A thread at Free Republic suggests that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow “has been using phony twitter accounts to boost her ‘mentions’ on” Twitter. A search yields hundreds of identical tweets like this:

https://twitter.com/sexyayeshamoosa/statuses/305314430630113280

https://twitter.com/missshericelanz/status/305314823783202816

https://twitter.com/sexy_joyabroadn/status/306461609465884672

https://twitter.com/its_kassie5838/status/307799405967310849

https://twitter.com/therealtranmanh/status/307566196922937344

Twitter user @LeftyBollocks shared a screen shot of just some of the tweets from apparent spambots.

The tweets from cleavage-flaunting Maddow “fans” date back to at least Feb. 23. Using the DoesFollow service, Twitchy checked dozens of the accounts to determine whether any actually follow Rachel Maddow on Twitter.

maddow-spambot-doesfollow

The answer?

maddow-spambot-nope

In fact, many of these accounts have few followers and follow no one, and most have tweeted the hashtag #TeamFollowback. That hashtag is often used by spammers to build follower counts so their accounts seem more legitimate.

https://twitter.com/missshericelanz/status/307898794803097600

https://twitter.com/sexy_joyabroadn/status/307817891535912963

You’re unique! Just like every other Maddow-lovin’ spammer.

https://twitter.com/collegepolitico/status/307722546957144065

Did Maddow or one of her staffers launch a paid campaign to trend the #Maddow hashtag on Twitter?

Conservative Twitter users have their suspicions.

https://twitter.com/brady_cremeens/status/307728495377793024

For now, the flood of #Maddow spam-tweets appears to have ended.

Heh.

Update:

And … they’re back:

https://twitter.com/hottietarra7778/status/307902239232643072

https://twitter.com/itsdainebahamon/status/307903249766309892

Update:

Twitter suspends fake accounts that pimped Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show

Update:

MSNBC tweeted a statement that was retweeted by the verified Maddow Blog account.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Why do these have to be fake? Couldn’t these accounts just be those of “Democrat voters?” Ohhhhhh! I see!

    • 3seven77

      They tweet the way they vote. Multiple times.

      • Cool_Arrow

        So, they’re not nearly as multi-organismic as they pretend?

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    If it were a FOX show, it would be a major scandal and MSNBC would blast it out for a week.
    But it’s MSNBC, so it’s just one of those strange coincidences.

    • Ronald

      Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  • Cambria

    Doing a reverse image search on Google of the Twitter profile pics pretty much proves they are fake.

    • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

      I wonder if any of the images are copyrighted, could get them sued for copyright infringement. I had a stalker using my avatar, which is a photo of me, on disqus. Until I threatened disqus with copyright infringement they would not close the stalker’s account.

  • almarquardt

    Notice how they’re all busty women and not a single manly-man? Sexist!

    • aliwilcox

      That’s because Rachel probably picked out their photos herself.

    • Barack Hussein Sharpton

      And no manly-women! Homophobes!

    • JINNASH

      Well we know which team Rachel likes. She likes to pretend she’s a man and desperately wants the feminine women. Problem is that feminine women like real men; not wannabes.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Well, yeah I did notice. {blush}

      • almarquardt

        No need to blush. If a guy fails to notice a beautiful woman, I would worry about him.

      • almarquardt

        No need to blush. If a guy fails to notice a beautiful woman, I would worry about him.

    • ceemack

      Maybe it just means that all of her viewers are boobs.

  • KBDaBear

    #IAmRachelMaddow set up on Twitter to snark

  • Scott Anderson

    This Madden guy has excellent taste in fake Internet girlfriend spam bots. Related: just saw a fake statistic that 40% of Internet traffic is actually fake Internet girlfriend spam bots.

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Rachel “The Lame Game” Maddow:

    If no one cares. No one notices.

  • Wing_attack_Plan_R
    • scituate_tgr

      Thanks for posting that – made my morning!

  • Steve_J

    They need to prove they’re not fake, both the tweeters and the busty thingy.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      I’ll be the judge of that!

  • http://twitter.com/Edward_von_Bear Edward von Bear

    sadly, this isn’t new by the lefties. 2 Years ago, during the Weinergate deal, the guy who runs LGF was bragging about how much traffic he was getting and how many twitter feeds he was getting (ironically, Maddow was one of the people pumping him at the time.Hmmm…). Anyway, it turned out that a bunch of them were phony accts doing what is going on here.

  • sean1

    Maddow’s not the only one who trends mightily on a regular basis. Check out how quickly Bill Maher trends each and every Friday evening.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Maybe her show is on the bubble. March is sweeps month.

    • jacksonjay

      I think she is their top-rated show!

      • nickshaw

        No wonder if he uses tactics like this!

      • lainer51

        it is their top rated show on a bottom rated station… but Rachel is a whiz at being on top and on bottom at the same time! LMAO

  • Richard Nichols

    wow, should check out Daine Bahamonde – one of her ‘Followers” I don’t think she knows who Maddow is – https://twitter.com/itsdainebahamon

    • nickshaw

      Account suspended already, Rich.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    I am willing to be bet Chris Hayes does the same with the #uppers hashtag

    • nickshaw

      Where do you think Ralph got the idea?

  • Caves45

    who Machel Raddow ?

  • swornsongs

    Who in the world can possibly listen to Rachel MadCow? Despite her annoying know-it-all personality, her voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard!

  • http://twitter.com/tooler1010 Jack The Tool Man

    Madcow disease= faking accounts.

  • GaryTheBrave

    They should have Mancow from Chicago be her co-host. It’d be Hannity and Colmes all over again.

    • Bui van vat

      Mancow and MadCow. It could work!

      • $23293071

        Mancow was Madcow before Maddow was Madcow.

