be old enough to vote, next year. But unless they make some noise, this story will get swept under the rug and forgotten before the votes begin.

Anonymous said...

Exclusive: TechPresident Traffic Rockets with Obama MySpace Story
Anthony Speaks On Obama MySpace Takeover: 'They Took This Profile Without My Consent'
How Joe Anthony Schooled the Barack Obama Campaign, and What We Still Don't Know
How did Obama get protection? - Chicago Sun-Times

Alex Hammer
Politics 2.0

All_I_Can_Stands said...

It was really nasty of Obama. Kindof reminds me of Katie Couric's backstage Diva antics.

Is Obama the Diva candidate?