Why is Heather astroturfing?

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A reader was looking through some of the posts on Heather Roy’s blog (http://roy.org.nz/) and noticed that when you post a comment on her blog posts it shows the IP address it was posted from. Heather posts from?122.59.253.125/122-59-253-125.jetstream.xtra.co.nz (which appears to be a personal internet account, not parliamentary), but so do a lot of other people that post approving comments on her blog. She also posts from her parliamentary address?202.22.18.245/pspc18-245.parliament.govt.nz and so do quite a few other people who post approving comments.

Have a look some some of these posts and compared the IP addresses, it’s all over her blog. This is nothing less than blatant astroturfing or at the very least a bit of sock puppet play.

NOTE: (Since?receiving?this tip off Heather has since removed the ip addresses from the posts on her blog, I wonder if some others out there are asking questions or asked her to comment about it and now she is trying to cover her tracks. I don’t know politicians do that, first they always get caught and second google cache proves you tried to cover it.

If you search these terms in google like this

cache:http://roy.org.nz/diary/earthquake-recovery

You can you view the posts as they were when last cached.

http://www.roy.org.nz/diary/earthquake-recovery
http://www.roy.org.nz/royters/polling-moral-and-political-issues
http://roy.org.nz/diary/what-next-usnew-zealand-relations
http://www.roy.org.nz/diary/the-moral-issue-interest-free-student-loans#comments
http://www.roy.org.nz/royters/christchurch-earthquake-0
http://roy.org.nz/royters/ousa-joins-otago-polytechnic-students%E2%80%99-assn-in-leaving-nzusa

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