        In memoriam
        Snakesrule
        Snake in a woodpile
        Ice Cold Troll

  • http://twitter.com/rmmauro01 rmmauro01

    Search images on Tineye. All are sex related sites these pics come
    from. Tons of hits for sites they’re already being used on. Desperate,
    but not serious. #parforthecourse

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C

  • the1regina

    This is so funny, I had no idea this kind of fake BS went on.

  • deadpammy

    This is just sad. Pretend followers for a pretend person.

    • SpinMeNot

      On a pretend news channel, making up pretend stories while pretending to be intelligent and unbiased.

      • http://owsusefulidiots.blogspot.com/ Truth Has No Agenda

        Don’t forget Maddow is also a fake women too.

      • Ronald

        There are no such thing as unbiased stories — except anything that Fox news or Twitchy reports.

        • SpinMeNot

          Really? Twitchy is biased? For pointing out the activities of liberal-progressive pukes in the social media format, in their words/tweets.

          And folks there we have it … an LPP confirms what we already know — facts are not admissible evidence in an argument.

          • Ronald

            You just explained exactly where the bias lies. Well done.

          • SpinMeNot

            Yes, you refuse to deal in facts. Try again lib.

          • Ronald

            You say lib as if it’s an insult. Yet as a moderate conservative, I don’t consider it an insult, because those folks I disagree with are my friends, my family and regular folks who just happen to have a different idea about how to achieve common goals. If there is anyone here that refuses to deal in facts, it is you. Try some understanding. Remember that these liberals you so love to vilify are responsible for many of the great advances — technical, social and otherwise — you now take for granted.

  • gvanderleun

    The autogenerated names of these accounts are hilarious. And I note that they are all from bots that might be wimminfolk.

  • AAA

    Cheating and deceiving, the typical playbook of leftists and Democrats.

  • Smokey Behr

    Looks like those spam accounts have been suspended. None of them are coming up. Score one for the good guys.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    Birds of a plastic pretend feather flock together.

    The pathological lying, disingenuousness, petulant flim-flam, and utterly childish dishonesty of the Left’s never ending clown-car cavalcade of sycophants and lickspittles is simply just par for the course. Business as usual and nothing more.

    What is somewhat unusual is how many voting Americans — whose driving thirst for America/Constitution/Bill of Rights loathing propaganda and demonizing of ‘American Exceptionalism’ cannot be slaked — lap the stuff up while being consciously aware and fully knowing they’re being pandered to and treated like they’re mental midgets.

    • SpinMeNot

      Well said sir, well said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/edward.callahan.372 Edward Callahan

      “while being consciously aware and fully knowing they’re being pandered to ”
      They’re also getting their regular federal checks courtesy of the democrat party. They have no shame concerning their seat on the gravy train.

  • Esau’s Message

    Why do they all have the names and avatars of porn actresses and prostitutes? Cause that’s how Ratch likes it.

    • Red Fred

      Poor thing!

  • nickshaw

    And WE’RE the ones who astroturf?
    Why are progressives so lame and still have followers?

  • Bozo Sapien

    Just yesterday I decided to check some of the Twitter comments that were scrolling in the lower third on Ed Schultz’ show. Some of the “users” couldn’t even be found and others, coincidentally, had only ever Tweeted to his show. Seems this is MSNC’s shtick.

  • lainer51

    I heard Rachel “FAKES” it alot… just ask her girlfriend!

  • Gary

    Just think if cable companies let us pick & choose what channels we get—MSNBC would be off the air.

    • Cruz2016!!!

      Yes!!

  • http://www.davidsmusings.com/ David

    The good news is that one of the spam bots is the dead girlfriend of manti te’o. May she rest in cyberspace.

  • RegConserative

    If you don’t have any followers , you have to make your own !

  • http://www.facebook.com/jd.crow.79 Jd Crow

    poetic justice would be just like whats going on with Lance Armstrong. All the advertisers should sue MSNBC and TRMS for overcharging on ad rates based on fraudulent viewer/follower metrics.

  • Joe
  • Randy C. Lindsey

    Bless her little heart…she wants so badly to be relevant. So she fakes a few thousand tweets. Those are as real as the dead folks who voted for you know who.

  • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

    And your proof that she bought these tweets is where? Oh right, conservatives don’t believe in proof.

    • SanDiegoMerchantServices

      Well lib, who do you think did?

      • http://twitter.com/sasha_ari Sasha Williams

        Appeal to ignorance fallacy. Once again, where’s the proof?

        • TexSizzle

          Asking you what you think is an appeal to ignorance? I never expected a leftard to admit ignorance.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Well, Edward *did* ask Sasha a question… so it’s a de facto ‘appeal to ignorance’.

          • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15458282944035344707 repsac3

            It is an appeal to ignorance…. Rather than admiting you have no evidence that Maddow or MSNBC are involved (which is the accuser’s responsibilty to prove), you try to make Sasha provide an alternate theory, in effect expecting her to disprove a “fact” you folks never bothered to establish with anything more than innuendo in the first place.

  • Dusty Thompson

    History is not going to look kindly upon this generations weasels just like her. Her party symbol should be the worm…. Leave the DOnkey out of it…

    • almarquardt

      I think a snake would be more appropriate. A boa constrictor to be more concise, since they squeeze the life out of their victims.

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    Hey, is this what they call a Twitter Boostierre?

  • BigSky1970

    Does Susan know Rachel fakes it at home?

  • sean1

    What makes me think those that exposed this travisty are soon going to be charged with racism and/or homophobia?

    • ron2win2

      Look at madcow’s record . She helped shut down air america .Looks like she will be a major participant in msnbc tanking too.

      • PhilJourdan

        Nah, I think she just has lousy timing – she does not have the intelligence god gave a rat.